We ended last week with the announcement that we are moving into level three of lockdown, but life’s still a long way from normal.

Need a few ideas for things to do in London this week? Sit down with a cuppa tea and read this. 

 

22 Wonderful Walks in London

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Theatre 

Othello

Credit: @Royal Shakespeare Company

Available: All Week

The BBC’s Culture in Quarantine Festival has beamed all kinds of entertainment to our homes since this all began, but the RSC’s production of Othello stands out. 

The first ever Othello to have a black Iago and Othello, prepare to see the story of Shakespeare’s tragic hero from a different perspective. 

A Streetcar Named Desire

Credit: @National Theatre

Available: 7pm 21st May to 7pm 28th May

Gillian Anderson takes on the role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ explosive play in this week’s offering from the National Theatre

Heralded as one of the best performances of her career, Anderson portrays the violent destruction of the character’s fragile world with aplomb.

Fleabag Live

Credit: @Soho Theatre

Available: All Week

Never seen the hilarious, brutally-honest one-woman show that launched Phoebe Waller-Bridge onto the small screen and (crucially) gifted us the hot priest? Now is your chance

Waller-Bridge elevates the art of being self-obsessed and a total mess into an impossibly entertaining ride. 

Note: There’s a minimum £4 donation to watch.

Food & Drink

Patty & Bun DIY Burger Kits 

Credit: @Patty&Bun

Available: All Week

Anyone who’s experienced the stuffed-bun messy delight that is one of Patty & Bun’s burgers will know that these guys know how to do a burger right. 

Bored of the same old quarantine cooking (approached with a waning amount of enthusiasm with each passing week)? 

Get one of Patty & Bun’s DIY Burger Kits in your life. 

The kits contain everything you need to recreate their burgers at home and deliver to all parts of London (and nationwide). They’ve even got cocktail recipes and Spotify playlists posted on their Insta so you can live the full P&B experience at home. 

Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester?

Credit: @The Dorchester

Available: All Week

Of all of London’s swanky afternoon tea offerings, The Dorchester’s is the creme de la creme… which is why posh London breathed a collective sigh of relief when they finally rose to the lockdown challenge and announced they’d be delivering said afternoon teas to people’s homes. 

This week’s offering is a Chelsea Flower Show-themed delight, delivered to central London or available for collection.

Get Ginned 

Credit: @58 Gin Ltd

Available: All Week

If you missed my piece on the London gin distilleries collectively holding up the gin delivery mantle during lockdown a) how could you? b) go and read it now. 

TLDR version? There are lots of brilliant indie gin distilleries in London who you can support by ordering gin. Order gin, drink gin, get ginned.

Music 

Radiohead

Credit: @Radiohead

Available: All Week

Relive the days when we were able to cram ourselves into jam-packed gigs and trip out to the alt-rock sounds of Radiohead without the whole fear for your life and deadly virus thing (such a downer). 

Radiohead are releasing footage of seminal performances from their archive each week – the perfect opportunity to stand by a window, feel the sunshine, dance away and pretend that this is completely normal. 

Exquisite by the London Cabaret Club

Credit: @The London Cabaret Club

Available: All Week

With all its Zoom quizzes and online classes, lockdown was under the distinct threat of feeling a little worthier-than-thou… until the London Cabaret Club threw a little sauce into the mix with a streaming of its recent show Exquisite on YouTube.

Expect turns from Dame Kelly Holmes, Alexandra Burke and Darcey Bussell.

The Sound of London

Credit: @Spotify UK & Ireland

Available: All Week

What does London sound like? Spotify have used their mega-smart algorithms and user listening patterns to put together this epic playlist… and yes, that is a completely gratuitous pic of Idris Elba.

Brilliant Misfits 

The stuff that isn’t any of the above but you’ll love anyway. 

London’s Best Hairdresser Shows You How to Cut Your Fringe

Credit: @George Northwood

Available: All Week

OMG, the lockdown wild hair was hilarious at first, before quickly segueing into mildly amusing and then straight up untameable. Quelle horreur

Luckily, YouTube is on hand. 

Don’t take advice from just anyone though, George Northwood – commonly agreed to be the best hairdresser in London walks you through how to cut your fringe without f*cking it up in this rather zippy video with Claudia Winkleman. 

London Drawing

Credit: @London Drawing

Available: All Week

Always wanted to try your hand at life drawing but couldn’t deal with the combined awkwardness of looking at a naked person IRL for hours and everyone seeing how crap you are? 

Now’s your time to shine – London drawing have taken their life drawing classes online. Simply pay for the class and you’re given access to the recording on Zoom.

Learn How to Write with Hanif Kureishi

Credit: @The Coronet Theatre

Available: All Week

How many writers start out writing pornography and transition to writing some of the most culturally aware plays, movies and books of the era? I’ll wager it’s very few. 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Writing sees Bromley-born Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Launderette, The Buddha of Suburbia, Intimacy) explain his creative process, chart his own career and answer questions from a host of budding writers.

Pens out.

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