The Home Office has recently confirmed pubs in England and Wales will be able to stay open longer for the royal wedding, which takes place on Friday 29 April 2011. Landlords will be able to extend their opening hours up to 0100 BST on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April without needing permission from local licensing authorities.
So this means, if you are heading to your local on Thursday 28 or Friday 29 April 2011, it probably won’t close at the usual 11pm curfew but 2 hours later.
The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be held at Westminster Abbey on Friday 29 April. That date will also be a public holiday across the UK. Home Office Minister, James Brokenshire said the marriage was “an occasion for national celebration”. He said the “modest relaxation” of the licensing hours would allow alcohol to be sold in pubs 2 hours later than usual on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), said:
“This is great news, and it is really good to see the government recognising that this is a brilliant opportunity for us all to get together in the pub, to celebrate a great national event.
With state-of-the art TV, great food and hospitality, pubs will be right at the heart of the royal wedding celebrations, and are the perfect place to enjoy the day.”
If you in town for the Royal Wedding on 29 April and would like to sample one of our FREE London pub crawls, or for 99p we recommend the beautiful Thames Waterfront pub crawl (starts at Cannon Street Tube and ends at London Bridge Tube and should be out of the way from the main crowd! But check if Cannon Street is open first).