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Despite rain being on the cards this weekend, there’s still a whole host of indoor and virtual activities to enjoy.  Whether you’re after a workout with serious vogue factor, a tasty new delivery service to try out or a new Netflix series to binge, here’s 10 ways to spruce up your weekend plans…

Mix Up Your Weekend Workout With House Of Voga

Whoever thought of transforming ‘voguing’ into a workout is pure genius. As the name suggests, House of Voga helps to combine your everyday yoga stretches with voguing to bring you a fitness class with a difference. In recent weeks, the team have brought their infamous fitness classes to the web allowing you to limber up your workout routine with a fun new at-home workout, one that helps to bridge the gap between yoga and dance. Flick a look through the voga online archives and choose one that takes your yoga skills to new heights.

Enjoy Five Star Service At Home With The Court’s Delivery Service

Soho’s hottest private members’ club The Court is ready to spruce up your lockdown period by delivering their premium cocktails and exceptional dishes to your door. 

The Court’s bar manager Darien Topuli and head chef Mircel McSween have crafted their recipe boxes around their best-sellers dishes and tipples. In this week’s date night kit, you can choose from halibut with miso butter, new potatoes, peas and sea vegetables; chicken with English asparagus, wild mushrooms and cream jus; or a vegan option of falafel served with tahini yoghurt, apricot and cashew couscous. For drinks, you’ll receive four cocktails in total, with option to choose from a philosophere or Americane. 

And the night doesn’t just stop at dinner and drinks too. The Court’s house band members will be taking to the piano to perform their infamous sing-a-long requests over Instagram Live. So you’ll be spending your Friday nights through out lockdown dining, drinking and dancing in true five-star style.

Stream The Merry Wives of Windsor For Free

Shakespeare’s plays aren’t as hard to understand as your school brain is letting on. They’re often bursting with fun, heart and laughter, and that’s exactly what The Merry Wives of Windsor replicates. 

Catch The Globe’s glorious reenactment and follow the story of Sir John Falstaff as he riffles to seduce Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, who he believes have both fallen hopelessly in love with him. Of course in Shakespeare’s plays, things aren’t always as they seem as we see that the two women decide to pull a series of agonisingly humiliating assignations on him…

Stock Up On Your Five A Day With Kindred 

We don’t know about you but we’re really missing our breakfast-on-the-go fix when we’re out on our morning strolls or something to satisfy our post-run workouts. Luckily for us Kindred have just answered our prayers with the launch of their new click and collect service. 

Running Tuesday – Saturday, you can choose from their tempting breakfast boxes, including the vegan breakfast wrap stuffed with avocado, mushrooms, butternut squash and tomatoes, and their kitchen breakfast box, packed with poached eggs, cumberland sausage, ham, mushroom and hollandaise in a muffin. 

Or, if you’re an afternoon runner, get your pizza, hot dog or smoothie fix from their range of delicious options. Don’t miss out on stocking up your fridge with fresh fruit and veg too from their on-site vendors too. You’ll find all of your favourites at reasonable prices.

Looking For Simple Recipes For The Kids? Get Cooking With Little Chef Danny

Running out of ways to keep the kids entertained and fed? Eight Club has you covered with their Little Chef Danny cook-a-long series. You and your little’uns can recreate the recipes by following along with little chef Danny as he cooks up a storm in the kitchen.

Enjoy Italian Classics, Delivered 

Mayfair hotspot, Bocconcino has recently launched their new delivery service, bringing their signature classics and customer loved favourites to your door. Satisfy your Italian carby cravings with their homemade tagliatelle with Italian black truffle or go all out and tuck into one of their city renowned pizzas.

Challenge Your Isolation Buddies To A Game In The Garden

Let your competitive side come out as you challenge your family or isolation friends to a games day in the garden. From limbo to giant Jenga, garden chess to skittles, we’ve rounded up the best garden games on the market that you can enjoy playing all summer long.

Bored Of Virtual Quizzes? Here’s Eight Alternative Games To Play Over Zoom

We might be able to go meet our friends on a socially distanced stroll or picnic in the park, but come night time, there’s no doubt you’re scrambling for things to do. Fear not, we’ve got eight fun virtual games you can play with your pals over Zoom, from Cards Against Humanity to virtual bingo.

Explore One Of The National Trust’s Parks and Gardens

The National Trust has returned, reopening over 200 of the Trust’s gardens and parks across the country this week. Channel your inner adventurer and explore the best of The National Trust’s acres upon acres of glorious gardens and parks.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Queer Eye: Season 5

The makeover show with a twist. 

The fab five return for another season of Queer Eye and fans could not be happier. 2018 saw Netflix revive the original Queer Eye franchise from the early 00s, bringing with it five new members from the LGBTQI+ community. Made up of professional hairdresser Jonathan Van Ness, chef Antoni Porowski, styling expert Tan France, culture expert Karamo Brown and interior designer Bobby Berk, the fab five help to give lifestyle and makeovers to individuals who have been nominated by their family members or friends. Catch season five this weekend and expect to need a pack of tissues nearby, there will be some heartwarming stories.

Release Here: Friday 5th June
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Run The Jewels – RTJ4

Run The Jewels were set to release their hotly anticipated fourth studio-album this Friday, however they have decided to release it early due to how prevalent its themes of racial injustice in America and police brutality are to the Black Lives Matter protest happening all around the world currently. 

The hip-hop fronted duo, formed of El-P and Killer Mike, have never shied away from discussing disenfranchisement and racial issues. If you’ve never listened to Run The Jewels or heard a powerful Killer Mike speech before then now it the perfect time to listen and educate yourselves on what they are preaching. 

RTJ4 features a host of big music names too, including Josh Homme, Pharrell Williams and Mavis Staples.

Release Date: Wednesday 3rd June
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