Coronavirus London: latest information and advice

Find official UK coronavirus guidance and resources for travelling safely in London.
A man cycling on a long, wide path through Richmond Park with trees either side of him in autumnal colours, and the London cityscape skyline on the horizon
Enjoy the views and some exercise in Richmond Park. © visitlondon.com/Jon Reid
  • London is currently subject to a four-week lockdown, which includes the closure of leisure venues, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.
  • From 2 December, London will be subject to high (tier 2) level restrictions.
  • If you need to travel, you should avoid using public transport at peak times – cycle or walk where possible.
  • You must wear a face covering in certain places across the city, including on public transport.
  • For people already in the UK, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.
  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website.

London is currently subject to national lockdown restrictions.

From 2 Decemberthe capital will be subject to high (tier 2) level restrictions.

You can still experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide, support your favourite local businesses and plan ahead for your return to the capital after lockdown. 

Just 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!

Can I travel to London?

The UK government has advised against travel during the four-week national lockdown. 

The UK is open to international visitors. However, many countries have travel restrictions in place and international visitors should check their own government’s guidelines for advice before any travel to London.

Find more information about travelling to the UK.

What are the new national lockdown restrictions for London?

London is currently subject to a four-week national lockdown.

You should stay at home during this time, apart from for a limited number of exceptions.

Avoid travelling in or out of your local area during lockdown. If you do need to travel, you should limit your journeys and avoid busy times on public transport – walk or cycle where possible.

You must not meet indoors with anyone outside of your household or bubble. However, you can visit outdoor public places with people you live with, your bubble or one person from outside your household – check out these things to do outdoors in London.

London's leisure venues, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have been asked to temporarily close their doors. Many hospitality venues and shops will still be running delivery, takeaway and click-and-collect services during lockdown.

From 2 December, London and the rest of England will return to the tiered local restrictions system. Plan ahead and discover things to do after the lockdown in London.

Visit the official UK government website to find out more about what you can and can’t do during lockdown.

What are the three local lockdown tiers?

The UK government has introduced three local lockdown tiers – medium (tier 1)high (tier 2) and very high (tier 3).

From 2 December, London will be subject to high (tier 2) level restrictions. 

After the lockdown in London, you'll be able to continue to enjoy all of London’s COVID-secure restaurants, shops, attractions and leisure venues.

Find more information about the local restrictions in London.  

Staycations in London

If you’re planning to visit London on a staycation after the four-week coronavirus lockdown, make sure to read the latest guidance on planning a holiday in England, which includes detailed information on what to do if you feel unwell during your trip.

If your local area is under high (tier 2) or very high (tier 3) level restrictions, there are certain rules around travel and overnight stays. Check which coronavirus restrictions apply to your local area before planning a trip to London.

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London attractions, venues and events

Check out what’s open and when across the city, including shops, restaurants and outdoor spaces. Plus, plan ahead with top London activities after lockdown.

While there are plenty of fun things to do in London and London events are due to take place again after lockdown, some major events may still be postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Make sure to share your London using the #BecauseImALondoner hashtag!

Guidance for staying safe

If you need to travel, it is advised that you make your journey by cycling or walking. If you make a journey on public transport, you should avoid travelling at peak times and wear a face covering. For the latest travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

Plan ahead and get around London safely with the TfL Go app, which helps you plan the best routes and travel outside of peak times to aid social distancing.

Visit the official UK government website to find out more about restrictions due to coronavirus and how to stay safe outside of your home, including social distancing guidelines.

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Face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport, in taxis and private-hire vehicles, and public indoor settings, including shops, supermarkets, cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

Face coverings must also be worn in restaurants, bars and pubs, unless you're seated at a table.

Find more information on face coverings and where you should wear one in London.

How will coronavirus impact my travel to London?

People are required to continue observing social distancing – follow the guidelines to stay safe outside your home

Find out what to do if you feel unwell during your trip to London. There are specific procedures in place for anyone experiencing symptoms, with further information on the official UK government website.

You can also find further advice on the NHS website, including how to get a free test for coronavirus.

To avoid the spread of the virus, make sure you:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water. Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Limit contact with other people and stay two metres away from others outside of your household.
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces and when travelling on public transport. This measure applies across all TfL services.  

Pre-booked tickets

In light of the UK government recommendations, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre venues have ended some current performances – visit the Official London Theatre website for information about refunds and exchanges

If you’ve booked tickets through visitlondon.com, refer to these booking FAQs for more information and contact details.

More useful information

To ensure the businesses you visit are adhering to government and public health guidance, you’ll start to see the “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark. This is available to UK venues and businesses to signal that they’ve put in place special safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Look out for the new “See it Safely” mark as theatre doors begin to reopen, which ensures that venues are following coronavirus safety guidelines and social distancing measures. 

You can also nominate your local small businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward platform to generate funding and recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic, or find more coronavirus guidance on the NHS website

Last updated: 26 November 2020