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London events you can stream online now

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, and things to do in London and beyond that are being live-streamed

By Things To Do Editors
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Being stuck indoors self-isolating doesn’t mean the fun of going out has to stop. London has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with big institutions and independent venues closing and events being postponed and cancelled to ensure event-goer safety.

While you may not be able to go out, London’s brilliant and ever-resourceful artists, performers, experts and craftspeople are now bringing the fun to you. Scores of live-streaming events, workshops and festivals have been launched in the last few days, with more and more being announced. These streamed events are also a great way to support and donate to people in the entertainment and hospitality industry who are facing very uncertain times.  

As ever the Things to Do team aim to bring you the best of London, and so we’ve picked the very best events that will be streaming into your homes over the coming days.

Latest London events to stream into your living room

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Bread Ahead’s Instagram baking tutorials, Wednesdays and Sundays at 2pm

News Eating

Bread Ahead, the bakery school and shop in Borough Market, runs free twice-weekly online tutorials on its Instagram page for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty kneading in the kitchen. First up was a doughnut workshop, then there was a focaccia-making sesh. Bakers, ready your rolling pins. Non-bakers: there’s a first time for everything. Follow the Bread Ahead Insagram here

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Drag Aerobics in your living room with Dolly Trolley, Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Feeling that lactic acid build up from all those days working at your desk (or bedside table)? Get moving with a little help from London cabaret star Dolly Trolley, who will be streaming a drag aerobics class on Instagram and Facebook Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm, straight from her living room. It’s free, but PayPal donations are just good manners, right? Find out more here. 

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Filmageddon Weekly Rewind Film Quiz, Wednesdays

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The Filmageddon quizzes were a regular fixture at The Prince Charles Cinema, allowing old-school cinephiles, insufferable film buffs and loveable movie fanatics to come together and show off their silver-screen knowledge. Now the Filmageddon team have taken some of those smash-hit 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. 

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The Show Must Go Online Shakespeare readings, Wednesdays at 7pm

News Theatre & Performance

‘The Show Must Go Online’ is a digital project intended to try and get us through the current gloom by spending some time with the words of a man who knew a thing or two about plagues: Mr William Shakespeare. Led by classical actor and director Robert Myles, the group wants to bring The Bard’s words to life by reading them out loud at a time when conventional live performance is verboten. Professional actors and experienced amateurs are invited to sign up to do the reading, and the public can follow along on YouTube. Catch it on Wednesdays from 7pm. 

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The Royal Opera House opera and ballet stream, Fridays at 7pm

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The iconic Covent Garden institution is bringing a programme of operas and ballets your living room. As part of its ongoing #OurHouseToYourHouse initiative, a major ROH performance will be streamed every Friday at 7pm. Here’s what’s coming up:

Online now - ‘La Bohème’ (Royal Opera)  
July 10 - ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Royal Ballet)
July 17 - ‘Faust’ (Royal Opera) 
July 24 - ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ (Royal Ballet) 

Queer House Party, Fridays at 9pm

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 on Friday nights. Every week brings something new, whether that’s guest DJs or a spotlight an appearance from the Cybertease performers. It’s usually free, but donations are welcomed via PayPal link. Dig deep!

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V&A: ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’, ongoing

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The V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’, which opened on February 29 before closing in early March, was one of the first exhibitions in Europe to delve into the sartorial and social significance of the kimono. Now you can experience the show in a series of five films giving viewers an intimate 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the show, led by curator Anna Jackson.

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Treadwell’s intro videos, ongoing

Locked-down witches can keep their spells in check with Treadwell’s intro videos. The staff at the occult bookshop will give you the virtual lowdown on everything from how to do candle magic to sage snuffing. 

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Photograph: Johan Persson

Stream London theatre shows for free, dates vary

Theatre Drama

While they’re out-of-action, theatres and theatre companies the world over are opening up their digital archives: right now you can probably see more theatre shows – plus dance and opera – from your living room than you could watch in a year by going out and about in London. From paid-for streaming platforms to YouTube streams to one-offs on other platforms, there’s a huge amount of stuff to see. Right now, you can watch the National Theatre production of Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Les Blancs’ and stream a new play written by Booker Prize-winning author Bernadine Evaristo. 

Photograph: Liam Sharp
Photograph: Liam Sharp

Moon Festival Canada, ongoing until August 3

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Last year, London had its inagural Moon Festival, a cosmological tribute to all things lunar expressed through music, art and literature. The 2020 edition has been eclipsed by the lockdown, but there is an online offering: The Canadian Moon Festival, an exploration of ‘Canadian culture and the moon’. The headline event is a reading of a brand new moon-themed fable from Canadian author Margaret Atwood, who gave the opening address at the London Moon Festival in 2019. You can listen to the first part of the story, ‘The Full Moon Mall’ here. Part two will be released on the closing day of the festival, August 3. 

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The Proms, July 17-September 12

News Music

The organisers of the longest-running classical music concert series in the world, which turns 125 this year, have revealed plans for a new, digitised version of The Proms involving eight weeks of broadcasts across television, radio and online from July 17 to September 12. The programme includes a special First Night commission marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and a socially distanced Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall. 

More helpful coronavirus info in London

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Coronavirus: latest news, advice and travel information

Travel

To check the current coronavirus measures and travel guidelines for your country, click here. If you’ve caught the news recently, you’re probably wondering whether coronavirus is going to shake up your day-to-day life. So far the virus has spread across six continents, and it seems inevitable the threat will increase across the UK, the US and Australia over the coming weeks. We’ve put together this handy FAQ to bring you some help, tips and perspective.

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The latest events cancelled over coronavirus in London

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Here at Time Out, we’re all about helping you experience the best of the city. At the same time, organisers of many large-scale events in London are currently taking appropriate precautions in light of the coronavirus outbreak that could hamper your adventures in the city. To help keep you up to date, we’ve collated a list of all the major event cancellations related to the coronavirus in London. 

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Time in: the best things to do at home

Things to do

Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the best music, theatre, film, art, food and drink that London has to offer. In our comprehensive round-up of the best ways to pass your days at home, we’ve taken into account your thirst for culture and your love of the kind of lifestyle London can afford you – an exciting one. 

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