UK Time / British Time
Current time now in United Kingdom (Great Britain & N Ireland)
What is the current local time now in UK? (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
Clock showing the current local time now in London Time Zone
UK clocks on Standard Time
What time zone is UK Time in?
Does UK Time observe Daylight Saving / Summer Time?
After the Summer months the time in UK Time is shifted back by 1 hour to Western European Time (WET) or (GMT)
British Summer Time Rules
The summer-time periods begin and end respectively on the following dates at 01:00 GMT (1.00am Greenwich Mean Time):
In 2006: the
Sundays of 26 March and 29 October
Since 1981 EC Directives have prescribed the start and end dates of summer time in all Member States. There have to date been eight Directives which have set summer-time arrangements for fixed periods. The Summer Time Act 1972 sets the appropriate dates in the UK and summer-time orders have been made as necessary to implement the European Directives. The 9th EC Directive prescribes the start and end dates of summer time as the last Sundays in March and October respectively. These dates are in line with those already operating in the United Kingdom. The 9th Directive provides that these start and end dates should apply indefinitely.
Implementation of the 9th Directive in the UK is through an Order in Council under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, which amended the relevant sections of the Summer Time Act 1972. The Order came into force on 11 March 2002. A Regulatory Impact Assessment and Transposition Note were produced in conjunction with the laying of the Order.
Proposals have been made from time to time about changing the UK's time zone to Central European Time. However, any changes would need to have full regard to the effect on business and transport links with other countries, on health and safety issues such as road traffic accidents, and on social and community life. Although there could be some advantages, adoption of Central European Time in the UK would result in later sunrise in winter, affecting particularly outdoor workers and people in the north of England and Scotland.
Changes to UK Time Zone
There are some discussions to change the UK’s time zone.