Covid-safer socialising in London
April 22, 2022 7:48 AM   Subscribe

What are some relatively Covid-safe activities my friend and I can enjoy together tomorrow in London?

I would like to hang out with a friend in London tomorrow. They’re visiting from Amsterdam, staying at a hotel in Shoreditch. Prevalence is crazy high right now in the U.K. and I’m risk averse, so I guess we’re looking at outdoor options, preferably close to where my pal is staying.

In an ideal universe our day would involve outdoor drinks and chats (maybe in a lovely park like Highgate Wood or Tower Hamlets cemetery), al fresco lunch or dinner somewhere I can avoid being breathed on, and maybe a cultural activity - but I realise this is probably asking too much, so I may have to make do with park drinks.

I’m avoiding public transport and will be travelling by cab. I’m also having trouble with my knee at the moment so can’t do loads of walking and can’t sit on the ground.

Can you suggest any Covid-safe places to go or things to do tomorrow in London/Shoreditch? A proposed itinerary would be even better. Thanks for your help!
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
Best answer: I'd spend the day at the Barbican Centre. There's lots of outdoor seating: most obviously by the lakeside but also there are less popular seats for instance by the side entrance to the conservatory or towards the Mendelssohn tree. You can drink and eat outside at the Barbican Kitchen or the Picnic Garden, or you could bring your own picnic. For a cultural activity there are architecture tours which are mainly outdoors and accommodate different access needs.
posted by boudicca at 8:49 AM on April 22, 2022 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Kew Gardens might be nice. 90% outdoors.

Alternatively, take the ferry to Greenwich. Nice ride up the Thames (you can stand outside), the site itself is pleasant, and even the indoor things like the Painted Hall are mostly in vast spaces that in terms of air volume aren't all that different from being outside.

Neither of these are super-close to Shoreditch, though.
posted by praemunire at 9:26 AM on April 22, 2022

Best answer: Bunhill Fields is a nice cemetery-turned-park; Daniel Defoe and William Blake are both buried there. Most pubs in the area have at least adequate beer gardens and Shoreditch in particular has a good scattering of rooftop bars. The Owl & Pussycat, the Queen of Hoxton, yadda yadda.
posted by Ardnamurchan at 9:47 AM on April 22, 2022

Best answer: There's Much Ado About Nothing on at the Globe on tomorrow, which is an outdoor theatre (but a fairly crowded one at that!)
posted by heavenknows at 1:49 PM on April 22, 2022 [1 favorite]

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