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11:39:00 pm

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Country: United Kingdom

Long Name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Abbreviations: UK, GBR

Capital: London

Time Zones: 1 (Main Country)

Total Time Zones: 9 (with dependencies)

Dial Code: +44

Time Zone Currently Being Used in United Kingdom

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameExample CityCurrent Time
UTC +0GMTGreenwich Mean TimeLondonSat, 11:39:00 pm

How Many Time Zones Are There in the UK?

The United Kingdom has 1 standard time zone. The overseas territories and crown dependencies of the UK bring the total to 9 time zones.


Time Zone Not Currently Being Observed in United Kingdom

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameCommences
UTC +1BSTBritish Summer TimeMar 25, 2018

The above time zone is used during other parts of the year. It will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.


Time Zones Being Used in Dependencies of United Kingdom

OffsetTime Zone Abbreviation & NameDependencyTypeCurrent Time
UTC -8PSTPitcairn Standard TimePitcairn IslandsOverseas territorySat, 3:39:00 pm
UTC -5ESTEastern Standard TimeCayman IslandsOverseas territorySat, 6:39:00 pm
UTC -4ASTAtlantic Standard TimeAnguillaOverseas territorySat, 7:39:00 pm
ASTAtlantic Standard TimeBermudaOverseas territorySat, 7:39:00 pm
ASTAtlantic Standard TimeBritish Virgin IslandsOverseas territorySat, 7:39:00 pm
ASTAtlantic Standard TimeMontserratOverseas territorySat, 7:39:00 pm
ASTAtlantic Standard TimeTurks and Caicos IslandsOverseas territorySat, 7:39:00 pm
UTC -3FKSTFalkland Islands Summer TimeFalkland IslandsOverseas territorySat, 8:39:00 pm
UTC -2GSTSouth Georgia TimeSouth Georgia/Sandwich Is.Overseas territorySat, 9:39:00 pm
UTC +0GMTGreenwich Mean TimeGuernseyCrown dependencySat, 11:39:00 pm
GMTGreenwich Mean TimeIsle of ManCrown dependencySat, 11:39:00 pm
GMTGreenwich Mean TimeJerseyCrown dependencySat, 11:39:00 pm
GMTGreenwich Mean TimeSaint HelenaOverseas territorySat, 11:39:00 pm
UTC +1CETCentral European TimeGibraltarOverseas territorySun, 12:39:00 am
UTC +6IOTIndian Chagos TimeBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryOverseas territorySun, 5:39:00 am

History of Time Zones in the UK

The United Kingdom was one of the 1st countries to use a standard time for the whole country, instead of each place keeping its own local mean time.

The UK's capital, London, changed from London Time to Greenwich Mean Time in 1847.

GMT, or Railway Time, as it was known then, was first used by the UK's railway companies. Until 1972, GMT set the standard for standard for civil time worldwide. It referred to solar time at the prime meridian, which runs near the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Today's world time standard, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), is still located on the prime meridian (0°longitude).

United Kingdom
11:3900pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018