Make the most of your time at home with online classes from all kinds of London venues. Find inspiration for things to make at home, get creative in the kitchen during online cooking lessons from London restaurants or keep the little ones entertained with fun kids’ creative activities at home.
Best online cooking classes and recipes
Online cooking classes in London
- Brush up on your culinary skills with Borough Market’s online cooking school on IGTV.
- Bring tastes from some of Carnaby’s top eateries into your home by recreating their favourite dishes: Crumbs and Doilies, The Detox Kitchen, Dishoom, Kaleido and Pizza Pilgrims are all involved.
- Gain new skills with recipes for beginners on The Cookery School at Little Portland Street’s blog.
- Try your hand at making some delicious veggie dishes if you’re bored at home with the help of Mildreds’ Instagram cooking sessions.
- Catch up on Greek street food recipes from co-founder of The Athenian, Tim Vasilakis.
- Warm up for the Foodies Festival in London next year with Facebook Live cooking tutorials.
Recipes from top London restaurants
- Try out recipes from Regent Street restaurants, including The Langham and Sakagura; or use up leftover ingredients with top tips from Hawksmoor, Café Murano and Tibits.
- Experience Covent Garden cuisine from the comfort of your own home with easy-to-make recipes from Avobar, Frenchie and Frog by Adam Handling.
- Indulge in tasty recipes and cocktails created by Battersea Power Station residents, including Brindisa, Cinnamon Kitchen, No 29 and Megan’s.
- Flick through these digital recipe books to get some cooking inspiration from London Bridge’s top restaurants and bars.
- Find out about Japanese culture and its delicious food by logging on to the Japan Centre’s blog page.
Home baking fun
- Learn how to ice like a pro and create Insta-worthy biscuits as part of the Biscuiteers ice-olation challenge – things to do when you're bored never tasted so sweet!
- Those with a sweet tooth will love Bread Ahead’s Instagram Live online baking classes. Wednesdays and Sundays at 2pm
Cocktail making from your couch
- Make every night a cocktail night by catching up on Cahoots London’s IGTV cocktail-making classes.
Arts and crafts to do at home
- Feeling creative? Follow the V&A’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for weekly #LetsMakeWednesdays challenges.
- From costume making, to hosting your own show or getting crafty with puppets, the Barbican’s Read, Watch, Learn activities are perfect for bored kids.
- Join the Saatchi Gallery as selected artists and art educators host regular #SaatchiArtClub and #SaatchiTakeover workshops and discussions on Instagram Live.
- Get your quirk on and find inspiration for things to make during Muck N Brass’ Upcycled Interiors series on Instagram.
- Get creative, as the Wellcome Collection's Zine Club moves to Instagram Live. Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm
- Create a shark from leftover fabric or colourful sock designs with Carnaby shops RÆBURN and Stance.
- Recreate Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's iconic venues, from the ArcelorMittal Orbit to the VeloPark, as part of a range of activities and challenges.
- Follow M.Y.O’s Instagram to get creative from home via #createsolation online art classes. Various dates
- From human to horse... learn how to draw anatomy with a #LifeDrawingLive class from Royal Academy of Arts.
- Channel your creativity with STORE Store's free downloadable manuals for quirky craft activities to do at home.
- Be inspired by watching illustrator Manjit Thapp create digital images during a recent live talk hosted by NOW Gallery.
Online learning and classes
- Get stuck in to interactive workshops as part of Greenwich Peninsula’s virtual summer festival The Peninsulist Presents. Options include: fragrance crafting, literary chats with The Queer and Black Book Club, and ice-cream making. Wednesdays until 4 Sep
- Embrace your inner fashionista while brushing up on new techniques, as well as hearing from top designers, makers and curators, on the Fashion and Textile Museum’s blog.
- Learn new skills and join sessions to “Upgrade Yourself” with Somerset House.
- Make the most of your lunchtimes with Team London Bridge’s Love Lunch online sessions, many of which are free.
- Learn new skills with Future Learn’s free educational courses by top universities and specialist organisations, from online music lessons and fashion workshops, to online writing classes.
- Be inspired by talks with designers and artists or try your hand at design and sketching as part of the Design Museum's Digital Design Calendar.
- Improve your creative writing skills with 10-minute masterclasses from the team at Bush Theatre on Instagram Live. Various dates
- Has it been too long without going to the hairdresser? Fix up your hair with video tuition from Bleach London.
- Join talks spanning foraging, trees and gravestones with The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Events are free but donations welcome. Various dates
Fun and educational things to do with children
Arts and crafts activities for kids
- Experience the magic of Disney's West End shows with a range of fun crafts for kids, from mask-making for the Lion King to creating Mary Poppins storyboards.
- Budding wizards can have a go at set designing, costume making and even film-making from home with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
- Step into the Georgian era or the 1960s with fun tasks based around George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix at Handel & Hendrix in London.
- Keep the kids' art skills as sharp as ever while at home with Tate's range of activities, from games to online and offline resources.
- Be transported to another world with learning resources created by scientists and astronomers from the Royal Observatory.
- Mix art, science, coding and more with Royal Museums Greenwich's Cabin Fever: Maritime Home Learning.
- Get creative with book-themed fun with the British Library, from drawing The Gruffalo to making a tiny book.
Theatre and storytelling ideas
- Bring some fun drama to your household with Official London Theatre’s drama-themed games and activities.
- Learn about three of Shakespeare’s most loved plays with Telling Tales Together Zoom storytelling and workshops from Shakespeare’s Globe. Until 29 Aug
London-themed fun for little ones
- Download activity packs, quizzes and more from City of London attractions, as part of the Our City Together programme of activities.
- Take your pick from all sorts of family fun based around London’s history, as part of the Museum for London’s Museum of Fundon.
- Let the little ones get creative and add their own designs to London’s Illuminated River bridges.
- Make the most of transport-inspired activities, quizzes, games and learning resources for children from the London Transport Museum.
- Enjoy an afternoon of river-themed fun with Thames Clippers’ family-friendly activities, including Thames Teasers.
Find more things to do when bored at home with our Virtually London guide, from online fitness classes and dance classes, to live virtual gigs, concerts and theatre shows, or virtual museum exhibitions and art displays.