Listed below are the upcoming guidelines for consuming in London eating places for up to date information


The restaurants should be open from April 12th and open again from May 17th. Can’t keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We are here to help. Check out this page for the latest food and drink rules and regulations in London. We will update them as soon as something changes. What they are sure to do.

When can I go to a restaurant, pub or bar?

Starting April 12th, you’ll be able to eat and drink outdoors and, soon after, actually eat in a restaurant.

Here’s a breakdown of how things will change. If we are not 100% sure about some rules, we will set TBC according to those rules until we are.

April 12th – reopening outdoors

  • From this date, you will be able to eat and drink outside of London’s pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
  • The “rule of six” is back – that is, up to six people can meet – or two separate households.
  • Take-away alcohol from pubs and restaurants is again allowed
  • You will still be asked to check in using the NHS (TBC) app.
  • You can use “the facilities” indoors, but you must wear a mask (TBC).

May 17th – Drinking and eating inside continues

  • From this date you can eat and drink inside again
  • From this date hotels will also be able to open (if you are planning a short break in the UK, Here’s our guide to gourmet hotels).
  • As before, you must check in using the NHS app and masks must be worn on arrival and when moving to the premises (TBC).
  • The rule of six (as above) applies indoors.
  • Up to 30 people can now meet outdoors

June 21st – free for everyone

  • From this point on, the rule of six and all other restrictions on the meeting will be removed.
  • Night clubs are also opened

And are these dates confirmed?

As much as you can. Each of the appointments is checked seven days in advance. If the COVID case numbers look good, they will stay the same.

What about curfews?

There are no curfews or requirements to have food with a drink. Hence, no more debates about whether a Scottish egg is an “essential meal”.

And go to the bar?

We assume that it will be a table service until June 21 at the earliest – but that is TBC. However, there will still be exceptions – table service is not required for places without a liquor license such as McDonalds or Pret.

What about masks?

We do not assume until June 17th at the earliest that you only need to wear a mask when you are seated at your table (or at the bar / counter).

You must wear a mask when entering and exiting the premises – and also when leaving your table – e.g. B. If you need to go to the bathroom or have a cigarette / steam outside while you are there. If someone walks past you (inside) while eating and is not wearing a mask, they are essentially breaking the rules.

All employees must also wear a mask.

Where do these restrictions apply?

All over England.

There may be differences in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – but you will have to look elsewhere. We are sorry.

And what if I choose to stay

Fortunately, there are plenty of places to eat and drink across London and across the country. You can find all of these in our Staying In Guide.

One more thing?

Not now, but God knows the rules have changed a lot in the past. As always, we’ll update this page when it does (and also highlight what’s changed).

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