What’s On In London This Weekend | 27th – 22nd March 2020
Main image:The Piano Works
Our weekends their plans have changed just a smidge over the last couple of weeks. Which is, of course, a very good idea – we all want to help make that curve flatter than a soap star’s acting.
Speaking of which… there’s only so much TV one can watch before a craving for variety begins to tap you on the shoulder and say “Crazy idea, but how about we check out what else London has to offer from the comfort of the living room?’.
So we’ve helpfully put together a few suggestions…
FRIDAY 27th March 2020
Tune In To The Stay At Home Festival
Today’s guests are Stephen Merchant & Les Dennis, with a little musical interlude from Miles Hunt. Expect an hour or so of next-level banter.
Details: 10am, 27th March | Youtube | Free
Join the Sofa Singers
The Sofa Singers is an online choir that you can join direct from your couch. It’s UK-based, and it’s a highly social socially distanced little bit of fun. It’s all led by a musician named James Sill, who’ll run through a different classic song at each rehearsal, teaching everyone in attendance their parts. And the next one is this Friday…
Details: 7.30pm, 27th March | Via Zoom | Free
Watch Peter & The Wolf at the Ballet
One for the “culturally curious” who finally have the time on their hands to sit down and watch the ballet they’ve been putting off, the Royal Opera House is going to be streaming Peter and the Wolf for free tonight. The show is from 2010, and is considered one of their standouts…
Details: 7pm, 27th March | Youtube & Facebook | Free
SATURDAY 28th March 2020
Watch North By Northwest with a lot of other people
The Viral Film Festival is pretty simple – they pick a film available on streaming platforms (in this case, classic Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest), everyone sits down ready to press play at 7.30pm, and then everyone gets together to discuss it on social.
Details: 7.30pm, Saturday 28th March | Youtube, Google Play | £3.50
See Comedy at The Covid Arms
The Covid Arms is a virtual comedy club that shall be ephemerally appearing this Saturday night. For the cost of £2 you can get a streaming link to see comedians like Rosie Jones (8 Out of 10 Cats), Kiri Pritchard McClean (Have I Got News For You), Stephen Bailey (Live at the Apollo), and Rachel Fairburn (All Killa No Filla).
Details: 7pm, 28th March | Online | £2
Catch the BFI Flare Festival
The BFI’s annual Flare festival understandably couldn’t take place this year, so it’s gone online. You can still catch some of the excellent flicks, which you can completely self-curate.
Details: 20th – 29th of March | Online
Get A Cheese Delivery
The noble, curd-wielding heroes behind the Cheese Bar have dusted off the ol’ food truck, and are now using it to deliver survival self-isolation survival kits to Londoners. They’re covering most of the capital, but check locations for the next day’s deliveries. Pre-order the night before, and you can snag boxes of British cheese, charcuterie and small producer wine in a contact-free drop-off.
Details: 20th March | Throughout London
Watch Some Shakespeare
Exactly as Shakespeare surely foresaw, around 400 years after writing his plays they’re now being shown for free on an online streaming site that allows you to watch some of the Globe’s most spine-tingling productions on demand. It’s called the Globe Player, and it has live recordings of every one of Shakespeare’s plays.
Details: Free & on-demand
SUNDAY 29th March 2020
Learn How To Make Hot Cross Buns
The loaf-loving pastry pros at Bread Ahead are live-streaming baking classes every day at 2pm, with a different class each day. And sure, technically Easter’s a couple of weeks away, but who cares, they’re hot cross buns.
Details: 2pm, 29th March | Instagram Live | Free
See the Penguins Being Fed at Dublin Zoo
That’s right. Penguins need food too, crisis or no crisis. So the zookeepers at Dublin zoo are going to be serving up swimmers to the little scamps at 2.30pm sharp.
Details: 2.30pm daily | Online | Free
Head Down to a Michelin Starred Farm Shop
Of all the effects of the Coronoavirus, this is one that would have been tough to predict: London now has a Michelin Starred farm shop. It’s the pivot that Michelin Starred restaurant Brat have decided to take in order to keep the lights on, and you’ll be able to find all the suppliers that stock the kitchen on a regular basis, as well as fresh-made dishes to take away.
Details: Opens 11am on weekends | 4 Redchurch Street, E1 6JJ
Check Out A New Release At The Home Cinema
Curzon Cinemas have decided if you can’t come to the cinema, the cinema will come to you. So they’ve launched Curzon Home Cinema, which allows you to watch films (produced by Curzon) that are on in the cinemas now, like the staggeringly well-reviewed Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Daniel Radcliffe’s Escape From Pretoria. There’s also a whole host of classic films on there, annnnd special additions like the 2020 Oscar-nominated short films and a Q&A with the director of Parasite, Bong Joon Ho.
Details: On demand | £4-£10
Click On Comedy From The Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre – the eclectic home of great comedy, cabaret and new writing – has a great on-demand service that allows you to watch stand-up from the comfort of your home. You can rent shows for two days, starring comedians including Nish Kumar, Shappi Khorsandi, Mae Martin, Dane Baptiste, Jessie Cave and more.
Details: On demand | £4
Need sustenance before you tackle everything that’s on in London this weekend? Peruse our guide to the best bottomless brunches in London