London From Your Living Room: 17 March 2020

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In place of our daily event listings, we're compiling the latest coronavirus news, views and resources for Londoners — as well as things you can do, and the ways you can enjoy this great city — without the usual access you have to it.

We also want to flag up all the positive ways that Londoners are finding to deal with the crisis, from good deeds to witty photographs. Please email [email protected] with any contributions.

Ideas to help, and reasons to be cheerful

  • Although many of us are avoiding the streets of London, it's still possible to explore its quirkier bits and structures from home. David Fletcher makes hyper-detailed 3D models of the city's more peculiar attractions. As a hobby, he's tracked down bollards, air vents, unusual trees and even urine-deflectors as subjects for his craft, called photogrammetry. Take a look at his handiwork here.
  • Fit and well, and want to help vulnerable people in your local area? People are self-organising into volunteer groups under the umbrella of Covid-19 mutual aid UK.
  • Want to donate to food banks, but aren't able to go to the supermarket? There's an app for that. In fact, there are several.
  • Noel Fielding starts an online art club for children stuck at home.
  • While this fellow, Romain Malan, is performing free concerts for people self-isolating.

Latest London coronavirus news

West End theatres closed their doors on 16 March. Image: Shutterstock

And in other news

May not be based on actual news

The City of London announces creative measures to stockpile necessary goods.

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Time for the weekly game of 'name the tube station from the street view screengrab'. (The virtual puzzle seems eerily prescient right now, as many of us are stuck at home unable to walk the actual streets and ride the actual tube.) The first person to correctly name the station I have my back towards, by tweeting @HeckTube, wins some rice.

Fact of the day

Image: TfL

This four-month isolation for the over-70s is going to pose unprecedented challenges. Least among them, though still of interest for those who enjoy trivia, is the effect on the royal family. If followed, the quarantine advice would keep the Queen, Charles and Camilla at home until summer, with Princess Anne turning 70 in August.

In the past year, Prince Philip has bowed out of public service, as have Harry and Meghan, and Prince Andrew is avoiding the limelight for very different reasons. All told, this means that William and Kate will be the only active senior royals for the immediate future. Imagine typing that sentence a year ago.