7 January 2021

Testing is the most effective way to control the spread of coronavirus.

Westminster is now offering two types of coronavirus testing:

•  For people who have symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste).
•  For people who are not showing any symptoms (symptom-free testing).

In addition to getting tested, the most important thing we can all do to prevent the spread of the virus is to remember the basics:

•  Wash your hands more often than usual and for at least 20 seconds
•  Wear your face-covering in enclosed spaces
•  Keep your distance - try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)

Tests for people without symptoms

Testing is the most effective way to control the spread of coronavirus. You can now get tested for coronavirus even if you don’t have symptoms.

The symptom-free coronavirus testing sites will be open seven days a week. You do not need to book in order to get a free test.

Symptom-free tests will available at the following locations seven days a week:

•  Little Venice Sports Centre, 10 Crompton Street, London, W2 1ND - 10am - 4pm
•  Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, Westminster, London SW1P 1QH - 10am - 4pm
• Moberly Sports Centre, 25 Chamberlayne Rd, Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Green, London NW10 3NB - 10am - 4pm

A test takes less than five minutes and results will be with you within an hour.

Tests for people with symptoms

Coronavirus mobile testing dates - Hyde Park

A mobile coronavirus testing unit will be available on North Carriage Drive in Hyde Park between 9am and 3pm:

•  Wednesday 6 January
•  Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 January
•  Monday 18 January

Booking may not be available until closer to the dates. If booking is not available, please book a test at one of our semi-permanent, walk-through testing centres.

You can only be tested if you have pre-booked an appointment that can be booked online on the NHS website or by calling NHS 119.

Walk-through testing for people who have symptoms

The semi-permanent, walk-through testing centres are open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. They can be used by anyone with symptoms or who has been asked to get a test. A test must be booked in advance at NHS online or by calling 119.

The centres are managed and run by the Department of Health and Social Care and increase the number of tests available to residents in Westminster. Each testing centre is able to undertake at least 200 tests per day.  

Centres are in the below community halls. This means that these community halls are closed to the public. Existing bookings and regular users of the community halls are being provided with alternative community spaces so that their activities can continue.

•  Greenside Community Centre, 24 Lilestone St, Marylebone, London NW8 8SR
•  Grosvenor Hall, Vincent Street, London SW1P 4HB
•  Lydford Tenants and Residents Hall, 74 Fernhead Road, London W9 3EW

You can only be tested if you have pre-booked an appointment that can be booked online on the NHS website or by calling NHS 119.

Source: Westminster Council