What is open on Monday? How pubs, shops, schools and trains are affected by bank holiday for Queen’s funeral

Monday has been designated a bank holiday in the UK for the state funeral of the Queen.

Many shops have said they will be closed or offer reduced hours on the day and other services may also be affected.

Here is what we know.

When time is the Queen’s funeral?

The Queen’s lying in state will finish at 6.30am on the morning of the funeral.

The coffin will then be taken in a military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral which begins at 11am.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royals and key figures from public life will be invited to gather in the abbey, which can hold a congregation of 2,000.

The service will be televised, and a national two minutes’ silence will follow the Last Post being sounded at 11.55am.

The funeral service is expected to end at approximately noon.

After the service, the coffin will be taken in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch and then travel to Windsor.

Once there, the hearse will travel in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk, after which a televised committal service will take place in St George’s Chapel.

Later in the evening, there will be a private interment service with senior members of the royal family when the Queen will be laid to rest.

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Which shops will be open?

Sainsbury’s has said its larger stores will be closed on Monday. However, its convenience stores and petrol filling stations would be open from 5pm until 10pm to allow customers to purchase essential items.

Some stores in central London would also be open to serve those attending the funeral.

Tesco has also said its larger stores will be shut, but convenience stores will open from 5pm.

The supermarket has also cancelled online orders on the day of the funeral, as has online retailer Ocado.

Morrisons said all its UK supermarkets will shut on Monday, with petrol stations opening at 5pm.

Lidl and Aldi will both shut their stores for the day, as will Co-op.

M&S said it will close stores and also pause deliveries to customers. There would be “limited exceptions in London and Windsor”, where the retailer will serve customers paying their respects to the Queen.

However, these stores will be shut during the funeral itself, it added.

Franchise stores at travel locations and in public service sites, such as hospitals, are expected to remain open on Monday.

Asda said it will shut all its stores until 5pm on the day and there will be no online deliveries.

The John Lewis Partnership, which also operates Waitrose supermarkets, will close almost all its stores with a “very limited number” be open on the route of the funeral procession. However, these will close for the funeral itself.

Before setting off it is worth checking opening hours to confirm.

DIY stores Homebase and B&Q, as well as Wilko, Primark, Poundland and WH Smith will all be closed.

What about other retailers and venues?

Most major stores as well as independent shops are likely to be closed until at least 5pm on the day of the funeral.

McDonald’s has announced it will open at 5pm. Costa will be shut all day, other than cafes inside hospitals.

Major cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will be shut all day, as will most theatres and museums.

Gyms including PureGym and David Lloyd will be closed during the funeral itself.

Will pubs be open?

JD Wetherspoon

The pub chain has said its central London, railway station and airport pubs will all remain open on Monday as the Queen’s funeral takes place.

It added most of its venues will be shut for the funeral service, only opening for the day from about 1pm after the funeral takes place.

A spokesman for the company said: “Pub company Wetherspoon is opening its pubs in central London, rail stations and airports and all of its hotels (hotels will be open for resident guests only) during normal trading hours from 8am until midnight on Monday 19 September.

“The majority of its pubs will open later than usual, after the state funeral, at approximately 1pm and will remain open during normal trading hours after that.”


The Stonegate Group, which runs more than 4,500 pubs across the UK, said it plans to keep venues open and show footage of the Queen’s funeral.

Star Pubs & Bars

Heineken’s pub arm, Star Pubs & Bars, said it may keep some venues open for the day, but will allow independent leaseholders to decide what they want to do.

Greene King

Greene King, which owns around 2,700 pubs and restaurants in the UK, said their branches will be open with some showing the funeral on televisions.

A company spokesperson said: “For those pubs and restaurants that don’t have televisions, such as our casual dining venues, we’ll be opening after the service.

“Customers are advised to contact their local pub to confirm opening times as these could be subject to change.”


Fuller’s runs more than 400 pubs and said it expects “the majority” of its pubs to remain open.

Mitchells & Butlers

This chain runs around 1,700 pubs, restaurants and bars, including Harvester, All Bar One and O’Neill’s.

It has said that all its venues will stay open on Monday and showing the funeral “where possible”, and people should check with their local pub for opening times.

Again, it is always worth checking with your branch to confirm opening and closing hours before setting off.

What about schools and transport?

Schools around the UK will close on this bank holiday.

Government sources told the PA news agency that this would give thousands of pupils the chance to watch the televised service and pay their respects.

Extra train services are being put on to accommodate people travelling to London for the funeral.

Train operators are advising people to leave as much time as possible when making their journey and to check schedules before they travel.

It is also worth checking with Transport for London with regard to travel around the capital to check for diversions, changes to services and potential station closures.

Do shops have to close on Monday?

According to the government guidance: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the national mourning period.

“Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the State Funeral, however, this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”

The British Retail Consortium said: “Retailers are taking their lead from Government and are choosing to mark the Queen’s passing in ways they deem appropriate for their staff and customers.”

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