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.

It's time to support London's shops, markets, pubs, restaurants, attractions, museumsgalleries and other great places that make up the city.

Follow the latest lockdown rules as you revisit your go-to spots in central London, discover new local favourites or plan a staycation in London. Just remember to stay safe, be responsible and follow social distancing guidelines.

When out and about, make sure to share your London using #BecauseImALondoner on social media!

What's open in London?

London theatres, cinemas and concert venues

The curtain has been raised on cinemastheatres and concert halls across London.

Several London musicals are welcoming back audiences in the West End this autumn, with social distancing and other safety measures in place. Check out London's top 10 musicals as they make their long-awaited return to the stage.  

For an evening of alfresco entertainment, watch a film under the stars at an outdoor and drive-in cinemas in London.

Shopping in London

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

Head over to central London's amazing shopping destinations for flagship shops, cool boutiques and department stores, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby.

Alternatively, hit the high street and check out what's on offer from smaller local businesses, whether you're looking for fitness gear and craft supplies, or cool face coverings, winter threads and new plants babies for your pad.

Markets have also been opening up 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 in-store capacity.

Food and drink

Revisit some of your favourite spots to eat and drink as London’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants hang up their “open” signs once again.

Dive into a cafe for a lunchtime treat, pick up your favourite takeaway coffee and book in for the meal you’ve been craving at that restaurant on your list. 

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

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme officially ended on 31 August. However, you can still eat out for less at selected restaurants across the city, which offer similar deals and special discounts.

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.

All pubs, bars and restaurants are now required to close at 10pm and will operate a table service only. You must also wear a face covering in these venues, unless you're seated.

Outdoor activities in London

Explore the great outdoors on your doorstep at your nearby parks and gardens, or enjoy a picnic in leafy surroundings. 

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 go for a dip in an outdoor swimming pool or lido. 

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

Ways to explore the city

Get some fresh air on a relaxing walk or go for a cycle to discover new places across the city. You can make use of more space to safely get around thanks to the Streetspace for London scheme.

Hop on a river cruise to see the city from the water on a sightseeing tour or enjoy the sights with a side of tasty treats. Alternatively, get the adrenaline pumping while whizzing down the Thames on a speedboat tour

More reopenings

Just some of the other places now open in London include hotels, libraries, hair salons, barbers, beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlours, gyms and bowling alleys.   

Be sure to also look out for the "We’re Good to Go" and "See it Safely" marks, which indicated that the businesses you’ve visited are following UK government guidelines and have coronavirus safety measures in place. 

What's open for Christmas in London?

Check out some of the top things to do this Christmas in London, with special coronavirus safety measures in place, for a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas show in London: Six The Musical, Everybody's Talking about Jamie, Potted PantoThe Nutcracker, Pantoland at The Palladium, Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall and Les Misérables – The Staged Concert are just some of the shows taking to the stage with coronavirus-safe measures in place for audiences. 

Tick off items from your gift list while Christmas shopping in London. Alongside enhanced safety measures including socially distanced queues and one-way systems, you'll need to wear a face covering while shopping and may have to queue to enter some stores. 

Go for a twirl on one of London's best ice skating rinks, as Hampton Court Palace, Canary Wharf and Queen's House are all set to return with socially distanced skating this festive season. 

Experience some of London's most magical Christmas attractions, from the wizarding wonders of Hogwarts in the Snow to the dazzling light trail at Christmas at Kew

For more inspiration, take a look at 101 things to do this Christmas in London

What's not open yet?

Not every business in London is allowed to reopen yet. Exhibition halls and nightclubs have been asked to remain closed until further notice. 

Help small local businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward crowdfunding platform.

If you're not able to visit London yet, you can continue to experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide. 

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, supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, museums, galleries and cinemas. 

Find the latest official UK coronavirus information, which includes guidance on how to stay safe outside of your home.