Virtual reality: the best online things to do this week

23 Mar 2020 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Natasha Afxentiou

Stay social during self-isolation. Here are the best online events taking place this week, including exhibitions, parties, DJ sets and theatre productions

National Theatre at home

One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean (2012), The National Theatre, 2011, Credit: Johan Persson/

Enjoy front-row seats at London’s most-loved National Theatre productions, streamed to the comfort of your sofa. The new initiative, National Theatre at Home, is bringing live stage shows to YouTube for the next two months. This week, watch Richard Bean’s hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors (2012), starring James Corden. Jane Eyre, Twelfth Night and Treasure Island are set to follow. Productions air on Thursday evenings and are then available to stream on YouTube for seven days.

Date: Every Thursday from 2 April 2020 Time: 7pm Price: Free Website:

The Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival has been set up by Toronto-based playwright Nick Green for creatives to showcase their works to the public while social distancing guidelines are in place. Green’s aim is to maintain a sense of artistic community and the growing eclectic creative space showcases webcam performances, interactive artwork, poetry readings opera. The site also advises on how you can donate to global arts organisations to help artists during this time.


Netflix Party

Black Mirror on Netflix

Netflix and chill with your friends via a new chrome extension, Netflix Party, which allows you to watch your favourite boxset with an online community. You can synchronize video playback, whilst making the most of the group chat feature. Looking for steaming inspiration? We’ve curated the best films to watch online, which are set in London.



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Get your music fix through CovidRoom, an online streaming space inspired by Boiler Room. Watch DJ and musician sets, as well as others who are listening, watching and dancing. Follow the Instagram app to keep updated on live performances.


The Stay at Home Club with wellness app, Urban

Join the Stay at Home Club on wellness app, Urban, and enjoy live streaming sessions to exercise your body and mind. Hosted by professionals from their homes, one-to-one fitness, physio, yoga and mindfulness workshops are available to occupy your mind for 20 to 55 minutes each day.


Indytute launch Indy-house at-home experiences

Whilst usual social activities are off the cards, it’s an opportune moment for us to get crafty at home. Indytute is hosting a set of at-home experiences which you can sign up to and take part in such as: making hand sanitiser and hand cream with essential oils; a houseplant 101 for those Insta-worthy interior shots; to vintage china upcycling, the available activities are family-friendly and will eat up your free time. Tickets are £5 and can be redeemed as an Indytute gift voucher. Check out their website for dates of each activity.


Digital stage and dance workshops by Sadler’s Wells

RUMPELSTILTSKIN, balletLORENT, Sadler’s Wells, ©JaneHobson

Sadler’s Wells proudly presents a full programme of feature-length dance performances and workshops, available to stream for free on Facebook. A new version of TOM, a dance for camera installation by Wilkie Branson is due to be screened, as well as Rumpelstiltskin from balletLORENT, with more performance listings found on their website. If you fancy giving your home-exercise routine a shake, the Take Part initiative run by Sadler’s Wells also offers online dance workshops for anyone to take part in.

Date: from 1 April 2020 price: free Website:

BrewDog online bar

BrewDog is bringing the pub to you, with its new online bar concept. The beer-fuelled launch attracted more than 1000 participants and the programme promises pub quizzes, comedy shows and homebrewing masterclasses.

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