It’s been a while. I’m currently sat typing this blog in the living room of my parent’s house in Wales of which I’ve been at home now for almost 4 weeks. I actually came home for Mother’s Day which was a few days before the Coronavirus lockdown in the UK was announced. It was a blessing in disguise really as being in freelance employment it meant I could spend this time with the people I love the most … even if 4 weeks in they are starting to do my head in a bit (Sorry mum, if you’re reading this).
As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted a blog in a while. It’s been difficult to create new content for you in such an uncertain time and I hope you understand that while there isn’t much new coming out at the moment, I am working hard behind the scenes to bring you lots of great content for when this is all over. I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling with the situation of the last few weeks. I mean, what the hell has happened? Seriously? Whoever thought we would be a situation we had to deal with in our lifetimes? Not me, for sure. From a new business perspective, it has unfortunately been quite devastating. When your brand is based around helping people experience London it becomes pretty impossible. However, it is very important to me to keep serving you as much as possible and hopefully, you’ve checked out my post where I have put 12 suggestions of great days out after the lockdown is over. I hope it gives you something to look forward to. On a more personal note, I’m shocked at how much this has taken a toll emotionally and mentally. More than I ever thought it would of. Sitting still has brought up a lot of anxiety I’d maybe been too busy to even notice. I wanted to share my thoughts because if anyone else is feeling like this, be it a small business like me or one of you lovely followers and readers finding it difficult at home, you aren’t alone. One thing I have become aware of during this time is that I need to be a lot kinder to myself and not beat myself up for not being productive enough, or creative enough or those days I don’t brush my hair or put a bra on haha. This is such an unusual time. A time no-one ever could have predicted. A time no-one could have prepared for so to judge yourself or your situation at this time would be unfair. On a positive note, I truly believe this has opened up so many opportunities and new futures for so many people. In their business, in their relationships, in their everyday lives.
I wanted to put together some things to do at home during Coronavirus lockdown that I hope will keep your spirits up during this uncertain time. This ranges from virtual London tours to things I’ve been baking, watching and doing at home myself. I’m enjoying a glass of wine from my favorite liquor store as I’m typing this. I’ve also added some great suggestions from my friends, family and social media followers! Myself, being in Wales I haven’t had any London based deliveries but I am so glad to see some of my favourite restaurants are still doing delivery which I’ve listed below. Before we get into it remember if you do just ONE of these things I’ve suggested below that’s an achievement. Don’t feel you have to be uber-creative or productive. Be kind to yourself.
Things to do
Theatre and Online Streaming
Classes and workshops
London at home
Health and Mind
London restaurants and cafes doing deliveries/online orders/collection
1. Pophams – Pasta and pastries (Delivery 1.5 mie radius. Opening for click and collect next week. Keep an eye on social media.
3. Chin Chin Ice – Cream – Select from their crazy cakes and dessert collection (Available from their online shop)
14. Crispin (40% off vouchers) – Vouchers for brunch after lockdown
16. Creme Cookies – Giant American style cookies (Available from their online shop for delivery or pick up)
29. Cafe de Nata – Coffee & Portuguese custard tarts (Available from South Ken Tues to Sat 12-6pm and from their online shop)
32. Brother Marcus – Deli items (Available from 6th May for takeaway from Balham location or online for pre-orders)
33. Crepes a la Carte – French crepes (Available Fri – Sun for pickup or delivery from their online shop)
34. Banh Banh – Vietnamese Food Reduced menu available from 8th May for pick up only from Peckham location)
41. Bancone – Pasta – (They have put out their famous silk handkerchief pasta recipe to make at home which you can see here)
Here are a few recipes I’ve made while I have been at home. These recipes have never failed and are always my go-to!
Things to do at home (suggestions from me and my friends & family)
- Keep a routine as much as possible
- Cook new recipes
- Play virtual games over video chat with friends and family
- Have a pamper night
- Organise your wardrobe
- Learn new hairstyles on YouTube
- Get up before 9 am every day
- Learn a new card game
- Learn to headstand
- 30-day creative challenge – Focus on doing something you love but never have time to do for 30 days
- Yoga practice like this one.
- Upcycling furniture
- Home workouts like The Body Coach
- Learn a language for FREE with Duolingo
- Organise a virtual book club
- Take a Harvard free course
- Binge Netflix, BBC Iplayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime, Disney +
- Use a meditation app like Headspace
- Journal your thoughts and feeling
- Drink Berroca from a Champagne glass
- Chat with a friend on the phone or video call
- Listen to positive, uplifting music
- Listen to a podcast
- Go outdoors (within reason)
- Get Gardening (if you can)
- Take an Open University Free Course
- Clean places in your house you’ve avoided for ages
- Learn to Crochet. Lot’s of stuff on youtube.
Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the situation itself but if you do have questions about the Coronavirus situation in London there is more information on the Visit London website and the UK Government website. Also, Time Out have put together a very helpful list of all the events that have been cancelled in London which you can find here. Also, being a big theatre buff myself and for anyone reading this who has booked tickets for an upcoming West End show, all theatre events have been cancelled until 31st May. Please see the SOLT website for more information.
A note before you go…
As always, thank you so much for visiting NOTSOBASICLONDON. Please continue to think of NOTSOBASICLONDON if you’re planning a trip to London in the future or looking for ideas of things to do and places to eat. Tell all your friends and family too. There are so many resources on here to help you plan your time in London and I’ve listed them below. I can’t wait to get back to creating great London content for you guys soon. Take care of yourselves.
To get you started, I’ve listed below some great blog posts that will be super helpful when planning your trip to London. They are:
- A Complete Guide to London Transport
- 100 Totally Free Things To Do in London
- Must-See Landmarks & Attractions
- 20 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting London
- Essential Things To Buy For Your Trip to London
- FAQ’s for London Tourists
- How to Plan Your Entire Trip in 4 Easy Steps
Need help planning your trip when this is over? Hand it over to a real-life Londoner to do all the hard work for you and book into one of my London trip consultations. In a 30-minute video call, we will discuss your requirements for your trip to London and I will put together a personalised mini guide for you. Find out more about my London trip consultations here.
EATING IN LONDON?
If you want great recommendations of places to eat in London you’ll find all of my foodie bucket lists here which include where to eat London’s best breakfasts, pizzas, desserts etc. If you only have time to read one I’d recommend by ‘must-eats of 2020’ post here.
LIVING IN LONDON?
If you live in London or are looking to move here you’ll find lots of information and tips about how to live in London well here.
Lots of love.
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