PERFECT YOUR BAKING SKILLS: Bread Ahead
Bread Ahead’s founder Matthew Jones is offering free online tutorials every day at 2pm for those looking to get hands on in the kitchen and improve their technique. Up first, Matthew will be baking Bread Ahead’s legendary doughnuts, where he will personally guide viewers through the various stages of creating, filling and eating them. Tutorials remain on the Bread Ahead Instagram Stories for a full 24 hours after they’re broadcast, and viewers are encouraged to sign up for the newsletter to get daily updates of the tutorial schedule. To demonstrate your support, you can also purchase 2-for-1 vouchers to the Bread Ahead Bakery School for workshops taking place from September 2020.
Visit BreadAhead.com and follow @breadaheadbakery
WATCH A PLAY: I & You
Until 10pm on Sunday night, anyone with an Instagram account can watch Lauren Gunderson’s full production of I & You starring Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones) and Zach Wyatt simply by following @hampstead_theatre or @lalatellsastory. The play, which made its debut at the Hampstead Theatre in 2018, will be available to view on demand on their IGTV channels. A witty and uplifting portrayal of friendship and living life to the full, and written by one of America’s most produced playwrights, I & You was a box office smash two years ago. Having been specially performed, filmed and edited for Instagram’s mobile video platform during its original run, the play aims to bring people together and tell stories that resonate – at a time when it couldn’t matter more.
Follow @hampstead_theatre or @lalatellsastory
SUPPORT LOCAL CHEFS: The London Restaurant Collective
A new not-for-profit organisation launched by the team behind Le Bab, unemployed chefs who have lost their jobs as part of widespread restaurant closures are now preparing low-cost, delicious comfort food which can be paid for online before waiting staff bike it over. Allowing the kitchen and waiting staff to keep 100% of the profits, chefs will cook two different meals (one vegan and one non-vegan) every day, with each meal costing no more than £7. There’s also the option for no-contact delivery if you, or a member of your family is self-isolating. Daily menus will also be uploaded to the group’s Instagram account.
To order meals click here or email email@example.com
DISCOVER A NEW WINE: Diogenes The Dog
Neighbourhood wine bar Diogenes The Dog is now offering a home delivery sommelier service for those looking to elevate at-home dining. Not just on hand to share their expertise, Diogenes staff will also deliver the perfect bottle to complement at-home dishes after offering key advice on pairings and style. Simply call, describe what you're cooking, and the team will do the rest. There’s a two-bottle minimum order and free delivery only applies to a one-mile radius of the bar in Elephant and Castle. But for those who find themselves close by, it’s a great way to support a local business at a difficult time.
BINGE-WATCH: Ozark, Series 3
One of Netflix’s hit original dramas, Ozark tells the story of the Byrde family. When they are forced to flee to the Ozarks after a money laundering operation in Chicago goes wrong, the world they end up descending into gets complicated very quickly. Starring Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner and Sophia Hublitz among others, Ozark looks likely to go from strength to strength in the third series, which launches this Friday. Although much of the plot remains shrouded in mystery, showrunner Chris Mundy has said it will pick up with Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Linney) struggling with their power dynamic and dealing with an “outside force”. We can’t wait.
MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA: Pizza Pilgrims Frying Pan Pizza Kits
During challenging times, Pizza Pilgrims is adapting to the new climate by introducing The Frying Pan Pizza Kits, allowing all pizza aficionados in London to create their very own handcrafted version of the brand’s Neapolitan-style pizzas. The kits will contain all the key ingredients to make two pizzas – from the Neapolitan pizza dough to the rich Italian tomato sauce – while instructions can be found on their website and social media channels. Kits are also available to order on Deliveroo, priced at £12 each, and there’s the option to add a bottle of wine or prosecco for only £10, along with optional toppings such n’duja, black olives, anchovies and double pepperoni.
Visit PizzaPilgrims.co.uk or follow @pizzapilgrims
DRINK COCKTAILS AT HOME: Scout Bar
Number 28 within the World’s 50 Best Bars list, Hackney’s Scout is co-owned by leading bartenders Matt Whiley and Rich Woods. With seasonality and sustainability underpinning everything, the bar is gearing up to launch a new delivery service in light of the new restrictions. Bottling classic cocktails such as the negroni, manhattan and vesper in both 200ml and 500ml sizes, there are also plans to add the usual Scout favourites to the menu once the service is properly up and running.
TUCK INTO A SURVIVAL HAMPER: Wild By Tart
Those missing their usual dining out treat can now purchase one of four different hampers compiled by Belgravia eatery Wild By Tart. Each hamper spans one of four categories – ‘essentials’, ‘breakfast’, ‘snacks’ and ‘survival’ – and all are stocked with goodies to keep you and your family happy at home – there’s even a complimentary loo roll included. Soon available on the website, you can place an order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also purchase a pre-paid voucher to use at the restaurant once normality resumes. Simply head to the restaurant’s Go Fund Me page to ‘pledge’ a sum which can then be redeemed at any time in the next year, with a 10% discount off your bill. If you are an NHS worker, make that a 50% discount.
LISTEN TO THIS: The Bugle Presents The Last Post With Alice Fraser
If you’re getting increasingly bored or fearful of tuning into the news, this is the show for you. From the comedy team behind satirical news podcast The Bugle, each of these podcasts is under 15 minutes – making it a perfectly digestible injection of daily news, none of which focus on the usual doom and gloom. Whether it’s the Japanese cherry blossom, coffee table books or just taking the sting out of the latest health updates, host Alice Fraser is on hand to keep the subject matter light-hearted and humorous. Great for a bit of escapism.
WORKOUT WITH: Urban’s Stay At Home Club
Wellness app Urban has launched a temporary online home for live-streamed, one-to-one fitness, physio, yoga and mindfulness. Named ‘The Stay at Home Club’, the new app category is delivered by Urban professionals via two-way video – instead of the usual in-person sessions at Londoners’ homes – with sessions ranging from 20 minutes to 55 minutes. The service aims to support Urban’s community of self- employed, mobile practitioners by providing them with a safe way to earn money from home, as well as an easy way for users to stay active and well.
PLAY GAMES WITH YOUR FRIENDS: KAHOOT!
With players in more than 200 countries and over 30 million public games available, Kahoot! is the perfect platform to play with your friends. Search from millions of existing games on any topic: brain teasers, trivia, news quizzes, popular science – play them all as is, or duplicate and edit them for a more personal touch. Extend the fun beyond your living room by inviting family and friends to join virtually. Start a live game and share your screen using a free video conferencing tool such as Google Hangouts Meet, Skype or Zoom or send them a self-paced Kahoot! challenge they can play in their own time.
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