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@example.com with any contributions.
Ideas to help and reasons to be cheerful
- Log scale: The poop calculator shows how much toilet paper you're hoarding. Input the number of rolls you currently have in store, and it'll tell you how long they should last you.
- Reddit response: Reddit London has set up a space for people to both request and offer help. The page also includes an excellent list of contacts and resources.
- Culture tips: How to see London's top exhibitions from your sofa. Or bed. Or whatever space you're currently curled up in.
- Dough needed: Like many small businesses, Soho's much-cherished Maison Bertaux patisserie is on the ropes. If it's one of your favourites, consider giving it a bit of dough via the gofundme page.
- Large bill: At the other end of the scale, London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo are also fundraising at the moment. It costs many thousands of pounds per day to feed the animals, so help them ride the storm if you can.
- Home walking: Tour guide Katie Wignall of Look Up London is hosting a series of virtual guided walks around London, over on her Instagram. She really knows her stuff.
- Happy tug: This boat sailed along the Thames today, playing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
- Streaming: A Jewish community centre has launched its own video streaming channel. Highlights include comedian Ashley Blaker's 2018 show, Strictly Unorthodox, and one-woman musical, Confessions of A Rabbi's Daughter.
- Oh go on, then: London's finest gins and how to get them delivered to your door.
- Virtual commute: If you're missing the 06.45 to King's Cross of a morning, then here's an aural simulator, with the voices of lots of Bob Mortimers.
- New tube map: Geoff Marshall's been busy compiling this detailed new tube map for anyone who's not a key worker.
Latest London coronavirus news
To repeat the latest instructions. You may only leave the house for one of these reasons:
1. Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Keep them infrequent.
2. One form of exercise a day. Should be alone, or with the people you live with.
3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
4. Travelling to or from work, only where it absolutely cannot be done from home.
Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can also continue to take their children to school.
- London accounts for about half the coronavirus deaths in the UK. The FT dissects the various reasons for this.
- Chemotherapy and outpatient appointments postponed in Barking.
- Images from this morning show that tubes are still crowded. Union reps are furious, according to Tom Edwards. Some are blaming the government's lack of support for the self-employed, which is forcing many to choose between going into their workplace and not getting paid.
- A private clinic defends charging £375 for a coronavirus test.
- A new app from King's College aims to track the spread of coronavirus symptoms.
- One day the show will go on. OnLondon looks at how the crisis is affecting London's theatre, and the freelancers who largely run it.
- That Samuel Pepys quote doing the rounds might not be all it seems.
- Quiet London seen from the air.
And in other news
Kensington and Chelsea police report some good news after they're flagged down by an Uber driver.
Fact of the day
King's College (developing a coronavirus tracking app, mentioned above) has a rather special mascot on show in its lobby. Reggie the lion has stood here for decades, guarding the university from ne'er-do-wells. Reggie should be better known, for he once caused the only lion-triggered elephant stampede in a European city. Read all about it here.