All About UK Time Zone

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In the United Kingdom, there are 8 time zones. The time zone that covers the most area is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This is also the time zone that London uses. Other time zones in the UK are British Summer Time (BST), Central European Time (CET), Eastern European Time (EET), Irish Standard Time (IST), Northern Ireland Summer Time (NIST), Scottish Winter Time (SWT), and Western European Summer Time (WEST).

What is the UK Timezone

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The UK Timezone is UTC. Please see below for more detailed information on the time difference between the UK and your country.

How can I calculate the UTC?

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The UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) is the same time as is used in almost all countries of this world, which means that if you want to compare two different countries’ times with each other, you should always use UTC+1h or UTC-0h instead of adding or subtracting an hour to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Use this online time zone converter to find out what the UTC equivalent hours are according to your current place and time.

What time is it in the UK now?

Type your location or any place of this world into Google and right before you search, press “search tools” and choose “time zone”. You will then see a box that shows the current local time of that location. In there, it shows its UTC hour!

Why does it exist and when did it start

The UK timezone was created to accommodate for the difference in time between the UK and other parts of the world. It started on October 1, 1928.

How do you convert to the UK timezone?

There are a few ways to convert to the UK timezone. One way is to use the Time Zone Converter website. Another way is to use the World Time Server website.

Countries that share this timezone

The United Kingdom is in the same timezone as other countries, including Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Monaco, Andorra, and Gibraltar.

The United Kingdom stretches out over several timezones.

The United Kingdom is in as many as five different timezones:

a) Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) — UTC ±0 — this is the timezone that covers most of England and Scotland, but not all of it: only the south and east parts of England and southern Scotland use GMT. This includes London, Norwich, and Aberdeen. Belfast and Glasgow are both listed as using GMT; however, they both fall into a separate timezone which I’ll describe below. When it’s midday in London, it’s 1 pm in Cardiff, 2 pm in Edinburgh and 11 am in Belfast. If you’re traveling from London to Cardiff/Edinburgh/Belfast, it will only be an hour’s time difference.

b) British Summer Time (BST) — UTC ±0 — this is the same as GMT but during the summer months, BST takes over from GMT and adds an hour. This means that most of England and Scotland are now on BST, with the exception of Cornwall and most of Yorkshire which is still using GMT. This includes London, Norwich, and Aberdeen. So if it’s midday in London when you’re having lunch in Cardiff/Edinburgh/Belfast next to the Thames River on a sunny day in May or September then it will be 1 PM in Cardiff/Edinburgh/Belfast but 2 PM in London.


The UK is in the UTC timezone, which is five hours ahead of EST. This means that when it’s noon in the UK, it’s 7 am in New York City and 10 pm in Los Angeles. The time difference can be a bit confusing for those not used to it, but with a little practice, it becomes easy to keep track of!

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