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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.
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.
We recommend a wide variety of ticket types for all the attractions in the UK and these are provided by lots of different suppliers.
If you have tickets for an attraction that is closed on your visit date, you will need to look up your ticket supplier and contact them for a refund. All tickets purchased are either sent or confirmed via email or have a traceable contact attached for just such an issue.
Many suppliers will reach out to their customers offering refunds for the tickets purchased in advance if that attraction is affected. If you have not heard from your supplier or are having trouble working out who supplied your ticket, we will do our best to help you.
It is not our responsibility to answer this. Only your government can advise on this issue, so you should always check with your government’s travel related information and guidance.
The current advice is all about hygiene and specifically being sure to wash your hands properly (at least 20 seconds) regularly, especially before eating or handling food, when you get to work or arrive home, blow your nose, sneeze or cough. Avoid touching your face and if you have a cough to use a tissue that you dispose of straight away or cough/sneeze into your arm. Use the specific UK government advice for protecting against the spread of Coronavirus.