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London Public Holidays

London Public Holidays

London Public and School Holidays

London (UK’s ) Public and School Holidays

Below is a list of the annual public holidays in London.

London/Public holidays (2019)

New Year’s DayTue 1 Jan 2019
Good FridayFri 19 Apr 2019
EasterSun 21 Apr 2019
Easter MondayMon 22 Apr 2019
Early May Bank HolidayMon 6 May 2019
Spring Bank HolidayMon 27 May 2019
Summer Bank HolidayMon 26 Aug 2019
Christmas DayWed 25 Dec 2019
Boxing DayThu 26 Dec 2019

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) which includes London of course has eight public holidays per year but in 2012 there one extra to celerbrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary (Queen’s Diamond Jubilee). Northern Ireland does differ slightly from the rest of UK as they have 2 extra ones, St Patricks day March 17th and and The Battle of the Boyne (Orange day) July 12th. 

Public Holidays                     2012                2013
New Year’s Day                    2 January           1 January
Good Friday                          6 April              29 March
Easter Monday                      9 April               1 April
May Bank Holiday                 7 May               6 May
Bank Holiday (Whit)              4 June             27 May
Diamond Jubilee Queen’s        5 June             not appicaple

August Bank Holiday            27 August         26 August
Christmas Day                    25 December      25 December
Boxing/ St Stephen’s Day    26 December      26 December

25 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
25 DecemberThursdayChristmas Day
26 DecemberFridayBoxing Day
26 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
5 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
21 AprilMondayEaster Monday
18 AprilFridayGood Friday
1 JanuaryWednesdayNew Year’s Day
1 JanuaryThursdayNew Year’s Day
3 AprilFridayGood Friday
6 AprilMondayEaster Monday
4 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
25 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
31 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
25 DecemberFridayChristmas Day
28 DecemberMondayBoxing Day (substitute day)
1 JanuaryFridayNew Year’s Day
25 MarchFridayGood Friday
28 MarchMondayEaster Monday
2 MayMondayEarly May bank holiday
30 MayMondaySpring bank holiday
29 AugustMondaySummer bank holiday
26 DecemberMondayBoxing Day
27 DecemberTuesdayChristmas Day (substitute day) 

When a public or bank holiday falls on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) the holiday is normally the following Monday.

School Holidays

School terms differ from London borough to borough and from state run and privately run schools. A school year consists of three terms and a number of seperate term breaks (Holidays). The holidays/ breaks are normally called  short term, mid term and long term breaks and average a few days to the 2 or 3 months.

Summer holiday:  (2 to 3 months depending on primary or secondary school, usually end of June / July to beginnig of September)

Autumn half term: last week of October

Christmas holidays: December 20-22nd to January  3rd / 4th 

Spring half term: A few days to a week in February

Easter holidays: one to two weeks around easter time.

Summer half term: one week around the end of May into early June

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