What to do in this lockdown


First of all, the good news is that freedom from our national lockdown is set for Wednesday, December 2. The government has confirmed it’s sticking to the original timeline, and that means ending lockdown at the start of next month. Get those party poppers poised! But the House of Commons was told that the country will revert back to a three-tier system again, and much like before Lockdown 2, areas of England will move back under restrictions according to localized infection rates. But don’t get too comfortable: rules are going to be tighter than last time…

So, what to do in these troublesome times you’re asking?

Curator’s Tour of Artemisia at the National Gallery
Much as you like to ponce about and pretend you know everything about art, it’s unlikely that you know as much about the art at the National Gallery’s Artemisia exhibition as the curator, Letizia Treves. Join Treves as she takes you on a 30-minute online tour of Artemisia, delving into the violence and drama of the exhibits within and revealing the fascinating story of the artist as she goes

Live Stream Kaiser Chiefs Brixton Academy Gig

28th November, 8 pm Indie kings Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage of Brixton Academy for a virtual gig that’s guaranteed to have you rocking in your living room. With a set-list featuring tracks from their newest album Duck and classic anthems like I Predict a Riot and Ruby, the immersive show is available to stream on smartphones or VR headsets.

Walking in Epping Forest
Escape from inside and take a stroll in the sizable stretch of beauty that is Epping Forest. Cutting a swathe from East London into Essex, the forest is the perfect spot for crushing your lockdown weekend walk. Not sure where to start? Take your pick from these stellar walks in Epping Forest.

Cash coaching
Let’s be honest, you have so much free time that a little bit of work couldn’t be harmful. Go on Swagbucks or Fiverr and get some online assignments. Take an easy survey or a sweet run at free slots on an online casino to get some cash. Don’t forget that soon you’ll be able to do (nearly) all you couldn’t. And having a bit of extra money ready for some physical divertissement is going to be a must!

Wreath Making Class

30th November, 6 pm

Is it too early to drop the C-bomb? I don’t care – as far as I’m concerned, it’s time to go full Christmas in 2020. Nothing says smug achievement like a handmade wreath hanging from your front door but unless you’re supremely confident in your wreath-weaving talents, chances are you’re going to need a bit of guidance. Lavender Green Flowers is hosting virtual Christmas wreath masterclasses to help you master the game. Simply sign up and they whizz a wreath kit over to you before working some Zoom-based magic and voila – smugness abounds.

Catch TWO Booker Prize Winners in Conversation

Until 3rd December This year’s Booker Prize was slightly less controversial than the two-winner-Booker-gate of 2019 that elicited peak pearl-clutching within literary circles. This year’s prize instead saw Glaswegian Douglas Stuart winning with his debut novel Shuggie Bain.

Grab the opportunity to listen to Stuart in conversation with Bernadine Evaristo, one of last year’s winners in this exclusive interview filmed for the Southbank Centre.

With this little list, you’ll have no excuse to pity yourself on how there is nothing to do around your tiny closed flat. Get online and get ready. It’s soon over!