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The George Floyd protests taking place this week
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What to stream right now

Your ultimate guide to what’s streaming today
Things to do Your ultimate guide to what’s streaming today

Theatre shows you can still watch online
Theatre Theatre shows you can still watch online

The best virtual quizzes
Things to do The best virtual quizzes

The 25 best feelgood movies on Netflix
Film The 25 best feelgood movies on Netflix

Cooking workshops to follow at home
Things to do Cooking workshops to follow at home

Opera and ballet to watch on the web
News Opera and ballet to watch on the web

Namaste at home: the best virtual yoga classes
Sport and fitness Namaste at home: the best virtual yoga classes

London events you can stream online now
Things to do London events you can stream online now

Iconic live concerts to view on YouTube
News Iconic live concerts to view on YouTube

Movies to stream at home with the kids
Film Movies to stream at home with the kids

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The latest London news

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These resources connect Londoners to black-owned businesses
News These resources connect Londoners to black-owned businesses

Looking for ways to show support? These websites and platforms can help

There’s a series of protests in London this week over the death of George Floyd
News There’s a series of protests in London this week over the death of George Floyd

After demonstrations in Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy, thousands have taken to Hyde Park in peaceful protest

Mei Mei has revealed the recipe for its deep-fried chicken sando
News Mei Mei has revealed the recipe for its deep-fried chicken sando

The poshest sarnie you’ll eat all lockdown

‘The Great Gatsby’ plans its West End return as early as October
News ‘The Great Gatsby’ plans its West End return as early as October

Grab your mask and get to a immersive Jazz Age masquerade ball

Eggslut is opening a new London branch next month
News Eggslut is opening a new London branch next month

The cult favourite is opening a second restaurant, in Fitzrovia

Dishoom is delivering in London... finally!
News Dishoom is delivering in London... finally!

So, there’s no free chai in the massive queue, but hey

What will shops look like when they reopen?
News What will shops look like when they reopen?

Is the high street about to change for good?

Four simple games that will keep your unruly kids entertained for at least 20 minutes
News Four simple games that will keep your unruly kids entertained for at least 20 minutes

To be fair, adults will probably want to play these too

Timothée Chalamet serenades Selena Gomez with Sinatra in an exclusive ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ clip
News Timothée Chalamet serenades Selena Gomez with Sinatra in an exclusive ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ clip

Young Blue Eyes is here

Soho could be pedestrianised and filled with outdoor restaurants and bars this summer
News Soho could be pedestrianised and filled with outdoor restaurants and bars this summer

Soho Summer Street Festival proposes cars are banned from the central London neighbourhood so businesses can spread outdoors

There’s a virtual Pride festival happening this weekend
News There’s a virtual Pride festival happening this weekend

You can create an animated online avatar and join the virtual Pride parade

Brick Lane Market and Columbia Road Flower Market will remain closed this weekend
News Brick Lane Market and Columbia Road Flower Market will remain closed this weekend

That's despite Boris Johnson's announcement last Monday

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Food & drink delivery guide

Gourmet feasts from London’s top restaurants
Restaurants Gourmet feasts from London’s top restaurants

Pre-batched cocktails from our favourite bars
Bars and pubs Pre-batched cocktails from our favourite bars

The best London bakeries delivering loaves
Shopping The best London bakeries delivering loaves

East London restaurants now doing home delivery
Restaurants East London restaurants now doing home delivery

Prize-winning pies from London’s top pizzerias
Restaurants Prize-winning pies from London’s top pizzerias

Fruit and veg boxes from the city’s top suppliers
Shopping Fruit and veg boxes from the city’s top suppliers

South London restaurants now doing home delivery
Restaurants South London restaurants now doing home delivery

Craft beer from the hippest breweries
Bars and pubs Craft beer from the hippest breweries

Groceries and goods from the city’s best delis
Shopping Groceries and goods from the city’s best delis

Top restaurants in north London delivering to homes
Restaurants Top restaurants in north London delivering to homes

Curry in a hurry from London’s Indian restaurants
Restaurants Curry in a hurry from London’s Indian restaurants

Delicious desserts direct to your door
Shopping Delicious desserts direct to your door

Bottles of vino from indie wine shops
Bars and pubs Bottles of vino from indie wine shops

Fresh meat and fish direct from first-rate butchers and fishmongers
Shopping Fresh meat and fish direct from first-rate butchers and fishmongers

The best restaurants delivering in west London
Restaurants The best restaurants delivering in west London

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The best things to do this week

National Theatre Live: ‘This House’
News National Theatre Live: ‘This House’

You have until Thursday to watch ‘This House’, director James Graham’s take on the political machinations of the Labour government between the hung parliament of 1974 and the Tory election victory of Thatcher in 1979. It’s got big hair, big flares and a lot of questionable three-piece pinstripe suits, but it carries a message for the ages: if you want to preserve a true democracy, how on earth can you stop people just acting in their own self-interest? 

Visit Kew Gardens
News Visit Kew Gardens

Ready to fully submerge yourself in nature after all those months of not really leaving the house? Get yourself down to Kew Gardens, reopening on June 1, for a mega flora overload. The world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens has been given the go-ahead by the government to welcome visitors. Of course, it will be operating under strict social-distancing guidelines, though. The biggest change? All visitors, including members, will have to book tickets online for time slots and show proof of the slot on arrival. This is the first time Kew has insisted on this in its history.

‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ online exhibition
News ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ online exhibition

‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ at Somerset House closed in March, but you can view the exhibition virtually. Browse John Cage’s mushroom notebooks, Beatrix Potter’s botanical illustrations and Carsten Höller’s suitcase of spinning, solar-powered fungi. To access the exhibition, download the Google Arts & Culture app, search the show’s title, and you’ll be able to project the mushrooms right into your living room. 

Visit the V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ online
News Visit the V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ online

The V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ was one of the first exhibitions in Europe to delve into the sartorial and social significance of the kimono, exploring its traditional roots from the 1660s in Japan to the garment’s recent reinvention in Japanese street culture. The museum has now released a series of five films made just before the country went into lockdown that will let anyone who didn’t manage to catch the show get an intimate 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the show, led by curator Anna Jackson.

Drag Aerobics with Dolly Trolley
Drag Aerobics with Dolly Trolley

Your regular exercise routine probably went out the window on day one of working from home, didn’t it? Never fear! London cabaret star Dolly Trolley is here to help you burn off all those extra calories you’re stress-eating with a drag aerobics class live-streamed on Instagram and Facebook Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm straight from Dolly’s living room. It’s free, but you can chuck her a few quid on PayPal for the effort! Go on, be generous: those squats don’t come for free. 

Tom Carradine's Self-isolation Singalong
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Tom Carradine's Self-isolation Singalong

If you really want to belt out a verse of ‘The Lambeth Walk’ you can join Tom Carradine for his self-isolation cockney singalong. Tom normally performs at Mr Foggs Tavern, but for now, he’s taking those old London tunes to Facebook Live every Thursday at 8.30pm. It might seem like the kind of thing that can only be enjoyed by people who have The Chap magazine lying around in their bathroom, but we could all use a drunken singalong right now.

The Royal Opera House online
News The Royal Opera House online

You might not have put on pants for a week now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay uber-cultured during lockdown, with the help of the Royal Opera House’s free broadcasts. You have until June 8 to watch Verdi’s heartbreaking ‘La traviata’, an epic three-hour opera directed by Richard Eyre. And until Friday at 8pm, you see Cathy Marston’s heartbreaking ballet ‘The Cellist’, an adaption of the real-life story of Jacqueline du Pré. The production charts her dizzy rise to classical music superstardom and her experience of multiple sclerosis, which forced her to give up playing at the age of 28. 

Queer House Party
Queer House Party

If you’d usually be spending your Friday nights requesting the new Lady Gaga at an east London gay bar, then this is the live stream for you. Resident Queer House Party DJs Harry Gay, Wacha, and Passer will be bringing you queer bops, throwback pop, house bangers and techno clangers, streamed right into your living room every Friday night. It’s free, but PayPal donations are encouraged – it’s a pretty tough time to be a DJ!

Order in from London’s best bars
Bars and pubs Order in from London’s best bars

The pub might be off limits for the time being, but plenty of London’s best bars have launched delivery services to keep you in bougie booze during social isolation. Treat yourself to a lovely bottle of English rosé from Renegade London Wines, order a crafty crate of £2 cans from Deptford brewery Villages, or, if the world really is ending, splash out on a bottle of London’s best Margarita from Dalston bar Hacha.

Digital yoga classes from London fitness studios
Sport and fitness Digital yoga classes from London fitness studios

Use the quarantine downtime to perfect your downward dog, with the help of London’s best yoga studios. Check out free virtual classes on Covent Garden studio Another Space’s social accounts, learn the basics on MoreYoga’s YouTube channel for nothing, or do a full-length class with Hackney social enterprise Supply Yoga, boutique Hornsey studio One Yoga or compact Tufnell park practice Down to Earth, who are all streaming their usual schedule of classes online starting at £5 per go. Nama-stay indoors!

Bread Ahead baking tutorials
News Bread Ahead baking tutorials

With supermarkets running low on loaves, isolation might be the perfect time to brush up on your home baking skills. Fortunately, Borough Market bakery Bread Ahead is here to help. It’ll be running baking tutorials on Instagram Live every afternoon, teaching you how to make treats like chocolate brownies and hot cross buns. Tune in at 2pm to bake along, or catch each class on Insta for 24 hours afterwards.

Rent the West End production of ‘Fleabag’
News Rent the West End production of ‘Fleabag’

Here’s an easy, brilliant way you can give to charity. Rent the West End version of Phoebe Waller Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ for £4 on Soho Theatre’s on demand site or from Amazon Prime Video. The proceeds will be split between National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together and Acting for Others. If you can afford it, there’s an option to give more. Remember, people are all we’ve got. 

Try an online fitness class with a London gym
Try an online fitness class with a London gym

Your gym might be closed for now, but with plenty of the capital’s best fitness offerings going online, it’s never been easier to get your daily dose of endorphins without leaving your bedroom. Barry’s Bootcamp, DigMe Fitness, Another Space, Rowbots and Frame are just some of the fantastic London gyms that are offering free home workouts via Instagram Live over the coming weeks. Check out their social accounts for more info on how to stay fit while you’re stuck indoors.

Soho Theatre on Demand
Soho Theatre on Demand

Check out a show from one of London’s most vibrant theatre, cabaret and stand-up venues, from the comfort of your living room. Soho Theatre offers a selection of full-length shows from the likes of Jen Brister, Joel Dommett, Shappi Khorsandi, Mae Martin, Panti Bliss and Jessie Cave to watch on demand for as little as four quid. Your kitchen is much quieter than the theatre’s bar is, too!

London Dreamtime
London Dreamtime

Professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf has spun site-specific yarns all over London, from after-hours at West Norwood Cemetery to the evicted Heygate Estate. While we’re all stuck indoors she’ll be going online, posting videos of her storytelling evenings set to music, some filmed in secret (and deserted) corners of London. 

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Life under lockdown in London

This London photographer is beautifully capturing life in isolation
News This London photographer is beautifully capturing life in isolation

Lockdown Legends: the Londoners doing something amazing for the city
Things to do Lockdown Legends: the Londoners doing something amazing for the city

View from the Frontline: the Londoners keeping the capital moving
Things to do View from the Frontline: the Londoners keeping the capital moving

Haunting photos of London’s busiest landmarks now they’re completely empty
News Haunting photos of London’s busiest landmarks now they’re completely empty

Face masks and snob screens: is this the future of London’s bars?
Bars and pubs Face masks and snob screens: is this the future of London’s bars?

It’s not just you: why rats are suddenly everywhere
News It’s not just you: why rats are suddenly everywhere

We put your lockdown problems to the experts
Things to do We put your lockdown problems to the experts

Londoners reveal the best blossom they’ve seen during lockdown
News Londoners reveal the best blossom they’ve seen during lockdown

How long until cinemas reopen in London?
News How long until cinemas reopen in London?

Which lockdown cliché are you?
News Which lockdown cliché are you?

A psychologist’s guide to not falling out with your flatmates
A psychologist’s guide to not falling out with your flatmates

Should I be wearing a face mask in London right now?
News Should I be wearing a face mask in London right now?

This London photographer has taken haunting photos of her local park every day
News This London photographer has taken haunting photos of her local park every day

When will hairdressers and beauty salons reopen?
When will hairdressers and beauty salons reopen?

Dating apps have changed during lockdown, but is it for the better?
News Dating apps have changed during lockdown, but is it for the better?

10 eye-catching trees you can spot on lockdown walks
News 10 eye-catching trees you can spot on lockdown walks

When will shops reopen?
News When will shops reopen?

Londoners are sharing pictures of cooking in lockdown
News Londoners are sharing pictures of cooking in lockdown

In pictures: Londoners share their sunny lockdown walks
News In pictures: Londoners share their sunny lockdown walks

When will gyms reopen in London?
News When will gyms reopen in London?

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Take a virtual tour of the city

You can see the Andy Warhol Tate Modern exhibition for free
News You can see the Andy Warhol Tate Modern exhibition for free

Take a trip on London’s Underground Mail Rail
News Take a trip on London’s Underground Mail Rail

See inside London’s answer to the Sistine Chapel
News See inside London’s answer to the Sistine Chapel

Check out the inside of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Collection
News Check out the inside of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Collection

The Houses of Parliament has its own 360-degree virtual tour
News The Houses of Parliament has its own 360-degree virtual tour

Step back in time at Hyde Park’s Crystal Palace of 1851
News Step back in time at Hyde Park’s Crystal Palace of 1851

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The ultimate lockdown film & TV guide

The best films to stream right now
Film The best films to stream right now

Need a laugh? These are the funniest movies ever
Film Need a laugh? These are the funniest movies ever

Martin Freeman on what he’s watching right now
News Martin Freeman on what he’s watching right now

Five reasons to watch ‘Gangs of New York’
News Five reasons to watch ‘Gangs of New York’

The best movies to watch on Disney+
Film The best movies to watch on Disney+

What’s Kristin Scott Thomas watching?
News What’s Kristin Scott Thomas watching?

Five WTF? things from ‘Tiger King’
News Five WTF? things from ‘Tiger King’

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Cooking at home like a London chef pro

Takeaway Hacks: 12 tips for spicing up takeout pizza
News Takeaway Hacks: 12 tips for spicing up takeout pizza

Three-Ingredient Recipe: Nieves Barragán Mohacho’s Spanish tortilla
News Three-Ingredient Recipe: Nieves Barragán Mohacho’s Spanish tortilla

Top London bakers on how to spice up your banana bread
Top London bakers on how to spice up your banana bread

How to make Padella’s pici cacio e pepe
How to make Padella’s pici cacio e pepe

Three-Ingredient Recipe: Gizzi Erskine’s tuna bean salad
News Three-Ingredient Recipe: Gizzi Erskine’s tuna bean salad

How to make Eggslut’s Fairfax egg sandwich
News How to make Eggslut’s Fairfax egg sandwich

Pizza Express has shared its ‘secret’ dough ball recipe
News Pizza Express has shared its ‘secret’ dough ball recipe

Three-Ingredient Recipe: Shaun Rankin’s lemon posset
News Three-Ingredient Recipe: Shaun Rankin’s lemon posset

Wagamama shares its katsu curry secrets
News Wagamama shares its katsu curry secrets

How to make Dishoom’s Masala Chai
News How to make Dishoom’s Masala Chai

How to make Shoryu’s nitamago ramen eggs
News How to make Shoryu’s nitamago ramen eggs

Three-Ingredient Recipe: Tom Aikens’s tinned sweetcorn pancakes
News Three-Ingredient Recipe: Tom Aikens’s tinned sweetcorn pancakes

Three-ingredient recipe: Keshia Sakarah’s green plantain chips
News Three-ingredient recipe: Keshia Sakarah’s green plantain chips

Greggs has shared the recipe for its famous steak bake
News Greggs has shared the recipe for its famous steak bake

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Make the most of your daily exercise

London’s hidden gardens and green spaces
Things to do London’s hidden gardens and green spaces

The city’s prettiest walks
Things to do The city’s prettiest walks

Are day trips from London allowed?
News Are day trips from London allowed?

6 brilliant bike rides from London
Things to do 6 brilliant bike rides from London

Major parks for socially-distanced meet-ups
Things to do Major parks for socially-distanced meet-ups

Where to buy bikes and get repairs right now
News Where to buy bikes and get repairs right now

The best walks near London
Things to do The best walks near London

Nine ace bike rides in and around London
Things to do Nine ace bike rides in and around London

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