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Finding the motivation to do anything other than rewatch all six seasons (and two films) of Sex and The City since the reboot announcement might be tricky this weekend, but if you do fancy giving your weekend a new lease of life here are nine virtual activities to get involved with.

From the virtual wellness festival everyone’s talking about to creating your own brunch experience at home, here’s what to do.

Check out a new virtual exhibition: Hardeep Sahota’s Bhangra Lexicon 

Miss strolling around London’s glorious galleries and their vibrant exhibitions? Thankfully our favourite galleries have adapted to the current circumstances and have begun showcasing their lively collections and exhibitions online so we can enjoy their stories and soak up their beauty at home. 

This weekend explore Hardeep Sohota’s Bhangra Lexicon, the world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of movements found within this artform. Bhangra is a dance and music form which originates from the farming community in Punjab, executed during the spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi. In this exhibition courtesy of YSP, explore Sohota’s documentation of the over 300 dance movements and gestures from Bhangra and its sub-genres. It’s vibrant, colourful and truly mesmerising.

Check it out at: ysp.org.uk

Get your brunch fix courtesy of these new brunch platters 

Missing your weekly brunch fix with your pals? 215 Hackney has a solution for that. This weekend why not order in one of their delicious new vegan brunch platters and hop on Zoom with your friends, pretending like you’re sitting in the cosy restaurant together? 

215 Hackney, the Middle Eastern all-day brunch spot in East London, has revamped their plant-based offering with three Veganuary brunch platters. Choose from the Jerusalem Brunch Platter, packed with homemade hummus, babaganoush, organic tahini sauce, nocellara olives, organic walnut dak dak salad, homemade pitta, scrambled turmeric tofu with zaatar and dukkah; the Hackney Vegan Feast Platter, a Middle Eastern twist on the British fry up, featuring vegan sausage, scrambled tofu, housemade aubergine shakshuka, baked beans, sweet potato, tomatoes, sourdough and amba sauce; or the Hackney Vegan Sabih, a traditional Israeli sandwich packed with shakshuka veg and aubergine with pickles and tahini paste. 

The dishes are available for takeaway or on Deliveroo, and 20% of all profits go to War Child.

Available for takeaway or on Deliveroo
www.215hackney.co.uk

Take part in a weekend wellness festival 

January is always a challenging month for motivation, what with the shorter days and longer, dark nights. And being in a national lockdown this January isn’t making things any easier. But hoping to help you combat your demotivation and kickstart your wellness journey is the Restival Festival 2021, a two day online wellness festival. 

Running Sunday 17th and Monday 18th aka ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year, Restival Festival 2021 is a festival that focuses directly on you and your mental wellbeing. Mix and match the workshops and panel discussions to create your ideal wellness festival at home. 

There are over 15 workshops across the two days, plus post-bedtime sessions for parents and panel discussions you can dip in and out of whilst you work at home. Expect everything from pilates to breath work, the writers’ salon to vinyasa flow yoga.

Running: Sunday, 17th & Monday, 18th January
Book your ticket at: thelittlesurprisescompany.co.uk

Catch Hauser & Wirth’s latest virtual exhibition, Womanist is to Feminist as Purple is to Lavender

A passion project created amidst the pandemic, Amy Sherald’s Womanist is to Feminist as Purple is to Lavender is a small five-part collection of portraits demonstrating that ‘experimentation with paint itself lies at the heart of Sherald’s artistic enterprise’. 

The five-part collection solely uses gouache as the medium, with each work just eleven by 7 inches in size. The works showcase five Black women at ease in the traditional social style portrait, a style of work which has long excluded the Black men, women, and families. Study the paintings and the artist’s work virtually this weekend.

Check it out at: vip-hauserwirth.com

Delight in a weekend of sweet treats courtesy of London’s afternoon tea scene

Looking to add a little sweetness into your week? Sample one of London’s best afternoon teas at home. We’ve rounded up the best eight restaurants, cafes and shops delivering the quintessentially British classic straight to your door.

From GAIL’s perfectly packaged box of traditional flavours to Aqua Shard’s magical Peter Pan inspired afternoon tea with every treat drawing inspiration from the characters, here are the best eight to try.

Missing London’s lively food scene? Enjoy Borough Market’s produce at home

Borough Market has been the beating heart of London’s lively food scene for centuries and thankfully we can now enjoy the fresh fruit and veggies and artisan produce at home thanks to their online service. 

From fresh fish to pantry essentials, the online platform lets you pick and choose from your favourite traders and delivery goes straight to your door via their eco cargo bikes or their click & collect service. It’s a great way to support local businesses and enjoy fresh ingredients easily at home. 

Order yours at: goodsixty.co.uk

Binge Disney+’s latest TV series, Wandavision

Wandsvision follows superheroes Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as they settle into an idealistic suburban lifestyle. Although as with every household, there are secrets and uncertainties hidden within, and they soon realise their life isn’t quite the stereotype after all. 

Perhaps one of Disney+’s most anticipated releases yet, Wandavision will be making a beeline for the new streaming platform on Friday, 15th January. The release will begin with a bumper double episode and will then continue to be released on a weekly basis, which is ultimately all the more exciting. 

It’s one the first releases from Disney+’s bumper Marvel comic releases too, so be sure to keep an eye out for the other Marvel series releases this 2021.

Release date: Friday, 15th January
Available on: Disney+

Or for the DC fans, stream Wonder Woman 1984

If the Marvel news isn’t your cup of tea and you find yourself tempted more so by DC, you can now stream Wonder Woman 1984. The catch? You’ve gotta pay a slightly hefty fee. £15.99 to be exact. 

Gal Gadot stars as the Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkins’ 2020 Wonder Woman 1984. Expect epic chase scenes, superhuman strength and a revived badass superhero we’d certainly love to be friends with.

Purchase at: apple.com, Amazon Prime, GooglePlay or YouTube

Listen to our album of the week, Aaron Frazer – Introducing…

The perfect album to listen to on a snoozy Sunday afternoon, co-vocalist and drummer of Durand Jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer has released his debut solo album and it’s a soulful reimagining of old school meets contemporary. 

Frazer’s Introducing…, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and written by L Russell Brown, is filled with upbeat, warm, crisp sounds that will leave you feeling optimistic about the stressful year ahead. Sit back and let Frazer’s silky smooth vocals wash over you.


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