The Handbook
The Handbook

We’ve almost made it. There is light at the end of this lockdown tunnel, at least, we hope so (we’ll find out what’s in store for London after Boris’s briefing tonight). With this weekend set to be our last weekend locked inside our homes (hopefully), we’ve rounded up eight ways to spend your lockdown weekend.

From online art exhibitions to virtual cook-a-longs, here’s what to do this weekend.

Wind down and stretch out your weekend with Virtual Yoga Brunch Club

See out the end of lockdown 2.0 by putting your lockdown yoga prowess to the test and take part in the Virtual Yoga Brunch Club. 

This Sunday, join Clem Balfour, founder of Yoga Brunch Club together with London’s a-list event caterers El Kemp and Rock My Bowl, as they put on a yoga dining experience fit for any fitness enthusiast, no matter your ability. Yoga teacher and Kitchen Club podcast host, Sarah Malcolm will be running the morning practice, guiding you through the poses and techniques via Zoom.

Once the yoga session has finished, you’ll be able to tuck into the three-course brunching menu, while enjoying a live short Q&A with Rock My Bowl founder Rebecca and El Kemp founder, El.

Sunday, 29th November, 10:30am-12:30pm

Sign up at: www.yogabrunchclub.com

Join food writer and founder of Sizi Spices, Maillika Basu’s virtual cook along

Cook up a storm this Saturday with a little help from food writer, author and founder of Sizi Spices, Maillika Basu. Helping to bring the aromatic flavours and spices of Indian cooking to life, Basu will guide you through a three-course Indian dining experience you can enjoy at home. 

Expect to be shown the basics of classic Indian cooking, along with her expert tips and techniques to perfect your own banquet at home. Think Onion Pakoras with tamarind chutney, Spinach and Garlic Dal, Vegetable or Chicken Kurma, Peas Pulao and Bhapa Doi, Bengali Saffron and Cardamon Cheesecake. Yum. 

Alongside Basu will be 67 Pall Mall’s sommelier, Nelson Pari, who will help you pair the perfect wines with each course. It’s all part of 67 Pall Mall’s virtual events and one you won’t want to miss out on.

Saturday 28th November, 6:30pm

Book your tickets at: www.67pallmall.com

Imagine you’re at a stripped back Taylor Swift gig with Folklore: the long pond studio sessions

If, like me, you’ve spent every day for the last four months listening to Taylor Swift’s folklore on repeat, you’ve probably already devoured the latest Swift x Disney+ news and streamed it four times over. But if you’re reading this, think of yourself as a Swiftie and wondering what on earth I’m talking about. Listen up, because things just got wild. 

Swift’s lockdown album folklore was released after the first wave of quarantine restrictions. It was the brainchild of Swift, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), a musical journey that hoped to bring people together during this moment of uncertainty, despite being recorded thousands of miles apart from one another. Until now. 

Exclusively premiered on Disney+, Folklore: the long pond studio sessions is the first time the four have performed the songs together in person. Fall in love with the soft vocals and acoustic sounds as they perform each song, and reveal the stories and secrets behind all 17 songs.  

Get creative in the kitchen and decorate a gingerbread house 

With less than a month to Christmas left, spend your last lockdown weekend creating the ultimate gingerbread house. 

In true biscuiting style, Biscuiteers have curated a beautiful DIY gingerbread house kit so you can put your piping skills to the test. Or, go to town with Tesco’s Tower Bridge gingerbread design. It comes packed with pre-made gingerbread dough, so all you need to do is add water, bake and design!

Satisfy your sweet-toothed cravings with one of these cake recipes 

With this season’s Bake Off now officially over and only a week to go until next year’s applications close, put your baking skills to the test this weekend and see if you can whizz up a creation that Paul Hollywood would truly approve of. 

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up six of our favourite cake recipes that’ll be sure to wow your family and see you through the weekend with a sweet-toothed smile on your face. 

From easy tray bakes to banana choc chip muffins, here’s what to devour this weekend.

Credit: The Wellcome Collection

Explore how Florence Nightingale helped tackle Covid-19

If Florence Nightingale could see the impact of her dedication and hardwork all of these centuries later, she’d probably be surprised at how little has actually changed. Well, sort of. 

You may remember back in March, when the pandemic first began raging across the UK, that seven Nightingale hospitals were quickly constructed around the country. And the design behind it? It was plucked from the same principles set out by Florence Nightingale herself back in the 19th century. Which in itself deserves a round of applause. 

The Wellcome Collection, as part of their Inside Our Collections series, have put together an inspiring online exhibit dedicated to Nightingale, Victorian design and how it’s helped to aid our Covid treatments. It’s a short but hugely interesting read.

Catch a West End show at home 

There’s no denying the theatre industry has been hit catastrophically due to Covid-19, but one restaurant hoping to raise awareness and funds for the West End is Joe Allen, the West End brasserie and favourite.

Earlier this year, Joe’s hosted two virtual variety shows and this Thursday sees the final act commence with a wild, star-studded cabaret night. Opening the evening will be Dame Judi Dench, who will be joined by Sir Ian McKellen, Jennifer Sauncers and Christopher Biggins for a night of live, quirky entertainment. Catch it at 8pm on YouTube and support the GoFundMe here.

Thursday, 26th November, 8pm

Available to stream via YouTube

Book ahead for: Cartografie’s truffle masterclasses 

Chocoholics, we’ve got you in mind with our next inclusion. 

Former pastry chef at The Ritz, Kate Shibata and Masterchef The Professionals winner Sven-Hanson Britt have recently launched Cartografie, a new chocolate shop in East London’s trendy London City Island, and you can get a taste of the chocolatey goodness through their Zoom truffle masterclasses. 

Running Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December, book ahead and crack the art of truffle making. They’ll send out a kit with everything you need and guide you through the technicalities of chocolate truffle making. You’ll also get to hear about the founders of Cartografie’s fascinating journey and the ethically-minded principles that guide them.


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