General opening and closing times in the UK
Opening times for businesses and services can vary hugely. Use this guide as a very general outline for what to expect, but for exact opening times you should contact the organisation directly. Also note, most British businesses do not close for lunch.
09:00-12:30 Saturday (limited branches)
*Many surgeries and clinics only see patients during certain hours. Some offer out-of-hours and weekend services.
If you have a medical emergency you should go to the Accident and Emergency department of the nearest hospital – Emergency services can be called free on 999.
24 hours a day
You can call emergency services free on 999
*Larger shopping areas and centres may stay open later, sometimes up to 22:00, especially in busy periods like Christmas.
Around lunchtime – 17:30* Sunday
*Times vary and some museums and galleries may close one day during the week.
*Nightclub closing times can vary greatly, some close around 02:00, while some stay open all night.
09:00-12:30 Saturday (main offices only)
*Pubs in Britain have had the right to apply for a 24-hour drinking licence, so you will frequently find pubs open well after 23:00.
*Again, opening times can vary
24 hours a day
Opening time vary, especially weekends. Some centres may close on Sundays.
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