As government regulations surrounding lockdown start to ease, we’re looking at what’s reopened in London this week as well as activities you can do in-person and online with friends and family …
Change up your Instagram feed and follow black creatives
“Now is the time for black voices, works of art and projects to be amplified, and for a conscious effort to combat endemic whitewashing. While following someone on Instagram might seem like a trivial action in light of the necessary work that needs to happen at the very core of our society, it’s a way to help ensure that, after the black squares fade, blackness does not” – Vogue
Enjoy some in-person shopping at Harrods and Selfridges
As per government guidance, both Harrods and Selfridges have reopened their doors this week, with significant social distancing measures put in place. In-store capacity will be limited, as well as clear signage to ensure customers and employees navigate safely around the stores.
Visit the reopened Shiro store on Monmouth Street
Luxury Japanese beauty brand Shiro has reopened their Monmouth Street store this week. Store staff will be wearing masks, disinfecting all areas continuously and installing splash-prevention sheets to ensure the health and safety of their customers.
Tour the best street art in London
“As one of the most diverse and creative cities in the world, it’s no wonder that the London street art scene is buzzing. From an original Banksy in Mayfair to magnificent murals spanning the South Bank and Shoreditch, you’ll find you’re never too far from a compelling piece of work” – Country & Townhouse
Join a live cook-along with top chef Elizabeth Haigh
“Acclaimed chef Elizabeth Haigh of Singaporean food stall Mei Mei will be wowing audiences with a delicious dessert. Elizabeth – known as @the_modernchef on Instagram – draws inspiration from her British and Singaporean heritage […] On Thursday, she will be showing off her skills and teaching viewers how to make a dreamy grilled pineapple dish with Martell cognac and caramel butter” – Secret London
Celebrate Pride month with a rainbow inspired manicure
“For the first time in its 40 year history, many Pride celebrations across the world have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. That doesn’t mean it should be forgotten though – in fact, we should be celebrating it more than ever” – Stylist
Shop some new jewellery at Maya Magal
London-based jewellery brand Maya Magal has reopened their 193 Upper Street store this week. The team have imputed clear signage around the shop to remind staff and customers to follow social distancing, the shop will be fully sanitised at all times and only two customers will be allowed in the store at a time.
Perfect your ‘summer beach hair’ with the Maria Nila Nomads of the Sea campaign
This summer, Maria Nila is embracing our vital relationship with the ocean by launching their latest campaign; Nomads of the Sea. Through four new looks and styles, Maria Nila will be highlighting the importance of protective our oceans by donating from the sales of products used to create these styles to The Perfect World Foundation and their projects Save The Oceans. Find out more HERE
Express your creativity with these virtual art classes
“While restrictions are slowly beginning to ease, there’s still plenty going on online to keep us creative at home. Whether you’re a novice who hasn’t picked up a paintbrush since school, or you’re raring to unleash your inner Van Gogh, there are loads of digital art resources to help you improve your artistic skills, share ideas and connect with the art world, and give you an all-around creative boost in isolation” – Balance
Think about volunteering and making a difference during your next holiday
“Thankfully, these days, savvier socially minded travellers are ditching unethical and token volunteering experiences in favour of a new breed of impact travel […] Here is a roundup of 10 of the world’s most admirable voluntourism trips. From delivering dentistry on the Mongolian steppe to working with local conservationists in Armenia, these adventures respond to urgent needs while fulfilling purpose-hungry travellers” – Condé Nast Traveller