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Lockdown weekends don’t have the same effect. No longer can we swing by the local for some last minute Friday night drinks, nor can we bask in the city pleasure of brunching at the new brunch spot that’s opened up around the corner. Instead we have to settle for indoor activities that aren’t nearly as fun. Or, at least so you thought.

While the weather outside is rather arctic, take pleasure in slowing down and try out one or two (if not, all eight!) of these weekend activities. Sparkle up your yoga sessions, chill out with an A-lister on your sofa or simply lust over the last To All The Boys Netflix drop.  

For last minute Valentine’s gifting ideas, shop our The Lust List: Valentine’s Gift Guide here.

Mix up your yoga session with Disco Yoga 

Grown tired of your usual YouTube yoga sessions? Fear not, we’ve found the yoga workout that’ll provide you with hours of entertainment and exercise.

Enter Disco Yoga, the revolutionary yoga class for all of those who want fitness to be fun and uplifting. The sessions are perfect for disco lovers, yogi first timers and yoga aficionados as it combines glitter, glamour and entertaining sequences whilst helping you workout at the same time. 

Right now sessions are running every Thursday evening at 8pm and Sunday mornings from 11am, each including a little pre session and after party for those who want to really disco out the session. With this Sunday’s session falling on Valentine’s, there’s a special set to the ultimate love songs, including 70’s hit ‘Love is in the Air’ by John Paul Young.

Grab your yogi partner and book in for a session.

Next Sessions: Thursday, 11th February, 8pm & Sunday, 14th February, 11am

Book your session at: www.discoyoga.uk

Join Southbank Centre’s A Night in with Ethan Hawke talk

Whether you’re a fan of his starring Hollywood roles or you’re on the search for an invigorating new read, book in for Ethan Hawke’s A Night In With… talk at the Southbank Centre. 

Running until 15th February, the four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will discuss and read from his latest novel, A Bright Ray of Darkness. The narrative follows a young man who’s making his Broadway debut on the brink of his marriage ending. It’s full of rage, sex, longing and despair.

Alongside acclaimed author, critic and former literary editor of the Times, Erica Wagner, Hawkes will share his insights and knowledge of the world he’s created, as author, actor, writer and director. 

Running until Monday, 15th February 

Book your tickets at: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Credit: Netflix

Catch the Netflix finale, To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Over the last few years we’ve been silently rooting for Lara Jane (Lana Condor) and her relationship with highschool sweetheart, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) in the Netflix trilogy film series, To All The Boys. 

This Friday sees the trilogy come to an end as the final film, To All The Boys: Always and Forever is released. Become engulfed as Lara and Peter enter their senior year of high school, a year that sees Lara return from a family fun trip to Korea and rush back to decide if she wants to whisk herself away to college alongside Peter or break his heart and go on without him.

Release Date: Friday, 12th February

Watch it on Netflix

Explore the Valentine’s lights at Connaught Village

While we might not be able to dine at our favourite restaurant this Valentine’s Day, you can still make it extra special with a trip to Connaught Village to explore their Valentine’s lights installation.

Connaught Village has been decorated with pretty red and pink lights in honour of Valentine’s Day. The installation was created by designer Shiu-Kay Kan, and features outdoor neon LED light trails. The Tree of Love, Joy and Hope is decked out with pink and red heart, lit by LEDs and can be seen on the corner of Connaught Street and Kendal Street. 

Follow the trail and stop off at some of Connaught Village’s prime shops too. Pretty lights aren’t just for Christmas after all.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at home 

Mark the beginning of the Year of the Ox in style this Friday 12th and order in one of meal kits from one of London’s seven leading Chinese restaurants. The Chinese calendar starts on Friday 12th, while we can’t go out to visit our favourite Chinese restaurants right now, go big with your celebrations at home this year. 

From Michelin-starred experiences delivered to your door, to the wonton pop-up from the famous Poon family, here’s what to order to celebrate the Year of the Ox at home.

Explore the bougiest dog exhibition yet, Architecture for Dogs

Thought you could just get your dog a cushioned bed from your local pet store and be done with it? You were so wrong.

Paramount by Konstantin Grcic for Toy Poodle. Photo: Hiroshi Yoda.

Explore the designs, get inspired and maybe you too could knock up a special home for your best furry friend. 

Currently available online at: www.japanhouselondon.uk

The dog world is wild. No longer is it as simple as to have them lie on an old hand-me-down blanket or beaten up cushion, there are now architects dedicated to the dog world and its needs. 

Enter Architecture for Dogs, the Japan House London exhibition showcasing a collection of architectural designs for dogs from some of the world’s biggest leading names, including Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō and Sou Fujimoto. Explore the designs, get inspired and maybe you too could knock up a special home for your best furry friend. 

Pointed T by Hara Design Institute for Japanese Terrier. Photo: Hiroshi Yoda.

Order in a Valentine’s Takeaway 

Mark Sunday, 14th February in your calendar (because you’ve likely forgotten to get your partner a gift, haven’t you?) and share a little love and order in one of these 25 Valentine’s special meal kits. 

From heart-shaped truffle loaded pizzas courtesy of Jean-Georges at The Connaught to a twist on your traditional afternoon tea from Michelin starred chef Albert Adrià’s Cake & Bubbles, here’s what to order this Valentine’s Day.

Listen to our album of the week, Claud – Super Monster

Love, loss and heartbreak is something that features a lot in music. They are themes that are interwoven into the refrains, melodies and the beat of the instruments. And these themes are ever present in Claud’s debut album Super Monster. 

Claud was the first artist to be signed to Phoebe Bridgers’ new record label, Saddest Factory Records, and if Claud’s latest album, Super Monster, is anything to go by, we’re in for a lot of treats in the coming months and beyond. 

Release Date: Friday, 12th February 

Listen on Spotify


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