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London In Lockdown - Visit London From Your Own Home

Had you planned a trip to London but are unable to visit because of the pandemic? To ease the disappointment we’ve collated all the best virtual experiences London has to offer right now, allowing you to explore some of the city from the comfort of your own home. 

If you’ve been planning a trip to London but have had your plans disrupted because of the pandemic, we understand how disappointed you’re probably feeling. Believe us - our city wishes you were here too. Normally packed full of giddy tourists feeling their way around our bustling city, London’s streets are now eerily empty - a stark contrast to how they were before the coronavirus pandemic began.

So, while you can’t visit our beloved capital city in person, we wanted to help you explore it virtually. That’s why we’ve collated all the best virtual experiences London has to offer right now, allowing you to explore some of the city from the safety of your own home. 

We know it’s not the same. But we hope a virtual trip around our home city will tide you over until things get back to normal. We’ll be waiting for you. To prepare for your trip, you can browse our range of affordable central London accommodation here. 

Witness Live Theatrical Productions in London

London is hugely famous for its theatre and broadway shows. They attract tourists from all corners of the world, and are some of the most impressive theatrical shows globally. If you were looking forward to an evening at the theatre (or an afternoon matinee), the good news is that you can still enjoy some of London’s highest quality performances from the comfort of your own home. 

The National Theatre at Home 

While it’s currently closed until the 30th June 2020, the National Theatre is still offering some of its incredible performances to stream online. These include performances such as Twelfth Night and Frankenstein. All you need to do is head to their Youtube channel, put on your best outfit, and enjoy the next best thing to being there in person. 

  1. Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals 

Musicals are a fundamental part of London’s West-End culture. So, for musical fans who wanted a taste of London’s Broadway magic, there’s a way to do this online, too. You can now watch various Andrew Lloyd Webber performances every weekend on “the show must go on” Youtube Channel. 

  1. Opera at the Royal Opera House

For those who were excited to experience some of London’s more highbrow theatrical performances, The Royal Opera House has made sure there’s something virtual for you too. You can experience professional productions such as Acis and Galatea, Così fan tutte and The Winter's Tale.  And for those who wanted to experience the magic of the ROH building, you can even explore the Royal Opera House behind its closed doors. Head to the streaming section of the ROH website for more information on streaming and virtual tours. 

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Enjoy a virtual night at the theatre

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Take part in London’s Famous Pub Quizzes

As any Londoner will tell you, pubs are a staple part of London life, so it’s only natural that pub quizzes are, too. And, believe us when we tell you, these events are not the same anywhere else.

If you were hoping to get a taste of a real London pub quiz during your trip to the capital - you’re in luck. During the pandemic, several London pubs and breweries have taken to hosting their quizzes online. So, all you need to do is settle down on the sofa with a bottle of London Bridge, and get those brain cogs moving.

Take a look at some of the most popular virtual pub quizzes. Some of the pubs include famous drinking hours such as The Alexandra and Sink The Pink. 

Explore London’s Magical Museums & Galleries

Every year, millions of tourists flock to London’s impressive selection of free museums and art galleries, each offering an incredible mix of affordability and unrivalled experiences. 

But with London on lockdown, these institutions have shut their doors to eager tourists. Luckily for you, they’re still sharing their art and artifacts virtually. Now, would-be visitors of London can experience some of London’s most famous museums from the sofa.  

The British Museum 

The British Museum is one of the most renowned museums in London and is home to thousands of relics and artifacts that tell incredible stories about British History. You can explore these, and the museum’s building online - just head to this blog, and it will show how you can experience the best of the museum from home. 

The Natural History Museum 

Housing a huge collection of historical artifacts spanning billions of years, the Natural History Museum is a firm favourite amongst London’s tourists. Luckily, they’re also offering a way to explore some of the museum's 80 million artifacts online. 

All you need to do is head to their website, and they’ll show you how you can experience everything from their world famous dinosaur fossils, to the life-sized blue whale from the safety of your living room.

National Portrait Gallery 

Packed full of breathtaking artwork that spans centuries, The National Portrait Gallery attracts art lovers to London from all over the world. And while you can’t explore these masterpieces in person at the moment, the gallery has given the option to explore the gallery’s Virtual Gallery rooms, instead.

The Tate 

The Tate museum celebrates the best of British Modern Art and is renowned for its impressive expositions worldwide. So, to give would-be tourists the opportunity to experience these during these unprecedented times, the gallery has decided to allow art lovers world-wide the option to explore them online with free virtual tours. Expositions include work from the widely celebrated Andy Warhol and Aubrey Beardsley - don’t miss out.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is home to London’s collection of classic art, and is a must see for London’s museum hopping tourists. However, as leisurely strolling through the National Gallery’s awe-inspiring hallways isn’t an option at the moment, the museum has released virtual ways for you to explore both the building and the art

Take a virtual tour inside the Tate
Visit the Tate Modern virtually

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Enjoy a taste of London’s nightlife

Live music 

Live music is the life and soul of London. With so many great artists emerging from the musical playground that is this city, it's no surprise that tourists flock here with the hope of getting a real taste of the London’s live music scene themselves. 

But even with the bars, pubs and music venues all closed, the show certainly goes on, just online. Artists have come up with ways to share their live performances via Youtube, giving you a way to enjoy British live music from the safety and comfort of your own home. Head to the “Quarentunes”Youtube Channel and you can take your pic from a huge range of incredible British artists - the next best thing to being in a London venue in real life. 

Virtual nightclubs 

Famed for its wild nightlife, some of London’s nightclubs and bars have taken to streaming their biggest artists online, meaning you can enjoy a night of London style DJing and dancing from your own living room. 

London’s Boiler room has collated live streams from various artists that are free to listen and dance to at your own leisure - the next best thing to really being there.

Explore London through Social Media

If you’re longing to feel what it’s like to wander down London’s streets, there’s a better way to do that than by scrolling Google maps. 

Following some of London’s best Social Media influencers is a great way to do this - because, let’s face it, they really know how to capture London’s beauty like no one else.

We’ve picked some of our favourite London based Instagram accounts that do an impressive job of highlighting London’s day-to-day charm and beauty.

Londoner’s Underground’s amazing grid highlights the normal to mundane aspects of London’s life in an extraordinarily beautiful way. In this account, the London commute,  something that every real Londoner will know all too well, is documented in a way that makes you feel like you could be there, too.

A on the Road captures some of London’s most whimsical and romantic corners, perfect for those wanting to experience the classic side of our capital city.

London Viewpoints lets you see London through their lens. Complete with bird's eye views,  this beautiful grid is enough to make anyone fall in love with some of London’s best known monuments. 

East London Mornings gives you a taste of pure London magic, from its wisteria covered buildings to the beauty of its more delicate cobblestone streets. 

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Visit London's Underground Stations on Instagram

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London’s waiting for you

We know that virtual London isn’t the same as wandering around it’s streets in person, and we can’t wait to welcome you here as soon as things get back to normal.

But, in the meantime, we hope this list of ways you can virtually explore London is enough to  bring you closer to our beloved city until you can finally set foot here yourself.

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