Taking place between Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10, Experience:LDN is a virtual festival helping Londoners connect with the capital’s small businesses through a whole load of exciting takeovers, from cooking classes and cocktail-making tutorials to garden tours and cultural exhibitions. It will be exclusively streamed on Time Out London’s Instagram and showcase independent POC-, female- and LGBTQ+-owned small businesses that have lifted their communities during the last few months.

Expect takeovers from some of our favourite indy businesses, including a bacon naan cooking demo from Dishoom founder Kavi Thakrar, a follow-along facial massage from Re:lax’s Katie White and a foraging trip with Hackney Herbal. There’ll also be a HiiT dance class from At Your Beat, a gardening workshop with east London plant shop Prick, and an Afro hair tutorial with the co-founder of Afrocenchix, Rachael Twumasi-Corson.

During the festival we’ll be encouraging viewers to support small businesses through gift cards, food orders and donations on Instagram, which will go towards Hospitality Action, an organisation helping those in hospitality with financial, physical and mental health support.

So, dig as deep as you’re able, to help keep our independent businesses going – we’ll need them when we’re all allowed to meet friends, sink pints and reconnect with our fantastic city properly again.

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