Thinking of going out to a restaurant, pub or bar but can't keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We're here to help. On this page you'll find the latest rules and regulations about eating and drinking in London, and we'll update it as soon as things change. Which they most certainly will.
What tier is London in right now?
Right now, London is in Tier 2, aka high risk.
When can I go out to a restaurant, pub or bar?
Right now, you can visit any restaurant, pub or bar in London (and England) until 10pm.
The 10pm closing time, means that all customers will need to have left the building by that time. In pubs expect the return of the "last orders" call or bell - around 9.40pm, we'd say. Which will bring back memories for some.
How many people can I dine with?
Right now, you can only dine indoors with people from your own household or support bubble.
However, you will still be able to dine outside with people who are not in your household or support bubble. The rule of six applies, though - no more than six diners to a group. Winter alfresco it is, then.
What are the rules when I get there?
It's now table service only - by law - both inside and outside.
That means you'll need a table (or a seat at the bar) and you'll have to order any food and drinks from there. So there's no more leaving your seat and going to the bar for a drink, and absolutely no mingling. Booking in advance is highly recommended (and, usefully, that's now an option in many places where it wasn't possible previously).
There are exceptions though - table service is not required for places without an alcohol licence - like McDonalds or Pret.
What about masks?
The only place you don't have to wear a mask is when you're seated at your table (or at the bar/counter).
You'll now have to be wearing a mask when you enter and leave the premises - and also whenever you leave your table - e.g. if you need to head to the loo or pop outside for a cigarette/vape while you're there. Essentially, if anyone walks past you when you're eating and they don't have a mask on - they're breaking the rules.
All staff also have to wear a mask from now on.
What about takeaway/delivery?
There are no time restrictions for them - so even when a restaurant closes at 10pm, it may still be possible to order food for delivery after that time.
Where do these restrictions apply?
Across England (including London). There may be differences in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland - but you'll have to look elsewhere for those. Sorry.
And what if I decide to stay in?
Luckily there are lots of places delivering food and drink across London and nationwide. You can find all those in our Staying In guide.
Not right now, but God knows the rules have been changing a lot. We'll update this page when they do (and also highlight what's changed).
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