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 your city. 

Follow the latest lockdown rules as you begin to revisit some of your go-to spots and discover new favourites in your patch of London. Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines when out and about.  

Make sure to share your stories and experiences as you rediscover your city using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag on social media!

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 cuppa and croissant, and book in for that meal you’ve been craving at the restaurant just down the road.

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

You can use the government's Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to get a 50% discount when you eat or drink in participating restaurants and cafes. Make use of the discount every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August.

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.

Shopping in London

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

Head to the high street and check out what's on offer from your area's 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 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 capacity.

London theatres, cinemas and concert venues

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

You can now watch arts performances al fresco, with outdoor theatres, dance, music and opera allowed to return to the stage.

However, indoor theatres and concert halls aren’t able to stage live performances, and many places may not be ready to open their doors, so keep an eye on venues for the latest opening news and safety measures. 

Watch a film under the stars at an outdoor and drive-in cinemas in London.

London attractions, galleries and museums

Take a stroll to that local museum you've been wanting to visit, or cycle to a nearby gallery for your much-needed culture fix.

Museums and galleries across London are allowed to open. However, many have not yet reopened, so make sure to check direct with the venue before heading out.

Be a responsible tourist in your own city and check out which nearby London attractions are opening, with special safety measures in place, including gardens, heritage sites and landmarks.

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 take a dip in an outdoor swimming pool or lido. 

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

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

More reopenings

Just some of the other places now allowed to open in London include hotels, libraries, hair salons, barbers, beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlours, gyms and community centres – 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. Bowling alleys, casinos, 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 to generate funding. Plus, continue to experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide, where you'll find live performances and many more things to do at home. 

Face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets and many other enclosed public spaces in England. From 8 August, you'll also be required to wear a face covering in public indoor settings, including 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.