First and foremost, lone women should avoid riding in unlicensed London taxicabs, especially at night. However attractive the price you’re quoted, flag down a black cab or call a minicab instead. Addison Lee (www.addisonlee.com; [tel] 020/7387-8888) has a huge, efficient fleet, and will text you the registration plate of your cab for added security. It has a free app for hailing rides.
Generally, however, London is as safe for solo women as is any densely populated major Western city. Millions of single women live and work freely in London.
A true club and not an agency, Women Welcome Women Worldwide (www.womenwelcomewomen.org.uk; [tel] 01494/46-54-41) is for female travelers, and membership costs £35 a year. The organization connects members with other members from foreign cultures, so if you avail yourself of this group, you’ll be seeing London with someone who wants to treat you like a friend and takes an active interest in your experience.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.