Love London Love Culture’s Guide to Places Re -opening

As things slowly and cautiously begin to re-open with enhanced safety measures, here’s a guide to some of the attractions that are welcoming visitors back. If you do plan on visiting please make sure you check all safety details that you will have to comply with when making a trip.

(c)National Gallery

The National Gallery: now open – this famous gallery is now welcoming visitors back having opened its doors to the public on the 8th July. With this, its exhibition Titian: Love Desire, Death has been extended until the 17th January 2021. New safety measures include visitors having to book a ticket in advance of their trip as well as several one way routes to help ensure social distancing.

The View from the Shard: 1st August – those who are hoping to take in the stunning views of London once again will be able to do so from the beginning of August. The attraction has announced a reduced capacity to help with social distancing, with arrival slots being allocated in 15 minute slots.

Old Royal Naval College: 13th July – for people wishing to explore Greenwich and the Old Naval College will be able to do so from the 13th July. Safety measures put in place include the fact that the Painted Hall, King William Undercroft and interpretation gallery are reopening for visitors with limited tickets each day. Booking a ticket in advance is highly recommended, while the grounds of the college will be open from 7am – 7pm.

Royal Academy of Arts: 16th July – while the venue is now open to Friends of the Royal Academy, it will re-open to the public on the 16th July. Visitors must book tickets in advance and be aware that its operating on different opening hours –  Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm.  

Sir John Soane’s Museum: 1st October- the museum and home of architect Sir John Soane is currently aiming to open its doors to the public in the Autumn. Initially, it will open for limited opening hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-4pm, with free timed tickets that must be booked online in advance.

Guildhall Art Gallery: 1st August – opening at the beginning of August for weekends only, the Guildhall Art Gallery also announced the extension of its exhibition The Enchanted Interior until the 30th August. Find out more about the gallery’s safety measures here.

BFI Southbank: 1st September while full details of the venue’s programme has yet to be announced, the news the BFI Southbank is re-opening will be welcome news to film fans.

City Cruises: now open for those looking for a more leisurely way to see all of London’s famous sites, the news that City Cruises is now accepting bookings will be great to hear.

Tower Bridge : now open- it is now possible to visit one of London’s most famous landmarks! While capacity has been reduced due to social distancing guidelines, it is still possible to have a fun time at this iconic place.

Cutty Sark: 20th July : the Royal Museums of Greenwich are slowly making progress to reopening all venues by starting with the Cutty Sark on the 20th July. It is expected that visitors will pre-book tickets before visiting.

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