As the days are starting to get chilly and the trees are changing colour, people are looking to spend more evenings in the comfort of their own home. On top of everything else that's been keeping us in search of indoor entertainment at home recently, we decided to put together a guide to Autumn entertainment at home so you can make the most of your evenings and weekends inside your abode.
Lots of restaurants have adapted during this time to bring creative ways to dive into the fine dining experience. You can pick up 3+ course meals from your favourite London restaurants like Galvin or try out the cuisine offered by independent restaurants you haven't got round to sampling yet. There are even fine dining delivery only options finding their moment in the spotlight, like Wild Radish, who specialise in bringing fine dining directly to you at home.
Some businesses are also offering kits which allow you to cook a restaurant's signature dishes from home, so you can try your hand at cooking up some fantastic meals and get to know what goes into them better. From Berenjak's authentic kebab kits to Pizza Pilgrims frying pan pizza, these can be great for getting older kids involved in cooking, as your can cook together with them and show them how rewarding home cooking can be.
If you're unable to go out for date night, you can also pick up home wine tasting or beer sample packs so you can bring the full restaurant experience back home. While some restaurants offer wine pairings from their own sommelier, you can find plenty of independent businesses like Club Vino offering wine tasting all wrapped up in an easy-to-follow package.
With many bands and musicians still unable to perform to live crowds, you'll likely find a large number putting on livestream sets which you can enjoy from your sofa. You'll be guaranteed the best seat in the house and be able to support your favourite artists until you're able to catch them in person again. You can find livestream concert listings here, or take a closer look on social media to track down upcoming band livestreams and mark the date in your calendar.
This also extends to theatrical performances, who are still in the midst of getting audiences back in seats. You can help to tide theatres over until things settle down by enjoying classic theatre productions from home and donating to help secure future performances. The Globe Theatre's Globe Player allows you to explore over 100 theatre productions to stream at home, with some available for free while others you can rent or purchase in aid of keeping the theatre going.
As businesses adapt to the current restrictions across the country, many experiences have been taken onto digital platforms so people can take part no matter where they are. One activity which is providing popular is murder mystery evenings at home, which can be great for larger families looking for something new to do or groups of 6 who want an excuse to dress up outside of Halloween.
You can find virtual murder mystery events via places like Virgin Experience Days or by using physical murder mystery boxes you can purchase online. These will allow you to allocate roles to each person participating, along with easy to follow rules which will allow you to transport everyone to the unique setting. Hosts can take it even further if they fancy decorating their home or garden to really set the tone for the murder mystery and get people in the mood for thrills and chills.
If you have your own garden space, then why not organise your own intimate bonfire night with your household this year? You can find plenty of options for portable fire pits to create a safe environment for your bonfire and find the right one that matches the sizes of your garden. Getting cosy around the fire and maybe lighting a few sparklers can be brilliant for creating some bright, picture-perfect family moments to commemorate the evening.
There are plenty of classic bonfire recipes you can try out, like the American favourite s'mores or make some toffee apples which your little ones can sink their teeth into. Looking to entertain an older audience instead? Brewing your own mulled wine or cider at home couldn't be simpler when you've got your own kitchen on hand and they make for delicious warming beverages on colder nights that pair perfectly with evenings by the bonfire.
Keeping yourself busy while at home can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially if you'd prefer to be doing something new and exciting. There's no better time to look at picking up a new skill or craft, as many you can do while keeping cosy on the sofa watching telly. This can be something you do yourself, with a partner, or even with a little helper - it all depends what you want to get out of the experience.
There are many starter kits out there for almost every hobby imaginable, from knitting guides to books on illustration and online tutorials on video edits. Picking up a practical skill can be a rewarding experience and give you a new outlet for spending evenings inside, especially when you end up with something tangible at the end of it. Whatever you want to try your hand at, it can take your mind of the world and little worries by giving you something to focus on instead.
With Christmas right around the corner, you might have just enough time to start knitting someone a scarf to keep them warm or design a handmade print for a loved one which can express your love or gratitude in a personal way. Gifts made with your own two hands have an extra personal touch, and you might be able to help your little one make something special for your partner they can wrap up for Christmas Day.
No matter what your interests might be, there's something out there available to keep you entertained while spending time indoors this Autumn. While our fine dining focuses on restaurants in London, there are plenty of eateries nationwide doing similar offerings which are just as delicious. However, if you're considering relocating to a new home in London to take advantage of everything the capital has to offer, why not take a look at the developments in London that Berkeley Group has to offer?
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