Jo Soar



Extended hours for licensed premises during royal wedding weekend

Jo Soar

The Government has announced that it will proceed with an Order that allows the extension of licensing hours in England and Wales during the weekend of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.


The Home Secretary can make an order relaxing licensing hours for licensed premises in relation to a “celebration period” to mark an occasion of exceptional international, national or local significance.

The Royal Wedding will also coincide with the FA Cup Final taking place on Saturday 19 May. 

The Order will proceed following a consultation by the Home Office and will apply to premises that are already licensed to provide the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises including the provision of late night refreshment.  It does not cover late night refreshment premises where the premises does not hold a licence to sell alcohol. 

The extended hours that will be allowed are as follows:

  • Friday 18 May from 23:00 to 01:00 hours (the following morning); and
  • Saturday 19 May from 23:00 to 01:00 hours (the following morning).


The extended hours do not apply to off sales and there is no reference in the response in relation to regulated entertainment activities.

The consultation exercise was conducted over a four week period and responses were received from a range of stakeholders which included community groups, police, licensing authorities, licensed trade and trade associations.

Representatives from the licensed trade were extremely supportive of the proposed order and felt that extending licensing hours during the Royal Wedding would have an extremely positive effect for the trade.

Temporary Event Notices can be submitted for those premises that do not benefit from the extended timings or wish to operate beyond 01:00 hours.

If your interested in any of the topics raised in this article, or for further information including assistance with temporary event notices, please contact Jo. Alternatively, you can call to speak to one of the team on 0115 9888 777. 

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