Not quite the start we were hoping for but a new year all the same.
Until we can all return to The Farmers Club I thought you might like a few ideas on how to visit some of London’s best loved venues from the safety and comfort of your own home albeit with the fear of “square eyes!” It’s surely the perfect escape from ZOOM calls or the constant COVID reminders on television. Of course we’d much prefer that you were in the club but in the meantime, I hope these are of interest.
I have listed under Museums, Galleries, Theatre and London Life some interesting podcasts, virtual tours and productions that are available on-line, some free of charge and other venues ask for a small fee to play them.
This iconic museum provides virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and
Egyptian mummies. Drop into the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery
You can also find hundreds of artefacts on the museum’s free virtual tour and the podcast is also interesting
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A Museum is offering a range of online content, including virtual tours.
The V&A’s Soundcloud channel also includes highlights from the lunchtime lecture series, and the BBC iPlayer has
a great series on the V&A.
Imperial War Museum
For the very latest content from Imperial War Museums, you can subscribe to their free YouTube Channel
Visit the 2021 Exhibition with over 1000 artworks from famous names and up-and-coming artists.
Immerse yourself in the National Gallery’s world-class collection of Early Renaissance paintings.
If like me you are missing live theatre, then here a few suggestions for ways to keep enjoying it. This is also a great way to support the arts which are suffering in these challenging times.
The Globe Theatre
You can rent a play from £3.99, buy one from £5.99 and they also have some compilation bundles.
They are full-length productions that took place at Shakespeare’s Globe from 2007. Over 130 films make up their video-on-demand collection of Shakespeare plays.
The Old Vic
The Old Vic is showing recorded versions of live shows at £10 per production. Please note these are shown only on the dates & times below;
- Faith Healer
Starring: Michael Sheen, David Threlfall and Indira Varma.
20th - 22nd Jan 2021 at 7.30pm.
27–29 Jan 2021 at 7.30pm.
A Netflix-style streaming service for Digital Theatre’s purpose-made recordings of various plays, operas and dance. It’s £9.99 a month for full access or you can rent an individual show for £7.99. The current productions are taking place;
- All My Sons
London’s Apollo Theatre
- Loves Labour’s won
Royal Shakespeare Company
A lovely virtual tour around this well-known Royal Palace. The majestic Throne Room, grand staircase and the Drawing Room are simply stunning.
London Live Webcams
If you are still missing your trips to London then the London Live webcams are a great, if not addictive way to keep an eye on the coming and goings of the city. Maybe at the moment a little less activity for obvious reasons, enabling you to see London spaces uncrowded and in full glory.
I hope you enjoy this on-line selection and when you are back in the club let me know and I can book tickets and visits for you at some of the abovementioned venues.