Best London activities after lockdown

Plan ahead and find the best things to do in London after lockdown.

From museums and galleries, to drive-in cinemas and top restaurants, discover some of the top things to do in London after lockdown.

Many attractions and venues in London must close their doors while the city is subject to national lockdown restrictions  check back soon for the latest information about reopenings and rescheduled events. 

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

London looks forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best things to do outdoors

Find more fun things to do outdoors in London. 

Places to go shopping in London

All non-essential shops and markets in London must close due to national lockdown restrictions. However, many places are running delivery and click-and-collect services, so you can continue to support your favourite local spots during lockdown. Find out what's open and when.

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 public indoor settings, including shops and supermarkets.

Tasty food and drink in London

  • Indulge in a sky-high bottomless brunch 40th floors above the City of London at Duck and Waffle.
  • Sit outside to enjoy a meal at one of London's best alfresco restaurants.
  • Dine in an Instagram-worthy igloo with views over Tower Bridge at riverside hotspot, Coppa Club.
  • Sample a delicious menu of Bombay-inspired dishes at the newly revamped Dishoom in Covent Garden.
  • Sit outside among the heaters in the cosy seating area at Milk Beach and try some Australian fare for brunch, lunch or dinner.
  • Snap Chinatown decked out in hundreds of rainbow-coloured lanterns, before tucking into a meal at a restaurant in this popular pocket of London.
  • Take in stunning views of the city at Sky Pod Bar in the Sky Garden, which sits at the top of The Walkie Talkie building.
  • Hop in The Standard, London's iconic red pill lift for Decimo, where a Mexican and Spanish feast of flavours by Michelin-starred chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias awaits.
  • Get your street food fix from one of London's best markets.
  • Explore the emporium of goods while you stop to refuel at Petersham Nurseries' Richmond and Covent Garden venues.
  • Escape to Neverland London for fondue, feasts and cool cocktails in an alpine forest setting.
  • All aboard the Brigit's Bakery classic afternoon tea bus tour! Enjoy a cuppa and a selection of treats while taking in the sights of London from a Routemaster bus.
  • Experience incredible London views on the Skylight rooftop at Tobacco Dock.
  • Treat your sweet tooth to the luxurious Charbonnel et Walker afternoon tea at the May Fair Kitchen.
  • Get cosy at one of London’s best rooftop bars.
  • Support neighbourhood businesses with a visit to one of your local restaurants.

All restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes in London must close their doors due to national lockdown restrictions. However, many businesses are running delivery, click-and-collect and takeaway services during lockdown, so you can continue to support your favourite spots and discover new places on your doorstep. 

Cultural spots

Museums

Check out some of the best museum exhibitions in London.

Galleries

  • Explore one of the world’s greatest collections of paintings at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square.
  • Lose yourself in paintings, drawings and sculptures spanning the centuries at the Guildhall Art Gallery, before taking a peek at London’s Roman Amphitheatre.
  • Spend an afternoon learning about British art from the 1500s to the present day at Tate Britain.
  • See photographs inspired by politics and black lesbian and gay identities in contemporary South Africa at the Zanele Muholi exhibition at Tate Modern. Until 31 May
  • View some of the Queen's favourite paintings from the Royal Collection at the Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition. Until 31 Jan 2022

Take a look at some of the top art exhibitions in London.

Top London events

London theatre and shows

Discover more of the best theatre in London.

Outdoor events in London

More top London events

  • Experience a dazzlingly glamorous performance from singers, dancers and entertainers during London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club. 2 Sep-20 Nov
  • Be transported through five different periods of musical history with One Night Records' Lockdown Town. From 1 May
  • Combine yoga with a sprinkle of vogueing during the sass-filled VOGA fitness class. 

Fun London attractions

  • Explore the incredible collection of plants and fungi at Kew Gardens.
  • Climb aboard the famous Cutty Sark – one of the fastest sailing ships of its time – in Greenwich.
  • Step inside Tower Bridge to learn all about the incredible history of this world-famous London landmark. And make sure to stand on the glass floor in the Walkways, if you dare!
  • Check out the new public sculpture by Eva Rothschild in Coal Drops Yard, before hunting for more art in the area.
  • Scale one of the most iconic structures in London to get unbeatable views of the city at Up at The O2.
  • Step through the famous doors of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to enjoy an open-air guided tour and learn all about its fascinating history. 
  • Fuel your adrenaline rush and whizz down the river at high speeds with Thames RIB Experience and Thames Rockets.
  • Or enjoy the scenery at a slower pace and have lunch while you sail down the river Thames on a Bateaux London cruise.
  • Be amazed by the stunning architecture of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
  • Gather your trusted team for a day of adventure and try to crack The Crystal Maze Live Experience.
  • Take in London’s riverside landmarks as you travel along the Thames with City Cruises or Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.
  • Explore the Roman Temple of Mithras and the collection of excavated artefacts found on the ancient site at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE.
  • Say hello to some of your favourite big-screen stars with Scenes in the Square.
  • Explore the capital's largest wetlands during the 11-month contemporary art programme Wetlands Unravelled.
  • Try your hand at outdoor crazy golf at Plonk in London Fields.

Plan ahead for a trip to some of the best attractions in London.

Top things to do with the kids

  • Pre-book a ticket to see the incredible selection of animals at ZSL London Zoo.
  • Spot landmarks including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace from the London Eye
  • Experience classic sets from the films, 10 laugh-out-loud live shows and more at Shrek’s Adventure on the South Bank.
  • Meet sharks, sea turtles and tropical fish at SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Walk through London’s scary history and discover secrets from the torture chamber at The London Dungeon.
  • Come face-to-face with the wax figure version of your favourite celebs at Madame Tussauds.
  • Say hello to the Beefeaters at the Tower of London, and learn about the history of the royal palace and its grizzly past.
  • Step inside the Butterfly House at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, where you'll be surrounded by hundreds of fluttering creatures. 
  • Let the little ones have some educational fun as they try out a range different careers at Kidzania
  • Journey into space during a visit to the Peter Harrison Planetarium at the Royal Observatory.
  • Take on a family-friendly challenge at The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience London.
  • Watch the pelicans being fed every day in St James’s Park, while keeping your eyes peeled for a range of other wildlife.

Find more things to do with the family.

Find out what's open and when across the city, treat yourself to a London gift voucher, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration.