London Coronavirus Information
Updated: May 26th 2020
Here you have all the latest information on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in London is no longer a threat.
London Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the past 24 hours)
- London coronavirus: Number of deaths in capital falls for third week running
Read more here
- Boris Johnson wants to reopen Britain’s schools in a week. Parents, teachers and local officials are pushing back
Read more here
- What planet are they on?’ No respite for Johnson and Cummings
- Read more here
London Coronavirus Travel Information
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers updated and at providing the latest information regarding the London coronavirus situation. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of London’s airports.
If you are stuck in a hotel room, we gathered all the information about airports and public transport to make things a little easier for you. Please make sure you check with your airline to find out whether there have been any alterations made to your travel plans.
London Airport Information
– All flights now operate from Terminals 2 and 5
– Terminals 3 and 4 remain closed
– Only come to the airport if you are travelling
– Arrive at the airport 2 hours before a European flight and 3 hours before an international flight
– Travellers must obey the 2-meter social distancing measure
– Rail Services to terminal 4 suspended from May 8th 2020
London Public Transport
Public transport in London remains functional, however it is minimised in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is advised that pubic transport is used exclusively for essential journeys. If you do take public transport, please make sure you keep your distance from others. It is also advised that you wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and gloves for your hands while on the bus, train or metro.
You can plan your journey by visiting these pages first:
Keep up to date on public transit here:
- King’s Cross Station
- Paddington Station
- Euston Station
- London Bridge Station
- Victoria Station
- Pimlico Station
- Tottenham Court Road Station
- Charing Cross Station
- Westminster Station
All attractions in London are temporarily closed and travel is restricted to these destinations. If you are staying in London for a longer period of time, you might still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again. Here is the list of London’s iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Buckingham Palace – All sites are currently closed
- British Museum – Temporarily closed
- Natural History Museum – Temporarily closed
- The National Gallery – Temporarily closed
- London Eye – Temporarily closed until further notice
- The Shard – Temporarily closed
- Tower of London – Temporarily closed
- Big Ben – Temporarily Closed
- Hyde Park – Open to public, but closes at 10pm (Brompton Cemetery and Greenwich Park close at 7pm and Kensington Gardens reverted to closing at normal time since May 11th 2020)
- St. Paul’s Cathedral – Temporarily closed
- Westminster Abbey – Not currently open for public
- Palace of Westminster – Closed
- Kensington Palace – Temporarily closed
- Borough Market – Remains open Monday to Saturday (The Green Market is closed and hot food is no longer sold)
- London Zoo – Temporarily closed (Donations are welcome to support animals!)
- Royal Botanical Gardens – Temporarily closed until further notice
Governmental Restrictions in London
It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions and minimise your social interactions to prevent coronavirus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in London and the UK by clicking here.
Here are the key takeaways and rules to follow set by the British Government, which apply in London and the UK. Please visit the official website of the UK Government to see if any changes have been made or sign up here with your email to get a notification messenger with all updates.
- People are advised to stay at home as much as possible
- If there it is an option, it’s advised to work from home
- Keep contact with others to a minimum and practice social distancing (keep 2 meters apart from others)
- Wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser
- If you or anyone in your home has symptoms, no one is allowed to leave home unless medical caregiver is contacted; resume to follow their instructions
- Pubs, restaurants, and venues are to remain closed; however may offer delivery and takeaway
- Food shops and pharmacies to remain open, and their respective measures must be followed
- Outdoor activities may resume such as going for a walk, running and group exercises in parks as long as 2 meter distance is kept between those exercising
- Outdoor work may resume as long as there is a 2 meter distance kept between the workers
- New train timetables are made and more available trains in order to avoid overcrowding
- Supermarkets could remain open for longer on Sundays to avoid overcrowding on weekends
- Driving to the countryside and having a picnic is allowed with members of your own household
- “Bubbles” of 10 people are allowed (which means, you may meet up with the same people on a daily/weekly level as long as it is the same crowd each time)
- Local cricket and grassroots football allowed; smaller sports allowed soon, while larger sporting events and mass gatherings will be one of the last things to be allowed
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. Relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and by dispersing gatherings.
Corona Travel: How safe is it to travel?
- Forbes on Summer Tourism 2020: Tourists can travel to Italy again In June
“In a bid to revive the country’s hard-hit tourism industry before the summer holidays, Italy announced Saturday it will allow travel in and out of the country starting June 3.” Continue reading here
- PulseTravel on the Coronavirus: New study highlights America’s appetite for travel post COVID-19“According to a new study, almost 75 percent of the people surveyed would feel comfortable traveling by car after around 60 days.” Continue reading here
- Lonely Planet on the Coronavirus: Which airlines are resuming international flights this summer?“Despite current widespread travel restrictions, some are slowly resuming services this summer albeit with limited capacity and new rules around social distancing and sanitation.” Continue reading here
What to do while currently in London
- Food delivery
Restaurants are closed but that doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Ubereats or other delivery websites, pick anything you want and have it delivered to your location.
- Watch a London-based movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch an movie that was filmed in London instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie based in London while you’re in London? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of the 11 Best Movies Set in London.
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Keep the communication going with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When you’re stuck inside for a longer period of time and running or going to the gym is no longer an option, yoga and stretching are the way to go. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. We are in this together and every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?