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

From great shops and top-notch pubs, to amazing attractions, museums and galleries, find out what’s open and when in London.

Plan ahead and discover some of the top things to do after lockdown in London from 2 December, including attractions, tours, theatre and Christmas activities.

Take a look at the latest official coronavirus guidelines for London. 

London is subject to national lockdown restrictions for four weeks from 5 November until 2 December. 

This means that many of London’s shops, pubs, restaurants, attractions, museums, galleries and leisure venues have been asked to temporarily close their doors. However, you can still support your favourite local businesses and enjoy some fresh air in outdoor spots.

Experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide, or plan ahead to visit some of the great places that make up the city after lockdown.

Just remember to follow the latest lockdown rules by staying at home and acting responsibly when out and about for exercise or essential journeys. 

Make sure to share your London using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag on social media!

What's open in London?

Outdoor activities in London

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

Outdoor grounds of heritage sites are allowed to stay open during lockdown. If you live in the local area, plan ahead and book to visit the gorgeous gardens of Kew GardensHam HouseKenwood House or Hampton Court Palace (weekends only). 

Playgrounds continue to remain open so you can amuse the kids. Alternatively, opt to get active in the open air with some outdoor fitness.

Shopping in London

Many shops in London have been asked to close their doors during lockdown.

However, you can still visit your local COVID-secure retailers selling essential goods and services, which includes food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and garden centres. 

All non-essential shops are temporarily shut, but many places are running delivery and click-and-collect services, so you can support your favourite businesses during lockdown.  

When visiting nearby shops and markets, you can expect to find special safety measures including socially distanced queuing, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and a limit on in-store capacity.

Food and drink

London’s pubs, bars and restaurants have been asked to close their doors as part of the national lockdown restrictions.

However, many hospitality venues are still offering delivery, click-and-collect and takeaway services, so you can continue to support your local businesses and enjoy some of your favourite treats at home. 

Markets across London are also allowed to remain open for essential food shopping. Remember, keeping it local helps to support your community!

Ways to get around during lockdown

Get some fresh air on a relaxing walk or cycle around your local area when making essential trips. You can make use of more space to safely get around thanks to the Streetspace for London scheme. 

Find out more about travel restrictions in London during lockdown. 

What’s not open during lockdown?

London's leisure venues, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have been asked to temporarily close their doors.

However, many hospitality venues and shops will still be running delivery, takeaway and click-and-collect services during lockdown. The capital's hotels are also permitted to stay open, but only for essential stays.

Just some of the other places that have been asked to close in London during lockdown include libraries, hair salons, barbers, beauty salons, spas, gyms and bowling alleys. Exhibition halls and nightclubs also continue to remain closed.   

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 and supermarkets.

Find the latest official UK coronavirus information, which includes guidance on how to stay safe outside of your home. Plus, encourage your small local businesses to sign up to the Pay it Forward crowdfunding platform.