Here are the best things to do at home this weekend
By Abbie Schofield
Thanks to COVID-19, Londoners are in lockdown and limited to leaving the house once a day to exercise or buy essentials. But that doesn’t mean your weekend has to be boring. Even if you’ve read every book in your house and binged every show on Netflix, we’ve got your back. Here are ideas of things to do at home this weekend, from online classes to fun activities.
Things to do at home this weekend
Make your own burgers
Patty&Bun has collaborated with HG Walter to launch The Lockdown DIY Patty Kit, giving Londoners the chance to beat the boredom and make their own burgers. They will be delivering boxes with all the ingredients Patty&Bun use in store to make its incredible juicy burgers and will be posting Instagram tutorials on how to perfect your patty cooking technique. The boxes are £20 with enough ingredients for four burgers including brioche buns, meat, cheese, the Smokey P&B Mayo and more. Choose from the Ari Gold Cheeseburger, the Smokey Robinson or two of each.
Order via hgwalter.com
Try an improv class
Until 2 May, Hoopla Improv Theatre is injecting comedy into the current crisis with drop-in online improv classes via Zoom. They have dozens of dates scheduled, with the next session on Saturday 28 March, 2pm – 4pm. Packed with 100s of games from its regular courses, as well as interactive scenes, the focus is on having fun during this difficult time and getting people socialising digitally while on lockdown. Joining costs £10 and participants will be emailed the Zoom link on the day of the class.
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Practice self care
Wellness app Urban has launched the ‘stay at home club’ with live-streamed fitness, physio, yoga and mindfulness sessions ranging from 20-55 minutes long. The one-to-one sessions will be between you and one of Urban’s fully-qualified team of professionals with costs starting at £15 for a 20-minute meditation class – customers can try their first two live video sessions for an introductory offer of £24. This is the perfect option for people who need a little more guidance than a pre-recorded workout or meditation video, as you are face-to-face with one of Urban’s top notch professionals.
Virtual Pub Quiz
In light of the east London pub’s temporary closure, The Pembury Tavern will be hosting a virtual pub quiz every Monday. Questions start at 7pm via Instagram Stories and three winners will be given a pair of Pembury Tavern Tour tickets. To recreate the pub vibes at home, participants can pick up takeaway pizza and beer from The Pembury from 12pm.
Go to the (online) gym
Staying at home 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.
Sherlock: The Official Live Game has gone online with a #SherLOCKDOWN. Each day at 2.21pm they will be posting a mind-bending puzzle to their Twitter and Instagram to be solved within 24 hours. Keep your brain active and test your mental abilities with challenges like unlocking an encrypted enemy file using clues from a top secret document and using arithmetic to solve a mysterious puzzle. There are also prizes up for grabs!
Order food from Hide
Londoners can now have Ollie Dabbous’ Michelin-starred food at home as Mayfair restaurant Hide has begun its delivery service. A real weekend treat, indulge in Hide’s fantastic cuisine with dishes such as suckling pig with mustard fruit puree, crushed turnip and black pudding, and poached Gigha halibut with olive oil and eucalyptus. Orders can be placed with the Supper app for delivery within 2.5 miles of Hide.
Cook a new dish
If you’d rather cook at home, 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.
Watch the ballet
For the ‘homebound but culturally curious’, the Royal Opera House has launched a programme of free online content. Featuring a schedule of free broadcasts and live shows that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, viewers can be delighted by renditions of the most popular ballets and operas. This weekend on 27 March at 7pm, it’s Peter and the Wolf performed by The Royal Ballet.
Taste a fine wine
While we’re not suggesting drowning your quarantined sorrows, why not try a new wine? We’ve rounded up the best alcohol delivery services to get your favourite grape delivered to your door. You can even make an evening of it this week and take part in an online wine tasting, whether it’s via a House Party call with friends or something more professional. West London Wine has just launched a digital tasting series starting on 1 April, and Honest Grapes will be hosting a ‘fireside chat’ on 31 March as wine director Tom Harrow has a virtual chat with Filippo Chia, owner and head winemaker of Castello di Romitorio. DM them on Instagram to get the Zoom link.
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