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Coronavirus London: latest information and advice

Find official UK coronavirus guidance and resources for travelling safely in London.
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  • From 30 November, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport. 
  • If you are using public transport, plan ahead and travel at quieter times – cycle or walk where possible.
  • You must wear a face covering at Transport for London (TfL) stations and on all services, including the Tube, trains and buses.
  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website, including the response to the omicron variant. 

Make sure to follow the latest government guidelines and act responsibly when out and about in the capital. Check out all the amazing things to do in London

Can I travel to London?

There are some restrictions in place for people travelling to London from outside the UK.

International visitors arriving from certain countries are currently prohibited from entering England. 

Make sure to follow the rules around testing, self-isolation and documentation. You will also be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days when travelling from certain countries.

Find out everything you need to know about travelling to the UK, including the latest rules for entering England.

Latest London coronavirus rules

What are the current guidelines in London? 

If you're travelling around the capital, plan ahead and avoid busy times on public transport – walk or cycle where possible.

From 30 November, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport. The UK government also recommends wearing a face covering in crowded areas.

You must wear a face covering at Transport for London (TfL) stations and on all services, including the Tube, bus, tram and DLR. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering.

There are no legal limits on the number of people you can meet indoors and outdoors.

Find the latest information on the official UK government website, including the response to the omicron variant. 

London attractions, venues and events

London's attractions, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, hotels and nightclubs are open following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, although some venues may still remain closed. Find out what’s open and when in the capital. 

You should check direct with venues for further information about entry requirements, face coverings and special safety measures in place ahead of your visit. 

Some major London events may have been postponed, cancelled or moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Take a look at some of the top London activities after lockdown

Pre-booked tickets

Most attractions and events must be booked in advance.

If you have tickets for a performance, event or attraction which has to make changes due to coronavirus, your ticket provider will contact you to discuss exchange or refund options.

If you are unwell or self-isolating at the time of your booking, please contact your ticket supplier to discuss options.

If you’ve booked tickets through visitlondon.com, refer to these booking FAQs for more information and contact details. 

Guidance for staying safe

Visit the official UK government website for all the latest coronavirus guidance, including how to protect yourself and others

Make sure to also read the latest guidance on planning a holiday in England, which includes detailed information on what to do if you feel unwell during your trip.  

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport from 30 November

It is mandatory to wear a face covering at Transport for London stations and on all services, including the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, Overground and TfL Rail. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering.

The UK government also recommends wearing a face covering in crowded areas to help keep yourself and others safe during your visit to London.

Find more information on face coverings

Public transport 

If you're using public transport, travel at quieter times for more space and wear a face covering. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering. 

Plan ahead and get around London safely with the TfL Go app, which helps you plan the best routes and travel outside of peak times.  Alternatively, consider making your journey by cycling or walking

Across the TfL network, there's regular cleaning using antiviral disinfectant, hand sanitiser stations and fresh air ventilation on buses, trains and Tubes to help you travel safely in London.

For the latest travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

Protecting yourself and others

If you feel unwell during your trip to London, there are specific procedures in place for anyone experiencing symptoms – find full information on the official UK government website.

You can also seek further advice on the NHS website, including how to get a free test for coronavirus.  

To help stop the spread of the virus, make sure you:

  • Self-isolate immediately if you develop coronavirus symptoms and get a test.
  • Wear a face covering in crowded public spaces, shops and when travelling on public transport. This measure applies across all TfL services and stations.  
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water throughout the day. 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.

Follow the UK government's guidance on ways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

More useful information

The “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark ensures the places you visit are adhering to UK government and public health guidance. This is available to UK venues and businesses to signal that they’ve put in place special safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Look out for the “See it Safely” mark at theatre venues, which ensures they are following coronavirus safety guidelines. 

You can also nominate your local small businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward platform to generate funding and recover from the impact of COVID-19.

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

If you’re not able to visit London yet, you can still experience the capital from your sofa with our Virtually London guide. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Last updated: 29 November 2021