Here’s what you can (and can’t do) in London this weekend
With things slowly getting back to a sense of normality, we’ve rounded up some of favourite things that you can do in the capital this weekend, even if some of them are a little different than before!
Museums and Galleries
No day out in London would be complete without visiting one of the many world-leading museums or galleries, and whilst some small museums galleries have been open for a few weeks now, some of the bigger ones have remained shut until this weekend. The Tate has announced it is opening all of their galleries on Monday 27 July, and the Royal Academy of Arts has just opened recently on July 16th, housing their ‘Picasso and Paper’ exhibition. As with the Whitechapel, it will have a one-way system, and mask wearing will be compulsory for all visitors.
Pubs and Restaurants
Many of London’s best pubs (thank the lord!) and restaurants are now open, so if you’ve missed whiling away the hours with good conversation and good wine, then London is the place to be. Although most pubs and restaurants are now operating a reservation system, on the serious plus side, some of the most hyped London restaurants that previously refused to take bookings are now playing the reservations game – so you can finally pre-book a table at the likes of Dishoom and Gloria.
Markets and Shopping
Most markets have been back open for a while now. One of our very favourite outdoor markets in London, Maltby Street Market is back with a slightly different look. Like other markets, they’ll be using a one-way system to ensure social distancing, and street food traders are making a slow, distanced return to the market. The market’s permanent residents will be selling produce from the railway arches, and opening hours are 8am-3pm on Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
One of the shopping capitals of the world, London’s shops are now pretty much open everywhere. You can shop with confidence when visiting shops, department stores and shopping centres, with safety measures including socially distanced queuing, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and a limit on capacity.
From 24 July, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England.
Finally, no trip to London would be complete without a visit to London’s famous jewellery quarter, Hatton Gardens. We’re open for appointment (with additional safety measures in place), and the buzz of the gardens is returning every day. The quieter times allow you to take in some of the great architecture we have here in the gardens, and peruse at your will the brilliant diamond jewellery that sits in the 100’s of jewellery makers windows along the streets.
If you’re interested in visiting our showroom in the heart of Hatton Garden in London to see any of our jewellery, or if you are looking to sell your jewellery, simply book an appointment online, or give us a call on 0203 116 0069.