It might not be the Bank Holiday blowout you’d have hoped for, but this weekend still has the potential for great fun.
Most of the UK will be enjoying four days off, and there are dozens of virtual events and things to do happening online to keep people occupied.
From cocktail evenings to Easter food and drink masterclasses, these are our top picks for things to get up to over the weekend.
Make sure to check out our guide to keeping the kids entertained at home to find inspiration for families, too
Tuck in to Chuku's virtual supperclub
One of the most interesting new restaurants in London, Chuku’s, is launching a new virtual Supperclub series on Thursday. The capital’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant opened in Tottenham at the start of this year, and they’ll bringing their enticing flavours to fans via Instagram on the night. Reserve a spot, cook a meal of your choice and join fellow guests from 7pm for a night of conversation and tunes from an afrobeats playlist.
April 9, head here
Celebrate Easter with Borough Market
Bring the tastes and smells of buzzing Borough Market into your home this weekend, by joining in five days of virtual Easter events on Instagram. Highlights include a masterclass in Easter baking from This Morning’s Juliet Sear from 1pm on Thursday, top tips from Borough Market’s fishmongers on Good Friday at 11am, as well as a Saturday cook-off, featuring Kiwi & Roo’s Lara Lee and Borough Market’s Angela Clutton and Roopa Gulati from midday. See the full schedule here.
April 9-13, head here
Try a new tipple with the Experimental Tasting Club
Rum's cracking with coke, but there's more to it than that. Discover more about it with the Experimental Tasting Club and Appleton Estates, who are launching a virtual tasting this weekend. Order a pack of miniatures here to take part, and then tune in from 5.30pm on Saturday for an introduction to three varieties of rum, and a demonstration of a new cocktail to mix at home.
April 11, head here
Check out DIYsolation Festival
DIY Magazine is hosting a virtual festival this weekend, featuring live sets from more than 20 artists. Marika Hackman, Pale Waves and Sports Team are among those on the line-up so far. Tune in from 2-10pm on April 10-12 to catch the sets.
April 10-12, head here
Take a virtual tour of London's biggest attractions
Discover London from your sofa by taking a virtual tour. Take a stroll around some of the most popular attractions in the city, with panoramic images of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and gems like the Churchill War Rooms all available online. Don’t just contain yourself to the capital, either, with museums and art galleries from all around the world available to check out too.
Watch the National Theatre's Jane Eyre live
The National Theatre’s series of live streams started with a bang last week, with more than two million tuning in to watch One Man, Two Guvnors. This Thursday, it’s the turn of Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson – tune in from 7pm to see the acclaimed Charlotte Bronte adaptation. If you're after more theatre, you can watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag and support a great cause too.
From April 9, Head here
Learn how to become a trader with KERB workshops
Thinking about making a move into food? Street food specialists KERB is launching a series of virtual masterclasses in the dining industry, helping people learn the basics of starting their own business. Stay tuned on Thursday and Friday for insight into pitching to clients, financial management and plenty more besides.
Watch a family-favourite movie online
Sometimes nothing beats picking a good movie and sitting down together to watch as a family – especially when staving off boredom gets tougher during the lockdown. Check out our guide to the best kids movies on streaming services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Sky Movies now, or available to rent on Amazon Prime.
Take a guitar lesson with Laura Marling
Laura Marling has moved forward her album release, now due to drop on April 10. You might get the chance to learn a few of those new songs at one of Marling’s bi-weekly guitar lessons, running every Thursday and Sunday at 7pm.
April 9 & 12, head here
Treat yourself to a bank holiday delivery
London’s restaurants are closed to customers to the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t have to stop the city’s foodies getting their fix. There’s a fantastic selection of places offering takeaway deliveries, from Ollie Dabbous’s Michelin-starred Hide to James Cochran’s 12:51. Wholesalers that supply London’s restaurants are also helping to deliver fresh produce directly to people’s homes – check out our guide here.
Enjoy a virtual wine tasting with 67 Pall Mall
One of the best places for wine masterclasses and tastings in London is moving things online, with 67 Pall Mall launching a series of sessions over Zoom. Kick the weekend off on Thursday at 6pm, with Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent Jane Anson leading a discussion on the key differences between the Right Bank and the Left Bank of the region. Chin chin.
Test yourself with a virtual puz quiz
Start the weekend with a brain teaser and a tipple or two, as Camden Town Brewery welcomes back its virtual pub quiz at the Camden Bre.www.ery Bar from 7pm on Thursday. Check out our full guide to pub quizzes here, if you're looking to test yourself.
April 9, head here
Join Philippa Perry for Salon’s Book Club Live
Salon London is hosting events for book lovers over the coming weeks – look out for Robert Webb appearing for a special Q&A next month. This Monday, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry will be discussing her book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) from 11am, as well as speaking about managing life during lockdown and taking questions from the online audience. Head here our guide to virtual book clubs, too.
April 13, head here