Holy Week in London

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1. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi, everyone.

I'm planning to go to London during the Holy Week and would like to know if things are open or if everything closes for the holiday. Last year I went to Norway and was very surprised to see almost everything was closed. So please tell me if restaurants, stores and attractions usually open at this time of the year.

Many thanks.


2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 618 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Aline,
The fact that I don't really know what you mean when you say 'Holy Week' probably gives you your answer.
If I assume you mean Easter (?) then, yes, most things will still be open. I think there are some places which close on Good Friday and/or Easter Monday, but that's about it. Otherwise, smaller businesses may close one day a week, which can often be a Sunday.
If you're here for a week or more then it won't really affect your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2009, at 05:12 by stevieh ]

3. Posted by thegeegs (Budding Member 20 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi , First of all "Holy Week" is generally thought of in more Catholic countries. In the UK its "Easter". In most areas, shops will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, as will banks and offices.

In London, there will be some things open, but you should bear in mind that those 3 days are seen as part of a long holiday weekend.

Enjoy your trip!


4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Major stores and most attractions will be open throughout Easter in London, if anything, some stores will close early. You can almost guarantee that anything to do with tourism will most certainly be open.
If you are a Catholic yourself you may get to see some interesting sermons at the Cathedrals, try St. Paul's.

I hope you enjoy your stay...but bring an umbrella!