Holidays & Closing Days

Travel experts know that a well-planned London itinerary takes closing days and holidays into account. Keep these essential dates in mind to ensure you don't miss any of London's best attractions.

Holidays & Closing Days

Before finalising your London itinerary, make sure that public holidays and special operating hours don’t clash with your plans. In addition to regular holidays, transport network maintenance often results in weekend travel disruptions and retail locations are likely to open for limited hours on Sundays. For information regarding the specific opening times of major London museums, attractions and landmarks, it is always best to refer to their official websites.

Public Holidays in London

Public holidays in the UK are known as bank holidays. These are days when banks are closed, most Londoners get the day off and local children are out of school. Luckily for visitors, a vast majority of London attractions remain open on bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales (source: Visit London)

2018

1 January

Monday

New Year’s Day

30 March

Friday

Good Friday

2 April

Monday

Easter Monday

7 May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

28 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

27 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

25 December

Tuesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Wednesday

Boxing Day

 

2019

1 January

Monday

New Year’s Day

19 April

Friday

Good Friday

22 April

Monday

Easter Monday

6 May

Monday

Early May bank holiday

27 May

Monday

Spring bank holiday

26 August

Monday

Summer bank holiday

25 December

Tuesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Wednesday

Boxing Day

 

Sundays in London

A majority of retail stores operate on limited hours on Sundays across London and throughout the UK. Most shops do not open before noon and close between 4 pm and 6 pm. This includes high street stores, shopping malls and supermarkets. Some restaurants also open later and most banks are closed on Sundays. However, a majority of attractions, museums and historic places in London remain open all day Sunday.

Weekends in London

On weekends London’s transport authority carries out vital maintenance and repairs across the city’s vast transport network. As a result, some underground stations and lines may be closed and replaced with bus service on Saturdays and Sundays. For up-to-date information on weekend closures, check the official website of Transport for London http://www.tfl.gov.uk.

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