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Virtual events in London to help ease the lockdown blues

Swing dance lessons on Instagram live

It feels like we’ve been in lockdown for years, doesn’t it? And with no real end in sight to strict social distancing rules, it looks like it’ll be a while until we can head out and enjoy London’s events like we used to. 

We understand if you’re feeling blue. It’s frustrating living in a city that was once full to the brim of unique events and fun things to do. Lockdown will end one day though, and until it does, our beloved London is still providing us with endless things to do - just through the magic of the internet. 

Check out some of our favourite London virtual events, designed to help you shake those lockdown blues.

Join a cockney singalong

Missing the cockney charm of East London? Can’t wait to get back to your local karaoke joint? Don’t worry, we’ve got both things covered with this very “London” virtual event.

Tom Carradine is a local performer at Mr Fogg's Tavern, and puts on one hell of a show singing old cockney tunes. Since lockdown, he’s been taking those rousing tunes to Facebook Live, every Thursday at 8.30pm. Head online and enjoy a good old fashioned singalong. Open a bottle of London Pride, too!

Cockney Singalong Event

 

Work out with a Barry’s Bootcamp trainer

Are you bored of your repetitive online workout routine? Want a change from Joe Wicks? Maybe you’re looking for something a bit more challenging? We’ve got just the thing. 

London based Barry has a huge range of different classes for you, helping you get your heart rate high and keep those muscles toned. Check out his London based live streamed classes - including the most challenging - Barry’s Bootcamp!

 

Watch the London Symphony Orchestra

Just because we’re staying in doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a glamorous evening out (even if it is from the sofa). 

Luckily for us, The London Symphony Orchestra have digitised a number of their full-length concerts from its archives. This comes as part of its Always Playing series, a collection of streamed performances, playlists and interviews. So chuck on your gladrags and make a night of it. Streams happen every Thursday and Sunday.

London Symphony Orchestra

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Fancy something different from your normal evening of endless Instagram scrolling? But still want some visually impressive content? The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has moved online, giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most breathtaking nature photos from your own home. Get up close and personal with animals in a truly unique way. 

 

Take an online dance class

Have you always wanted to take a stab at dancing, but been too afraid to try a class in person? If so, now’s the perfect time to start learning.

From the comfort and safety of your own living room, you can start to master the basics of one of the most fashionable dances of the 1940s - the Lindy Hop. With the dance making a huge comeback in recent years, these lockdown classes from Cahoots Instagram tutorials will help you master the basics, making heading to a class post-lockdown a lot less intimidating!

Online Dance Class

 

A comedy show in your own living room

We all need a good laugh - especially at the moment. Luckily, the likes of Jo Brand, Russell Kane and Professor Brian Cox are putting on live comedy and podcasts during The Stay at Home Festival. Keep your spirits high and check out some of their digital sets.

 

Friday club nights

There’s nothing quite like a Friday night out in London. But, with nights out on pause for the foreseeable future, we need to find new ways to kick start our weekends. Luckily, the internet is helping London nightclubs find their way into our living rooms, letting us enjoy our favourite club nights without the club. 

Check out London based DJ sets from Glitterbox virtual events and Defected Virtual Festival, offering the perfect way to start your weekend off with a bang - even if you are raving away in your bedroom.

Defected Virtual Festival

 

Learn to bake with Bread Ahead

Not had much success with your quarantine banana bread? Your sourdough starter never started? It’s time to try your hand at something more artisan and we’ve got the perfect virtual event for you.

Bread Ahead, the bakery school and shop in Borough Market, has announced some free online tutorials on its Instagram page for anyone who wants to get their hands doughy. Happy baking! 

 

Enter the Pembury Tavern pub quiz

Still not quizzed out? No, us neither. The more quizzes the better! But, what we are missing is a good old fashioned pub quiz. 

Thank goodness for the Pembury Tavern in Hackney. The pub has digitised what is normally a completely packed weekly pub quiz, running the weekly quiz online, every monday. Get your thinking caps on and head here

 

Work out with a drag queen

It’s been hard to keep active in lockdown. Perhaps you’re bored with the same old lockdown workout routine. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to workout and be entertained at the same time. Perhaps it’s a bit of both… Either way, we’ve found the perfect virtual workout that will mix up your exercise routine in a fun and energetic way. 

London cabaret star Dolly Trolley, is streaming a drag aerobics class on Instagram and Facebook Live every Wednesday at 7.30pm. Tune in for an exercise class that’s sure to also work those smile muscles. 

Work Out With A Drag Queen Dolly Trolley

 

Join our Energybase team online

We’re committed to helping you keep your mind and body active throughout this strange time. Our new Move More Program, a set of online workouts and face to face skype sessions, can help you to maintain fitness levels and achieve your goals. With no fancy equipment needed, this is something you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Just get in touch with us at energybase@london.ac.uk. Oh and did we mention, it’s absolutely free!