Virtually London: online classes and learning experiences

Grab your "always wanted to do" list, add in some fun activities to do at home and learn plenty of new skills too!

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

Recipes from top London restaurants

Home baking fun

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

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.