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Public Holidays

Most attractions and businesses close for a couple of days over Christmas and sometimes Easter. Places that normally shut on Sunday will probably close on bank holiday Mondays. The transport network shuts down in London on Christmas Day, apart from Santander Cycles. Hotel restaurants are about the only thing you'll find open.

New Year’s Day 1 January

Good Friday Late March/April

Easter Monday Late March/April

May Day Holiday First Monday in May

Spring Bank Holiday Last Monday in May

Summer Bank Holiday Last Monday in August

Christmas Day 25 December

Boxing Day 26 December

School Holidays

These change from year to year and often from school to school. As a general rule, however, they are as follows:

Spring half term One week in mid-February

Easter holidays One week either side of Easter Sunday

Summer half term One week in late May/early June

Summer holiday Late July to early September

Autumn half term One week in late October/early November

Christmas holidays Roughly 20 December to 6 January