A larger rink, fewer skaters and extensive Covid-19 safety measures - find out how you can skate safely at the Queen's House Ice Rink this Christmas.
We know planning things to do this Christmas is hard this year.
Even after England’s national lockdown ends, days out in London will inevitably feel a bit different.
Here at Royal Museums Greenwich, we too have had to think carefully about how to give visitors a warm and safe welcome.
One thing we will be able to offer in 2020 is the Queen’s House Ice Rink.
After a fantastic first year, we wanted to give visitors another chance to discover the most beautiful ice rink in London.
While some ice rinks have chosen to stay closed, the size of our rink and the amount of open space around the Queen’s House means that we can open safely in line with Covid-19 guidelines.
Two main things have changed this year: we've increased the size of the rink by over 50 per cent and reduced capacity. That means more space and fewer people on the ice at any one time, so everyone should have plenty of space to skate safely.
But that's not all.
We've put an extensive set of safety measures in place to protect both visitors and staff.
All staff are temperature checked on arrival and will follow a robust cleaning regime, with skates, surfaces, entrances and exits cleaned regularly throughout the day.
The skate exchange area, where visitors pick up and drop off their equipment, is also partially open to aid air circulation.
You can help too by wearing mask while inside the skate exchange, and whenever possible on the rink itself. Please be mindful of other skaters and give them plenty of room.
Finally, do not attend if you or anyone in your household is showing signs of Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self isolate. Simply email us and we’ll book you on to another date.
Because we’re reducing numbers, skate sessions could fill up quickly. Tickets are available online now, so we advise booking ahead to make sure you can skate on the day you want.
If we can’t open the rink on the day you’ve booked, we’ll of course do all we can to reschedule your visit for another date this year.
We all want something to look forward to this Christmas. For anyone who's ready to go ice skating in London in 2020, we’re here.