Londonist In Your Living Room 30 March 2020: Bringing You The Best Of London

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Inspect Her Majesty's corbels and pelmets with the 360 degree Buckingham Palace virtual tour (see below).

Ways to help, and reasons to be cheerful

  • Free bikes: Last week, Uber made its JUMP bikes free for NHS workers to use. Today, electric bike retailer Fully Charged has done something similar. By registering here, NHS staff can borrow an ebike for up to three months, without fee.
  • Chocolate Pollocks: Tate has put together a page of artistic projects to try at home. Ideas include mixing shaving foam and paint to make Gerhard Richter-esque patterns, painting plant pots in the style of Bridget Riley, and all the instructions you need to craft a Jackson Pollock chocolate artwork.
Messy fun with Tate's art projects.
  • Virtual palace: Fancy a snoop around Buckingham Palace? You can take a 360 degree tour via the Royal Collections website, while also dipping into the virtual gallery of more than 250,000 works of art. Download fun family activities, watch behind-the scenes films and find out more on the Royal Collection Trust website.
  • Free theatre: From today, Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.
  • Sunday Assembly: The Sunday Assembly secular community gathering normally takes place in Conway Hall, but this weekend sees its first ever virtual assembly. The main speaker is Henry C Blanchard, who left a boring corporate job to create an adventure sports business, set up a charity in rural Uganda, and travel the world. He now shows others how to do the same (at least, once the world returns to some kind of normal). Register for a Zoom call, and receive further information by email.
Join a Sunday Assembly via Zoom (see above).

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Fact of the day

Knightsbridge is the only tube station to have six consecutive consonants. Aldwych might arguably have qualified, but it's (a) no longer in operation, and (b) contains a 'y' that's acting suspiciously like a vowel, even though it is not one of the traditional five.