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.

Show some love for London and the amazing places that make up the city during lockdown. 

It's still possible to visit local outdoor attractions for exercise, order a takeaway or delivery from your favourite pubs, restaurants and cafes, and pick up essentials or click-and-collect from shops in your neighbourhood.

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

If you're not able to visit London yet, you can continue to experience the capital from your sofa with our Virtually London guide. London looks forward to welcoming you back soon!

What's open in London?

Shopping in London

You can continue to visit COVID-secure shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres and market stalls in your local area to pick up all your essentials.

All non-essential shops in London must temporarily close during lockdown. However, many places are offering click-and-collect and delivery services, so you can support all your favourite places and local businesses in your neighbourhood. 

Tips for safe shopping in London

When visiting shops and markets in London, 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.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings, including shops and supermarkets.

Food and drink

Continue to support your favourite spots to eat and drink as London’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants temporarily close their doors. 

Although hospitality venues aren't able to open during lockdown, many places are still running takeaway, click-and-collect and delivery services. Treat yourself to tasty takeaway treats, pick up some snacks to-go and discover new favourites in your neighbourhood. 

London markets selling essential goods are also allowed to remain open, so you can visit local spots for fresh produce and seasonal ingredients, including Borough Market

Outdoor exercise in London

Enjoy the great outdoors on your doorstep responsibly during a spot of exercise at your nearby parks and gardens.  

Stay local and spot some outdoor art in your area on your daily stroll, including the Illuminated RiverThe Line running from Queen Elizabeth Park to The O2, Connected by Light in Canary Wharf, Winter Light on the South Bank and Tate Britain's Winter Commission

Get some fresh air and book ahead to visit the outdoor attractions allowed to remain open in your neighbourhood, including the gorgeous gardens of Kew Gardens, Ham House, Eltham Palace and Kenwood House

Take the kids to burn off some energy in London's playgrounds, or get active in your area with some fun outdoor fitness.

What's not open in London?

Many businesses must close while London is subject to national lockdown restrictions

Places that have been asked to temporarily close their doors include London attractions and entertainment venues including museums, galleries and theatres; non-essential shops and market stalls; hospitality venues including pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants; leisure facilities including gyms and swimming pools; personal care services including spas, barbers and hair salons; and accommodation for leisure purposes across the city. 

Exhibition halls and nightclubs remain closed until further notice.

Help your small local businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward crowdfunding platform. Plus, treat yourself to a London gift voucher, which can be used for amazing experiences across the city. 

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. 

Look out for the "We’re Good to Go" and "See it Safely" marks, which indicate that the businesses you’re planning to visit are following UK government guidelines and have coronavirus safety measures in place.

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