On 5 April 2011 the Government brought into force an order relaxing licensing hours to celebrate the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows the Secretary of State to make an order relaxing opening hours for licensed premises to mark occasions of ‘exceptional international, national or local significance. A ‘licensing hours order’ overrides existing opening hours in licensed premises (i.e. any premises with a premises licence or club premises certificate).

The order will allow licensed premises in England and Wales to stay open between 11pm on Friday 29 April and 1am on Saturday 30 April, and between 11pm on Saturday 30 April and 1am on Sunday 1 May for:

  • the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises;
  • regulated entertainment; and
  • late night refreshment where alcohol is also sold or supplied for consumption on the premises.

The order will not apply to businesses that do not have the relevant authorisation on their existing licence or to premises where alcohol is consumed off the premises such as off-licences and supermarkets.