Sphere's Guide to Staying-in

The odds are that you are spending a lot of time indoors right now, and if you’re not then you’re a key worker in our community and we want to send all our well wishes and a huge amount of respect your way! 

For those of us who are staying in though, our team is sharing their top picks for getting through lockdown; featuring lists for the binge-watchers, the foodies and the intellectuals amongst you. This should keep everyone busy over the Easter break?! 

The Binge-Watchers: 

Tiger King. I mean how can we not mention it? And if you hadn't heard, Netflix is releasing a new follow up episode. Lous Theroux has also filmed a documentary with the 'kings' which is available on Netflix.  

The Nest. BBC1 Drama and there's an internal debate that it's better than You. And if you're up for more drama, then Liar (ITV Drama) was our next highest rated. 

Disney+. All the Marvel films and Disney Originals.

Netflix. The highest-rated were: Fargo, Peaky Blinders, Money Heist and "Gossip Girl... a bit too binge-worthy!"

NowTV/Sky. Finally, time to watch ALL of Game of Thrones; and some of the team is also popping their cherry on the Harry Potter films. 

Amazon Prime: Modern Family, The OC, The Wire, Arrested Development

meme tiger king


The Intellectual: 

MasterClass. A bit on the pricey side at £170 for an annual membership, though they are essentially having a 241 offer currently. You can work your way through unlimited lessons from Martin Scorsese and Gordon Ramsay to Timberland. 

Picking up an instrument. Now's the time to dust off the guitar you bought at the car boot sale, or try learning the harmonica(!) as one of the guys in our team is doing! 

Joining a virtual book club. We just started an internal one, meeting every couple of weeks. Our first book is Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Other recommendations were: 

  • Normal People, Sally Rooney 
  • How to Stop Time, Matt Haig 
  • Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill 
  • Lullaby, Leila Slimani 
  • The Handmaid Tale & The Testaments, Margaret Atwood 
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris
  • New Dark Age, James Bridle 


The Foodie: 

"I finished the Gordon Ramsay Masterclass and its epic " - Mary Dunlop 

Whether you're the Mary of this world, with a background in professional pastry making or a complete novice... the chances are you're in the kitchen a lot more than you were before.

Our team's recommendations are:

3 Ingredient Baking Book. This is great, especially as things like yeast are at a shortage right now. Simple and easy to follow. 

"I'm baking a lot - mostly using leftover fruit - banana bread, apple crumble and banana brownies"

Gousto, Hello Fresh, Mindful Chef. Some of these are hard to register with now, but if you can, our team has found this endless inspiration for new meals and the bonus is you don't have to brave the supermarkets! 

The perfect coffee. How many others have made the TikTok coffee?! Whether you have or not, we've been trying our upmost to recreate our favourite barista coffees. 

And if you're Lizzie...

"Become the resident family chef!"

crumble being made

The Gym-Goer: 


Home workouts are a must during this time and if you can, and it's safe to do so, getting out once a day for a walk, run or cycle. 


Couch to 5k. Download the app from the BBC in your app store, stick on some headphone and run! 

Instagram Lives. We're following our local gym @sweatitlondon  but @psyclelondon and @1rebeluk are also running brilliant free workouts daily on their Instagrams. 

Les Mills. Use their free 60-day trial and we've been told body combat is the best workout. 

Yoga. Our top picks are Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube and the app 'Daily Yoga'. 

HIIT Workouts. Whether you have a friend doing daily HIIT classes on Zoom like Lizzie or you're at home using an app like Vanessa [HIIT Workouts in the App store], getting your heart rate up is a must.

workout on zoom

The Gamer: 

Offline. Making quizzes: "we do one every three days with our family and take it in turns to be quizmaster and host it on Zoom"; "Azul (board game) and Linkee (board game) over facetime with friends"; UNO!; 5-Second Rule; Jigsaws "very therapeutic"; and a classic... Suduko. 

Online. Old GTA games, Doom Eternal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: WarZone, Final Fantasy 7, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro 


The Person Who Can't Sit Still... 

We had all sorts of recommendations from gardening and attempting wallpapering to dog walks and organising the bookshelf! 



We hope this gave you some ideas during this time. If anyone has anything else they'd recommend, we're posting weekly on Linkedin, so feel free to get in the comments section!. 


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