What's open and when in London: latest lockdown rules

Find out what’s open and when as lockdown restrictions are eased in London.

As London emerges from lockdown, it’s time to welcome back the shops, markets, pubs, restaurants and other great places that make up the city. 

Follow the latest lockdown rules as you revisit your go-to spots in central London, discover new local favourites or plan a staycation in London. Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines.  

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What's open in London?

Food and drink

Revisit some of your favourite spots to eat and drink as London’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants are able to hang up their “open” signs once again.

Dive into a cafe for a lunchtime treat, pick up your favourite takeaway coffee and book in for the meal you’ve been craving at that restaurant on your list. 

Embrace the “new normal” and support your city by treating yourself to a drink at a pub, bar or a rooftop bar – but be sure to observe the latest social distancing rules. 

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme officially ended on 31 August. However, you can still eat out for less at selected restaurants across the city, which offer similar deals and special discounts.

When visiting pubs, restaurants and cafes, you can expect to see safety measures in place, including widely spaced tables, queuing systems, safety signage, table service, handwashing stations and contactless payments.

All pubs, bars and restaurants are now required to close at 10pm and will operate a table service only. You must also wear a face covering in these venues, unless you're seated.

London attractions, galleries and museums

Plan a day out at a London museum or gallery for your much-needed culture fix after lockdown.

Museums and galleries across London are allowed to open with special safety measures in place, which may include pre-booked tickets, so make sure to check direct with the venue before heading out. Plus, take a look at the latest art and museum exhibitions on display. 

Check out which nearby London attractions are now open across the city for you to enjoy, including gardens, heritage sites and landmarks.

Shopping in London

Many shops in London have already reopened their doors, so drop by your regular shopping spots in central London and discover new ones in your neighbourhood.

Head over to central London's amazing shopping destinations for flagship shops, cool boutiques and department stores, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby.

Alternatively, hit the high street and check out what's on offer from smaller local businesses, whether you're looking for fitness gear and craft supplies, or cool face coverings, summer threads and new plants babies for your pad.

Markets have also been opening up across London, meaning you can search for market stall treasures or get the street food fix you’ve been dreaming of from local traders. Remember, keeping it local helps to support your community.

You can shop with confidence when visiting shops, department stores, shopping centres and markets, with safety measures including socially distanced queuing, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and a limit on in-store capacity.

London theatres, cinemas and concert venues

The lockdown curtain has been raised on cinemastheatres and concert halls across London.

You can now watch alfresco entertainment, with outdoor theatres, dance, music and opera making their return to the stage.

Indoor performances are now allowed to resume in London. However, many places may not be ready to open their doors yet, so keep an eye on the city's venues for the latest opening news and safety measures. 

Alternatively, watch a film under the stars at an outdoor and drive-in cinemas in London.

Outdoor activities in London

Explore the great outdoors on your doorstep at your nearby parks and gardens, or enjoy a picnic in the sunshine.

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms are allowed to reopen, so that you can get active in the open air with some outdoor fitness. Plus, you can also go for a dip in an outdoor swimming pool or lido. 

It’s now also possible to have a day out spotting furry friends at a city farm. Or pre-book your place for a visit to ZSL London Zoo to see its incredible range of animals.

Ways to explore the city

Get some fresh air on a relaxing walk or go for a cycle to discover new places around the city. You can make use of more space to safely get around as the city emerges from lockdown, thanks to the Streetspace for London scheme.

Hop on a river cruise to see the city from the water on a sightseeing tour or enjoy the sights with a side of tasty treats. Alternatively, get the adrenaline pumping while whizzing down the Thames on a speedboat tour

More reopenings

Just some of the other places now open in London include hotels, libraries, hair salons, barbers, beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlours, gyms and bowling alleys.  

See the latest lockdown rules to find out what’s open and how to stay safe outside your home

Be sure to also look out for the "We’re Good to Go" mark, which you may start to see when out and about. This ensures the business you’ve visited has followed UK government guidelines and has coronavirus safety regulations in place. 

What's not open yet?

Not every business in London is allowed to reopen yet. Exhibition halls and nightclubs have been asked to remain closed until further notice – see the full list of businesses which are yet to open.

Help your small local businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward crowdfunding platform.

If you're not able to visit London yet, you can continue to experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide. 

Face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport, in taxis and private-hire vehicles, and in many indoor settings, including shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, museums, galleries and cinemas. Take a look at the full guidance on when and where to wear a face covering.

Find the latest official UK coronavirus information, which includes guidance on how to stay safe outside of your home.