Is the stock market open on bank holiday Monday?

With many companies shutting for bank holiday Monday, we look at whether the UK stock market will be open or if there’s a change to trading hours.

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Is the UK stock market open on bank holiday Monday? The answer to this question is no. The stock market will be closed on the next bank holiday, which is the late summer bank holiday, held on Monday, August 26 in 2024. 

If you're wondering what the UK stock market opening times are when it is usual trading hours, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) typically opens at 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday with a tiny break between 12pm and 12.02pm. 

This year has been a good one, both for investors holding some of the top funds in the market – like the popular S&P 500 and the ‘Magnificent 7’ tech stocks; Apple, Nvidia and Tesla – and for those investing in the underdogs such as supermarket stocks or emerging markets in India and the Philippines

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Stock market holidays vary all across the world, and here in the UK they follow the standard holiday calendar. There can be some exceptions to this, such as the extra bank holiday we gained in 2023 in celebration of the coronation of King Charles.

Is the stock market open on bank holiday Monday?

No. The UK stock exchange (LSE) will be closed on August bank holiday Monday – 26 August 2024.  

This is one of the eight standard holidays observed by the stock exchange throughout the year, like the spring and early May bank holidays, Good Friday, Christmas and New Year. 

It’s important to note that the LSE only follows English bank holidays. It doesn’t follow Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh holidays. For example, the LSE is open on 2 December, which is St Andrew’s Day in Scotland and, therefore, a bank holiday. 

Investors could use the free time to focus on their tax returns. Unfortunately for those hoping the general election would thaw income tax thresholds, both Labour and the Conservative Party have confirmed that thresholds will remain frozen until 2028.

UK stock market holidays 2024 

We’ve rounded up all the UK stock market holidays for 2024 and how they will impact trading on those days. 

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DateBank holidayOn 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 holiday half 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. Oojal has an MA in international journalism from Cardiff University, and 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.