15 Things to Do & Stream at Home this Weekend

15 brilliant ways to get through another lockdown weekend, from a livestream Lady Gaga album launch party to a daytime disco dancing class in your living room and a virtual fete with craft workshops, DJs and more

Lead image: Living room disco anyone? HSDY goes online

1 Urban Virtual Fete
Sunday 31 May
Greenwich Peninsula’s much-loved Urban Village Fete becomes the Urban Virtual Fete this year with craft workshops, live DJ sets, dancing and much more. Challenge your mates to a dance-off, witness a head-to-head battle with two iconic DJs – Gilles Peterson and Greg Belson – try your hand (or arms) at Voga, or get the family involved in a live debate – all for free. The Powerhouse Gospel Choir will kick things of with an exclusively pre-recorded Sunday Session, and you can even shop independent, Hemingway Design-curated designer-makers online. All content will be streamed directly to you via Greenwich Peninsula’s social channels. Find out more at the Urban Virtual Fete Hub on Facebook. 12pm-7pm.

2 Hackney Flea Market Online Sale
30-31 May

Hackney Flea Market, the monthly vintage market, returns in its new online format this weekend. Take a scroll through a selection of salvaged treasures from 40 flea and vintage traders from the comfort and safety of your own home. Buy direct from traders selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a-kind and lost-and-found objects, from 20th Century furniture to records, salvaged French homeware, textiles, reclaimed industrial fixtures, lamps and bric-a-brac. Tune in via Instagram stories at @hackneyfleamarket. Starts at 10am Saturday 30th and runs through Sunday 31st May for a full 48 hours.
Further details here 

3 Museum of London’s Disease X Online
London, like the rest of the world has been affected in unprecedented ways by the current Covid-19 crisis, but it’s not the first time a virus has hit the capital. London has been affected by many epidemics and pandemics over the centuries including plague, cholera, smallpox, influenza and HIV/AIDS. The opening of Disease X in 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the second and most deadly wave of the so-called ‘Spanish Flu’, and now you can explore the exhibition online. The exhibition explores if the city might be at risk from an unknown ‘Disease X’ – as the World Health Organisation called it then – and demonstrates what the past can tell us about historical maladies, their impact on London and the different methods used to fight back.

4 Branded By Women
27-29 May
Branded By Women is a virtual summit for women in business which aims to showcase the success of female entrepreneurs around the globe, while encouraging others to join them. The three-day virtual event focuses on entrepreneurial mindset, business marketing and leadership mastery, with more than 30 female entrepreneurs discussing the highs and lows of their business journeys and offering advice, tips and valuable insights. Speakers include Digital Success Coach Anna Davidson, who was recently featured in Forbes magazine; serial entrepreneur and President of the Warrior Women of Amazon, Athena Severi; and Izabela Hamilton, founder and CEO of RankBell, an award-winning brand accelerator agency. The event is free.

5 ALL Gaga Chromatica Release Party
Friday 29 May
Lady Gaga fans won’t need telling that the Mother Monster is set to release her latest album, Chromatica, on Friday 29 May. To celebrate, the pop fiends at Back to Back Pop are throwing an all-Gaga live stream album release party. On release night, this Friday, dubbed Monster Christmas, it’s time to break out the mirrorball, put your paws up and delve into an evening of Gaga classics and tracks from the new album. Head over to backtobackpop.com for a link to the livestream party, which kicks off at 8pm. Make your song requests by tagging @backtobackpop on your Insta stories and Facebook. In the interim, we’ll leave you with this little Gaga x Grande video clip…

6 Beyonce Bingo
Sunday 31 May
Musical bingo is the new… bingo, apparently! Rather than listening for the numbers being called out, you’ll be singing and dancing along to your favourite songs, with a live dancer on hand to show you the moves to some of the songs. For Beyonce fans, this one is unmissable. So let’s praise Bey, get Drunk in Love and get Jumpin’ Jumpin’ to all your favourite Beyonce bangers. The playlist will mostly feature Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, with a few fillers thrown in from fellow divas Rihanna, J-Lo, Arianna and more. 8pm–10pm. Tickets £5. A portion of the profits will be donated to Refuge.
Click here for further details or to book

7 The Big Brunch Lock-In
Saturday 30 May
Missing your favourite brunch place? Well here’s the next best thing – The Big Brunch Lock-In. The UK’s first and biggest ever brunching-from-home event, it features premium cocktails delivered to your door before the event (get your order in quickly!), access to five exclusive brunch recipes from top restaurants across the UK, a 90-minute DJ set from one of the UK’s best club DJs, Benny Blanco, at 1pm, prize giveaway via DesignMyNight’s social media accounts (@DesignMyNight), and 20% off your bill at the restaurants taking part when lockdown is over. 1pm-2.30pm. Tickets £25 (you can opt to donate a further £5 to the NHS, if you like).
Click here for further details or to book 

8 Mums That Rave Lockdown Rave
Saturday 30 May
Mums That Rave is celebrating its first birthday bash in lockdown, but these mum divas aren’t getting down about it, they’re getting disco! The first ever Mums That Rave online sesh will feature a special Zoom panel followed by the chance to get down to tunes from old school to new cool. DJ Nikki Beatnik will be spinning anything from So Solid Crew to Chaka Khan and Destiny’s Child to Lizzo, with a dresscode encouraging all things sequins, tassels and glamour. Mums That Rave is an award-winning community for women to network, express themselves, get empowered and party hard with no kids or distractions, only feel good vibes. Tickets £5. 5.30pm-7pm.
To book see billetto.co.uk


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9 Ultimate Power: UPstream
Friday 29 May
Ultimate Power’s livestream sessions have settled into a regular monthly rhythm to help us get through lockdown, with a powerful anthems sesh on the last Friday of each month. Broadcasting live from 8pm with all your favourite 80s and 90s smashers – think Bon Jovi, Whitney, White Snake, Meatloaf, Journey and plenty more – so that you can fist-pump your way into the weekend. Join in the fun from 8pm at twitch.tv/ultimatepowerclub and, if you’re feeling generous, buy the crew a pint via paypal.me.

10 HSDY Virtual Disco Dance Class
Saturday 30 May
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet! (HSDY) has launched a series of virtual disco dance classes, taking place on Saturdays at 12.30pm. The classes are hosted by HSDY founder Nikki Spencer and led by dancer Andrea Rose, kicking off with a free-style warm up freestyle before learning an HSDY routine step by step. Feel free to dress up in 70s or 80s gear, but it’s not compulsory. Classes last 35 minutes and every Saturday there will be a new routine, which will then be repeated on Wednesdays at 12.30pm. Classes cost £6, with £1 from each ticket going to Cancer Research UK. Book via wegottickets.com. HSDY has also hosted a Zoom Disco Birthday Party and is exploring other ways to get us all up and dancing during lockdown, so keep an eye on haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk for further news.

HSDY has gone online with disco dancing classes

HSDY has gone online with disco dancing classes

11 @TheAddress_Is Instagram Live Sets
Friday 29 May
Every Friday night in May, neighbourhood bar group Darwin & Wallace – which has eight London locations including Nº197 Chiswick Fire Station, Nº29 Power Station West in Battersea, Nº17 Dickens Yard in Ealing and 601 Queen’s Rd in Wimbledon –  is hosting an Instagram Live from @TheAddress_Is. Tune in every Friday night from 8pm-9pm for sets from Mav Music DJs including Honey O, Sam Young, Mr Doris and Lulah Francs. It’s perfect for a Friday lockdown night-in. Head to @theaddress_is

12 THEWHODUNNIT? Presents Murder on The Underground Express
22 & 23 May
A few weeks before lockdown began, we were enjoying a murder mystery dining experience called Waiter, There’s a Murder in my Soup! at the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley. Oh how times have changed… but you can still enjoy a good murder mystery – but this time it’s virtual. THEWHODUNNIT?’s Murder on The Underground Express revolves around the killing of self-made millionaire Langdon Park during the inaugural outing of his new underground train, the Express Line. Only guests of the victim were present at this private opening ceremony – so whodunnit? As a guest aboard the Underground Express, you are cordially invited to attend an evening of investigation and revelations with world-famous detective, Reynard Gull. Tickets £10pp (couples £15pp), offering access to the interactive virtual murder mystery experience via Zoom. Running every Friday and Saturday in May from 7pm and 9pm.
To book see designmynight.com

13 The Quarantine Wine Tasting with Winfield Wines
Every Friday
Winfield Wines usually runs fun group wine tastings in London, but that we’re all stuck in our isolation stations, it’s time to get to know your grapes online. The virtual tutored wine tastings offer a wine education from a WSET qualified instructor conducted via Zoom. Hop online beforehand and book your ticket, which includes six sample bottles of wine that will be mailed out to your address. Tickets are £55 per household and the experience takes place from 6.30pm-7.30pm. The online wine tastings take place every Friday until 25 June. You can also opt for Le Tour de France French wine tastings on Saturdays.
To book see designmynight.com

14 Musical Bingo Cribs
Saturday 30 May
Musical Bingo Cribs turns your night in into a night IN IN! Numbers are swapped for tunes ad now, clubs are swapped for cribs as you flip open your laptop and dial in for the new virtual experience. You’ll play two rounds of Musical Bingo via bingo cards that will be emailed to you in advance (either print them off or play from your phone). Standard bingo rules apply, so you’ll be playing for one line, two lines, three lines and the full house. Got a line? Lines enter you into a challenge, where you compete to win your prize in anything from fancy dress to a dance off, with prizes up for grabs. Tickets from £8.
For tickets see designmynight.com

15 Art for Cure’s Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition
Until 31 May

Art for Cure, one of the leading art-related charities in the UK, is taking its biennial exhibition online this year to continue its vital fundraising work for breast cancer care. Originally scheduled to take place at Glemham Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan country house in Suffolk, over the VE Day weekend, Art for Cure has managed to redirect its efforts into an online offering called the Big 100 Artists Online Exhibition. Launching at 6pm on 7 May, it features more than 1,000 works by 100 UK artists, carefully curated into a brand new online gallery. You’ll find everything from contemporary art, photography and sculpture to ceramics, textiles and jewellery, and prices will range from £75 to £5,000.
See artforcure.org.uk

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