Social distancing and isolation are rapidly becoming our new norm, and it’s looking like things are going to stay this way for a while. So many activities we would ordinarily partake in have been halted for the time being, which can feel understandably frustrating but is of course necessary.
Luckily for our fellow cultural sponges out there, curators have been hard at work creating virtual experiences that we can access online. You can now tour museums, galleries and parks from the comfort of your sofa, and even a few upcoming London events have been moved online too. We’ve put together our favourites for you to add to your lockdown to-do list and hopefully help you feel a little less bored.
So, pop the kettle on, grab a snack and settle on the sofa for an enlightened isolation exploring London from your home.
Currently online at the Serpentine Gallery is The Deep Listener by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, an audio-visual ecological trail through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Designed as augmented reality and spatial audio work, downloadable as an app, but also available to watch on a computer, it’s beautiful and calming and allows you to see London from a wonderfully artistic perspective.
Virtually walk around Somerset House via Google street view. Stroll through the neoclassical corridors, and marvel at the architecture, try and find the Design Biennale 2016, and the Paths to Utopia exhibition for a cultural hit.
Google Art & Culture has partnered with institutions from around the world, one of which is the British Museum, who set up a virtual reality experience that lets you wander through time from your sofa. Click on different artefacts to see them up close while you read about or listen to their history. This immersive virtual experience is not only very interactive, but super intriguing too!
South London Makers Market
Usually held at Norwood Library, the South London Makers Market is now moving online. Selling the work of 25 talented locals, from handmade ceramics to lampshades and candles, the market will now be held on Instagram at @asouthlondonmakersmarket where they’ll be sharing pictures, videos and information from the virtual stallholders. The event will take place on Sunday 29th Marth at 11am.
The Royal Parks
For those who don’t live near the Royal Parks, it’s not going to be easy to get out to those green spaces. However, their website offers a virtual tour of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on Google street view. Marvel at the history and heritage of Kensington Palace, or stroll around the water-side paths of Hyde Park.