When do pubs, restaurants and bars close on the Queen’s Jubilee Bank Holiday?

As the Queen celebrates 70 years as Britain’s monarch on her Platinum Jubilee, many of us will be celebrating alongside her over the bank holiday weekend.

The 96-year-old is the first British monarch to celebrate her 70th birthday, and a national celebration will be held across the country to honor her years of service. But those looking to celebrate the festivities in a pub, bar, club or restaurant may wonder how the occasion will affect opening and closing times.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to extend their opening hours in order to celebrate the Jubilee bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4. EssexLive gave you all the information you need on when pubs, restaurants and bars will close and why they may close later.

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When will pubs, bars and restaurants close?

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars may close at 1am each public holiday (Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4). Usually on public holidays they close at 11 p.m. The extension will allow people to continue their celebrations during the holiday.

Why can they close later?

On Monday April 25, Parliament passed an order extending licensing hours at pubs, clubs and bars across England and Wales from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. to mark the Jubilee platinum from Her Majesty the Queen. Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 gives the Home Secretary the power to make a License Hours Order, allowing premises to extend their opening hours to mark special occasions during a temporary period.

However, the government has not extended the deadlines for premises that sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises, such as off-licences and supermarkets. This means that the closing hours of these types of establishments will remain the same.

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Richard Dement

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