This weekend in London

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Take a virtual museum tour
Online Storytelling and Activities for Kids
Robin Ince is hosting The Stay At Home Festival
Watch top London theatre from the comfort of your sofa


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London.


Attend a festival in your very own home

Your Home, Every Street, London, XX1 0LL

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 19th March - 30th April 2020


So many of us are stuck at home but here to help amidst the strange days, to ease confusion, anxiety and continuous news checking, are Robin Ince and The Cosmic Shambles Network. A comedy festival we can all enjoy from our armchairs, The Stay at Home Festival mixes the best of what would have been at the Melbourne Comedy festival with top comedians, writers, scientists and artists. Every day, sometimes twice per day, Josie Long and Robin Ince give us music, poetry, science, comedy and conversation with (take a deep breath) astronaut Chris Hadfiled, Stephen Merchant, Ian Rankin, Bec Hill, Mark Gatiss, Katy Brand, Brian Cox (the professor one), Angela Barnes, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Alex Horne, Andy Zaltzman, Lucy Porter, Russell Kane, Ed Byrne, Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Tanita Tikaram, Sara Pascoe and Natalie Haynes plus cooking demos from George Egg and lots more to be announced. It's free to access but if you can and want to contribute, any profits made will go to acts and artists who have been hit hardest in a world where live performance has all but disappeared... for now. They're here to banish the boredom and to 'connect' us when we're in quarantine - they'll be taking questions live on the show via Twitter.


Watch top London theatre shows on your sofa


London's theatreland may have closed its doors during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy top productions from London's best theatres. The National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Court Theatre are just some of the theatres streaming revered productions from their back catalogue while the likes of Sadler's Wells and Headlong Theatre have produced brand new shows for online audiences. So read on to discover the best theatre shows that you can watch online.


Keep the little ones entertained


If you're at home with the little ones, a number of children's authors and illustrators have created special online storytelling and activities to keep them entertained. Best selling author Oliver Jeffers and Official World Book Day IllustratorRob Biddulph are both offering Instagram based activities including online readings and draw along sessions while further entertainment comes from the CBeebies bedtime stories and interactive reading from the BookTrust. These are the best online children's activities on offer.


Take a virtual museum tour


If you're self isolating this weekend you can still visit some of London's best museums - virtually, that is.  Google Arts and Culture offers online tours of the British Museum's Great Court and the inside of the National Gallery while the British Museum also provides the chance to learn all manner of historical facts with its Museum of the World online feature. The Museum of London invites visitors to take 3D tours of several of its spaces including the Victorian Walk and People's City. The Google Arts and Culture also covers museums all around the world including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in New York City.


Visit an online exhibition


There's no need to venture out to see an exhibition this weekend - many museums and galleries are offering online versions. The Serpentine presents a virtual forest that's ideal for soothing the soul while the New Exhibitions Museum offers a number of online only exhibitions including Morehshin Allahyari's concept of digital colonialism, a body of work by the DIS collective that considers the legacy of the 2008 financial crisis, and a browser based game by artist Cassie McQuater.



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