You can make the most of online classes to learn new skills; find inspiration for things to make at home; and get creative in the kitchen during online cooking lessons from London restaurants. Plus, keep the little ones entertained with fun kids’ creative activities at home!
Best online cooking classes and recipes
Online cooking classes in London
- Brush up on your culinary skills with Borough Market’s online cooking school on Instagram.
- Bring tastes from some of Carnaby’s top eateries into your home by recreating their favourite dishes: Crumbs and Doilies, The Detox Kitchen, Dishoom, Kaleido and Pizza Pilgrims are all involved.
- Gain new skills with recipes for beginners on The Cookery School at Little Portland Street’s blog.
- Try your hand at making some delicious veggie dishes if you’re bored at home with the help of Mildreds’ Instagram cooking sessions.
- Tune in to The Athenian's Instagram, where Tim Vasilakis, co-founder of the Greek street food concept live streams his online cooking lessons. Saturdays at 7pm
- Warm up for the Foodies Festival in London later in the year with Facebook Live cooking tutorials with Charlotte White. Saturdays at 2pm
Recipes from top London restaurants
- Use up leftover ingredients with food-waste recipes from London restaurants, including Hawksmoor, Café Murano and Tibits.
- Experience Covent Garden cuisine from the comfort of your own home with easy-to-make recipes from Avobar, Frenchie and Frog by Adam Handling.
- Indulge in tasty recipes and cocktails created by Battersea Power Station residents, including Brindisa, Cinnamon Kitchen, No 29 and Megan’s.
- Flick through these digital recipe books to get some cooking inspiration from London Bridge’s top restaurants and bars.
Home baking fun
- Learn how to ice like a pro and create Insta-worthy biscuits as part of the Biscuiteers ice-olation challenge – things to do when you're bored never tasted so sweet! Weekly
- Join Brigit's Bakery on Instagram for a live cook-along teaching you how to create delicious sweet and savoury treats. Fridays at 5pm
- Those with a sweet tooth will love Bread Ahead’s Instagram Live online baking classes. Daily at 2pm
- Create an indulgent caramel tart with The Northbank's online cooking masterclass. 28 May
Cocktail making from your couch
- Put on some 1940s swing and raid your store cupboard to make creative cocktails, led by Cahoots London’s experts during regular Instagram cocktail classes. Various dates
Arts and crafts to do at home
- Feeling creative? Follow the V&A’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for weekly #LetsMakeWednesdays challenges.
- Get your quirk on and find inspiration for things to make during Muck N Brass’ Upcycled Interiors series on Instagram. Various dates
- 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. Daily
- Sharpen your pencil and join illustrator Nick Ellwood for drawing classes themed around Greenwich’s heritage. Until 31 May
- 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 live talk hosted by NOW Gallery.
Online learning and classes
- 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 each Saturday, then try your hand at design and sketching as part of the Design Museum's Digital Design Calendar. Various dates
- Improve your creative writing skills with 10-minute masterclasses from the team at Bush Theatre on Instagram Live. 27 May
- Expand your mind while staying at home with the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ daily reading, viewing and listening recommendation list. Daily
- Master how to use your camera with free online photography classes from Nikon throughout and learn from the pros with live Creator's Hour tips and challenges throughout May. Daily
- 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
- Bash your pots and bang your pans as you join in live BoppinBunnies music classes for under-5s. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am
Fun and educational things to do with children
- 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.
- Let the little ones get creative and add their own designs to London’s Illuminated River bridges.
- Enjoy an afternoon of river-themed fun with Thames Clippers’ family-friendly activities.
- Download activity packs, quizzes and more from City of London attractions, as part of the Our City Together programme of activities.
- 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.
- Take your pick from all sorts of family fun based around London’s history, as part of the Museum of London’s Museum of Fundon.
- Make the most of transport-inspired activities, quizzes, games and learning resources for children from the London Transport Museum.
- Be transported to another world with learning resources created by scientists and astronomers from the Royal Observatory.
- Older children can take part in the Design Museum's new digital calendar, which includes lesson plans and activities to do from home via the Young Creatives programme.
- Mix art, science, coding and more with Royal Museums Greenwich's Cabin Fever: Maritime Home Learning.