safe-things-to-do-london-covid

We may earn a commission for products purchased through links in this article

Best things to do in London that will feel safe following COVID-19

Grab your mask and get planning...

hellomagazine.com

With the government enforcing more restrictions following the rise of coronavirus cases in the UK, old fears of contracting the virus have resurfaced for many. While there is not the same lockdown as before, you may be asking the question: 'What's safe to do in London following the COVID-19 outbreak?'

MORE: 12 personalised face masks: How to get your initials printed on your face covering

We take a look at some of the fun activities and attractions in London that remain open for visitors, so you can start planning your free time…

Safe things to do in London during the coronavirus:

 

Grab a bite to eat

burger

As of 25 September, guests can dine out at Provisioners - an all-day restaurant located at The Dixon hotel in Tower Bridge. Launching a limited-edition menu in collaboration with comedian Jack Whitehall and his blog, FoodSlut, guests can indulge in a variety of brunch, lunch and dinner dishes for both meat-eaters and vegans. 

Provisioners will be running a special menu every Friday evening and weekends from 25 September to 18 October – just make sure to book in advance. 

How safe is it?

The Dixon has updated and implemented new health and safety procedures since reopening. Guests will be able to order from the Provisioners menu online using their phones, and can also maintain a social distance from others using the hotel's signage. 

To book, email reservations@provisioners.co.uk or call 0203 959 2919.

Open-air theatre

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (@regentsparkoat) on

Before the weather turns cold, enjoy a trip to an open-air theatre! Lawn tickets for the last weekend of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park are available for just £10. So grab a friend or family member, some snacks and enjoy watching the performance live on-screen. 

How safe is it?

The website reassures visitors that a maximum of 4 people can sit together, while each group is distanced by at least 1 metre from the others. Temperature checks and face coverings are mandatory. 

To book, visit openairtheatre.com

Walking tours

jodie-whittaker-doctor-who

Want to stay outside? No problem. London has plenty of walking tours which give you the opportunity to get out of the house and explore, whether you're a Harry Potter fan or love Doctor Who.

How safe is it?

In line with government recommendations, those conducting walking tours will likely change the number of people allowed in each group, while masks and social distancing will remain crucial. 

To book, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

SEE: 20 of the best luxury spa breaks in the UK

See some art at the Tate Modern

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Tate (@tate) on

You can still get your art fix at the Tate Modern, which has an impressive selection of international modern and contemporary art, plus special exhibitions. Better still, entry is free.

How safe is it?

All visitors must book a timed ticket online before visiting. On the day, you will wear a mask and follow one-way routes around the gallery which provides access to toilets and the shop.

To book, visit tate.org.uk

Go to a spa

spa-break

Relax and unwind at one of London's city spas. Everyone needs a little bit of pampering, especially following the stress of the coronavirus lockdown!

How safe is it?

Some treatments may not be available, so it's important to check with the venue before you travel.

To book, visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

READ: 22 UK staycations you need to visit on your next weekend getaway

Stroll around a market

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Borough Market (@boroughmarket) on

From Borough and Camden to Portobello Road and Greenwich, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to markets in London. Browse antiques, flowers, jewellery and more at locations across the city. 

How safe is it?

Many London markets have introduced additional safety measures and changed their opening times.

To book, visit boroughmarket.org.uk

Explore a museum

British-Museum-London

Love wandering around a museum? You can still visit your favourite places like the British Museum, which always has special exhibitions and displays.

How safe is it?

With compulsory face masks, a one-way route, hand sanitiser stations and extra cleaning measures, the museum has introduced lots of new measures to ensure safety.

To book, visit britishmuseum.org  

Something virtual...

Cai-firework-display

To be really comfortable, why don't you do something virtually? For example, Hennessy X.O is celebrating its 150th with an amazing one-of-a-kind daytime explosion event curated by renowned Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The event will take place over Cognac's Charente River on Friday 25th September at 2pm BST, and will be streamed live across the globe. Artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s spectacular use of gunpowder and fireworks have taken centre stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Netflix documentary SkyLadder, and now his creative masterpiece for Hennessy X.O aims to unite the East and West and communicate hope, joy and resilience during these unprecedented times.

How safe is it?

The performance has been designed to be enjoyed remotely, with social distancing in mind.

You can watch the live performance or any post-event footage on hennessy.com.

READ: Face masks for small faces: where to buy petite XS face coverings online

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

Activate HELLO! alerts and find out about everything before anyone else.