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Walking safety

On this, my first trip to London, I'll be staying at the Best Western on Belgrave Road, about 1/2 mile south of Victoria Station. I'll be walking around that area quite a bit, back and forth to Buckingham Palace, the tube station, and some local restaurants and pubs. I understand London is a safe city compared to many others. But are there any areas around the hotel and Victoria station that are not safe to walk through?

Other than the above specific area, are there any other areas of London best to avoid?

Posted by
27707 posts

Because I have a wife who is vision impaired I try to stay off broken pavements or areas without dropped kerbs. Generally all around there that's pretty easy. She's a lot safer when she doesn't fall down - which unfortunately she does too often.

What really is dangerous for her are building sites and where the heavy trucks access the building sites. Pavement tends to be damaged and often uneven. We cross the street if we can.

As far as anything else, don't leave your phone on a table or sling your handbag around the back of a chair. That's what the hooks under the table are for.

Posted by
3105 posts

And remember that all intersections in London are unsafe if you fail to Look Right before crossing the street.

Posted by
9674 posts

I'll just add that I usually stay about 1/2 mile from your hotel and have walked by it on occasion to get to restaurants. I have no qualms about walking in that area any time of day or evening. I'm not usually out later at night but that is just because I am an early to bed kind of gal, lol!

Posted by
519 posts

I’ve stayed in the Victoria area several times and as a single woman traveling alone have always felt perfectly safe.

Posted by
4684 posts

Contrary to Emma, there are parts of London I wouldn't want an American tourist to walk alone, but they are nowhere near Victoria and a tourist would have to make a real effort to get there.

Posted by
5241 posts

It's really true -- the most dangerous thing you can do in London, or anywhere in the UK, is forget to look both ways when crossing a street. First right, then left, then right again -- exactly the opposite of what Americans have done all their lives.

I believe Winston Churchill was badly injured when a New York taxi hit him. We could have lost the war. Don't make the mistake he probably did -- the world needs you too! ;-)

Posted by
31464 posts

I normally stay in the Victoria station / Belgravia area and have never had any problems walking around even late in the evening. That's normally a very safe area (at least in my experience). As the others mentioned, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street, as traffic will be coming from the opposite direction to what you're used to. Also be aware of what's happening around you.

Posted by
4684 posts

Emma, I'm a Londoner and I felt more than a little cautious a while back when I explored Tower Hamlets cemetery. Near me, I'm not sure I'd want a wealthy-looking American wandering around bits of Leytonstone.

Posted by
1804 posts

We stayed in that general area and walked to Victoria Station a number of times, including late in the evening. We always felt safe.

General safety rules apply, especially situational awareness. Have a great trip!

Posted by
12875 posts

Would you be walking in your home town? Victoria Station and its immediate area do not pose any safety concerns.

Posted by
3336 posts

I recently stayed in a hotel just a couple of doors down from where you are staying. It's a perfectly lovely area and you'll be able to walk around quite safely with the usual precautions you would take in any big city. I end up in London fairly regularly and have been all over the place and have never once felt unsafe, even in some of the outer boroughs of the city where tourists don't normally go.

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3303 posts

OP, use common sense like you would anywhere else. If an area looks desolate, turn around and leave.

Posted by
4653 posts

There is nowhere in London that you need to avoid. There simply aren't any "no go" areas.

Sure, there aren't any "no go areas" but I've conducted my fair share of drug raids in parts of London that I wouldn't feel entirely comfortable walking around let alone as a tourist, however, those places are never going to be somewhere that a tourist will inadvertently find themselves in unless they were extremely unlucky.