The public holidays in London England are quite generous and you will find that you have some great long weekends where you can take of and explore the city or ever further afield. Living in London will be one of the most exciting times of your life. You’ll get the chance to experience this cosmopolitan city and immerse yourself in British culture and the way of life. When you have settled into your new job and your new London rental then you might want to take some time off to explore the city and your new home.
Public holidays in England are called bank holidays and all schools and most businesses do not work on the day. Banks are also closed but there shops and grocery stores open across the country, especially in London. If the bank holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday then the Monday will be given as a substitute making a rather nice lengthy weekend for you to get away for a mini-break.
Public, or bank holidays are rather different from holidays in the rest of the world. For example, Thanksgiving is not celebrated in England, although many expat Americans and Canadians celebrate the day with all of the traditional trimmings sourced from stores that cater to the expat population in London. The public holidays can also change each year: In 2011, there is a special bank holiday on the 29th of April in honour of the Royal Wedding.
Bank Holidays in 2011:
1 January: New Years Day
22 April: Good Friday
24 April: Easter Sunday
25 April: Easter Monday
29 April: Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding
2 May: May Day Bank Holiday
30 May: Spring Bank Holiday
29 August: Summer Bank Holiday
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day
27 December: Christmas Day Bank Holiday (because Christmas day falls on a Sunday)
Having these little breaks throughout the year gives people the chance to relax and enjoy their off time before and after the long summer holiday, which is when most people in England take their annual holidays. The summer holiday is usually between June and August with schools and businesses returning to work in the first week in September. Many folks try to get out of town claiming to be avoiding the massive influx of tourists, but if this is your first year here then you stay and take advantage of all of the great tourist attractions that are laid on. Living here means that you will know the city already and you will be able to head off to visit some of the Best of British during the summer.