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 and recreation, take a dip at your local open-air swimming pool, 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.

Make sure to follow the latest government guidelines by staying local and acting responsibly when out and about for exercise or recreation.

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 now visit COVID-secure shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres and market stalls again.

All non-essential shops in London may now reopen following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Many places may still offer click-and-collect and delivery services, so you can support all your best-loved businesses.

Some personal care venues can also welcome customers, including your favourite hairdressers and nail salons.

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 at one of London’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants

Although some hospitality venues might not be able to reopen just yet, 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.

When visiting your favourite dining spot, remember you may need to book a table as some venues might operate a booking-only policy.

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

Outdoor places in London

Enjoy the great outdoors responsibly during a visit to London's most beautiful parks and gardens, or soak up the sunshine during a picnic.

Spot some outdoor art on your daily stroll, including the Illuminated River and The Line running from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The O2.

Get some fresh air and book ahead to visit the outdoor attractions allowed to welcome visitors, including the gorgeous gardens of Kew Gardens, Ham House, Eltham Palace and Kenwood House.

Outdoor sports facilities have also reopened, so you can head to your favourite lido or outdoor swimming spots for a refreshing dip.

Take the kids to burn off some energy in a playground, or get active with some fun outdoor fitness.

What's not open in London?

Many businesses must close while London is subject to national coronavirus restrictions.

Places that have been asked to temporarily close their doors include London attractions and entertainment venues including museums, galleries and theatres; some hospitality venues which cannot accommodate outdoor seating including pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants; personal care services including spas; 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.