5 Amazing Things You May Have Missed In London Last Week: February 21 – 27

It’s been a while since we’ve had actual things to look forward to in London. Now, the city is alive and buzzing with new restaurants, rooftop bars, pop-up events, and much more. Here is some of the latest London news you may have missed last week:

a view of a busy London street with buses in the background

Nearly two years after the start of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced the end of all COVID-19 restrictions across the country. As of today, all remaining measures are no longer in place, including mask-wearing and the legal obligation to self-isolate after a postive test. The lifting of rules is part of England’s ‘Living With Covid’ plan, which encourages people to continue exercising personal responsibility.⁠ Read more here.

a man stepping into a tube carriage

London’s Tube passengers were at the mercy of a five-line strike on two occasions towards the end of last year, after RMT action against the night tube schedule caused disruptions. Now, it seems that a strike across the entire network is going ahead this week, with disruptions set to hit the network on Tuesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 3. Get all the info you need here.

Face masks are currently required on the London underground

Last week (February 21), the Prime Minister announced the end to all Covid restrictions across the country, including the end to self-isolation from Thursday, February 24. Following this, Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he expected the rule to wear face masks on the Tube – which had remained after the lifting of mask wearing in other confined spaces – to be lifted. Now, it has been confirmed that masks will no longer need to be worn on the Tube. More info here.

two kids jumping in front of dippy the dinosaur

Dippy, the world-famous dinosaur, is returning to the Natural History Museum for an extended stay this summer. Come May 27, the free installation with Dippy at the helm will be open to all until Christmas at the dinosaur’s original home (sticking around to support England’s run through the World Cup). Check it out here.

lateral flow test
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Along with England’s ‘Living With Covid’ plan comes the dropping of self-isolation after a positive test, and the ending of mass free testing across the country. From April 1, free tests will only be provided for the most vulnerable, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Care home residents, hospital patients and other groups of vulnerable people will be allowed to take tests for no charge if they have symptoms of Covid. Read more here.