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Published on: 4 May 2021

Last updated: 27 October 2021

Information for buskers

Coronavirus advice

Please note that national coronavirus guidance should be adhered to at all times when performing at your pitch, which currently prevents members of the public gathering as an audience and requires a risk assessment when two or more people perform together.

Council officers will provide updated guidance on busking during the coronavirus emergency period in the Busking and Street Entertainment Forum.

Leicester Square

Find information about changes to busking pitches in Leicester Square.
Pitch numbers Dates Activity Description Key information
8 and 9 27 October to 11 November 2021 Christmas Market Build of event site Pitches suspended until 6pm
9 12 November 2021 to 9 January 2022 Christmas Market Restriction of timings to avoid clash with shows

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: suspended after 7pm

Fridays and Saturdays: suspended after 6:30pm

Sundays: suspended between 4:30pm and 7pm

8 and 9 9 November 2021 Premiere Area within and part of the event site and on vehicle access route Both pitches suspended
8 and 9 1 December 2021 Premiere Area within and part of the event site and on vehicle access route Both pitches suspended
8 and 9 6 December 2021 Premiere Area within and part of the event site and on vehicle access route Both pitches suspended
8 and 9 8 or 9 December 2021 (tbc) Premiere Area within and part of the event site and on vehicle access route Both pitches suspended
         

 

UKPN have begun the preparation works for their compound in the south of the gardens. Vehicle movements should not impact the busking pitches.

Trafalgar Square

Find information about changes to busking pitches in Trafalgar Square.
Pitch numbers Dates Activity Description Key information
17 to 22 23 October 2021 Diwali Area is within and part of the event site All pitches suspended
17 to 22 24 October 2021 'The Walk' - Amal Puppet Area is within and part of the event site All pitches suspended
20 to 22 28 October 2021 WCC Climate Change event Area is within and part of the event site All pitches suspended
17 to 22 7 November 2021 to 14 January 2022 Christmas Market Area is within and part of the event site All pitches suspended

Covent Garden

There is no planned activity taking place in Covent Garden. 

King Charles Island

Find information about changes to busking pitches on King Charles Island.
Pitch Numbers Dates Activity Description Key Information
23 14 November 2021 Remembrance Sunday Area is within and part of the event site Pitch suspended until 2pm

Other Pitches

There is no planned activity taking place.