Best VPN for the UK 2020

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It makes sense these days to run a VPN on all your devices. It protects you when you’re on free public Wi-Fi and allows you to unblock websites and content when you’re in a different region or country.

For example, if you live in the UK but go abroad, you will find that you cannot access BBC iPlayer as it only works when it thinks you are in the UK. But fire up your VPN app and connect to a UK server and you should be able to stream from iPlayer wherever you are. Remember that you need a TV license to watch iPlayer.

Most VPN services have servers around the world, so they’re not just useful for watching iPlayer. They will unblock all popular streaming services, keep you anonymous and hide your activities.


NordVPN is one of the biggest VPN services and also one of the best all-rounders. Of course, it features UK servers among the thousands it operates, and has easy-to-use apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS that make it easy to connect to UK servers when you’re abroad, no matter what device you have She.

We’ve found that we can watch iPlayer without any problems, but don’t take that as a guarantee that you’ll have the same experience on your first try. As with all VPNs, you may need to try different UK servers and try connecting again if it doesn’t work.

  • More than 5,500 servers in 60 countries
  • Works with iPlayer and other streaming services
  • Emergency switch
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • mobile phone, mobile phone app & Browser Extensions available

NordVPN is also one of the cheapest services, starting at just $2.99/£2.29 per month if you’re willing to take out a three-year subscription.


Known as one of the more expensive VPN services, ExpressVPN nonetheless does what it says on the tin: It’s one of the fastest around. This makes it ideal for streaming videos and, yes, it works with BBC iPlayer.

ExpressVPN has apps for all major devices, including the Amazon Fire TV, a gadget you might want to pack in your suitcase (but don’t forget the remote!).

As well as servers in the UK, it operates over 3,000 other servers in 94 countries around the world and works with other streaming services including Netflix.

  • Over 3000 servers about 94 countries
  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services
  • Emergency switch
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • cell phone & router app, plus Browser Extensions available

Check out the latest offers from ExpressVPN.


Like NordVPN, we’re fans of PureVPN because it balances speed, features, and cost, and offers excellent value for money.

Like NordVPN — and ExpressVPN — PureVPN is based outside of the “14-Eyes,” a group of information-sharing countries. Also, the no-logs or record-keeping policy means your online activity is anonymous and private.

Aside from providing easy access to Netflix, PureVPN unblocks iPlayer through its easy-to-use apps.

  • More than 2,000 servers about 141 countries
  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services
  • Emergency switch
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • mobile phone, mobile phone Apps & Browser Extensions

Subscriptions aren’t expensive, and the best current deal costs $3.33/£2.60 a month and only locks you in for a year. We’re also fans of the wide range of ways you can pay for PureVPN, including gift cards.


This intuitive VPN is ideal for beginners. It’s based outside of the 14 Eyes and offers a good range of servers in a variety of countries, including the UK.

It’s not the fastest VPN we’ve tried, but it’s good value for the money and has handy apps and extensions for many devices.

  • More than 3,500 servers about 58 countries
  • Works with iPlayer and other streaming services
  • Emergency switch
  • 7 simultaneous connections
  • Mobile Apps & Browser Extensions

Check out CyberGhost’s latest offers and subscribe to their website now.


Surfshark is a new name in the VPN industry but is growing fast thanks to its affordable price and sleek user interface. Also, it offers unlimited simultaneous connections, which means you can use it on many devices at the same time.

  • 800 servers about 50 countries
  • Works with iPlayer and other streaming services
  • Emergency switch
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • Mobile apps and browser extensions available

You can subscribe to Surfshark now for just £1.59/$1.99 per month on their website here.


Hidden24 is a Sweden-based VPN service that works a little differently than other providers. Instead of developing apps for different devices, it simply uses VPN settings built into Windows, Android, iOS and other operating systems.

Once you have your account details, all you have to do is create a new VPN connection and enter these details: Visit Hidden24’s website for step-by-step instructions if you need help.

There are currently servers in the UK, US, Germany, Italy, France and Spain so the choice is more limited than other providers, but it’s enough to give you access to iPlayer and Netflix. Hidden24 owns and operates its servers and prides itself on the privacy and security it offers to its users.

  • Works with Netflix and other streaming services
  • One connection after the other
  • No apps or browser extensions

Prices are reasonable, starting at £3.99/ $4.37 per month for a 12 month plan.

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