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London, England, alone or with a tour group?

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I am a 32 year old single man. My workplace will be closed from December 24th and re-open the first Monday after New Year's Day. I am considering visiting London, England, during this time. If I only travel to London I expect that a few days to a week should be enough time and if I go to other towns in England I want my trip to be not more that 10-12 days. In general I like art museums, I want to see the major art museums, the archeology museum with the Rosetta Stone, and perhaps a few historic buildings (castles, Tower of London, and so on) and Kew gardens and possibly other scenery and the observation deck at the top of a building called the Shard. I haven't figured out if it is worth going to other towns and how difficult this would be. My mother thinks traveling in general is dangerous and she thinks I should sign up for a tour group if I do travel. Another thing, I have been a health nut for more than a few years, I am on a diet high in fruit and I swore that I would never eat restaurant food or food recipes again.

So my main question is, in your judgment or opinion, is it reasonable or appropriate for me to travel alone or am I better off with a tour group? This will be my second time traveling alone - I went to Montreal, Canada, stayed at a hostel, went on a walking tour and made up my own plans, and bought my own food from grocery stores, earlier this year, and I did not get mugged, attacked, or robbed. Wouldn't a tour group cause me to waste gobs of time sitting in restaurants, where I wouldn't want to eat the food? Maybe I could sign up for one or more walking tours without joining a tour group that gives a set intense you for the whole trip?

Is the Christmas-new years time a decent time to travel to London or will too many places be closed or will the weather or early sunset times inhibit my ability to see what I think I want to see?

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