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10 Things tourists can finally do in London again

Key tourist attractions are starting to re-open again in London as lockdown eases. If you're planning a trip to London soon, find out about the things you can now do.

It’s been a long time since tourists have been able to enjoy everything that London has to offer. Since March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has forced most of London's attractions to close, leaving us dreaming about what we’ll do in London as soon as the pandemic is over. 

But, while the pandemic certainly is not over, key tourist attractions are starting to open up again. This means if you’re planning a trip to London, there is now a lot you can enjoy and experience, despite the coronavirus restrictions that are in place. 

In this article, we highlight all the things you can do when you visit London during the pandemic, including activities you can do in groups, as couples, or on your own. London is finally opening up again - and it’s time to get out there and enjoy!

Please note: this information was correct at the time of writing. Be aware that things might change, so we encourage you to keep updated with the latest lockdown rules for visiting London. Please also follow the links provided under each section of this article for up to date information. 

1. You can enjoy fine dining in London’s restaurants 

London’s restaurants are world famous for several reasons. Variety, quantity and quality are just some of them. People flock from all over the world to experience our capital’s culinary delights, and after months of closure, many of these restaurants are finally opening their doors again. 

From trendy high street restaurants to high-end eateries, there are now plenty of choices for frenzied foodies flocking to London. 

Dining out in London during the pandemic is an activity appropriate for couples, individuals, and even small groups. 

This article details exactly how London’s best restaurants are opening, including capacities, updated opening times, group number limits are more. 

2. You can meet as a group in London’s parks  

Since lockdown started, it’s been nearly impossible for groups of people to enjoy quality time together. But, recent changes mean it’s now possible for small groups to meet outdoors. 

And what better place for this than one of London’s amazing city parks? Famous worldwide, London’s green spaces are filled with boating lakes, nature, wildlife and famous monuments, capturing the imagination of everyone who visits them. We love them so much, we’ve even written a whole article about our favourite parks in London.

As of summer 2020, government guidelines outline that up to 30 people from six different households can now meet outside. For groups of friends who want to enjoy a weekend away in London, spending a day in one of the city’s breath-taking parks is a great way to get a taste of the city and stay safe at the same time.

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Eat out in a fancy London restaurant

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3. You can wander around London’s museums

Anyone who’s planned a visit to London will know that museums are high on the itinerary list. London’s museums are filled to the brim with history, art, nature, pop culture and much more. There’s no doubt that London has a museum for you, no matter where your interests lie.

And now, after months of closure, many of London’s museums are starting to open their doors to the public again. This means tourists can once again peruse the long corridors of some of the world's most famous and well known museums.

Museums are a great attraction for single travellers, couples or small groups from the one or two households.

4. You can visit and ride the London Eye

The London Eye is one of London’s must-do attractions, but since the outbreak of the coronavirus, tourists have had to admire the amazon structure from the ground.

But now, the wheel is finally back in action, along with special measures to ensure you and your party is kept safe while enjoying the spectacular views of London. Reduced groups and extra cleanliness precautions mean that when you visit London, you can take a ride on the most famous ferris wheel in Europe after all.

Whether you’re a small group, a couple or an individual, you’ll need to prebook in order to secure your place. Keep up to date with visitor information during the pandemic on the London Eye website.

5. You can go hit the shops

London is a world famous for its shopping paradise. Packed full of glamorous high streets, dainty boutique stores and colourful outdoor markets, shopping in London provides the type of retail therapy you just can’t get in most other cities. And, after months of closed doors, the tills are back in order, and the shops have finally opened their doors.

For tourists visiting London, this means the likes of Oxford Street, Harrods, Selfridges, Mayfair and Carnaby Street are all open for business. Even if you only fancy a spot of window shopping, these hot locations are must-sees for anyone wanting a full London experience.

You can even head to the famous open air markets such as Camden, Brixton and Greenwich. Keep up to date with which open air markets are open via Secrete London.

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Check out London's varied shopping scene

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6. You can enjoy an evening at the theatre

The West End brings millions of tourists to London each year. Audiences flock to the city for the bright lights, the award winning productions, and the glitz and glam of a night out at the theatre. 

While going to the theatre is not the same as it was before the pandemic started, slowly but surely, theatres in London are starting to open their doors. Since the 15th of August, socially distanced indoor performances have been permitted to take place, alongside outdoor performances. 

While the West End remains closed, other theatres throughout London are starting to hit the stage once more. Find out what performances are available for your trip by heading to the London Theatre Guide. 

7. You can enjoy an ale in a traditional pub

British culture and pub culture go hand in hand, and London boasts some of the finest pubs and bars and in the whole of the UK. 

Due to the pandemic, pubs and bars closed to the public for several months. But, they’re finally open, meaning tourists are able to sip a pint of London Pride in a real, traditional pub.

To make this possible, pubs have put extra measures in place to ensure public safety. Many areas have even extended their outdoor seating areas to provide guests with extra space and better ventilation. For example, the Soho neighbourhood has even pedestrianised a lot of its outdoor space to make more room for outdoor seating. 

Pubs are ideal for small groups, couples and individuals, Just make sure you keep an eye on the rules surrounding pubs and bars here

8. You can explore an English Heritage Site in London

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites, and London is home to some of their most iconic sites. From Winchester Palace and Wellington Arch, to Eltham Palace and Chiswick House and Gardens, there are a huge number of English Heritage sites now open and ready for visitors. 

These beautifully maintained buildings and gardens are some of the most impactful examples of British architecture and history, and can be enjoyed for hours on end. Take a look through the English Heritage sites in London and plan your day out.  

Traditional London pub
Visit a traditional London pub for a pint

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9. You can Enjoy an Afternoon Tea In London

With restaurants and hotels finally opening up, the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea is back on the London Itinerary. That means you can finally curb your craving for miniature coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise, or wafer ham sandwiches - finished off with a dainty victoria sponge or two.

London is home to some of the most famous afternoon teas in the United Kingdom, and there are an abundance of swanky hotels and cafes to choose from. From The Mayfair to The Hyde, and everything in between, there’s an Afternoon Tea with your name on it. Just check what precautions you need to take before you arrive. You can find a huge selection of places to choose from here.

10. You can spend the day relaxing in a swanky London Spa

It’s been a stressful few months, and what better way to de-stress with a relaxing day spent at a swanky London Spa?

London is home to as many spas and spa hotels as you can shake a fluffy robe at, and many of them are starting to open up as coronavirus restrictions are starting to relax. 

From the downright luxurious to some of the more affordable spa circuits, London has a Spa for every budget and every preference. TimeOut has even pulled together a list of the best London Spas to make it easy for you choose - all you need to do is remember to pack your cossie!

Visiting London during the coronavirus pandemic

Just like everywhere, London has changed a lot since the pandemic began. For tourists, this has meant a lot of what our beautiful city has to offer hasn’t been easily accessible for many months.

But things are starting to open again. Both groups and individuals can enjoy a lot of what London has to offer. So, if you’re planning a trip to London, our range of affordable accommodation options are perfect for tourists.

Based in Bloomsbury, our accommodation is central with excellent transport connections, making it an easy place to get to from airports and train stations.

We also have Stay Central group accommodation located near Russell Square Tube Station and popular areas such as Oxford Street, Covent garden and the West End.

Our accommodation offers well-equipped and spacious apartments in beautiful Georgian buildings perfect for large groups. Within our B&B accommodation, as well as rooms, we have smaller flats too if this type of accommodation suits you more than self-catered apartments.

Simply fill out the form at the bottom of our Group Bookings page to help us find the perfect solution for you or browse our site to find out more about our accommodation.

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