London is currently enjoying post lockdown life. Outdoor and indoor attractions are now open, and you’ll find a complete list of what’s open in our article below. Walking tours and open-top bus tours are also now operating in London. At the moment, many attractions, galleries and events are operating with reduced capacity. Things look a little different, with hygiene and social distancing measures in place at many venues, and advanced booking required at most attractions.
Lots of attractions, tours and activities are open in London and all have social distancing measures in place.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter is now open! Our special offer includes a saving of £15 per ticket! Add a touch of magic to your spring and step back into the world of witches and wizardry. Collect the tickets directly from the Studio Tour or take our bus from London where you can watch one of the Harry Potter films along the way!
Our 1-day hop-on-hop-off buses are back. And we’re offering a £4 discount on each ticket for purchases in July and August. Hop on and off as much as you like during the day with a route covering all the major sites in the city. Travel with a live English speaking guide and audioguides available.
Windsor Castle – Exclusive Guided Tour After Hours!
Our exclusive Windsor Castle guided tour is now available with limited dates in August & September. Visitors can explore the State Apartments on a guided tour that takes places after the castle has closed to the general public. Limited group numbers means and limited dates means tickets will sell out fast!
Buckingham Palace Garden is opening from 9 July to 19 September 2021. A unique opportunity to explore the grounds on a self-guided tour for the first time. Limited tickets available, that are likely to sell out fast!
A Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition is now open at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Visitors can explore a range of important works from the Royal Collection including works by Vermeer, Titian, Rembrandt and more! Entry to the exhibition is included as part of a standard ticket.
The Lion King is back! Now showing at the Lyceum Theatre, London. A wonderful opportunity to experience this timeless classic that has wowed audiences both young and old for years. Get ready for toe-tapping songs and a heartwarming storyline.
Kew Gardens is now open to the public, although with limited visitor numbers and prebooked entry timeslots. The glasshouses and shops remain closed to visitor’s, but takeaway dining options are available.
Our brand musical theatre bus tours are now operating. Hear songs from your favourite musicals onboard an open top bus. We’ll pass favourite London landmarks as you enjoy toe-tapping tunes! Available with a matinee, afternoon and evening departure, with distancing measures and natural ventilation.
Explore the Greenwich attractions! Cutty Sark, The Royal Observatory and the Painted Hall are all now open to the public. Spend a lovely day out in Greenwich and explore the most famous sights in the area. You can even stand on the historic Prime Meridian line.
The London Eyeis now open and you can once again enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the city. You’ll have to wear a face-covering and must book online in advance. COVID safety precautions include reduced capacities and clear social distancing measures.
Climb the Roof of the 02 Arena is now open to the public. Climb over the iconic roof of London’s most popular entertainment venue! During this 90-minute climb, you’ll get to see amazing views of London.
When London reopens, tickets will need to be booked online with restricted timed-entrance, and many popular exhibitions and events will likely sell out of tickets. This means that booking early to avoid disappointment is the new norm.
Activities open in London – August 2021
After months of lockdown, enjoy some family fun this August! There are lots of family activities opening in June in London, with new social distancing and hygiene rules in place. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition
Calling all Harry Potter fans! A Harry Potter photographic exhibition is opening in London’s Covent Garden from 12 July 2021. Get into the spirit of witches and wizards, explore behind-the-scenes photos from the films, ride a broomstick and chill out in the bottled Butterbeer Bar, the only one of its kind in London!
Our Open Top London bus toursare now running. Pass your favourite London landmarks with commentary from a live guide. We have multiple departure times throughout the day with limited places and allocated time slots to allow for social distancing. We also have an evening departure where you can see London lit up at night.
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers are now operating in London. Enjoyable unbeatable views of London landmarks as you travel along the Thames. Our 1-day pass includes unlimited travel between 23 piers on the Thames with departures every 20 minutes from 23 piers. This includes Embankment, Waterloo and Greenwich.
Take a private open top bus tour of London with your support bubble. Now operating at just £40 per person, with a minimum booking of 6 people. Enjoy a 90-minute panoramic tour of London on your own private open top bus with audioguides! You’ll start and finish at the London Eye, and pass the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and much more during your trip!
It’s been a long time coming, but London’s iconic tourist attractions are reopening their doors as well as many family friendly attractions! You’ll need to book tickets and advance and adhere to new social distancing and hygiene measures.
Westminster Abbey reopens for sightseeing. It is currently open for worship and you can join the daily Eucharist service according to the latest government guidelines.
The Old Royal Naval College partially reopens on 12th April 2021. This includes the grounds, and reatil shops, although opening times have changed.
Theatres Opening in London
Theatre is returning to London this summer! Rediscover London’s West End district with shows like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, SIX: The Musical and more. Make sure to book your tickets early since capacity is limited.
Pretty Woman: The Musical is open in London this July. Your chance to catch the timeless Hollywood classic brought to life on London’s West End stage. Before the covid crisis, the Sun said its “as glitzy and glam as the movie. Go see it now, you won’t be disappointed! Get tickets >>>
SIX: The Musical is now on show. This smash-hit musical once again returns to the West End stage awaiting an enthusiastic audience. From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tales!
The London Zoo reopens on 12 April 2021, offering a safe outdoor experience for all the family.
Tower Bridge reopens soon
Somerset House will reopen part of the site on 12 April 2021, including the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court and River Terrace. The on-site Watchhouse and E10 café Hej also reopen (takeaway only).
Many outdoor spaces at Hampton Court Palace are now open. Some of the outdoor spaces are already open
The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace reopens on 17 May 2021. This includes Masterpieces from the Buckingham Palace exhibition
Kensington Palace is reopening on 26 May, including the State Apartments and Victoria: A Royal Childhood
The Drive-In is offering drive-in cinema experiences, a great way to get out of the house while socially distancing! Lots of films, outdoor theatre and live performances will be on show at Troubadour Meridian Water in Enfield
Several museums and galleries are re-opening their doors to visitors in the next few weeks, with new restrictions in place in response to coronavirus. This means booking tickets in advance, wearing face masks and adhering to distancing restrictions.
24 May 2021: A Banksy Exhibition is arriving in London, showcasing many of the artists most famous works
Monday, 17 May 2021: The RAF Museum London reopens
17 May 2021: The Natural History Museum reopens, including its highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts exhibition
19 May 2021: The Victoria & Albert Museum reopens, with exhibitions including Bags, Renaissance Watercolours, and more reopening to the public.
Some of the major museums are opening on 19 May 2021, including the Imperial War Museum and The Science Museum
Monday, 17 May: The Barbican Centre is reopening, with the art gallery and Conservatory open to the public, but with reduced numbers. This includes the Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty exhibition.
Wednesday 19 May: Whitechapel Gallery reopens, with bookings to their major show, Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, as well as an array of free displays.
Tuesday 18 May 2021: The Royal Academy of Arts reopens, including an Edvard Munch exhibition (from 18 May), Michael Armitage Exhibition (from 22 May) and David Hockney exhibition (23 May).
Monday, 17 May: The Tate Modern and Tate Britain hope to reopen on this date. A Turner exhibition is on at the Tate Britain until 12 September 2021, exploring how the artist broke convention to paint his changing times. And there’s a Rodin Exhibition taking place at the Tate Modern
Tuesday, 18 May: The Design Museum reopens to the public, with pre-booking essential.
The Horniman Museum is now open to the public
TBA: The National Gallery now open, entrance is free although you must book before your visit
TBA: The Foundling Museum has now reopened
TBA: The Wallace Collection is now open. There is now reduced opening hours and a free timed ticket system which you need to book in advance.
What’s Still Not Open in London?
A few attractions, museums and galleries have yet to announce their reopening dates, although it seems likely that most will reopen in the coming months. And it seems that most theatre shows have plans to reopen this year, although many will wait until Autumn 2021 to finally reopen their doors to the public.
In light of the continually changing situation, this page will be regularly updated. Last update: 16 June 2021.