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The Coronavirus is an evolving situation that is affecting all areas of life. As a London and UK focussed site, we will try to keep you as up to date on all the issues that affect the visitor to London as we can. We have advice on what attractions are currently closed, what to do if your attraction is closed and you have booked tickets, travel restrictions and government advice on the outbreak. We recommend that you follow the reputable news sites and government pages specifically for the most up to date advice on visiting the United Kingdom.
In September, some tour operators started to open up booking for their most popular tours such as Stonehenge, Harry Potter, Cotswolds and Bath. We have created a page to highlight some of the London tours available to be booked now.
As winter approaches, cases of Coronavirus are increasing again in the UK and Europe. In the UK there have been a series of recent interventions designed to help slow down infection rates and try to prevent a full lockdown of the country again, as seen in March. Most recently these included a tiered system of restrictions based on which area of the country you are in and its rate of infection.
On 5 November, England once again went into lockdown. This means that attractions and destinations are mostly closed with only essential shops and services remaining open. This second lockdown lasts from 5 November to 2 December 2020.
The other countries in the UK also have their own restrictions in place.
At this stage we feel it is best to direct you to the current government advice on Coronavirus. This page is constantly updated and will detail all the rules in places for each tier of the system and for the England lockdown.
Today marks a major step-forward in the easing of lockdown measures in the UK. Although countries within the UK are easing measures at different rates, England is moving forward with its measures that affect London and some of the main areas we focus on.
Over the last month or so various easing measures have taken place, including allowing small groups of people to meet up outside (still socially distanced) and other non-essential retail shops to reopen. Today pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen too. Other UK attractions are now also either opening their doors to visitors or preparing to open soon.
Even with the reopening there will still be rules and restrictions in place. Everything must follow government guidelines. The social distance guideline has reduced from 2m to 1m+. This reduction is what has allowed a lot of places of business to reopen. You will also be asked for contact details to help with track and trace too. Do not expect things to be as they were, it will be a different experience with various measures in place.
It is now possible to visit various attractions and follow the standard guidelines of good hand hygiene, social distance and where applicable the wearing of face masks. Outside attractions are more likely to be open than indoor ones initially.
All public transport requires the use of a face mask.
When booking please do check carefully that the attraction is open, what measures are in place to protect you and what you will be expected to do to help protect yourself and others.
As more and more attractions reopen, we will be able to advise on how tour operators are adapting to providing the same great experiences for you, whilst keeping you as safe as possible.
London and the UK is now in a state of lock down with only the essential shops still open - food retailers, pharmacies, hardware stores, corner shops, petrol stations, shops in hospital, post offices, banks, newsagents, laundrettes and pet shops.Only absolute essential journeys are allowed - to buy food, look after vunerable, for critical workers getting to and from work. One exercise outing per day is allowed but no groups of people and social distancing must be adhered to.
With pubs, cafes, gyms, restaurants and attractions now closed, further social distancing is in effect and only essential journeys should be taken. At the weekend people still flocked to open spaces like beaches and parks. It is envisioned that further lock-down measures will come into effect if large groups of people continue to share the same spaces. The government is currently asking everyone that can, to work from and stay at home and any at risk group to completely isolate.
Yesterday and today has seen more closures as the city reacts to a continued increase in cases. The Queen has been forced to leave Buckingham Palace and return to Windsor and self-isolate. The major Royal Palaces and residences are closed and today Merlin closed their attractions too. This means London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons, Kensington Palace and Tower of London are all closed. Virtually all major and minor attractions in London and the wider UK are now closed.
There are new measures being introduced across the transport network of London. A partial shutdown of the London Underground begins today with up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines being closed until further notice.
The Waterloo and City line is going to shut completely from Friday and the night tube services that run on Friday and Saturday nights are being suspended.
Late services will continue to run for essential journeys on both tube and overgound and bus services will continue through the night.
It is advised that people should not be travelling by any means unless it is absolutely essential and avoid using public transport where possible.
Nearly all the major museums and galleries in the capital have now shut down and the goverment decided to close all schools from this Friday.
Continuing from the advice given yesterday and on previous days (see below) there are more closures happening all the time.
Last night Stonehenge closed until 1 May, English Heritage and National Trust have said that they are closing sites but where possible sites with wide open spaces will try to remain accessible, so although the indoor spaces will be closed, they feel people will need outdoor spaces and can therefore keep observance of social distancing measures.
The Tate galleries, British Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum have now all closed.
The West End shows has now shut down so that is in relation to the theatres in the district.
Cinemas are also closed.
New advice from the government asks that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others, particularly important for over 70's, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.
People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres, applying especially to those in London. People should stop all unnecessary travel.
As attractions and tour operators react to this new advice we will update our page to reflect any closures.
The hop-on-hop-off buses around London have decided to cease service today, joining Warner Bros. Studios' decision yesterday.
Currently the government has not enforced any closures on the UK. It is likley that mass gatherings will though shortly be banned which will affect major sporting events and other events for the short-term future.
Attractions themselves are currently still open with the main exception being Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. This was a choice by the studio itself. Other companies may make the same choice and we will update this page specifically with regard to what is still open as we learn more.
The Uk has been put into lockdown. All attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops etc are closed except for providing essential services like food and medication.
A very small number of flights into London are operating. Very limited public transport is operating.
Nobody is allowed to travel outside their residence unless it is essential.
A two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK will be enforced from 8 June.
Passengers arriving in the UK by plane, ferry or train - including UK nationals - will have to provide an address where they will remain for 14 days.
Limited relaxation of lockdown with some schools resuming