Coronavirus London: latest information and advice

Find official UK coronavirus guidance and resources for travelling safely in London.
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  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website
  • The UK government has advised against all non-essential travel and instructed people to remain at home as much as possible. 
  • Many events have been postponed or cancelled, and attractions, restaurants, pubs, theatres and other venues have temporarily closed. 
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • For people already in the UK, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.

How will coronavirus disease impact my travel to London?

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised against all non-essential travel – see the latest updates from the UK government

People are required to remain at home as much as possible and limit contact with other people. If you go out, you should keep two metres apart from others where possible. 

There are specific procedures in place for anyone experiencing symptoms, with further information on the official UK government website

You can find further advice on the NHS website.

Can I still visit London? 

The UK is still open to visitors. However, the UK government has advised against all non-essential travel and instructed that UK citizens remain at home as much as possible. 

Many countries have travel restrictions in place and international visitors should check their own government's guidelines for advice before any essential travel to London.  

Public transport must only be used for essential travel  it is advised that you make your journey by cycling or walking. If you must make an essential journey, you should avoid travelling on public transport at peak times and wear a face covering. For the latest travel information, visit the Transport for London website

It is recommended to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible, such as public transport and some shops.

The UK government has also placed a ban on public gatherings of more than two people.

Find out more about restrictions in London due to the coronavirus outbreak.

London attractions and events

Many events have been postponed or cancelled. Attractions, restaurants, pubs, shops, theatres, public spaces and other London venues have temporarily closed as a result of government advice.

Stay at home and experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide, where you'll find live performances, online workshops, virtual museum tours and many more things to do at home. 

In light of the UK government recommendations, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre venues have ended current performances – visit the Official London Theatre website for information about refunds and exchanges

If you’ve booked tickets through visitlondon.com, refer to our booking FAQs for more information. 

How to avoid getting sick

To avoid the spread of the virus, make sure you:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water. Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Avoid non-essential travel, including any non-essential use of public transport. 
  • Limit contact with other people and stay two metres away from others outside of your household.
  • Wear a face covering where social distancing isn't possible, such as public transport and some shops. 

Find more information and tips on how to avoid the spreading of the virus.

More useful resources

Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak, or find more coronavirus guidance on the NHS website.

Last updated: 18 May 2020