Safety for Female Travellers in London

London shouldn't pose any special worries for women, even if travelling solo.

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Happily, women in London are unlikely to receive much in the way of harassment or unwanted male attention, and although groping does happen in crowded places (particularly on the tube at rush hour), it's not all that common. Women's handbags are especially attractive to thieves and pickpockets, so always keep you bag within sight, and preferably on you. Do heed the warnings (see boxed text) about illegal minicabs, especially if you're likely to be out and about in the early hours of the morning. If you're going out alone, particularly at night, always tell someone (your hotel desk, for example) where you're going and when you expect to be back. Most importantly, trust your instincts and don't take any risks that you wouldn't at home.

Illegal MiniCabs
In recent years there has been a major campaign to warn of the dangers of taking the illegal (and therefore uninsured) 'minicabs' which congregate outside many of London's clubs are bars. The Mayor's 'Safer Travel at Night' campaign stresses that they pose a particular danger for women as there have been a number of sexual assaults. On top of this, the fact that they are uninsured is reason enough to avoid them. For a safe ride home stick with the black cabs or book a registered minicab.

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