Trading hours stock exchange United Kingdom (LSE)

The London Stock Exchange or LSE is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and the largest in Europe. The total capitalization of the shares listed on the stock exchange therefore exceeds £20 billion. But what are the exact opening hours of the London Stock Exchange? And on what special public holidays does the London Stock Exchange close? On this page you will find all the information you need!

What are the opening hours of the English stock exchange?

Are you curious about the opening hours of the English stock exchange or the United Kingdom stock exchange? Below you can see directly when the stock exchange opens:

  • The UK stock exchange opens at 8:00 and closes at 16:30 local time.
  • The England stock exchange opens at ##T|8:00## and closes at ##T|16:30## local time.

The London Stock Exchange is usually open on all weekdays.

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When will the London Stock Exchange close?

There are special days when the United Kingdom stock exchange closes. Would you like to know what those days are? Take a look at the overview below with dates on which the stock exchange will close this year:

When does the England Stock Exchange open/close?

In the timer below you can see when the stock exchange will open or close again. This way you are always ready for a new trading session!


  • 1 January – New Year’s Day
  • 2 April – Good Friday
  • 5 April – Easter
  • 3 May – bank holiday
  • 31 May – bank holiday
  • 2 August – bank holiday
  • 24 December – Christmas (open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • 31 December – New Year (open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)


  • 1 January 2020 – New Year’s Day
  • 10 April 2020 – Good Friday
  • 13 April 2020 – Easter Monday
  • 4 May 2020 – early bank holiday
  • 25 May 2020 – late bank holiday
  • 31 August 2020 – summer bank holiday
  • 25 December 2020 – Christmas
  • 28 December 2020 – boxing day

There are also special days when the stock exchange opens, but closes earlier. On these days the English stock exchange does open, but closes at 12:30 local time:

  • 24 December 2020 because of Christmas
  • 31 December 2020 because of New Year’s Eve

Temporary closures

It may happen in rare cases that the British government closes the stock exchange for a day. This can be a protective measure to prevent a huge crash. Of course, this only happens when the impact of the event is so great that panic can break out.

What are the opening hours of the FTSE 100 index?

The FTSE 100 index is the well-known benchmark of the London Stock Exchange. Within the index are the largest and most valuable companies listed on the LSE. Examples of large parties that have a position within the index are HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and British American Tobacco. Before you start investing in the FTSE 100, you probably want to know what the opening hours of the FTSE 100 are.

The opening hours of the FTSE 100 are the same as those of the normal British stock exchange. This means that you can invest in the shares listed on the FTSE100 from 8:00 to 16:30  local time and from ##T|8:00## to ##T|16:30## your time. The same applies to the opening hours of the FTSE 250 index and the FTSE 350 index which includes smaller British shares.

Do you want to invest in England yourself?

Would you like to invest in English shares or in the London Stock Exchange indices? That is definitely possible, since the LSE is one of the largest and most accessible stock exchanges worldwide. The only thing you need to place positions on this exchange is an account with a broker. With eToro you can buy & sell shares without paying commissions, use the button to directly open an account:

What currency is used on the London Stock Exchange?

Shares on the London stock exchange are traded in the pound sterling. Bear in mind that your investment may decrease in value as your currency strengthens in relation to the UK currency.

Where can you find the England Stock Exchange?

The England Stock Exchange can be found in London, which is the capital of the United Kingdom. You can visit the stock exchange’s website here. The full address details are here:

Tullvaktsvägen 15115 56 Stockholm, Sweden

You can also reach the stock exchange via or +44 20 7997 4400.


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