INDULGE IN SOME WANDERLUST HERE: Theatre For Dreamers By Polly Samson
It’s 1960 and the world is dancing on the edge of revolution, and nowhere more so than the Greek island of Hydra. A circle of poets, painters and musicians live tangled lives, ruled by the writers, and troubled couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston. Enchanting and imaginative, Polly Samson’s new novel is a story of innocence lost amid the stormy undercurrents of an idyllic artist community. Seen through the eyes of a newcomer – specifically, teenager Erica who is wracked with grief for her mother – the story explores what happens to the bohemian group when competitiveness and jealousy bed in. This is sun-drenched escapism we could all use right now.
Available at Waterstones
GET A DOSE OF GIRL POWER HERE: AllBright Collective Virtual Series
All-female members club The AllBright Collective is launching a series of virtual talks and events to keep you motivated and encouraged at this challenging time. Aimed to entertain and help you upskill during this time of crisis, upcoming talks include acclaimed skin expert Dr Barbara Sturm and iconic fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Offering thought provoking insights and advice the series will cover everything from ‘designing a life that works for you’, through to ‘how to build your own empire’. On Thursday, tune in at 3:30pm for ‘Women & Covid-19: Designing A Better Future – Women’s Equality Party Leader’ to watch Mandu Reid in conversation with Anna Jones. We’re also marking our calendars for Thursday 21st May at 9pm to listen to beauty expert and businesswoman Tata Harper explain how to own your purpose and bring people with you. To join in, simply follow AllBright on Instagram.
MIMIC SUNDAY BRUNCH HERE: B Bagel Delivery
Missing weekend brunch with your besties? Fulham and Soho favourite B Bagel is helping you to enjoy some of the magic at home with its new bagel and grocery delivery service, including vegan and gluten-free options. Its Brunch Duo Box comes filled with four freshly baked bagels, sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese, extra virgin olive oil, six free range eggs, butter, jam, salad veggies, lemons and fresh herbs. Recipe cards are also included to help you recreate B Bagel’s iconic filled bagels, while larger family-style boxes are also available. Finally, the Sweet Lockdown bundle is sure to satisfy those sugar-cravings with freshly baked muffins, brownies and cookies. Prices range from £26 up to £89 for the bumper family box.
RECONNECT WITH LOVED ONES HERE: Biscuiteers Letterbox Love
Missing friends and family, and want to let them know you’re thinking of them? Biscuiteers’ new Letterbox Love collection is designed to help people connect with loved ones they can’t be with. Featuring rainbows, bees, flowers and other bright designs, the signature iced biscuits will fit straight through the letterbox, ensuring a contact-free delivery. While the lockdown continues, the company will also be giving away ten gifts from its collection every week to key workers nominated by customers via its social channels. Alternatively, choose the Nurse Jolly Ginger collection to show your appreciation to any hard-working key workers: £1.50 from the sale of each Nurse Jolly Ginger and £2 from each Garden Birds letterbox batch will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
BINGE-WATCH A NEW SERIES HERE: Hollywood
From the creators of Glee and American Horror Story, this new series follows an ambitious group of actors and filmmakers as they try to make their showbiz dreams come true in post-World War II Hollywood. With a cast including Darren Criss (Glee), Dylan McDermott (The Politician), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde, The Wedding Date), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Queen Latifah, the promotional images alone have us drooling over the 50s fashion and technicolour cinematography. As ever with Ryan Murphy, this one’s bound to be a real treat.
Available on Netflix from Friday
GO ON A VIRTUAL EUROPEAN BREAK HERE: Kayak Travel Guides
With travel plans on hold and social distancing in full force, would-be adventurers and travellers across the globe can only dream of their next getaway. So, whether you need a mini escape from #WFH life or just to look at a screen that isn’t hosting another conference call, Kayak’s new series of curated virtual city guides are bound to provide some light relief. Kicking-off with curated guides to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin and London, the virtual travel hub gives would-be travellers the chance to learn the local language, track down recipes from their chosen location, and even build playlists relevant and evocative of each hotspot.
TUNE INTO LIVE POETRY & DISCUSSION HERE: Lou Doillon’s Hand In Hand
Fans of French singer-songwriter, artist, actress, model and true Renaissance woman Lou Doillon should tune in each afternoon to watch her series Hand In Hand, which aims to connect the online community through beautiful story and poetry readings and drawings – some of which even feature her fashion-famous mother Jane Birkin. For those missing their daily dose of French chic, this is all the Paris-based bohemia you’re looking for.
GO TO THE THEATRE HERE: Frankenstein
One of the National Theatre’s most renowned productions, Frankenstein was a global hit when it came to the stage a few years ago. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr Frankenstein and the Creature, the two actors famously flipped a coin each night to see which of the main roles each of them would play – leaving the audience guessing until curtain up. Didn’t get to see it in the flesh? National Theatre At Home is streaming a recording of the production on YouTube, with Cumberbatch in the role of the creature on 30th April and Lee Miller as the creature the following night. A rare chance to see two interpretations by world-class actors in one of the most revered venues in the world – all free of charge from the comfort of your own living room.
PRACTISE A NEW HOBBY ONLINE HERE: Quill London Calligraphy Classes
A home for beautiful stationery and expert calligraphy tuition, Quill London is taking its expertise online, offering you the chance to learn a new skill and get creative online. With beginner and improver levels available, online classes can also be booked on a private, one-to-one basis if you prefer. To make things even easier, students will all be sent relevant materials for class and at-home practice ahead of time –there’s even the chance to nab a signed copy of Quill owner Lucy Edmonds’ bestselling book Modern Calligraphy and a goody bag, depending on the package you choose.
GET FIT FOR CHARITY HERE: Tri For The NHS
To celebrate the brilliant work done by NHS frontline workers, Digme Fitness is hosting Tri for the NHS this Saturday (2nd May), a three-part sweat fest designed to push you to your limits – all for a good cause. Tickets are £30 and include a 9am ride with Leone or guided run with Ben before a Matrix HIIT session with Ben at 9:50am. Finally, unwind and rejuvenate with Sarah for 45 minutes of yoga from 10:40am. All proceeds will go to the NHS Charities Together Urgent Covid-19 Appeal, which has already raised close to £83m since the crisis began.
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