The 50 best London attractions
A visitor, a daytripper and a tourist all walking into London and... as it turns out, there are certain iconic London attractions that they all simply have to visit. These museums, galleries, monuments and parks are part of the city’s fabric – to experience them is to uncover a patch of the capital's culture and history. But where to begin? We’ve pulled together a list of the 50 best attractions in London for you to start ticking off your bucket list. And the best news? Loads of these must-see London attractions are free, and those that aren’t, you can book below. Still after some sightseeing inspiration? Check out our list of 101 things to do in London, and find out what’s happening in London today, this week and this weekend. RECOMMENDED: The best free things to do in London This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
A ne pas manquer aujourd'hui à Paris
Si votre médecin vous conseille de manger cinq fruits et légumes par jour, chez Time Out Paris, on vous fournit vos cinq bons plans quotidiens à ne pas manquer en ville. Avec, comme d’habitude, rien que la crème de la crème des sorties. De l'expo dont tout le monde parle au bistrot bien planqué en passant par le festival qui s'apprête à embraser une des nombreuses friches parisiennes… Tout, vous aurez tout pour être comblés. Cet article comprend des liens d'affiliation. Ces liens n'ont aucune influence sur notre contenu éditorial. Pour plus d'informations, cliquez ici.
The 101 best things to do in London
March 2022: Is it spring already? Pretty much! The capital is already looking a lot more flowery and fun. Leicester Square will soon be full of gamboling lambs and bunnies. This is perfect weather for strolls through art galleries, sunny parks and, if you’ve got your wooly hat, the odd beer garden too. There’s a lot to do in London. An awful lot. You can fill your days and nights with visits to incredible art exhibitions, iconic attractions, secret spots, world-beating theatre and still barely feel like you’ve scratched the surface. This London bucket list (curated by our editors and always hotly debated in the Time Out office) is a good place to start. Our city checklist will help you hunt out what’s still happening in London – including some actual real-life events – from underground shows to something new at one of London’s landmarks. Go and get acquainted with this brilliant city. Written by Laura Richards, Ellie Walker-Arnott, Lucy Lovell, Emma Hughes, Anya Meyerowitz, Stephanie Hartman, Grace Allen, Katie McCabe, Charley Ross and Alexandra Sims. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. // //
The best London walking tours
London’s one of the most walkable capital cities in the world. Indeed, in many ways, London is the anti-L.A.: here people think you’re mad if you do drive a car around town. Besides, nothing quite lets you get to know a city like a good walk around – after all, London existed long before there were any forms of public or private transport more sophisticated than a horse. Sure, bus and boat tours are good, but there’s nothing quite like a London walking tour. From basic sightseeing treks to specialised theme tours, whether you’ve got a day, an afternoon or just an hour, there’s some sort of tour out there for you. Buckle up, folks: here’s our pick of the best walking tours in London Need more sightseeing inspiration? Check out our list of 101 things to do in London. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 25 best things to do in Birmingham right now
Give it a fair chance and you’ll find Birmingham to be a city of irresistible cultural force packed full of diversity. Whether it’s fine art, street art or immersive VR, impeccable dining or lip-smacking street food, mould-breaking bars, lively independent music venues or a whole lot of sport, there is no shortage of choice. From duelling piano bars and a ‘Peaky Blinders’ tour to the glorious greenery of Edgbaston, there will always be something that floats your canal boat. Here’s our round-up of the best things to do in Birmingham. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 22 best things to do in Edinburgh right now
Home to the Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh becomes one big bustling creative hive every August. The fun, feverish, slightly chaotic atmosphere makes this quite easily the best time to visit, but even beyond August, Edinburgh is a must-visit destination. There are so many culturally enriching experiences on offer all year, from the Edinburgh International Film Festival to Hogmanay. On top of this, the bustling Edinburgh restaurant scene and its vast array of hard-to-beat pubs make it an excellent, exhilarating year-round destination, too – especially if you’re into your food and drink. Surrounded by hills and glorious scenery, Edinburgh is a dream for photographers, as well as keen explorers and ramblers looking for idyllic walks away from any hustle and bustle. And just outside the city centre, you'll find even more gems, from Turkish baths and the city's seaside to a breathtaking sculpture park brimming with art. So, planning a holiday here and need some inspiration? Here’s what you should get up to next time you’re in town: 22 things to do in Edinburgh you simply have to tick off.
The 27 best things to do in Glasgow right now
Glasgow is a city of many unforgettable and sometimes contrasting characteristics, which together make it a place that is well-worth your time. Aside from the friendly and welcoming patter of the city's residents, Glasgow is renowned for the elegance of its Victorian architecture and its downright cool music and club scenes. You'll never be far from a Michelin-recommended restaurant or a trendy bar, but if it's culture you're after, you’ll be kept entertained by the many museums, galleries, parks and other event spaces all over. There's naturally plenty happening in the city all year-round but it can be perfect for both a quick weekend break timed around something special or a longer trip away. Ready to get exploring? Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Glasgow right now.
The 13 best things to do in Cardiff in 2022
Cardiff is a lively city. That is especially true on big sporting days when it can feel as though the entire Welsh nation comes out in force to cheer on the team in red. Luckily for visitors to the capital, the Welsh nation happens to be tremendously friendly, and Cardiff is a great microcosm of this. It is also a gorgeous city. That never hurts. The best things to do in Cardiff cover every category, be it innovative restaurants to the best museums in Wales. If you’re looking to squeeze all of this into a day then check out our handy guide to the perfect day in the capital, and then set about exploring the best of the rest that Wales has to offer. You’re in for a serious treat, butty.
The 19 best options for flower delivery in Chicago
People like receiving flowers - it's just one of those things we all know. So, thankfully, if you live in Chicago, you've got a whole host of brilliant flower delivery services right on your doorstep. When in doubt, there's nothing like a huge bouquet of flowers to brighten someone's day—and in a city like ours, you've got plenty of top-notch flower delivery services to choose from. We've assembled a list of the best family-owned stores and national services to get the job done for Valentine's Day (yes, even when you've procrastinated and need same-day service). Whether you're aiming to send a romantic bundle of roses or want to wow with an extra-unique arrangement, you're sure to find just the right bouquet with the help of these talented Chicago florists. RECOMMENDED: The best candy stores in Chicago This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 25 best things to do in Brighton right now
With Brighton back open for business, now's the time to leave the city behind and head for the seaside. Whether you love rummaging for cool vintage clothes, sipping on single-origin coffee or heading to the seaside for a family adventure, this seaside spot is the place to be. Sometimes known as London by the sea, it’s just an hour by train from the capital, but has a vibe all of its own, from the kitsch, old-school cafés and shops found between its two piers to its globally renowned LGBTQ+ scene. Want to marvel at glorious Regency architecture? Explore some excellent museums? Eat at some fantastic restaurants? Our pick of the best things to do in Brighton has got you covered.
The best L.A. hotels with hot tubs in the room
Nothing says luxury like a hot bath filled with soothing spa jets. Especially when said bath is just steps away from your cozy hotel bed–some might call it the ultimate vacation. So, after you've spent the day gallivanting around the city to see its greatest attractions (and trust us, there are plenty) or you've treated yourself to a late-night dinner at one of the best restaurants in L.A., slipping into your own personal whirlpool of relaxation is simply what you deserve to wash off the day. Whether you’re looking for a tricked-out standard hotel room or a honeymoon-worthy suite, we’ve made a list of the best hotels offering the highly coveted, spa-like amenity. RECOMMENDED: The best boutique hotels in L.A. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The best cheap hotels in NYC
NYC can be a very, very expensive place – but it doesn’t have to be. And you don’t have to sacrifice style or quality for cheap prices, either. If you know where to look, NYC is packed to the brim with chic, cozy hotels at prices that won’t make your eyes water. So whether you’re hunting for a historic hideaway, a room with a view, or simply a hotel with an uber-convenient location, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve rounded up NYC’s finest cheap hotels, helping you leave plenty of room in the wallet to splurge on the rest of your trip. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
This year has given us a number of unexpected offerings, but a queer Christmas film is not one we saw coming. Co-writer and director Clea DuVall’s Happiest Season follows a lesbian couple, Harper (Mackenzie Davis) and Abby (Kristen Stewart), as they head to Harper’s family home to celebrate the festive season. It’s only halfway through the car journey there that Harper reveals quite a fairly important detail to Abby: she hasn’t come out to her straight-edged, conservative family. Abby, whose plans to propose to her girlfriend over Christmas are scuppered, finds herself taking on the role of Harper’s straight roommate. Cue chaos. Quite literally made for the role of the awkwardly charming lesbian, Stewart shines as we watch Abby navigate Harper’s overly competitive family and reckon with the slow realisation that the woman she’s fallen for turns into a closeted high-school mean girl when she’s back in her hometown. Alongside the classic holiday high jinks, Happiest Season promises humorous explorations of personal authenticity, family dynamics (both biological and chosen) and the complexities of queerness. However, it doesn’t quite manage to tick all those boxes and throws you into darker ethical quandaries than you might expect from a festive flick. Most of these – such as Harper’s stream of selfish and questionable decisions – are left barely explored or even acknowledged. You’ll find yourself frustratedly gesturing towards the screen – particularly if you’re a queer viewe
Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon
Just when you thought that London couldn’t take on any more drag queens, the mother of them all deigns to grace us with her presence. No, not RuPaul – Elizabeth I. This Friday, performer Christopher Green will be lacing up in regal garments based on the famous ‘Armada Portrait’, donning a ginger wig and tackling the role of the original Liz for the one-off performance piece ‘Elizabeth I: Construction of an Icon’. Starting at 10.45am at the Queen’s House – site of Greenwich Palace, where the monarch was born in 1533 – the ‘Queen’ will cruise upstream on a Thames Clipper and proceed in state from the London Eye to the National Portrait Gallery, accompanied by ‘ladies of the bedchamber’ – members of the Amies Freedom Choir, survivors of human trafficking who use their music to raise cultural awareness. On arrival at the NPG, ‘Elizabeth’ will be viewing her portraits and posing for a life drawing session with her loyal subjects. Between the costumes, the pomp, the powerful message of the choir and the whole performance, you won’t ever have seen anything like this before.
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Opportunities to work up a sweat on the London tourist circuit are usually limited to queuing for Madame Tussauds in July. But the London Landmarks Half Marathon offers a chance to check out the sights, get some exercise and raise money for charity. Founded in 2018, it’s the only half-marathon to go through both the City of London and Westminster on closed roads, giving runners a unique route past icons such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. For spectators, it’s a great day out with plenty of race-day entertainment. Catch performances from singers, dancers and musicians, take a free guided history tour, discover under-the-radar sites like the house where the Gunpowder Plot was hatched and meet some historic and fictional Londoners, with a tribute to the world of Harry Potter. It’s a one-day transformation of central London, and you can enjoy it even if you couldn’t run a bath.
Five of London's prettiest canalside neighbourhoods
Back in the day, London's historic canal network used to be smelly and industrial. Now though? Canalside neighbourhoods are some of the prettiest in the city – and are great places to live. Think: well-connected walking routes, heaps of hip coffee shops, and windows overlooking the water. Here's a quick roundup of some of the city's best. Andy Parsons The extremely well-connected one: King’s Cross What’s it like? You might know it as the home of trains and a big Waitrose, but thanks to some extremely chichi development work, King’s Cross is now the proud owner of numerous sparkling pedestrianised squares, canalside sunbathing spots, posh restaurant chains (hello, Dishoom!) and the bougie outdoor shopping mall Coal Drops Yard. Basically, move here and you’ll never run out of Aesop. Best places to eat and drink? Granary Square Brasserie does a mean steak tartare, then roll over to nearby pub The Lighterman for a pint on its pretty terrace. Any downsides? If you’re after a quiet neighbourhood, give this one a wide berth. King’s Cross is buzzing well into the early hours. How much would it cost to rent a place here? According to property aficionados Rightmove (who let us know all the prices in this piece), the average rent is £2,958 per month. And to buy? An eye-watering £1,094,282. Matt Russell The hip one: Hackney Wick What’s it like? This east London area has a vibrant but kinda weird energy. Once home to a community of artists living in warehouses, it’s now fil
Activist Lady Phyll on experiencing racism growing up in London
Enfield Town was my regular haunt as a young person. On London Road, there was a place called the Townhouse where you could learn how to dance tap, ballroom and disco. In 1983, when I was about nine or ten, I met my friend Hayley at the Townhouse and we found that a National Front march was taking place on the street that day. An old woman with a tartan shopping trolley told me to hide in a shopfront. She said: ‘The people coming down here don’t like your sort.’ Hayley, being white, blonde and blue-eyed, kept an eye out while I hid. I saw these big burly men in bomber jackets and steel-toecapped DMs, with swastikas in tow. I will never forget that. I was utterly frightened of these men. The next day, I asked my history teacher why we were learning about Henry VIII rather than slavery. I didn’t have the language to articulate how I felt. As I got older, I turned some of that anger into passion. I worked for a trade union and studied labour relations. Had that march not happened, I wouldn’t have challenged my teachers or entered into the work I do now. I only went to the Townhouse once after the march. I guess I had felt free up until that moment. UK Black Pride will be three-day digital event this year. July 2-July 4. Read more from this series: Candice Carty-Williams reminisces about the Camberwell market of her childhood Dane Baptiste on his first stand-up gig, in a London wine bar
This outdoor dining terrace has a canopy made from umbrellas lost on the tube
Picture this: it’s the year 2019. You’re sat on a jam-packed tube, sopping wet from one of London’s familiar downpours. Some stranger is essentially sat on your lap while the elbows of the person to your left keep nudging you, as they desperately try to rectify their drenched face of make-up. Your stop is approaching – oh wait, no, it’s here! You wrangle through the masses to alight. As you step off, it dawns on you: bollocks, you’ve left your umbrella. Safely on the platform, you mournfully watch the tube whizz away with your only protection from the elements outside. But could it be that you might be reunited with your beloved brolly? London Bridge restaurant Bala Baya has found a handy use for your lost property, by launching the Discarded Umbrella Winter Garden. Burak Can Aksit The Israeli-inspired eatery is inviting guests to drink and dine under a colourful canopy of London’s finest lost brollies, having sourced 200 forgotten umbrellas from the London Underground. Not only is it a visually stunning cover, but it’ll also protect you from the unpredictable outlook while doing your outdoor socialising this winter. And bonus points if you bring an umbrella to donate to the display: you’ll snag £1 off one of Bala Baya’s cocktails. Bring two, and you get £2 off... you get the idea. So if you’re missing the tube – or worse still, your favourite weather protector – head on down for a little throwback in among the Tel Aviv flavours. Bala Baya is at Arch 25, 229 Union St, SE1
Candice Carty-Williams reminisces about the Camberwell market of her childhood
I grew up in Streatham but my family and I would go to different markets most weekends. East Street Market in Camberwell was my favourite. It was where my nan would get nighties, socks and knickers from. I have all these memories of being in this loud market filled with people from every walk of life. It was an incredibly vibrant place. When I was younger, with no sense of direction, I didn’t understand where exactly East Street Market was. It dawned on me when I got older and started getting the bus to Camberwell. The first time I heard ‘East Street Market’ on the tannoy, I nearly lost my mind. It had been this mythological place from my childhood and suddenly it was real. I’ve never visited the market as an adult. I wanted to leave it as it was because I was so heartbroken at Brixton Market turning into something I didn’t understand. Visiting the same spaces and being respectful of them since I was a child means that I’ve always had gentrification on my radar. So much of my work is concerned with how things change and how we lose the connection that we had to them. I want to remember East Street as the magical marketplace I visited at the weekends. ‘Queenie’ by Candice Carty-Williams is out now in paperback (Trapeze, £8.99). Follow Candice Carty-Williams on Twitter. Read more from this series: What Rye Lane in Peckham means to presenter Yinka Bokinni. Michael Dapaah on Recreation Way, the estate he grew up on.
Travis Alabanza reminisces about The Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Around 2015, I lived near The Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Kennington Lane in Vauxhall. It was around the time that I first started performing in London. I basically lived at the Tavern – I was either there working or watching performances. Vauxhall became the first place, outside of my home in Bristol, where I felt like I knew the beat of it. I would walk past the Tavern when it was open and I’d stop for ten minutes and have a chat with the security guard or have a cigarette with someone I knew in the pub. My career grew while living near Kennington Lane. The Tavern is the only venue in London where I’ve performed so often over the years you can see my growth as an artist. If you know your queer history, you can throw a penny from Kennington Lane and probably hit a legend. The Tavern is the oldest LGBTQ+ venue in the country and there have been some amazing performers there. Doing shows there was an education for me – when you’re not trained as a performer, you learn in the clubs. I miss living there. Kennington Lane was really foundational for me. Long live The Royal Vauxhall Tavern! ‘Overflow’ by Travis Alabanza is at The Bush Theatre. Dec 8-22. Read more from this series: Dane Baptiste on his first stand-up gig, in a London wine bar. Jade Anouka on her formative years in a New Cross flatshare.
Actor Jade Anouka on her formative years in a New Cross flatshare
When I graduated from drama school at 21, I rented a flat on Troutbeck Road with two mates, one who I’d met at drama school and another I’d met at the National Youth Theatre. Living there shaped the person and the actor I am today. At the time, I wasn’t acting that much but I was working three jobs. I’d come home and the three of us would look for auditions. A lot of rejection happened in that house. It was there that I developed a thick skin for this job. But a lot of my firsts happened in the three years I lived there too: my first TV gig, my first lead in a Shakespeare play. The road is quite close to Goldsmiths and Camberwell College of Arts and that’s definitely represented in the area – there’s so much creativity and so many interesting characters. I worked in a café down the road and met loads of locals. I’d learn my lines while I was serving people. Everyone would say good luck. If I’m in the area, I sometimes go back to the road for nostalgia. I still think about the variety of life there that inspired me with my work. Living on Troutbeck Road nourished me in more ways than I can count. Jade Anouka is in ‘His Dark Materials’ on BBC One. Read more from this series: What Rye Lane in Peckham means to presenter Yinka Bokinni. Candice Carty-Williams reminisces about East Street Market.
The street that changed my life: comedian Sophie Duker on Ridley Road
I’ve lived in Dalston for six years. I remember thinking that I was an adult because I’d finished university so therefore needed to live in London. I had two requirements for the location – I needed to be able to easily buy plantain and get products for my hair. My best friend and I found a flat just off Ridley Road Market with a Pak’s hair shop on the corner. It was a dream come true. Ridley Road Market is one of my favourite places in London. If I’ve had a stressful day, I just walk down the street and it calms me. I like the fact that everything in a bowl costs a pound. I can buy a yam if I want. I mean, it’s been six years and I haven’t bought one yet but it’s good to know that I can. In 2016, I ran a feminist comedy night, Manic Pixie Dream Girls, at Dalston Roof Park, which overlooks Ridley Road. I decided to do a comedy festival with my friends, comedian Lolly Adefope and poet Bridget Minamore. This idea we’d had turned into a magical place with music and comedy. It was a beautiful night and marked the beginning of my comedy career. For me, Ridley Road is the most perfect bit of London. Follow Sophie Duker on Twitter and Instagram @sophiedukebox. Looking for more places to hang out in east London? Hackney’s Towpath Café has reopened (and it’s doing dinner). Time Out’s Love Local campaign is supporting local food, drink and culture businesses in London. Find out how you can help save the places that make our city great.
The Street That Changed My Life: presenter Yinka Bokinni on Rye Lane
Rye Lane is the road that paints a picture of my youth. I was born and raised in Peckham and that street is where most of my memories are. It’s where I had my first drink, in a bar opposite the train station that doesn’t exist any more. I still remember watching ‘Coach Carter’ at Peckhamplex. The screen broke but the manager said we wouldn’t get our money back because we’d only paid £2.99 for the tickets. My mum passed away 11 years ago and Rye Lane brings back memories of my family. She’d make us go shopping and walk the bags all the way home instead getting the bus four stops. I don’t live in Peckham any more, but I come back to get my hair done, as it’s the land of Black haircare. Working in radio, the sounds of Rye Lane have always been inspiring. If you walk from Asda towards Peckham Rye station, you’ve got shops blaring radios, gospel music coming from churches and the sounds of the market. It’s eclectic. I often think about how weird it is when you move out of an area and you’re no longer there to see the mundane. The mundane becomes quite beautiful. Yinka Bokinni presents ‘Damilola: The Boy Next Door’ on Channel 4. Broadcast date TBC. Read about how Brixton Courtyard brought clubbing back to London (kind of). Time Out’s Love Local campaign is supporting local food, drink and culture businesses in London. Find out how you can help save the places that make our city great.
Tanya Compas is changing the lives of Black queer young people in London (and beyond)
The word to describe Tanya Compas is ‘exuberant’. I’m sat with the youth worker on a bench in Peckham Rye Park’s Japanese garden, halfway between her place and mine. It’s the height of one of this summer’s sporadic heatwaves and the combination of the bright rays and her infectious energy is dazzling. It’s no wonder the 28-year-old has built a loyal following of thousands on Twitter and Instagram. When she talks about her work, you can’t help but feel invigorated. Right now, Compas is overjoyed. A couple of weeks ago, a crowdfunder she created to help her support Black queer young people around the country smashed its initial target of £10,000, raising more than £100,000. That’s ten times what she’d hoped for it. The success was Compas’s most widely reported action, but it’s not the first time she’s made a huge impact within her community. In fact, while you might only just be learning Compas’s name, she’s quietly been changing the lives of young Londoners for years. ‘It’s hard to navigate the charity sector as a Black queer woman, even within queer charities with other queer people, because it’s still inherently white with so many biases,’ says Compas. ‘They don’t acknowledge that how they view these young people can impact the level of care they’re given. They see their Blackness and therefore, view them as strong [and needing less help]. Even within queer-run charities, you see young Black queer people being systematically failed and often reliving cycles of trauma – it’s
Virtual LGBTQ+ spaces will be just as important when lockdown’s over
To say that the pandemic has been tough on LGBTQ+ young people would be putting it lightly. The past few months have seen rises in job losses and unstable employment - and of course, we’ve all been locked down in our homes. This has been bad for everyone. But has especially exacerbated issues that members of the community are already vulnerable to, such as homelessness. During lockdown, Switchboard, the north London-based LGBTQ+ helpline, reported a spike of 20% more calls, emails and instant messages than they did before the pandemic. including LGBTQ+ people who have come out during isolation and are in danger of being kicked out by unsupportive family members. Natasha Walker, Switchboard’s co-chair, shares that the helpline has a huge influx of calls from trans and gender-nonconforming folks: ‘One thing we’re all very aware of right now is the pausing of gender-treating, gender-affirming surgery, and gender clinics having to shut down or really strip back their services.’ That’s why the cancellation of this year’s Pride events, such as UK Black Pride and Pride In London, has hit hard. These annual gatherings and protests have historically offered LGBTQ+ folks a space to celebrate and affirm our identities – even when there’s not space to do that at home. However, despite unprecedented challenges, queer organisers continue to demonstrate that spaces for our communities can be carved out anywhere. This year, it’s just meant going online. Photograph: International Transgend
9 craft kits to order that will keep you entertained during lockdown
Looking for activities to fill the hours you’d usually spend having nice pints with pals in the pub? If you’re prepared to pivot to wholesome, we have a solution for you: loads of cool London makers have been bringing out DIY kits over the past few weeks, meaning you can get creative without leaving your sofa. There’s everything from brewing to pottery to collaging – and the best thing is that if it turns out you’re shit at whichever craft you pick, no one has to know (just shove the result of your making session to the back of a cupboard and forget about it forever). 1. Fill a terrarium Not got a garden? Make your own tiny one in a jar. Wardian London and Botanical Boys’ terrarium kits come with plant materials, a glass vessel and courier delivery (starting price £28). Order the one you want and then join a virtual workshop (running on selected Mondays until June 22) to learn how to put it together. Photograph: Botanical Boys 2. Embroider some stuff Shopping for new threads may not be high up on your list right now but that doesn’t mean you can’t customise what you already have. Get crafty with London Embroidery Studio’s beginners’ hand-embroidery kit (£29.99), which comes with needles, yarn and more. Once you’ve got your newly upcycled wardrobe, make sure you arrange a fashion show via Google Hangouts – it’s only right. 3. Make a whole bike Although we’re all social distancing, you can still get active outside while following guidelines on non-essential conta
What is nature cramming and how do you do it?
That’s what we’re calling the urge to squeeze as much green into our lives as quickly as possible once the rain has finally stopped and we escape self-isolation. The talk The Hayward Gallery’s ‘Among the Trees’ exhibition already has us pumped about trunks, but did you know it’s doing talks too? Have a small existential crisis as you learn about the world’s oldest living things with artist Rachel Sussman. Hayward Gallery. Waterloo tube. Mar 24. £7.50. The big one Chelsea Fringe (the flower show’s less Tory sibling) is always full of edgy ways to connect with plants. The schedule will be revealed soon but expect unusual workshops and smart guided walks. Multiple venues. May 16-24. The craft sesh Make a (recycled glass) terrarium full of ferns and foliage while getting shitfaced on a surprisingly strong gin cocktail at this 90-minute workshop, held conveniently close to Mother’s Day. Harvey Nichols. Knightsbridge tube. Sat Mar 21. £65. The show-and-tell Scientists who work through the night in order to collect moths are unsung heroes of the natural research world. Find out more about their escapades at the Natural History Museum’s ‘A Night in the Jungle’ event. It’s even being held in the so-called Attenborough Suite. Natural History Museum. South Kensington tube. Fri May 15. Free. Want to explore London on a bit more? Here are the capital's prettiest walks