What Time Does London Stock Exchange Close?


  • Founded in 1801, London Stock Exchange is one of the oldest stock exchanges in the world.
  • The LSE allows investors to trade from Monday to Friday.

London Stock Exchange (LSE) is the largest exchange in Europe. It is also the primary Stock Exchange in the United Kingdom. It was founded more than 300 years ago in 1801 and is one among the oldest stock exchanges.

As of April 2021, almost 2000 companies are listed on London Stock Exchange selected across 40 sectors and from more than 60 countries. The companies get listed on the London Stock Exchange either on the Main market or AIM.

What is Trade Timing?

The actual time where most of the trading takes place is called the trade timing. During this time, one can buy and sell shares, as soon as the buyer’s price matches with the seller price transaction get completed.

Whereas in Pre and Post trading sessions, trading can be conducted electronically. These sessions usually observe low trading volumes.

Trade Timings for LSE

Trading hours for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) are from Monday to Friday. The exchange is open for 8 hours and 28 minutes in total compared to other markets, which remain open for 5-7 hours. However, the timings are different in case of summer and winter.

Timings in Summers:

Pre-Trading Session: 5:05 am - 7:50 am

Regular Trading Session: 8:00am to 12:00pm and 12:02pm to 4:30pm British Summer Time (UCT +01:00).

Post-Close Session: 4:40pm - 5:15pm

And in case of partial trading session:

Pre-Trading Session: Remains same (5:05am - 7:50am)

Regular Trading Session: 8:00am to 12:30pm

Post-Close Session: 12:40pm - 1:15pm

In Winters or as per Daylight Saving, the regular trading timings are: 07:00 am - 03:35 pm, Western European Time (UTC)

The London Stock Exchange remains close on the weekend, i.e., Saturday, Sunday, and on pre-decided holidays such as New Year Day, Christmas.

Does LSE hold Lunch Break?

When most of the world’s stock market does not close for Lunch, London Stock Exchange does close for lunch, albeit technically. LSE’s market countdown and the TradingHours.com API both take lunch breaks from 12 pm to 12:02 pm.

Market Countdown: This shows the countdown to the Closing Bell of the market.

TradingHours.com API: It is the real time market status API, which tells whether the markets are actively trading right now or not. This API also tells when the market will open or close.

As per LSE, a shorter trading window increases liquidity and reduce bid-ask spreads, which ultimately helps in making markets more efficient.