Public holidays, or "bank holidays" as they are known, are spread throughout the year and mark religious, historical and special events.
Many of London's shops, attractions and businesses stay open throughout the public holidays. Be sure to check opening times before visiting on these days as some will open for reduced hours and others might not open at all.
|New Year's Day||Tuesday 1 January||Wednesday 1 January|
|Good Friday||Friday 29 March||Friday 18 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 1 April||Monday 21 April|
|Early May Bank Holiday||Monday 6 May||Monday 5 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||Monday 27 May||Monday 26 May|
|Summer Bank Holiday||Monday 26 August||Monday 25 August|
|Christmas Day||Wednesday 25 December||Thursday 25 December|
|Boxing Day||Thursday 26 December||Friday 26 December|
Christmas Holidays and Closures
The one time of year when London feels quiet is over Christmas Day (25 December) and Boxing Day (26 December).
There is no public transport on Christmas Day. There's a reduced service on Boxing Day and Christmas bank holidays, which fall on 25 and 26 December in 2013.
School term dates change from year to year and differ from school to school. In particular there are differences between local authority-run schools and independent schools.
Traditionally, there are three school terms, with short mid-term (half term) breaks and a longer break over the summer:
Summer holiday: late July to early September
Autumn half term: final week of October
Christmas holidays: late December to early January
Spring half term: one week in mid-February
Easter holidays: two weeks either side of Easter Sunday
Summer half term: one week end of May/early June
There are further differences with many local authorities now adopting a standard school year. This is made up of six terms, each of a similar length.