Here are the best things to do this weekend
By Abbie Schofield
With lockdown restrictions easing, the capital is slowly starting to get up and running again. While weekends of late have involved Zoom quizzes, takeaways and Netflix, now that restaurants, bars, hair salons and some cultural destinations have reopened, there’s finally more going on. Whether you’re ready to venture out or are staying at home, here are some ideas of things to do this weekend in London.
Things to do this weekend in London
Make your own Dishoom brunch
If you’ve never been to Dishoom, you’re missing out. The hugely popular old Bombay-style restaurant group has an epic breakfast menu, and now Londoners can recreate their own bacon and egg naan roll at home. The kit costs £16 for 2 portions and comes with everything you need, including streaky bacon, dough for the naan, tomato-chilli jam and loose leaf tea and spices for making chai.
Visit a beer garden
Pubs have officially reopened and in line with social distancing regulations, Londoners can visit beer gardens with their own household or bubble. One to visit this summer is Truman’s Social Club from the team behind Truman’s Brewery. The 35,000 square foot space encompasses an on-site brewery, tap room, street food market and event space with plenty of room so you don’t have to worry about rubbing shoulders with strangers.
Booking required, trumansbeer.co.uk
Go to the (online) gym
Gyms are still closed, but that doesn’t mean your fitness has to slip. Absolutely London has rounded up the best online fitness classes led by trainers from some of London’s top gyms. Whether you’re looking for anxiety-soothing yoga or heart-pumping HIIT, there’s a workout for every occasion, including lots of free options on YouTube and social media.
Try a workout class in the park
If you’re in need of some fresh air and are dearly missing your PT, some of London’s top gyms are hosting outdoors group exercise classes in parks. For example, Core Collective are running Bodyweight/HIIT and Run/HIIT classes near their Kensington and St John’s Wood studios and on Clapham Common. Likewise, The Fore are hosting sessions in Coal Drops Yard for groups of up to five and Chelsea studio FLEX have started FLEX in the Park in Battersea.
View an online exhibition
While art galleries and museums now have permission to open, you may prefer to view an online exhibition. London art gallery White Cube has some great ones, including ‘I Thrive on Solitude’ by Tracey Emin. The collection of blue and white acrylic paintings was created during the Coronavirus lockdown and, unsurprisingly for Emin, is highly personal, reflecting on solitude and time.
The Big London Bake
It’s time to put those lockdown banana bread skills to the test at The Big London Bake which has just reopened for the summer. This entertaining experience is led by a team of professional patisserie chefs who guide budding bakers with tips as they create delicious sweet treats and compete against other teams. All the ingredients are supplied, plus with baking stations 2 metres apart and strict hygiene rules in place, you’ll be at a safe distance from other visitors.
Eight brilliant past productions of Shakespeare’s greatest works including Othello, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be watched online via Culture in Quarantine: Shakespeare, a BBC iPlayer series. It may not be as atmospheric as The Globe, but at least there’s no long bathroom queue.
Cook a new dish
If you’re a keen home cook, why not whip up a new dish like this mouth-watering carbonara served at London hotspots Gloria and Circolo Popolare? Or this warming and comforting bowl of chicken pho? If you’re craving something sweet, get baking with Madeleine Shaw’s choc chip and raisin blondie brownie recipe or these sugar-free desserts.
Like this? Check out our top gourmet food delivery services.