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Things to do Online

Stay entertained while you’re staying safe at home. We’ve tried out and tested everything here. See the Tower Hamlets website for lots of other great tips.

This week’s online entertainment not to be missed

Southbank Centre
The Iconic Grace Jones had assembled an outstanding line up for the Meltdown Festival at the South Bank Centre. Acts including Lee Scratch Perry, Solange and Baaba Maal to name just a few. Southbank have created a playlist of fantastic tracks from all the artists.
Southbank have also put together an amazing selection of protest songs past and present, from Sam Cooke, Public Enemy and Gil Scott Heron. The playlists were curated at a concert for human rights at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2018. Music to take the Knee to!

Grayson Perry’s Art Club
Grayson Perry has created an enlightening, humorous and uplifting show. The series shows the role art plays in fortifying the human soul in time of crisis. A must watch for anyone who wants to know more about art. Catch up on Channel 4

The Big Read
Immerse yourself in the retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 18th century poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Forty readings of the poem are accompanied by soundscapes, mini essays and artworks, by scientists, writers, actors and musicians including Iggy Pop, Lemn Sissay and Hilary Mantel.


he Scottish Queer International Film Festival has moved to October, but 
have launched Sqifflex showing a series of short films, all of which have been screened at previous festivals



A podcast following in the footsteps of classic Scorsese

In The Dark 
Follow journalist Madelaine Baran as she investigates true crimes in the U.S.A in this Peabody Award winning Podcast and on Youtube

Dolly Parton’s America
What can we say, a 9 part series on Dolly’s life and her music


The Royal Albert Hall are streaming a great selection of concerts on their website under Royal Albert Hall at home; Rufus Wainwright, K T Tunstall, Alfie Bow, and coming soon the great Richard Thompson. 

Stingray Qello 
Stingray is the world's leading streaming service for full-length concerts and music documentaries on-demand. Get it absolutely FREE with your Idea Store membership

Like Spotify but it’s free and there are no adverts

Backlisted: A literary podcast with Andy Miller and John Mitchinson chatting about books, films, music and TV –like good banter down the pub

The Penguin podcast: conversations with leading authors and creative thinkers on how they work and write. #penguinpodcast from Penguin books

Homo Sapiens: Alan Cummings and Christopher Sweeney talk to inspirational people over tea and biscuits. Funny and informative chat, representing LGBTQ+ people around the world.

Book Shambles: A weekly dive into a shambolic, funny and passionate discussion with Robin Ince and Josie Long using books as a jumping off point


The National Theatre are showing free plays until the end of May.


Virtual tours are a fantastic way to view art, whilst staying at home.
Visit on your own or take the whole family along!

Museum and Gallery Tours

National Gallery

Museum of Modern Art

The Louvre

Frida Kahlo interactive Exhibition


Download using your favourite Podcast App

Inside the comedian
David Reed talks with some of comedy’s best exponents and delves deep
into how comedians’ minds work.

BBC Sounds App
Download fantastic comedy, from The Goons, Whose Line is it anyway?, Lee Mack
and so much more.