The Handbook
The Handbook

Welcome to week three (or, four or five if you’ve been isolating for longer) of the UK lockdown, although it’s rolled into one big blur hasn’t it?

Although we’re starting to gradually get used to our daily outings to the living room and circling round to the kitchen before heading back into bed, it’s getting a little boring and we’re in need of a bit of fun come the weekend. Which is exactly where we come in! We’ve rounded up eight different ways to celebrate and enjoy the weekend even though we’re stuck inside. Er, enjoy…

Get Your Yoga On With This Four Week Virtual Beginners Class

If you’re looking to begin your yoga journey and have no idea where on earth to start, luxury boutique studio FLEX Chelsea has you covered with their brand new virtual beginners four week workshop program.

Every Saturday morning for the next four weeks you’ll be guided through the yoga foundations by yoga expert and instructor, Nina and by the end of it, you’ll be ready to tackle a class once the studios reopen.

When: Saturday 18th April, 11:30am
Website: www.flexchelsea.com

When: Every Friday
Website: www.secretcinema.org

Join The Best Virtual Film Club 

Secret Cinema never does things by halves and of course they’re here to pick us up from hitting rock bottom with the arrival of their brand new virtual film club, Secret Sofa. 

Working in partnership with ice cream heroes, Häagen-Dazs, Secret Sofa will be bringing you weekly entertainment for the home so you too can create a Secret Cinema experience in the comfort of your own home. Every Friday there will be an in-home virtual screening of one of their celebrated films, as well as lesser known film favourites too, with this week’s starting with Grand Budapest Hotel. 

All you need to do is sign up for the Secret Sofa weekly newsletter and you’ll find the exclusive film announcements and a pre-screening narrative to go alongside. Oh, and access to a weekly code to order in ice cream too. Winner!

Stream Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera 

Following on from the huge success of the previous Andrew Lloyd Webber shows to be streamed for free, The Phantom of the Opera is set to be the third to make its entrance onto The Show Must Go On YouTube series.

Expect rebellion against society, masquerade balls and family struggles. 

When: Friday 17th April, 7pm
WebsitE: Stream Here

Already Binged Tiger King? Work Your Way Through These Other Crazy Documentaries

A lot has changed over the past month, but one thing we didn’t see coming was the arrival of Tiger King and his crazy and extremely exploitative antics. If you’re like the millions of millennials across the world, you’ve probably already binged on the eight episodes of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness and you’re on the hunt for something even weirder. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the depths of the streaming sites to find you eight documentaries that are just as crazy as Tiger King, if not crazier.

When: Friday 17th April
Stream on: TWITTERFACEBOOK LIVEYOUTUBE & TWITCH

Party The Weekend Away At The Glitterbox Virtual Festival

There seems to a whole host of virtual festivals popping up and, quite frankly, we’re all over them. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dance into the night in your pjs?!

This weekend join Glitterbox’s virtual festival and party away the weekend to the likes of Bob Sinclar, Purple Disco Machine, Natasha Diggs and Simon Dunmore.

Another One For The Music Lovers… Live With Jai McDowell

Find out how Britain’s Got Talent winner and Scottish singer-songwriter Jai McDowell has been spending his time during lockdown with The Piano Works’ brand new series ‘The Singeasy Diaries’. Jai will be answering your questions as well as maybe singing a little song or two.

When: Friday 17th April
Website: www.pianoworks.bar

Film Of The Week: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

If there’s one thing you take from this weekend at-home article, we hope it’s a sense of urgency to catch Portrait of a Lady on Fire on MUBI.

A narrative that’s riddled with longing, female desire and feminism in 1770s France, Portrait of a Lady on Fire follows a painter, Marianne, who has been commissioned  to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman, Héloïse, who has just returned from a convent, without her portrait subject finding out. Instructed by Héloïse’s mother, Marianne becomes her companion on seaside strolls, and the result? An undeniable bond and intimacy between the two young lovers.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EOB – EARTH

EOB is the unsung hero of Radiohead. Known for making their unique and strange background noises. While we’re in lockdown, now is EOB’s time to embrace to the limelight with his fun, Brazilian inspired indy-rock album, Earth.

Perfect for fans of Radiohead, or even those who think the band are usually a tad too glum.

Release Date: Friday 17th April
Stream on Spotify