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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.
Two people smile while walking through the stalls of Borough Market illuminated with festoon lights
Borough Market. Credit: visitlondon.com/Antoine Buchet. Image courtesy of visitlondon.com/Antoine Buchet.

Plan a visit to amazing attractions, dine at your favourite pubs and restaurants, pick up new threads while out shopping, spend an evening at the theatre or dance until the early hours at a top nightclub. Find more things to do after lockdown

What's open in London?

Culture and entertainment in London

London attractions including museums, galleries and theatres are open across the capital. 

Discover things to do with the kids, tick off that world-famous attraction you've always wanted to visit or enjoy the latest art and museum exhibitions

Spend an evening in Theatreland as the curtain is raised for many of the West End's top shows. See new and returning musicals, classic comedy and innovative plays – just make sure to book ahead for the best seats.

There are also plenty of outdoor performances taking place under the stars, including drive-in and open-air cinemas

Dance the night away at one of London's top nightclubs or check out more things to do at night in the capital. 

Shopping in London

A woman, wearing a face covering and carrying a bag, waits to go inside a shop.
Go shopping in London, as shops reopen © London & Partners/Peter Kindersley

Shops in London are open, from quirky boutiques and high street favourites to designer labels and flagship stores. 

Head to these top London shopping locations and pop into all your favourite shops, department stores, shopping centres and markets.

Food and drink

Indoor and outdoor hospitality is open across the capital, so plan a trip to one of London’s pubs, bars and restaurants

Treat yourself to a tasty meal at a quirky London restaurant, enjoy drinks with a view at a rooftop bar, visit your favourite local cafe or grab a pint at a traditional pub.

You can also drop by London's top markets for fresh produce, street food and seasonal ingredients, including the historic Borough Market.

When visiting your favourite spots, remember that you may need to book a table in advance! 

Outdoor things to do in London

People walking on one the bridges at Kew Gardens on a sunny day.
Discover beautiful bridges and tree top walkways at Kew Gardens. Credits: visitlondon.com/Jon Reid.

Enjoy the great outdoors during a visit to London's most beautiful parks and gardens

Explore the gorgeous grounds of Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace. Alternatively, spot some outdoor art across the capital, including Illuminated River or The Line.

Visit to your favourite lido or swimming spot for a refreshing dip, or head to one of the best outdoor fitness spots in London.

London accommodation

Accommodation is open across London, so plan a hotel stay, weekend break or a longer staycation

Getting around the city

Instead of using public transport to get around, enjoy some fresh air on a walk, rent an e-scooter or cycle to your destination.

You can also whizz down the Thames on a speedboat tour, see the sights from a bus tour and enjoy a relaxing river cruise

What's not open in London?

All venues across the capital are allowed to open, although some places may still remain closed. Some events may also be postponed or cancelled. 

Coronavirus guidance for London

You must wear a face covering in most indoor settings. This includes shops, museums, galleries, theatres, hotels, cinemas and all public transport. The UK government also recommends wearing a face covering in crowded areas.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering across all Transport for London services and stations – you may be denied access to the travel network if you’re not wearing a face covering.

Make sure to check direct with the venue or event for information about opening hours, entry requirements, face coverings and special safety measures in place ahead of your visit. 

Find all the the latest official UK coronavirus guidance