You might be used to seeing our Radley Insider on Instagram – where our social team share some of their favourite things to do in the city over the weekend – but for the next few weeks, we’ll be mixing it up with our Staycation Edition. As we’re all spending a lot more time indoors, we’ll be giving you some ideas for fun and inspiring things to do at home instead.
Shop for essentials (socially distanced of course) from a local vendor, for delicious, fresh produce and to help support small, local businesses. In the capital? Take a look at Secret London’s list of outdoor markets that have opened this month.
With many workshops and classes remaining online, log on to get creative with life drawing. Although typically a study of a live model, even The Royal Academy embraced modern technology (pre-lockdown!) to bring its community a free 90-minute class. For more online creative sessions, follow @londondrawing.
Whether it’s on a local walk or in the garden, take some time to notice the beauty of nature and wildlife all around you. Kids in tow? From scavenger hunts to outdoor crafts, we love this Pinterest board of activities for your next walk.
Love woody scents? Prefer a floral? Create your own signature fragrance blend to add to your very own homemade candles. Great as gifts for loved ones, or a mood-boosting treat for yourself, this DIY make is easy and brings endless hours of happiness. For supplies and ideas (including Espresso Martini fragrance oil!) head to @scentssoapsandcandles.
Bored of quizzes? Spice up your Zoom hangouts with a classic whodunnit. It’ll take a little imagination, but with a host of options online, with characters and plots ready to download and distribute, all you’ll have to worry about is getting into costume. Check out Stylist’s guide to get started.
Ok, so maybe this is one you should have started at the beginning of lockdown, but it’s better late than never. Whether you’re brushing up on a neglected skill or trying your hand at keyboard or guitar for the very first time, learning and playing an instrument can be a real mood booster. Not sure which to choose? BBC Teach breaks it down for you.
We’ve filled our time with a deep clean of our house, but how about your digital space? Back up devices, go through old photos, delete unused apps and tidy your desktop – the fresh start could be just what you (and your laptop) need. We love these easy-to-follow infographics.
Turn trash into treasure and give something a new lease of life with a little TLC. From making a cat bed out of an old oil drum, to organising your kitchen cupboards using old jam jars, @upcyclethat has inspiration and ideas for all abilities.
The sun is shining and we can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it, responsibly of course. Whether in your living room, garden or at a safe distance in the park, a picnic is a tasty way to spend an afternoon. With four ways to enjoy the perfect picnic, from Classic British to Meat Free, check out Jamie Oliver’s recommendations.
It’s not just our bodies that need a workout, your brain can benefit from regular training too. Whether working from home or not, spending some time playing sudoku or doing a wordsearch or crossword sure gets the brainwaves working. Here’s a list of great places to start courtesy of Verywell Mind.
If you’re anything like us, you have a ‘must-watch’ list as long as your arm. From must-see series and documentaries to raved-about reality shows, between the various streaming platforms our options are endless. Radley recommendations include Netflix favourites Ozark, Dead To Me and Hollywood, and for a little nostalgia, we’re rewatching The Vicar of Dibley.
Ever wanted to learn more about your ancestors? Now’s the perfect time to investigate. Ask older relatives to make a record of their lives and those of the relatives they knew, then take your search online – there are several resources, but to get started check out the BBC’s handy guide.
Missing the carbonara from your local Italian, or craving some peri-peri chicken? Many of us have been getting creative in the kitchen, but why not turn it up a gear by recreating a much-loved restaurant dish in the comfort of your own home. To help you out, check out this list of top restaurant recipe books.
Whether you’re lucky enough to have your own DSLR, or getting creative with just your iPhone, photography is a medium we can all experiment with. To set yourself a weekly challenge, try #ShotWithTheTheme run by Lizzy Hadfield @shotfromthestreet.
Spending so much time at home can have you craving a change of scene. We know it’s not quite the same, but hanging a new print, moving some furniture around or adding statement paint or wallpaper to a bland wall can make the place feel like new.
Keep your hands busy and mind calm with a little home pottery – from a simple dish for your trinkets to a new favourite mug, get stuck in, the messier the better. To get started, join the Stay Home KANA Clay Club and enjoy their first workshop for free, including what surfaces and tools you’ll need. You can shop for starter kits there too!
Our choice of music often reflects our mood – and has the power to lift it when we need a boost. Take some time to create a playlist for different parts of your life, whether working from home, exercising or enjoying a home date night. Spotify subscriber? Make the most of it with this handy guide.
Knitwear may not be top of your shopping list as summer approaches, but look ahead to cosy designs of your own making ready for the winter months. To start your knitting adventure, take inspiration from @weareknitters – anyone else craving a woolly hat?
Embarrassed by a messy room or just want to make your co-workers smile? Creating your own Zoom background will hide a multitude of tidying sins and add a little fun to even the dullest of meetings. Whether a treasured holiday pic, an amusing meme or a design inspired by your favourite show, simply follow this step by step guide and enjoy!
Wondering how the giraffes are getting on without the crowds of people watching them every day, or how the meerkats are keeping entertained? Drop in and say hello with a virtual zoo tour and enjoy a peek behind the scenes. Start in Chester Zoo by catching up on their recent Virtual Zoo Days.
What better way is there to rally the nation than with a great big singalong. TV choirmaster Gareth Malone is gathering a virtual assembly of amateur and professional performers as part of his Great British Home Chorus, with the aim to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices to an ambitious digital music project. Sign up for links to music sheets and backing tracks.
Whether for yourself, a loved one or someone else in need, making your own face mask is not only a worthwhile craft project but also stops essential PPE being taken away from the front line. Get started with materials you can find at home with this handy how-to guide.
We all need a little colour in our lives! And the return of the tie dye trend gives us a perfect excuse to give some old t-shirts a new lease of life. From retro bullseye prints in acid washes, to more contemporary designs inspired by the catwalks, this resist-dyeing technique can produce a plethora of laidback looks. Check out Cosmopolitan’s how-to guide to get started.
A bunch of beautiful blooms never falls to brighten up any room. And even more so when you’re the one who has arranged them! We know getting your hands on individual stems isn’t the easiest at the moment, but whether picked from the garden or a supermarket selection, anyone can create a bouquet to be proud of. We love the Skandi-inspired style of The Flower Factory LDN.
Keep you and your four-legged friend entertained by practicing some new tricks. From learning basic behaviour training for your daily walks, to a nifty trick that will impress the neighbours from afar, our friends at Dogs Trust cover it all with video and step by step guides. We can’t wait to practice the ‘snoot challenge’!
Looking to experiment with a new look? It’s even better when you can go back to your comfort zone with a quick cleanse. So grab that make up bag and browse the endless how-to videos online – from a simple winged liner to contouring and smoky eyes. If you’re feeling particularly experimental, we love recreating looks from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The results are nothing if not entertaining.
Love getting lost in a good book? We do too, but finding time between tasks to sit down and read can be a challenge (especially when that new Netflix series is calling!) So we’d recommend giving an audiobook a go, helping you to multitask and make those chores fly by. Check out @lovereadinguk for recommendations.
Hear us out. We know it’s risky, but it doesn’t always mean reaching for the scissors. If you’re feeling brave, pick up a dye or watch some ‘how to cut your own hair’ tutorials online – if not, practice braiding, up-dos and temporary colour changes. And if a cut does go wrong, remember it’ll grow out in no time.
It’s not just us that will look decidedly less groomed post lockdown, but our pets too. There’s more to grooming your dog than giving them a quick hose down and trim in the bath – from checking teeth and gums to keeping an eye on skin conditions. With a lowdown on the latest styles, as well as how to perform general health checks, check out this online grooming course that’s currently on offer (at time of writing) through Time Out.
Many have experienced disappointment at having to cancel holiday plans, but things will get back to normal and we will be packing our suitcases again soon. In the meantime, take some joy from planning an ultimate getaway. Try creating a wanderlust vision board, whether on Pinterest or on paper, with hotels, daytrips, restaurants and experiences. For inspiration, visit Google Arts & Culture, where you can take virtual tours of attractions and sights around the world.
We’re hoping to look back at this time and find some positives – ones of which being the opportunity to learn something new. With everything from music and film to creative writing and photography, we love Skillshare for opening up a world of creative discovery – and their app makes it easy to learn on the go, so you can continue when life gets back to normal.
Whether you’re missing your regular culture fix or looking to open up a world you are yet to explore, streaming an opera or ballet from home is a great way to spend a free evening. Luckily the Royal Opera House are offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts. We’ll be tuning into The Metamorphosis this evening, and practicing our own ballet moves around the kitchen for the rest of the weekend. Join in!
Inspired by our creative colleagues, we’ll be releasing our inner artist this weekend. Painting, sketching, collaging… the options are endless, so to get you started take a look at Isolation Art School – a community of artists trying to help people get creative while housebound. Check out their past IGTV videos for some of their highlights, including a lesson with Sir Quentin Blake.
It’s no surprise many of us turn to a screen for most of our entertainment, but sometimes it’s great to step away. No longer reserved for Boxing Day, dust off those old family board games and spend time together enjoying some friendly competition. Just stay away from the Monopoly if you want to maintain harmony in the household!
Whether working from home or binge watching the latest Netflix series, sometimes your eyes need a break from staring at a screen – and we find cross stitching the perfect balm. This meditative hobby is easy to pick up, with tutorials and patterns available online. Simply order a kit and get stitching. Check out @brynnandcoshop, @kateblandford and @lycettedesigns for inspiration.
You’re guaranteed the best seats in the house when you live stream a play or musical from home. Head to the digital stage as theatres open their archives – from Broadway to the West End, from star-studded performances to hidden gems. Time Out London’s theatre editor, Andrzej Lukowski, shares his recommendations, or visit National Theatre at Home on YouTube for a new play – free to watch for one week – released every Thursday.
The popularity in podcasts has boomed in the last few years, and now more than ever they offer a welcome escape. Whether you want to be entertained, engaged or educated, there is a podcast for you – with many still being recorded from the comfort of home. We’re making our way through Wired’s recommendations.
The art of beautiful handwriting – taken from the Greek words for ‘beauty’ (kallos) and ‘to write’ (graphein) – calligraphy is an ancient skill that’s definitely having a resurgence. Great for focusing and calming the mind, practicing cursive is said to bring new meaning to your carefully chosen words. To brush up on your handwriting skills, check out @quilllondon for resources, tips and tutorials.
Happy Easter! What’s a more fitting activity than to decorate an egg – whether it’s painting a hen’s egg (if you can get your hands on them!) or icing a chocolate version. Make yours unique, set a theme and have a competition with your family. The results are sure to be eggs-cellent (sorry).
You might not be able to visit in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the artwork hanging in London’s National Gallery. Thanks to technology, it’s possible to take a virtual tour of seven different rooms and the Central Hall, seeing a collection of pieces from the Renaissance period. You can also continue your cultural experience overseas, as the Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art are just some of the many galleries offering online exhibitions and virtual tours.
Savoury or sweet? Decide how you like your popcorn and settle down on the sofa for your very own cinema experience. With Amazon’s Prime Video, you can rent from a selection of latest film releases to create your very own cinema experience. Just add blankets and pillows for super cosy viewing.
As people decide what to do with lots of spare time spent indoors, the popularity of arts and crafts is growing. From stitching to sketching, people are exploring long lost talents and discovering new ones. One way to get crafty is to start scrapbooking. Print off some favourite photos and find those meaningful tickets and tokens you’ve been collecting – scrapbooking is a nice way to remember old memories and it might get you thinking of things to do in the future too.
We might not be able to go to our favourite pub or bar, but that hasn’t stopped friends and family catching up over a drink. A perfect way to beat the boredom and to stay in touch, many people have also been creating and hosting their very own pub quizzes. Using Skype, Zoom or Facetime, it’s easy to create teams and answer questions while staying safe and having fun.
If you’re lucky enough to have garden space, there’s no better time to make use of it. If it’s safe for you to do so, step outside to enjoy some fresh air and even try getting a little green fingered. Spruce up the space ready for summer by getting rid of any weeds, keeping the grass neat and planting some flower seeds.
For the time being, everyone is stuck indoors and that also includes musicians. Among all of the inspiring and boredom-beating content, you’ll also find singers, bands and artists sharing their own experiences and trying to keep themselves busy. Some are even live streaming their own concerts from the safety of their homes, which you can watch from the comfort of yours.
You might not be able to meet up but with technology there’s still so many ways to see your friends. Think FaceTime, phone calls and even a Netflix Party – this browser extension works on Chrome and allows you and your friends to watch the same film on the streaming site at the same time. Or, host a different kind of house party and invite your friends to a group video call – without the morning clear up!
You don’t need a fancy bar or an experienced mixologist to enjoy an evening cocktail. With the right combination of ingredients – some of which we bet you can find at the back of your cupboards – and some inspiration from @cocktailsUK, you’ll be mixing up some tempting new creations from the comfort of your kitchen.
Having more spare time is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, and with everyone looking forward to a time when travelling is possible again, why not get one step ahead by learning a new language? With a website and phone app, @duolingo is easy to use and offers over 30 language courses. Already speak another language? On @hellotalk_official, you can connect with a global community and practice your vocal and listening skills with native speakers.
Whether planning future tasks or recording memories from the past, bullet journaling is a great way to get creative and organised at the same time. Designed by Ryder Carroll as a way to enhance productivity and practice mindfulness, bullet journals have the ability to become works of art – from calligraphy to illustrations, yours can contain anything.
Mastered the smoky eye? Perfected the smoothest contour? Try expanding your beauty expertise even further with some creative nail art. Think little flowers, paw prints or even miniature emblems of positivity – your designs can be anything that makes you smile. Need some inspiration? From neutrals to neon, @shoreditchnails is sharing ideas for you to try yourself.
If you’ve been looking for the ideal opportunity to enjoy some me-time without feeling guilty, there’s no better time than now – and with so much negativity and worry going around, we think it’s just what you deserve. From taking long dips in bubbly baths to applying moisturising face masks, take the time to relax and finally treat yourself to some pampering.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve most likely started a book and never got around to finishing it. We’re here to tell you (and ourselves) that it’s finally time to settle down on the sofa and dive back in. Uninspired? Head over to @Goodreads to find your next novel, and don’t forget to let us know which ones you’ve been enjoying!
For a few weeks, we’ll be getting used to spending lots of cosy nights in, giving us the perfect excuse to enjoy a night of Netflix – or to rediscover a forgotten shelf of favourite DVDs. Try switching TV show binges for a feel-good film and give yourself a daily pick-me-up. We’ve listed some of our favourites and we think you’ll love them too.
With the kitchen being so close to your home office, we understand that there’s a constant temptation to snack, giving us more reason to get baking! When spending so much time inside, it only seems right to fill the house with the delicious smell of things in the oven, giving yourself a daily pick-me-up with some of your favourite homemade treats.
No more excuses… it’s finally time to tick those chores off your to-do list. Why not start with a spring clean of your wardrobe? You might find some old favourites you’d forgotten all about, while making room for new outfits – and accessories! Bag up any donations and store away, ready to deliver to a charity shop when you can.
We know it’s hard to stay indoors when the sun is shining, so why not bring a little bit of nature inside? Shop online to find a few new house plants to add to your interiors, or get crafty and make your own terrarium – all you need is an old bowl or vase and a little greenery from your own garden.
Let us know what you’ve been getting up to while staying indoors, we’d love to hear your ideas!
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