Virtually London: things to do at home

We may all be isolating at home but that shouldn’t stop us enjoying London’s culture.

Due to COVID-19, attractions, theatres and other venues are currently closed, but if you’re missing London, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few fun things to do in the safety of your home.

Many London venues are now streaming live events and performances, and there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the capital from your sofa: watch live performances, join an online class or workshop, keep fit and healthy, get involved in a virtual music festival or take virtual tours around London.

There is no need for you to be bored at home with all the amazing things you can do. Here are some ideas for you that are free or have a small fee:

 

Live London Theatre Streams

  1. See the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes and Gillian Anderson in National Theatre at Home's performances. Each show is also free to stream for a week afterwards. 

WHEN: Thursdays at 7pm

COST: Free!

 

  1. Sing along to some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's biggest West End musicals with The Shows Must Go On, including The Sound of Music and Phantom of the Opera. 

            WHEN: Every

            COST: Free!

 

  1. Head over to Official London Theatre's YouTube channel for your fix of theatre, behind-the-scenes videos and interviews.

             WHEN: Anytime

             COST: Free!

Online classes and workshops

  1. Follow top tips from Seven Dials shops with free online tutorials, from hair and beauty to cooking and jewellery, as part of Seven Dials @ Home

             WHEN: Various dates

             COST: Free!

 

  1. Enjoy the best of King’s Cross’ creatives from the comfort of your home, with live masterclasses, webinars and competitions as part of its #KX2U series

             WHEN: Various dates

             COST: Various prices

 

  1. Keep your green fingers active with top tips from Covent Garden's Head Gardener and horticulture expert Kenny Raybould.

             WHEN: Weekly

             COST: Free!

 

  1. Mix up some vintage-style cocktails with Cahoots London's Instagram tutorials.

             WHEN: Various dates

             COST: Free!

 

  1. Find out about Japanese culture and its delicious food by logging on to the Japan Centre’s blog page.

             WHEN: Weekly

             COST: Free!

 

Keeping fit and mindful

  1. Lose yourself in a yoga class. Hotpod and Digme are among many studios streaming live workouts.

            WHEN: Daily

            COST: Donations from £2+

 

  1. Find some inner calm during online meditation classes with daily sessions from Inner Space.

            WHEN: Daily

            COST: Free!

 

  1. Keep in shape with free classes from Carnaby’s fitness studios, including Sweaty Betty and Heatcore, or listen to triyoga’s podcasts for workout tips.

            WHEN: Various dates

            COST: Varies per class

 

  1. Keep those muscles toned with live streamed classes across the capital, including Barry’s Bootcamp and Third Space.

WHEN: Daily

COST: £6+

 

  1. Get a pump on with Matt Roberts Evolution's free 20-minute at-home workout videos.

             WHEN: Daily

             COST: Free!

 

  1. Stay book smart and make use of online content and a range of services from The British Library.

London virtual tours

  1. Visit the National Gallery without leaving the house – there are hundreds of paintings to explore, so put the kettle on and get ready for hours of exploration.
  2. Step inside the beating heart of the UK government as you go behind the scenes on a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament, including the famous House of Commons Chamber. 
  3. Ride the underground Mail Rail, virtually, with The Postal Museum’s narrated 10-minute video.
  4. Experience a mix of digital content from various art forms, regularly shared by the Barbican's Read, Watch & Listen programme.
  5. See animal exhibits, Hope the whale and many other natural wonders of the Natural History Museum using the Google Arts & Culture tour.

 

Online festivals and music

  1. Missing your festival fix? Junction 2 has moved online with three stages and six hours of exclusive DJ sets from some of the world’s top house and techno artists. 

              WHEN: Various dates

              COST: Free!

 

  1. Put on your dancing shoes and party in your living room, with Fly-Kid on Zoom, a weekly hip-hop and R&B party for London’s coolest kids and grown-ups hosted by Radio 1 DJ Emily Rawson.

WHEN: Saturdays at 2pm

             COST: Free!

 

  1. If classical music is your jam - join the world's biggest classical music festival, as the BBC Proms goes online for 2020.

WHEN: 17 Jul-12 Sep

COST: Free!