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Things to do in London this week

Discover the biggest and best things to do in London over the next seven days

By Alexandra Sims, Angela Hui, Charlie Allenby and Rosie Hewitson
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Got a quiet week ahead of you? Us too. Check out our pick of the best things to do in London over the next seven days, chosen by Time Out editors. While we all observe safe social distancing, we’re finding new ways to engage with the city, whether that’s live-streaming a workshop from a London bakery, doing a digital yoga class in our living room, or ordering a takeaway from our favourite London restaurant to help it stay afloat. Let us be your social lifesaver for the next week. And if you’ve got a tip for something fun going on in London, Tweet us your suggestion and help spread the word. You’ll be begging for a night off by Sunday

RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in London every week of the year.

pints at the pub
pints at the pub
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1. Find out what’s open

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Confused by Super Saturday? To help you get back out there and support your favourite venues and institutions (or just to get that much-needed haircut!), click through to find a list of exactly what is opening up in London from so-called ‘Super Saturday’ onwards. Not ready to venture out of the house? (That’s totally understandable, tbh!) Check out our Time In section, which is filled with great ways to bring some London culture into your home.

Photograph: The National Gallery
Photograph: The National Gallery
Photograph: The National Gallery

2. Visit The National Gallery

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The National Gallery will be the first of the major London galleries to open its doors, on Wednesday July 8. The five-star blockbuster exhibition ‘Titian: Love, Desire Death’, which closed with the gallery in March, has been extended until January 2021. Masks are recommended and though entry remains free, bookings must be made in advance. It will also be adopting a one-way system, but with a choose-your-own-adventure twist: there will be three routes which take 25-35 minutes each. Pick your path here

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Kanpai Sake Brewery
Kanpai Sake Brewery
Photograph: Kanpai Sake Brewery

3. Get involved with Experience:LDN

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Taking place between Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10, Experience:LDN is a virtual festival helping Londoners connect with the capital’s small businesses. It will all be streamed on Time Out London’s Instagram and showcase independent POC-, female- and LGBTQ+-owned small businesses that have lifted their communities during the last few months. Expect takeovers from some of our favourite indy businesses, including a bacon naan cooking demo from Dishoom founder Kavi Thakrar and a HiiT dance class from At Your Beat. Get the full line-up here

4. Do the Filmageddon Weekly Rewind Film Quiz

Things to do Quirky events Twitch, Trafalgar Square

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. 

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5. Order the best takeaways for delivery in London

Restaurants

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! 

Kew gardens cherry blossom
Kew gardens cherry blossom
Photograph: Mistervlad / Shutterstock.com

6. Travel to Kew Gardens

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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 month, 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.

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Photograph: Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, installation view, 2020. © Urs Fischer. Prudence Cuming Associates. Courtesy Gagosian
Photograph: Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, installation view, 2020. © Urs Fischer. Prudence Cuming Associates. Courtesy Gagosian
Photograph: Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, installation view, 2020. © Urs Fischer. Prudence Cuming Associates. Courtesy Gagosian

8. Book a gallery appointment

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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. 

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Kimono
Kimono
Photograph: Victoria and Albert Museum

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

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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.

Photograph: Courtesy of Dolly Trolley

10. Try 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. 

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Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist
Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist
Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist

11. Check out ‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’ online exhibition

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‘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. 

Fredde Lanka
Fredde Lanka
Image: Fredde Lanka

12. Dance at 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!

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brewdog af bar
brewdog af bar
Photograph: Andy Parsons

13. Order in from London’s best bars

Bars and pubs

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.

Another Space
Another Space
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14. Find digital yoga classes from London fitness studios

Sport and fitness

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!

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Someone holding a tray of Bread Ahead doughnuts
Someone holding a tray of Bread Ahead doughnuts
Photograph: Bread Ahead

15. Bread Ahead baking tutorials

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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.

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