UK stock market opening times

We reveal UK stock market opening times, what are the extended trading hours and whether it remains open on bank holidays in 2024

UK stock market opening times - London Stock Exchange
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Stock market trading hours vary throughout the world, so you may be wondering what are the UK stock market opening times. 

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Or, if you’re looking to diversify your portfolio, check out the best-performing US stocks, European stocks and if you should invest in Japan.

But regardless of whether you are a newcomer or a long-time investor, it’s worth knowing when is the best time to trade.

Most stock markets are open throughout the working week, but that doesn’t always mean Monday to Friday. For example, the Saudi Stock Exchange is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The global stock market opening times also vary from region to region based on holidays. Every country in the world has its own traditions, be it a bank holiday, the Emperor’s Birthday in Japan, or the Carnival in Brazil.

We look at the UK stock market opening times throughout the year.

UK stock market opening times in 2024

The London Stock Exchange is typically open on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with a small break between 12:00 pm and 12:02 pm. This is unlike Asian and Middle Eastern markets which close for an hour. 

With a total trading window of 8 hours and 28 minutes, the exchange has some of the longest opening hours in the world. In comparison, the trading session in New York is just 6 hours 30 minutes.

The London Stock Exchange is shut on weekends, and some big City traders can place deals outside of the standard stock market opening times. The exchange conducts what is known as extended hours or after-hours trading, which takes place when the market is closed.

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Regular trading schedule
Trading times Monday – FridayPre-Market and After-Hours Trading
5:05 am to 7:50 amPre-Trading
8:00 am to 4:30 pmRegular Trading
4:40 pm to 5:15 pmPost-Close Trading
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Partial trading schedule
Trading times Monday – FridayPre-Market and After-Hours Trading
5:05 am to 7:50 amPre-Trading
8:00 am to 12:30 pmRegular Trading
12:40 pm to 1:15 pmPost-Close Trading

Will the London Stock Exchange be open during bank holidays in 2024?

While the London Stock Exchange generally stays open each weekday, bank holidays in England and Wales can impact its trading services. We’ve rounded up all the bank holidays coming up this year and the impact they may have on the UK stock market. 

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UK stock market bank holidays 2024
DateBank holiday On Exchange Trading ServicesOTC/SI Off-book trade reporting only
Monday 26 August 2024Summer Bank HolidayNON-trading dayAvailable as normal
Tuesday 24 December 2024Christmas Holiday half dayMarkets closing process commences from 12:30 London time. Standard settlement day.Available as normal
Wednesday 25 December 2024Christmas DayNON-trading dayNot available
Thursday 26 December 2024Boxing DayNON-trading dayAvailable as normal
Tuesday 31 December 2024New Year Holiday half dayMarkets closing process commences from 12:30 London time. Standard settlement day.Available as normal
Wednesday 1 January 2025New Year DayNON-trading dayNot available

Source: London Stock Exchange

Oojal Dhanjal
Staff writer

Oojal has a background in consumer journalism and is interested in helping people make the most of their money. Before joining MoneyWeek, she worked for Look After My Bills, a personal finance website where she covered guides on household bills and money-saving deals. Her bylines can be found on Newsquest, Voice Wales, DIVA and Sony Music and she has explored subjects ranging from luxury real estate to the cost of living, politics and LGBTQIA+ issues. Outside of work, Oojal enjoys travelling, going to the movies and learning Spanish with a little green owl.