Hundreds of people pack together by the Cutty Sark in London despite strict lockdown rules 

A huge crowd of lockdown-defying Londoners have gathered along the River Thames in breach of strict social distancing rules.

Furious passersby said up to 400 people gathered in Greenwich this evening, as some angry locals claimed a make-shift Christmas market had popped up.

Pictures showed mask-free revellers defying social distancing rules to listen to a busker playing a guitar.

The masts of the historic British ship the Cutty Sark can be seen illuminated in the background.

Under the country’s second lockdown – which began on November 5 –  outdoor social gatherings are banned.

Two members of different households are permitted to meet outdoors, but two-metre social distancing rules must be abided by. 

A huge crowd of lockdown-defying Londoners have gathered along the River Thames despite the nation-wide second lockdown (pictured)

A huge crowd of lockdown-defying Londoners have gathered along the River Thames despite the nation-wide second lockdown (pictured)

A huge crowd of lockdown-defying Londoners have gathered along the River Thames despite the nation-wide second lockdown (pictured)

Furious passersby said up to 400 people gathered in Greenwich (some pictured)  this evening, as some angry locals claimed a make-shift Christmas market had popped up

Furious passersby said up to 400 people gathered in Greenwich (some pictured)  this evening, as some angry locals claimed a make-shift Christmas market had popped up

Furious passersby said up to 400 people gathered in Greenwich (some pictured)  this evening, as some angry locals claimed a make-shift Christmas market had popped up

One onlooker shared images to Twitter, writing: ‘Can’t believe it’s in lockdown. People gathering aside the river and singing. There’s even a Christmas market beside Cutty sark.’

Another passerby wrote: ‘How can there possibly be a Christmas market tonight with hundreds of people gathering without masks or keeping distance around the Cutty Sark during a nation-wide lockdown? So unresposible!’

Met Police have been approached for comment. 

Pictures showed mask-free revellers defying social distancing rules as they sang along to music

Pictures showed mask-free revellers defying social distancing rules as they sang along to music

Pictures showed mask-free revellers defying social distancing rules as they sang along to music

The masts of the historic British ship the Cutty Sark can be seen illuminated in the background

The masts of the historic British ship the Cutty Sark can be seen illuminated in the background

The masts of the historic British ship the Cutty Sark can be seen illuminated in the background

Another passerby wrote: 'How can there possibly be a Christmas market tonight with hundreds of people gathering without masks or keeping distance around the Cutty Sark during a nation-wide lockdown? So unresposible!'

Another passerby wrote: 'How can there possibly be a Christmas market tonight with hundreds of people gathering without masks or keeping distance around the Cutty Sark during a nation-wide lockdown? So unresposible!'

Another passerby wrote: ‘How can there possibly be a Christmas market tonight with hundreds of people gathering without masks or keeping distance around the Cutty Sark during a nation-wide lockdown? So unresposible!’

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