Uplifting events to enjoy from home this month

  • The Raymond Blanc Cookery School virtual classes

    One advantage of spending so much time at home is the chance to hone your cooking skills. And how better to go about it than with the expert guidance of The Raymond Blanc Cookery School tutors, creating dishes beloved by the chef behind two Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons? Participants are sent a special pack before the class, with a menu of sumptuous seasonal recipes, ingredients and an equipment list, along with an apron and a copy of Raymond Blanc’s acclaimed book, Foolproof French Cookery. Then tune in via Zoom for an interactive cookalong, with confident professional chefs to guide you through and answer any questions. It’s a lovely group activity for those separated from loved ones during lockdown, who can cook and enjoy the same meal together. And the team can even arrange a special bespoke session for a virtual celebration, such as a birthday.

    Winter dinner party course, 29 January (5 – 7pm) and 30 January (2 – 4pm). To book call 01844 277200 or email events.mqs@belmond.com

  • TS Eliot Prize: Live Stream

    The renowned TS Eliot Prize has gone virtual this year, available for poetry fans to enjoy from home as part of the Southbank Centre’s ‘Inside Out’ online events programme. Hosted by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, tune in to hear the 10 shortlisted poets read from their work – then comes the exciting announcement of this year’s winner, who is presented with their cheque at the end of the evening. Judged by a panel of illustrious poets, the 2021 judges are Lavinia Greenlaw (chair), Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan. A must-watch for literary types.

    24 January, 7.30pm

  • The Cutlery Chronicles: #Pot to Pickle

    Did you make an ambitious New Year’s Resolution to grow your own fruit and vegetables in 2021? Leyla Kazim, broadcaster and presenter of the BBC’s Food Programme, is here to help, offering a step-by-step IGTV guide that’s perfect for those taking their first foray into gardening. Aptly titled #PotToPickle, it’s ‘a series of grow-a-long back to basics video tutorials for the novice urban vegetable grower’, spanning ‘the entire growing season – from seed sowing to preserving our bounty at the end of summer’. And with everything grown in pots, you don’t even need a garden to join in. Episodes 1 and 2, available to watch now on Kazim’s Instagram account, cover planning FAQs and prep before sowing your first seeds. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what’s next for you and your (hopefully) budding plants.


  • Yoga with Sanchia Legister

    With many of us spending most of our time indoors – often hunched over laptops or slumped on the sofa – some gentle yoga is just the thing to help ease knotted muscles. And of course, there are the often-touted benefits for managing stress and anxiety (something we could all do with right now). A favourite of the London cool crowd, Sanchia Legister is the founder of Yogahood and Gyal Flex, the city’s first Hip-Hop yoga and meditation class. And now she’s offering her teaching expertise and feel-good spirit to us all at home, thanks to a series of special online classes. Tune in on Friday mornings for an hour of live digital yoga over Zoom, guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and restored in both mind and body.

    Every Friday, 7.30 – 8.30am

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by the Royal Ballet

    We may not be able to visit the historic Royal Opera House in person right now, but we can at least watch some of the finest performances to grace its famous stage from home. Don’t miss a chance to revisit this 2017 production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the recorded performances that’s been made available online as part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse initiative. Choreographed by the acclaimed Christopher Wheeldon, this lively take on the Lewis Carroll classic is just the joyous escape we could all do with right now. Expect appearances from a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, wicked Queen of Hearts, flamingos and hedgehogs, along with stunning sets by Bob Crowley and a magical score by Joby Talbot. A welcome dose of fun for all ages.

    Streaming until 21 January

  • Unseen: The Southbank Centre

    Fancy seeing a groundbreaking photography exhibition from the comfort and safety of your own home? Now you can, courtesy of the Southbank Centre’s new online show ‘Unseen’, displaying the work of acclaimed contemporary photographer Suzie Larke. Rooted in the magical realist genre, Larke’s ‘logic-defying images’ are digitally stitched together to create remarkable, mind-bending scenes, created with an ‘aim to increase awareness and conversation about mental wellbeing.’ Visit the South Bank Centre website throughout the exhibition run to view a digital tour, complete with audio descriptions and a captioned exhibition film.

    13 January – 28 February

  • Write & Shine: The London Library

    It’s time to unearth into your hidden writing talents with the help of this virtual Zoom workshop from writer Gemma Seltzer. Guaranteed to ‘start your day with a burst of creativity’, the theme of the upcoming, 90-minute session is ‘Labyrinth’. And if that doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, participants also have exclusive access to the London Library’s online materials to help provide a springboard for your own ideas. Featuring a range of writing exercises and examples from other authors, poets and artists, it’s a fun, enriching experience for novices and confident writers alike. It might even inspire you to pen your own lockdown novel.

    22 January, 7:30 – 9:15am


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