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Experience Bankside from your sofa

Whilst you can't get to Bankside, we're bringing Bankside to you

We’re all missing our morning coffees from Bankside’s cafes, the impressive sights of Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe, and a post work drink in a cosy pub, but you can still enjoy Bankside from home.

Support our local favourites and buy products online, stream a theatre show from your sofa, and access art collections online. Stay active too with the various fitness classes available from Bankside’s gyms and yoga studios - all highlighted below.

Baking and cooking:

Bread Ahead Bakery 
Bread Ahead have been going live daily at 2pm on their Instagram stories, to show the world how they make their most classic bakes. Recipe and ingredients are announced before the video starts, and you can follow along and bake with Matthew as he expertly guides viewers through the recipe. Get a chance to ask your questions as you go in the comments. The baking tutorials have already proved a huge hit with thousands of viewers tuning in from all over the world to learn how to make donuts, brownies, focaccia, grissini, sourdough and more. The bakery is also still selling flour and yeast in from their Borough Market store.
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Also from Bread Ahead, the 7 Days of Sourdough e-Book is available to download free of charge. The team at Bread Ahead just ask that you donate whatever you can afford to our campaign supporting MEALS FOR THE NHS. Download here.

Borough Market 

Borough Market has launched a series of inspiring virtual food talks. Broadcast over Zoom at 1pm on Wednesdays, guest speakers from around the world discuss subjects related to food, community and sustainability.

Wednesday 20 May, 1pm – A global city view on lockdown, food and community with Yasmin Fahr in New York, Rachel Roddy in Rome, and Regula Ysewijn in Antwerp.

Wednesday 27 May, 1pm – The food and stories of Palestine. Sami Tamimi (co-founder of Ottolenghi) and Tara Wigley will be discussing their new book, Falastin.

Wednesday 3 June, 1pm – Food and our mental health. Why are so many more of us baking our way through lockdown? Join psychologist Kimberley Wilson for a discussion about some of the mental health issues surrounding our relationship with food and how those might be heightened by the impact of Covid-19, lockdowns, ensuing family and financial pressures and potentially limited supplies. 

Head to Borough Market's Instagram stories at 1pm every day to share different recipes, knowledge and tips from chefs and restaurants. The videos stay on their channel for 24 hours, so don't worry if you can't watch them live. Likeminded foodies can join their Facebook Community Group to share advice and tips on cooking, ingredients and recipes.

Borough Market remains open for customers purchasing groceries from fresh pasta, meat, fish, breads, and fruit and vegetables. Londoners can also use the online shop to get deliveries sent straight to their home. The delivery slot radius has now been increased to seven miles and more slots are available. 
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For exceptional Spanish ham, cheeses, store cupboard ingredients and wine, plus lots of recipe ideas to keep you busy during lockdown.

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Neal's Yard Dairy

One of Bankside's best experiences is a visit to Neal's Yard Dairy to sample the cheeses. Neal's Yard Dairy select, mature and sell farmhouse cheese from the UK and Ireland, working with 40 cheesemakers. Happily, they are delivering across the county.

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Art and culture:

Tate Modern
Art can help us to stay feeling connected, creative and calm. Tate want to help by sharing their favourite ideas to help you discover art you love, spark a new hobby or enjoy a quiet moment away from the headlines. Delve into their collection online which features 78,000 works by over 4,000 artists from Britain and around the world. Take an interactive tour of the Blavatnik Building with Tate Modern’s Director, Frances Morris and Nick Grimshaw.
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Shakespeare’s Globe
Though you may not be able to stand within the mighty wooden O, you can watch many of the theatre's productions from your sofa. The Globe Player has over 130 shows available to rent/purchase including performances with Mark Rylance and Michelle Terry. You can also take an interactive 360 degrees virtual tour of the theatre, with photos, videos and audible wonder to guide you along the way. Their physical Guided Tours cost £17.00 but the digital tour is free (donations welcome of course).
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Bankside Gallery 
Bankside Gallery may have closed their doors temporarily, but you can still catch their 2020 Visions exhibition online and also purchase featured artworks. Showcasing works from the Royal Watercolour Society, this exhibition explores one of the oldest forms of visual art. Witness how artists are handling this versatile medium and how they continuously break the boundaries of modern day watercolour painting.
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Fitness and wellbeing:

This Bankside yoga and fitness studio are now offering live classes online, for you to follow along at home. Classes are included already in existing member packages, you can pay as you go for £10 per session and NHS staff can book on for free. Get in touch with 3tribes at hello [at] to find out how. Enjoy everything from kettlebell, pilates, box fit and of course, a whole host of yoga sessions led by their friendly expert instructors.
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The Fitting Rooms
One of the first Bankside gyms to launch online classes via online video, you can book onto their live, instructor led workouts via their app. Virtual 1-1 personal training sessions are also available. For the virtual classes, pay as you go for £10 a session or get an unlimited weekly pass for £35. Classes include: full body workouts, lower body workouts, HIIT, Glutes & Abs and Yoga. Keep your eyes peeled for mobility and Pilates classes coming soon.
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Bankside Fit Hub
A great option for quick and free home workouts. Rather than booking onto a class, simply tune into their live Instagram stories daily to follow along at home for which ever class is on that day. Led by their expert instructors, this is a more informal and easy way to keep fit. The gym will announce each day's workout, a day in advance, and the live video stays there for 24 hours, so if you forget or are busy at the time, you can catch it later on.
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Isha Yoga Centre

The Isha Yoga Centre is offering free online sessions to help the physical and mental wellbeing of the people of Southwark during this challenging time. The programme provides simple yet effective tools, via webinars, to generate emotional stability, balance, joint lubrication, respiratory health and support for one's immune system. The webinars contain both physical practices and meditations, and are all conducted live under the guidance of a trained Isha Hatha Yoga teacher. No previous experience of yoga is required to participate. The sessions offered are Yoga for Health, Yoga for Wellbeing, Yoga for Peace, Yoga for Success, Infinity Meditation, Respiratory Health Support Session and Yoga for Love. For more information, please visit 

In recognition of the difficult situation that frontline health care professionals are facing, Isha Yoga also offering their flagship programme, Inner Engineering, free for individuals in these roles. For more information please visit

Your favourite Bankside blend at home:
Just because you’re sitting at home, it doesn’t mean you have to settle for underwhelming coffee. A few of Bankside’s coffee businesses are offering special offers via their online shops, don’t miss out:

The Gentlemen Baristas: get 30% off whole coffee with the code: ONECLICK30. Redeem here.

Origin Coffee: get 20% off whole/ground coffee until 30 April using code: COFFEE20. Redeem here.

Grind: Get a refillable coffee tin with compostable Nespresso® pods, ground or whole bean organic coffee inside, straight from the Grind roastery in London. Subscribe for refills delivered free in letterbox-friendly packaging. You’ll save 20% and get free shipping. Redeem here.

Roasting Plant Coffee: Join their mailing list and get 10% off your first order. Redeem here.


Created Mar 25 2020