what is the minimum age to buy alcohol in london?

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Hey,

I'm an international student and arrived a week ago.

I was in sainsbury's to buy some beers and wine when I saw an ad saying something like that: 25? be prepared to show proof :confused:

I thought it was 18 the minimum age:o: i'm mad!!!

in my country it's 16:yep:
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18 is the legal age - as long as you can prove it with a passport or british driving licence
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Yeah, if your under the age of 21 or look it :p: you need to present ID.
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18, but if they think you look under 25, they'll ask to see your ID.
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25 are you sure?

Some shops might have it higher if they feel like doing that but it's not a very clever business idea...
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what tehy mean is that if you look 25 or under be prepared to show ID to prove you are over 18.
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Nah it'll just be Challenge 25. ie. They'll ask anyone who looks under 25 to prove they are over 18. There are a few bars that are 21+ though.
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Legally, it's 18 to buy it.

You'll find that most big supermarkets ask anyone they feel looks under 25/21 to present ID. It saves them getting told off for serving underage customers.

Bars and places run similar schemes, and you'll find that bouncers will ID most people on the door.
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you can drink at 18 but have to be 21 to buy it
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depends where you are as well bars/clubs 18 supermarkets 21
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i work in a supermarket apparently its the law now, the police made it challenge 25 instead of 21 so that the margin of error is lowered even more
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*Facepalm*

Some people really can't see outside London can they?

*end of facepalm*

It's 18 in the UK but most places operate a policy where if you look under 21/25 then they ID you.
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(Original post by NoHands)
what tehy mean is that if you look 25 or under be prepared to show ID to prove you are over 18.
if I want to buy from a supermarket, is it 18 or 21?

Everyone say something
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I've heard that the Co-op only serve you if you're 21... well, they do around here anyway.
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(Original post by Holli2011)
i work in a supermarket apparently its the law now, the police made it challenge 25 instead of 21 so that the margin of error is lowered even more
its not 'the law' its a thing shops are doing due to to political pressure due to so much underage drinking.

the law is still 18 to buy.

some shops may choose to only sell alcohol to over 21s but Tesco and Sainsburys are not in that group yet AFAIK
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(Original post by Clubber Lang)
its not 'the law' its a thing shops are doing due to to political pressure due to so much underage drinking.

the law is still 18 to buy.
yeah the law is 18 to buy, but i think it is some sort of regulation that shops must now follow challenge 25..if you sell to someone under 25 in any supermarket and its a sting you get fined now, its not just if they are under 18, we had a store not far from us this happened to and the manager even got fined and lost his licence
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if I want to buy from a supermarket, is it 18 or 21?

Everyone say something

18.
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*Facepalm*

Some people really can't see outside London can they?

*end of facepalm*
Annoying, isn't it?! :rolleyes:
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- The legal minimum age is 18.
- Shops might 'challenge' you to present ID if you look young (hence, challenge 21/25)
- Shops have the right to choose what they sell to whom, so they might enforce their own special restrictions.

Simples.
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