The Queen's House ice skating rink is returning to Greenwich this winter, bigger, socially distanced and in defiance of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many of London's festive event have already been cancelled due to the virus, such as Winter Wonderland and the majority of Christmas markets, but in morale-boosting news, Greenwich's ice rink is to make a defiant return just next month.

South London's only outdoor ice skating rink, the Queen's House Ice Rink

Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the spacious grounds of Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG), the rink offers "unbeatable" views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park, resulting in a "magical place to skate."

A number of new measures are being introduced in light of the pandemic, with hygiene standards 'fit for royalty' including enhanced cleaning regimes, staggered skate sessions for social distancing, and hand washing stations.

The ice rink will also actually be bigger this year when it opens to skaters on November 20.

RMG said: "Just minutes from London Bridge, South London’s only outdoor ice rink will return this year with a larger rink. Safety measures are in place so you can skate with confidence.

"Enjoy unbeatable views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink."

The ice rink will open from November 20 until January 10, 2021, opening 11am to 8pm (last skate 7pm) on off peak days, and 10am to 9pm on peak days.

Skaters need to book online to attend, with tickets costing adults £16 and children £8 at peak times for non-members.