As The Days Blur Into One, Here’s How To Feel Like You’re Having A Cultural Weekend

From live opera to IG live DJ sets from Spice Girls, there's plenty to make it feel like you're having a proper weekend.

Cultural weekend

by Georgia Aspinall |

Three weeks into social-distancing, our second weekend on official lockdown approaches. Is it just us, or is it pretty impossible to even know what a weekend is anymore? We may’ve been technically allowed to visit shops and linger in the park a little at a social-distance last weekend, but while we're in lockdown, it kind of felt like one big lunch break from the working week.

So how can we make our weekends actually feel like weekends again when we’re not allowed to do any of our much-loved weekend activities? Well, we’ve put together some ideas – and some must-watch events – to give you a helping hand.

Friday Night

Mel C's DJ set for #GetTogetherWithGrazia

A 8pm, actual Spice Girl, Mel C is performing a DJ set on the @graziauk instagram. Come on, right now we could all do with something to Spice Up Your Life.

Royal Opera House

Never been to the opera but always been curious? Now is your chance. Tonight at 7pm, the Royal Opera House is live streaming Wayne McGregor's interpretation of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series. To find out more about the drama, which is about love and jealousy, visit here.

Boiler Room

If you’re after more of a chance to go wild, how about joining the Boiler Room's Streaming From Isolation? Join Shabaka Hutchings for his set at 4pm and Dixon's at 9pm.

Saturday

Virtual Brunch

Usually head out for brunch on a Saturday? How about (virtually) joining Camden Town Brewery and Caravan for a beer brunch at 12pm. Miles Kirby, founder of Caravan, will guide you through how to create Caravan’s famous baked eggs recipe in an hour long live stream. There's also a virtual tip jar, with the proceeds going to Covid-19 Hospitality fund. Much better than spending £20 on an average brunch in Shoreditch, we think.

One-To-One Yoga

Are you keen on yoga but would like to learn more? Wellness app Urban is offering is offering free one-to-one yoga classes. There's also gym sessions, mindfulness and physio if you fancy too.

Theatre

Miss heading to the theatre on the weekends? The National Theatre have got you covered. For 7 days, they are streaming (on YouTube) the widely revered One Man Two Guvnors starring James Corden. Yes, please.

Saturday Night

It’s all about HouseParty on a Saturday night, but now that we’re all talking to our friends and family way more than normal (just me?) perhaps you need something to actually do on those group video calls. So, here’s a few options:

Dalston Sessions Live

Join East London's up and coming DJs as they play sets straight from their bedrooms. When streaming #DalstonsSessionsLIVE you can order a round of drinks via their virtual bar, which supports local east London suppliers and a chosen charity of the week.

A Virtual Tour of The Sistine Chapel

Never been to Rome and fancy a spot of culture Saturday evening? Head to The Vatican for a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. For more information visit here.

Sunday

Grazia Get Together: Facial massage at home with Michaella Bolder

Those of you who normally have their lives together and regularly have facials are going to love this. Facialsist and skin care expert Michaella will talk you through a soothing and restorative massage to improve circulation and rejuvenate your skin at home. Please visit Instagram Live at 11am.

Virtual pub quiz

Missing going out for a Sunday roast and doing an impossible pub quiz? PJ Quiz are streaming a virtual pub quiz via Facebook.

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