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Update 1 December 2020

From Wednesday 2 December, London will move into Tier 2, high alert level.

  • If you’re planning to travel home (and leave London) for the winter break, get tested for Covid and travel home safely. The Government has advised that you travel home between 3 and 9 December, after which point, there will be no further in-person teaching of any kind. Read about how to travel home safely here.
  • If you’re not planning to travel home for the winter break, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Join our facebook group to find others staying in London.  

In-person club and society activity

  • In-person club and society activity will remain paused until 10 December. 

  • From December 10 we can only approve core activities which take place outdoors, and strictly follow the rule of six – for example societies running outdoor walking tours. However, all indoor activity and any activity involving more than six individuals (including multiple groups of six in one space) will remain paused. 

  • We are confident that we will be able to support more varied in-person activities and reopen our indoor spaces from January, and are working with colleagues across UCL to get the clarity we need. Read more about our January plans.

Changes to our outlets

The majority of our spaces will remain closed until the Christmas break, but we will be reopening some of our spaces from Thursday 3 December in-line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 national guidelines.

Reopening from Thursday 3 December:

Remaining open:

  • Gordon’s Cafe (for takeaway only)

Currently and remaining closed:

  • The Institute Bar
  • The Huntley
  • Phineas
  • George Farha Cafe
  • Mully’s
  • Stone Willy’s Pizza
  • Print Room Cafe 

We are aiming to reopen The Institute Bar, Print Room Cafe and Phineas for the start of Term 2 2021. 

* The gym will operate with revised opening hours, Mon - Fri 08:00- 17:00, Weekends 9:00 - 17:00. No new memberships will be sold before the Christmas Break. Gym members have received an email about reopening and you can also read more on the Bloomsbury Fitness website. If you have any further questions, please contact us on  


UCL’s campus is safe and complies with the latest Government restrictions. Libraries, study-spaces, and outdoor meeting spaces will remain open and continue to be accessible. UCL’s core teaching is already online, and this will continue. UCL will, however, be reviewing the amount of face-to-face provision they are able to deliver in light of the new Government guidance.

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