London's Reopening 2021

As lockdown eases, we’ve put together a guide of what’s open and when in London to help you plan for your return visit to the city, to rediscover you favourite London experiences and places.

What’s Open in London Now

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Government’s Roadmap – Here are some things you can do in London as lockdown eases – Remember to be safe, wear your mask, and follow social distancing guidelines.

You can now:

  • Stay at hotels as of 17 May  – We are excited that our hotels in London are open and once again welcoming all guests. We’ve put together some deals and packages at St Giles London & St Giles Heathrow for you to make the most of your return visit! VIEW OFFERS
  • Enjoy drinks and meals indoors or outdoors at pubs and restaurants with the rule of six. Save with our reopen special – 50% OFF your food bill at our in house restaurants – Sage & Chilli in Bloomsbury at St Giles London hotel and Il Grasso at St Giles Heathrow hotel
  • Go shopping safely on Oxford Street and in Covent Gardens, non essential shops are now open
  • Take the family to London Zoo, or to Chessington World of Adventures – Zoos and theme parks are now open
  • Get your culture fix as museums, theatres, cinemas, and galleries are open. Explore your favourite museums in London without the long queues

From 21 June 2021

  • No more legal limits on social contacts and life celebrations and events such as weddings (subject to review)
  • Large events such as theatre performances and nightclubs will reopen (subject to review)

Full details of Government’s Roadmap via this link

London Events

Summer by the River, London’s largest free festival, is back in the city from 10 June – 30 September 2021. The riverside between London Bridge and Tower Bridge will be home to the festival, including drinking and dining pop-ups – before opening up with a full-packed programme of free entertainment, screenings and activities from 21 June 2021. Click for more details 

EURO 2020 has been rescheduled for the 11 June – 11 July 2021 with all England matches as well as the semi-finals and final matches playing at Wembley Stadium. England games are on the 13, 18, and 22 of June 2021. The semi-finals and final are scheduled for the 6, 7, and 11 of July 2021. Click for more details.

Wimbledon 2021 Championship is scheduled to take place from the 28 June – 11 July. For full details, including tickets and capacity, please visit www.wimbledon.com

Taste of London – Delight in a summer feast from many of the city’s top restaurants, in London’s Regent’s Park. When: 7-11 July & 14-18 July  Where: Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR – just a 15-minute walk or 20 minutes via the tube from St Giles London hotel . Click here for more details

Hampton Court Palace Festival – Where better to enjoy the magic of summer and music than in the courtyard of this famous Tudor Court palace. Festival will feature acts such as Tom Jones and Nile Rodgers. When: 13 – 24 August. Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU – Just a 15-minute drive from St Giles Heathrow hotel or just over 30 minutes via public transport. Click here for more details

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 21 – 26 September 2021. This year, for the first time ever, the Chelsea flower show will be in the autumn. Click for more details

London Attractions & Landmarks

Picnic at Buckingham palace in London summer 2021

Picnic on the Lawns of Buckingham Palace – This summer, for the first time ever, you can enjoy a picnic in the gardens at the Queen’s city home, as Buckingham Palace opens its grounds to the public. Pack your picnic baskets and savour the experience. When: from 9 July – 19 September – Click for more details. (The Palace is open for regular spring & summer tours from 21 May  – More details vis this link). 

Kew Gardens is open and welcoming visitors again to enjoy fresh air in its magnificent gardens and a special series of events to boost your mood and wellbeing. Know Before You Go: You must book your time slot online before you visit, otherwise, you will be turned away, even if you’re a member. More details here & here.

Enjoyed the Bridgerton Series on Netflix during lockdown? You can now visit some of the filming locations in person. Tour the elegant Ranger’s House, which serves as the exterior shot for the Bridgerton family home and is located in Greenwich, London. Learn more about visiting via this link. For locations outside of London, visit this link to plan your day trip.

Covent Gardens – Your favourite open air destination in Central London had a makeover. Covent Gardens is offering so many outdoor options to dine alfresco – from pop-up restaurants to food trucks. Kick start the summer with a three week long Rosé Festival at Covent Gardens now – 6 June 2021.  Learn more via this link!

London Eye reopens on 17 May. Rediscover this iconic 360-degree view of the London’s skyline.  Know Before You Go: Tickets must be pre-booked online, site is cashless, guests must wear a face-covering and capacity per pod has been reduced. More details here

Rediscover the history of the famous Tower Bridge – reopening on 17 May. Plus your instagram feed is missing this popular icon. Know Before You Go: A one-way route has been put in place. You will start your visit at the North Tower, then walk across the iconic glass floor to the South Tower. Cashless site, pre-book tickets online, face mask is required, and reduced group size. More details here

The Tower of London will open on the 19 May, welcoming visitors Wednesdays – Sundays, including all outdoor areas. Explore her Majesty’s 1000 year-old fortress and see the crown jewels, line of Kings, and the White Tower. Know Before You Go: Number of visitors at one time have been reduced. Tickets and arrival time must be booked online, in advance. One-way visitor routes. More details here

Kensington Palace is welcoming visitors Wednesdays – Sundays. Travel back in time by exploring the birthplace of Queen Victoria and former home of Princess Diana. New Exhibition: Royal Style in the Making featuring Princess Diana’s wedding dress. From 3 June 2021 – 2 January 2022. Know Before You Go: Book your tickets in advance online.  More details here

Madame Tussauds London will reopen on 17 May. Go rub shoulders with Royalty and take a selfie with your favourite celebrities from here and across the pond. Know Before You Go: Pre-book your ticket and time slot online. Cashless site. Face mask is required. More details here

 

Museums & Art Galleries 

Alice Curiouser and Curiouser at the VA Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum is now open with two new exhibitions: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – showcasing the evolution of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland in the Sainsbury Gallery. Runs from 22 May – 31 Dec 2021. Tickets: £20, and Epic Iran – exploring 5000 years of art, design and culture of Iran. Starts 29 May – Tickets: £18. Know Before You Go: Timed tickets must be booked online. Face masks are required in building. More details here

The British Museum is open and showcasing two new exhibitions featuring Thomas Beckett and Nero.  Know Before You Go: Free & paid entry is now ticketed and must be booked in advance online. Face masks are required. There is a new one-way route sign posted throughout the museum. More details here

The Museum of Home will reopen this spring with new galleries showcasing our domestic history – how our homes have evolved over the last 400 years.  More details via this link

The Serpentine Galleries now open with two new exhibitions:

The Tate Modern is open with the long awaited exhibition,  Yayoi Kasuma – Infinity Mirror Rooms. Experience the rare chance to immerse yourself in Kasuma’s Brilliance of Life. More details here.  Know Before You Go: Timed tickets are required before arrival, cashless payments, face masks are required in galleries, and one-way routes are in place. Plan your visit via this link.

Markets Open in London 

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Eataly London – Delight in the flavours of Italy in London with the city’s newest culinary destination. Located in Broadgate, Eataly will open on 29 April. Click for more details

The famous Camden Market is opened. One-way route system has been put in place to manage a socially distanced flow of traffic. More details here

The Borough Market is open Mondays – Saturdays. Located near London Bridge, go delight in fresh, delicious food at one of London’s oldest food markets. Social distancing measures are in place with reduced level of communal seating. More details here

Seven Dials market is open. Escape to this slower paced section of London’s West End and indulge in shopping, dining, drinking and fun. For some weekend entertainment, enjoy live acoustic pop up performances during select Saturdays between 2pm and 7pm up until 26 June.  More details here & here

Brixton Village in South West London, offers a taste of the world by reflecting London’s delicious food and cultural diversity. The village and market row are now open with health and safety measures in place. More details here

Tours & Adventures Open in London

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City Cruises is back in service from mid April, welcoming you on board to cruise without the crowds on the Thames.  Know Before You Go: Dining and experiences cruises must be pre-booked online. Cashless transactions only on board. A face mask is required to travel on city cruises boats. More details here

London Hop-on Hop-off bus tours are back offering you a view of London from the top. Know Before You Go: Face mask is required on the bus. Tickets must be purchased online. Hygiene screens have been installed to keep distance between drivers and guests. Numbers of passenger allowed on bus have been reduced. More details here

The Harry Potter Studio Tour will reopen on 17 May. Escape reality to the magical world of Harry Potter. Know Before You Go: Tickets must be booked in advance and are not available to purchase at venue. A face mask is required during visit. More details here

Walking Tours – London is like a living museum, which you can explore for free on foot – including London Blue Plaques tour and Free Tours by Foot.

London’s West End & Beyond

West End in London is reopening

It’s lights on and curtains up in the West End starting the 21st of June, as some of your favourite plays and musicals are set to return to London’s Theatreland.

Beyond the West End

The Globe Theatre will welcome audience from 19 May for safe socially distanced performances. See Midsummer Night’s Dream from 19 May and As You Like It from 8 June. More details via this link.

The National Theatre in South Bank (SE1 9PX) reopens for live performances from 2 June. Death of England: Delroy will resume. More details here

The Bridge Theatre (located a 10 minute walk from London Bridge tube station) reopens 17 May with Vox Motus’ Flight  and a new play, Bach and Sons, by Nina Raine. More details here.

 

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