Hackney Council has successfully sought an injunction to ban drinking in the park
Experts weigh in on how the city’s eateries are going to have to adapt
The community space needs to crowdfund £100,000 in order to reopen
Little Gay Brother, Erol Alkan and Norman Jay will all be playing at The Brixton Courtyard
The iconic London venue has lost around £12m since its closure in March
Although, lots of London’s independent boozers aren’t reopening under the new rules just yet
The government is set to remove travel restrictions on 60 destinations from July 10
Junior doctor Jonny Moses on what it was like working on a coronavirus ward during the pandemic
Soho Summer Street Festival gets the green light, banning cars from 17 central London streets
With eateries opening their doors again, it feels like the right time to ask what change the renewed support for Black communities is going to make
You’ll never eat scrambled eggs without it again
A whole host of our favourite venues will begin the return to business from Saturday July 4
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Tuck into burgers and cocktails from the comfort of your couch
Do you call dad every time you get a flat tyre? Time to up your game
Get your hands on some good old fashioned handmade liquor
Pick up project management skills that would make Alan Sugar’s jaw drop
Get the beans of your dreams dropped to your door
Impress your pals with your newfound artistic talent
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A dozen central London galleries are now open to visitors, but you may need to book an appointment to get in. You can now visit Gazelli Art House, all the Gagosian galleries (Grosvenor Hill, Britannia Street and Davies Street), David Zwirner, Goodman Gallery, White Cube Mason’s Yard and West End, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Pace Gallery. Be smart about it and book a string of appointments for your own personal gallery tour.
The Filmageddon team has taken its hit Prince Charles Cinema quiz sessions and remixed them for a weekly online event, streamed on Twitch every Wednesday. Rookies: start learning the difference between ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Deep Impact’ asap.
If nothing makes you swoon quite as much as a lip-smacking food parcel arriving at your doorstep – like a mouthwatering Romeo to an utterly insatiable Juliet – then you’re about to fall in love with this list. Because we’ve rounded up some unbeatable eats from the best London restaurants that you can order as takeaways to be delivered right to your door. Ding dong!
Ready to fully submerge yourself in nature after all those months of not really leaving the house? Get yourself down to Kew Gardens, which reopened last week, 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.
Use your cash strategically to support grassroots protest, legal aid, consciousness-raising and the distribution of funds to those who need it most with out (by no means exhaustive) list of organisations that you can help fund right now.
‘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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!