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While you’re probably all itching to stretch your legs on your extended daily walks, it’s still incredibly important to stay alert and stay inside as much as possible.

This week we’ve kept it simple, spend your weekend trying to break out of spooky virtual escape rooms, enjoying a glass of whisky for World Whisky Day and tuning into Netflix’s latest bingeworthy show, White Lines.

Partner Up & Try One Of These Virtual Escape Rooms… If You Dare

If you’ve always wanted to attempt an escape room but you’ve been too scared to tackle one for real, there’s now such a thing as a virtual escape room thanks to Trapped In The Web. 

Having started as a side project for the founder to keep themselves occupied during lockdown, Trapped In The Web brings to life the spooky experience of a classic escape room but from the comfort of your sofa. Prepare your team on Zoom and solve mystifying puzzles as you try and escape…

Enjoy A Night In With London Cabaret Club

What’s a Friday night without a little song and a dance? The London Cabaret Club will be airing an exclusive viewing from their ‘Exquisite’ performance this Friday and you’re invited to sing, dance and join in. 

Fall in love with the theatrics as dancers, acrobrats and aerialists transport you from your living room to the wildly wonderful West End. Expect to be blown away by the performers and glorious live music.

When: Friday 15th May, 8pm
Streaming Here

Up Your Board Game Regime With Our Guide To The Best 2 Player Games

Quit spending your time playing Animal Crossing and invest in a board game that’s bound to get your competitive streak racing and conversation (well, screaming at one another) going. To help you on your board game journey, we’ve rounded together 24 tried-and-tested games that’ll see you entertained until the end of lockdown and beyond. A personal favourite is Throw Throw Burrito.

Explore What The Future Of Craft Looks Like At The Royal Exchange

What’s the first thing that flashes to your mind when you think of craft? Maybe it’s handmade trinkets you find at your local markets, or perhaps images of your gran knitting comes to mind. These ideas are of course correct but what do you think is in store for the future of craftsmanship? 

Last month we chatted to the wonderful team at XK Studio to explore the world of craftsmanship ahead of their commissioned series at The Royal Exchange. Catch their glorious virtual artwork come to life on TRE site and explore the site’s Future/Craft campaign. The Royal Exchange’s boutiques and lifestyle stores have teamed up to coincide with the craftsmanship theme through virtual workshops and products which are available to buy.

Mix Up Your Indoor Date Night 

Let’s be honest, since heading into lockdown date nights have looked a whole lot different. While we can’t whisk our partners off for a romantic dinner for two at their favourite resto, you can still treat them to a cosy night in. Mix it up, play about and don’t be scared to try something new. For some indoor date night creativity we’ve rounded up 17 fun, romantic and cheap date nights you can enjoy inside.

Enjoy Authentic Indian BBQ Classics As Brigadiers Opens For Delivery

Travel the world through your tastebuds as you dine on traditional Indian barbecue classics at home this weekend courtesy of Brigadiers.

This Friday, Brigadiers will be reopening their kitchen, bringing with them dishes inspired by the army mess bars of India, including their infamous Brigadiers original BBQ butter chicken wings that we’ve all so dearly missed. You’ll want to finish your Indian feast off with a plate of fresh Indian mangoes, which are currently in season, making them even sweeter and more delicious than usual.

Delivery radius includes: Covent Garden, Clerkenwell, Hoxton, City, Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green. 

Reopens Friday 15th May
Available VIa Deliveroo

Celebrate World Whisky Day With Talisker

Whisky lovers rejoice, this Saturday marks the annual return of World Whisky Day and Talisker has a whole host of virtual whisky infused happenings that’ll sure get you in the spirit. 

At 4pm on Saturday, head to Talisker’s Facebook page for a live cocktail making masterclass. New Age Scotch Whisky Ambassador, Ervin Trykowski will be taking you through the steps of crafting the official World Whisky Day cocktail, the Talisker World Whisky Day Storr Highball, so you can recreate the tipple at home. Meanwhile at 8:30pm on Talisker’s Instagram, GB Brand Ambassador, Jason Clark will be hosting a fire-side tasting. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the Isle of Skye as Clark takes you through a selection of Talisker drams and finishes the night off with a chatty Q&A.

When/Where: Facebook Masterclass – Saturday 16th May, 4pm
Instagram Live, Saturday 16th May, 8:30pm

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: White Lines 

Another week, another Netflix series. This time we’re taking a journey to the party island of Ibiza. Although it’s not quite as simple as simply partying it up here. The body of an iconic Manchester DJ was discovered twenty years after his suspicious disappearance and his sister has returned to the Spanish island to investigate what really went on before, during and after his disappearance. Expect a world of nightclubs, lies and cover-ups to come to play here as she begins unravelling the truth.

Released: Friday 15th May
Stream Here

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now 

British pop icon Charli XCX is continually pushing the boundaries of what the future of pop music will sound like, but her new album entitled how i’m feeling now goes one step further. This quarantine produced album is making music journalists, critics and fans rethink everything they once knew about pop. She’s changed not only how pop can sound, but also how pop music can be made: at home.

In the middle of writing, recording and producing the album, Charli has made this album a very collaborative experience, asking for advice from the audiences over Zoom calls and Q&As and of course, it’s completely bizarre, in true Chari XCX fashion.

When: Friday 15th May
Listen Here