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 as lockdown eases across the capital.  

Plan a visit to top outdoor attractions, take a dip at your local open-air swimming pool, dine outdoors at your favourite pubs, restaurants and cafes, and pick up new threads during a spot of shopping.

Make sure to follow the latest government guidelines and act responsibly when out and about in London. 

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

All COVID-secure shops in London are allowed to reopen, following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions. 

Head to your local high street and favourite London shopping locations to visit the shops, department stores, shopping centres and markets you've missed during lockdown. 

Many places are also still offering click-and-collect and delivery services, so you can also continue to support all your favourite businesses from home. 

Tips for safe shopping in London

When visiting shops, department stores 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

Welcome back your favourite places to eat and drink during a trip to one of London’s pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Treat yourself to tasty meals at one of London's alfresco restaurants, enjoy drinks on a rooftop bar, pick up some snacks to-go from a local cafe or grab a pint in the sunshine at a nearby beer garden.

You can also visit London markets for fresh produce, street food and seasonal ingredients, including the historic Borough Market

Outdoor areas at hospitality venues are allowed to reopen with table service, following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions in London. When visiting your favourite spots, remember that you may need to book in advance. 

You can continue to support hospitality venues that are not able to reopen just yet, by grabbing a takeaway or using click-and-collect. 

Outdoor things to do in London

Enjoy the great outdoors responsibly during a visit to London's most beautiful parks and gardens. Soak up the sunshine during a picnic, or take the kids to burn off some energy in a playground.

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

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

Head to your favourite lido or swimming spots for a refreshing dip. Alternatively, practice your downward dog at one of the best outdoor fitness spots in London.

There are also plenty of outdoor performances taking place under the stars this summer, including the return of drive-in cinemas

More reopenings

Some of the other places able to remain open include libraries, hair salons, barbers, beauty salons and gyms. 

Self-contained accommodation has also reopened for overnight stays with your household or bubble, so you can plan a fun-filled staycation in London.

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.

What's not open in London?

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

Places that have been asked to temporarily close their doors include indoor London attractions and entertainment venues including museums, galleries and theatres; indoor hospitality venues including pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants which cannot accommodate outdoor seating; some personal care services such as spas; and most accommodation for leisure purposes across the city, including hotels.

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.