Which shops, pubs and restaurants will be open and closed on the Queen’s funeral?

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Most supermarket chains will stay shut during the Queen’s funeral (Martin Rickett/PA)
Most supermarket chains will stay shut during the Queen’s funeral (Martin Rickett/PA)

Leading retailers announced they will be closing their stores on Monday to mark the state funeral of the Queen.

King Charles approved a new bank holiday for Monday, September 19, to “allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign while marking the final day of the period of national mourning”.

But it is the decision of the retailer whether they close or not.

Which shops will be closed?

Supermarket chains Waitrose, M&S, Aldi, Lidl, Asda and John Lewis have said they will be shut as a sign of respect to the Queen on the day of her funeral.

Homebase, Harrods, WH Smith, B&A, Primark, Argos, Ikea and Blue Diamond Garden Centres also agreed to close their stores on the day.

Royal Mail will suspend its postal services on the day, while Better will close all of its leisure centres, libraries, spas and venues.

HM Queen Elizabeth II - In pictures

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Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation in 1953 (PA)
The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation in 1953 (PA)
England captain Bobby Moore receives the Jules Rimet Trophy from The Queen after England defeated West Germany in 1966 (AP)
England captain Bobby Moore receives the Jules Rimet Trophy from The Queen after England defeated West Germany in 1966 (AP)
Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea at Buckingham Palace (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea at Buckingham Palace (PA)
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The Queen sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 (PA)
The Queen sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 (PA)
The then the Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
The then the Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)

Which shops will remain open?

Tesco will keep its larger stores closed but open its smaller Express shops from 5pm. It will also keep some shops in central London and Windsor open throughout the day “to help those attending the funeral”.

Similarly, Sainsbury’s said only its convenience stores and petrol stations will be open from 5pm until 10pm. Select stores in central London will open to serve people attending the funeral.

Few non-retail businesses are expected to remain open during the day.

Fullers Group, which owns more than 400 pubs, is expected to remain open on Monday.

“Pubs are an integral part of the community and we expect the majority of our pubs to be open to join with their communities and celebrate the life of an amazing and inspirational leader,” a spokesperson told the BBC.

Wetherspoons will also remain open and has announced discount prices for the day.

HM Queen Elizabeth II - London comes to a standstill

Members of the public wait on Whitehall road ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public wait on Whitehall road ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public wait near to Buckingham Palace ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (PA)
Members of the public wait near to Buckingham Palace ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (PA)
Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. (PA)
Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday. (PA)
Crowds gather along The Mall ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (PA)
Crowds gather along The Mall ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (PA)
Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday (PA)
Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday (PA)
Royal guardsmen and horses pass by on the day the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to The Palace Of Westminster (Getty Images)
Royal guardsmen and horses pass by on the day the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to The Palace Of Westminster (Getty Images)
People wait for their wristbands to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP)
People wait for their wristbands to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP)
People queue opposite the Palace of Westminster to be first in line bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London (AP)
People queue opposite the Palace of Westminster to be first in line bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London (AP)
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Which restaurants will be closed?

McDonald’s has said it will close all of its UK restaurants until 5 pm.

The fast food chain advises that opening hours and services “may vary after 5 pm”, and is asking customers to “please check our app before travelling”.

Greggs said it would close the vast majority.

They shared on Twitter that “a small number of our shops, operated by our franchise partners, may remain open”, but almost all will be closed to “give colleagues the opportunity to pay their respects”.

Hawksmoor is planning to keep all its restaurants open across the UK, except the one in Guildhall.