Despite London being in Lockdown, you can still experience the city’s phenomenal culture from home thanks to a plethora of virtual events. Here are our top picks
By Abbie Schofield
London is famous for its cultural offering – world-renowned galleries, first-class theatre, exciting pop-ups and unique events are happening each month all over the city, and online too. Here are some of the very best cultural events happening in January 2021 so you can keep yourself busy while we’re in Lockdown.
Things to do in Lockdown: Virtual Exhibitions and Events
Rear Window, White Cube Gallery
White Cube Gallery’s latest online exhibition is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window, in which a man observes his New York neighbours via binoculars. The digital experience features artworks by 11 modern artists who challenge and explore voyeurism in unique ways.
Hidden London, London Transport Museum
Discover the city’s secret history with Hidden London, the London Transport Museum’s virtual tour of forgotten parts of the Underground, like the now inaccessible Brompton Road station which was used during WW2 as a secret control centre for Britain’s Anti-Aircraft Division.
Cooking with Tom Aikens, Instagram
Chef Tom Aikens has launched a new virtual cooking school. Filmed at his Belgravia restaurant Muse, he will be teaching everything from essential knife skills to how to perfect key dishes, and his first course, Meat Free Mondays, is already in full swing. Lessons can be seen via a members-only Instagram page and cost £60 for a six week course.
Kurami Wellness Festival, Instagram
Boutique meal delivery company Kurami have launched Self Care January, a series of virtual wellbeing events hosted on their Instagram this month. Expect morning meditation, yoga, tutorials on nutrition and haircare and more.
New Futures Digital
New online series New Futures Digital by Kovet.Art showcases the best emerging UK artists and curators in a digital ‘Art Vault’. Following an exhibition in partnership with Central St Martins, a focus on Slade School of Fine Art will begin this month.
Bruce Nauman, Tate Modern
Groundbreaking contemporary artist Bruce Nauman continually tests what an artwork can be, reshaping old forms and creating new ones. This is the first showcase of his work in London for more than 20 years, and the featured art can also be viewed online in an exhibition guide.
Until 21 February, tate.org.uk
Artist Reuben Dangoor has reimagined famous works of art to showcase a greener future for the seas. In partnership with marine classification organisation Lloyd’s Register, Monet’s Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen and Edward Seago’s Harbour Scene are just two of the iconic pieces that have been recreated to portray a zero-carbon maritime industry. You can view all the pieces in an online gallery until February.
Eye of the Huntress
A new quarterly online exhibition series has launched, showcasing some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists in spectacular architectural spaces using advanced CGI technologies. The first group exhibition is Le Petit Trianon, virtually housed in the eponymous San Francisco chateau built in 1904.
Until 20 January, eyeofthehuntress.com
The infamous ‘blue Monday’ is around the corner (supposedly, the most depressing day of the year). But fear not, as The Little Surprises Company have organised Restival, a two-day wellness festival happening Sunday 17 and Monday 18 January. There are dozens of online workshops and panels for you to mix and match throughout the day, from pilates and yoga to a breath workshop and introduction to reflexology.
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