The ultimate guide to the most fun you can have virtually while in lockdown this weekend.
Look, we know – weekends aren’t what they used to be. When once upon a time we would have been bottomless brunching at a new restaurant or checking out the latest feminist exhibitions, we’re now stuck inside.
But the internet is a wonderful thing, and if you look hard enough (by that we mean, scroll through this article) there’s lots of interesting things you can do online.
In fact, it’s possible to recreate many of your favourite activities, and the fun you would usually have doing them, virtually too.
We’re on the hunt for virtual experiences that are educational, creative, bolstered by community and full of culture, to keep you entertained from Friday to Sunday.
From cocktail masterclasses, Secret Cinema and flower arranging tutorials – there’s loads to do, just see below for ideas.
Virtual gin tasting experience
If you love a gin and tonic, you’ll have been missing going to your local gin palace and sipping on a tall, cold glass of Mother’s Ruin.
As lockdown prevails and the weekend looks wet and windy, Fever Tree tonic has organised a virtual tasting session which will guide you through the magical world of gin and teach you how to make the perfect G&T.
Tickets are priced at £22 which includes access to a one hour online masterclass and Q&A session and tasting box which includes four 5cl gin samples from the brand’s favourite gins including Tanqueray, Plymouth, Pink Pepper and Tarquin’s. Plus, tonics to pair with them and a branded bar blade.
The class is from 5pm until 6pm on the 13 June, so it’s likely that your box won’t arrive before then and you may have to enjoy after the class with your new found knowledge.
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Learn to bake
Bread Ahead bakery and school creates some delicious concoctions, and now you can too, with their daily 2pm tutorials.
Take a look at their Instagram page to see if there are any clues as to what the next bake will be, or just watch their Stories at 2pm and take some notes to try at home.
Mixology classes with the world's best bar
Coupette in east London’s Bethnal Green was voted best bar in the world last year, and we can see why. It’s in a cool spot with a creative menu and a sultry atmosphere, but its success is of course down to the bartenders who work there.
Although you can’t drop by for a drink right now, you can benefit from their expertise via their daily Instagram Lives at 5pm. Bar Manager Andrei Marcu will be taking questions and giving expert tips to make your own cocktails at home.
Airbnb online experiences
Airbnb’s experiences allow travellers from all over the world to be part of the culture in new places.
Right now, there’s no chance of taking a traditional pasta making class in Italy or touring the bookshops of Paris, but in the wake of coronavirus Airbnb has made as many of its experiences as digital as possible.
Learn how to draw with someone in Mexico, pull off magic tricks in the UK or bake with an American family, all without leaving the house.
Prices vary on experience.
Go to the pub, virtually
BrewDog’s many branches may be currently closed, but you can still experience some of the pub banter through their website.
From virtual pub quizzes to beer masterclasses, there’s something to do nearly every night.
This Friday, there’ll be a pub quiz and live music from a surprise guest from 6pm.
Make a gin and tonic with a twist
Once we would have gone to our favourite bar for a gin and tonic at the weekend, but these days, we’re having to get pretty good at making them ourselves.
Cotswolds Distillery’s new blend, No.1 Wildflower Gin, makes a delicious twist on a classic, and the brand has released a how-to video so you can give it a go at home.
Listen to a new podcast
Podcasts are one of our favourite ways to wind down. If you feel the same and are looking forward to a chilled weekend, run yourself a bath and put on our new podcast, Working from Home with Stylist.
Learn calligraphy with this online tutorial
Many of us have felt inspired to get creative with our new-found spare time, picking up new hobbies that involve using our hands. Calligraphy is not only a beautiful skill to master but it’s a great mindfulness technique too. After all, with both hands full and a lot of concentration needed, you won’t be able to absent-mindedly scroll through your phone and it might help stop anxious thoughts spiralling.
Jacquie Lawes of White Olive Designs has created three beginners calligraphy kits for those looking to learn at home. All options include a video guide, workbook, practise pad, ink and calligraphy pen, so you can get going straight away. Plus, if you’re a stationery fan make sure you check out the rest of her work, which is beautiful.
Secret Sofa with Secret Cinema
Any Londoner worth their salt knows the work of Secret Cinema. This immersive experience takes you inside some of the world’s most celebrated films and has been a smash hit since its inception in 2015.
Although you won’t be able to attend one of their shows anytime soon, Secret Cinema has teamed up with Häagen-Dazs to create Secret Sofa, which you can enjoy from your own home.
Every Friday evening at 7.30pm Secret Sofa will facilitate a virtual in-home screening of Secret Cinema’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed films, as well as lesser-known gems.
With bespoke content, character narratives, interactive elements and surprises, people will be able to create their own cinema experiences to enjoy at home. Sign up to the weekly newsletter and every Tuesday you’ll find out what’s in store for the weekend.
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