You’ve swapped your happy hour for a virtual house party, studio workout for an online class and lego making has become your new favourite hobby. Staying in is the new going out. Here are 5 virtual pastimes to try during lockdown…
1. Pub Quiz
Feel like you’re losing your edge during lockdown? A good old fashioned pub quiz might be just what you need. Whilst our local pubs may have closed their doors, many are taking their weekly trivia sessions online, providing live streamed and interactive quizzes across social media. Join BrewDog Online Bar at 6pm on Friday 27th March. More details here.
Zoom is a video-chat platform that has taken on new life as a vehicle for all sorts of remote human interactions from personal training to therapy sessions. If your birthday party or hen-do got cancelled, why not host a virtual karaoke session? Simply ask your guests to wear headphones and mute their microphones when not singing or talking to keep excess noise to a minimum. This is your chance to blast out Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” to your heart’s content. More details here. If you take your singing a bit more seriously, check out this Virtual Choir.
3. Movie Night
Missing your weekly trips to the cinema? Netflix Party could be your answer. Link up with friends and host long distance movie nights. Netflix Party synchronises video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. More details here.
4. Dinner date
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It's lockdown. But that isn't going to stop us serving you Tables Manners, even in special circumstances. I've moved the family out to an Airbnb to make sure Corona can't get her mitts on Lennie, Dr Alex is on the frontline, so it's a quiet (and clean) house for mum and means this is our first episode recorded remotely. Via the internet the wonderful, funny and gorgeous radio DJ and presenter, @nicholasgrimshaw joined us for a virtual dinner with mum and I. We talk bulk buying hobnobs whilst in isolation, growing up in Manchester, eating luxuriously late now he isn't on breakfast radio and living on Freddos when he made it to London. Although gutted to not have him over and give him a kiss, cuddle and chicken soup it was a Zoom revelation and a welcome relief from a heavy week! #linkinbio #wednesdayistablemanners
At DOSE, we’re huge fans of the Table Manners by Jessie Ware podcast. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Jessie and her mum have had to adapt their style of interviewing and now conduct a 3-way video conference via Zoom. Instead of cooking up meals for their guests, they each prepare a meal themselves and enjoy a leisurely chat. Check out their latest episode with Nick Grimshaw. What are you waiting for? Invite your friends and get cooking!
5. Happy Hour
If you haven’t downloaded the Houseparty app yet, do so immediately. It has changed our lives at DOSE during lockdown. Despite being over 5 years old and originally designed to target teens, the face-to-face social network is making a comeback to ensure social survival during self-isolation. Get together with your friends and team mates for happy hour at the end of your working day. The app makes connecting face to face effortless, alerting you when your friends are “in the house” and ready to chat so you can jump right into the conversation. There are even a bunch of games such as Quick Draw! to keep you entertained.
You’ll find that you hang out with people way more than you usually do in person. It seems crazy that a global pandemic is what it took to get us socialising with old friends regularly again. Normally there’s just so much that gets in the way: travel, family plans, kids, work. But now weekends (and weekdays, who are we kidding?) are all about group Houseparty hangs, with drinks. Who needs a pub anyway? More details here.
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