The coronavirus crisis achieved something that has not been seen for decades – London coming to a standstill. With shops, businesses, and attractions all forced to shut to keep people as safe as possible, the streets, museums, and tube stations were almost silent for several weeks.
However, as lockdown restrictions begin to lift, the capital is coming back to life with several of its most-loved attractions now starting to re-open.
Earlier this week, London Zoo was allowed to open its doors with social distancing restrictions in place to keep the public from spreading any symptoms to one another.
Director general of the zoo Dominic Jermey said: “We have redesigned our zoos, set in acres of parkland, to make them Covid-secure – our zoos will look, feel and be safe, with a whole range of measures introduced, including additional handwashing facilities and sanitiser stations across our zoos, fun and engaging wayfinders, two-metre distance markers laid out in exhibits and one-way routes introduced to manage the flow of visitors safely.”
Another popular site the public will be pleased to here is now open is Hampton Court Palace Gardens. Having 60 acres of gardens and 750 acres of parkland will mean it will not be difficult for visitors to keep their distance from each other.
Londoners who cannot wait to attend a gallery or museum may not have to wait long, as they could welcome the public back over the summer.
A spokesperson for the Natural History Museum said it is “exploring a range of protective measures once we re-open”, though a date has yet to be confirmed.
To stay as safe as possible, it is advisable to avoid public transport and consider a private chauffeur tour of London instead to limit exposure to other people while exploring the city.