Eight free subscriptions to enjoy during lockdown

Get educated, get buff and get yourself off.

As stricter isolation measures get enforced globally, companies are doing their bit to help people who are bored at home. Here’s a list of subscriptions to keep you inspired, informed and entertained, now free due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 


The New York Times boasts impressive numbers: 5,241,00 total subscriptions across all print and digital – that’s more than The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the 250 American local papers combined. 

However, during the pandemic they’re laxing their £8‑a-month paywall by making their most important and useful coronavirus-related content free.

Sign up here for stories on how to protect and prepare yourself, Trump’s bailout plans for the economy and voices from travel’s frontline.


After offering free subscriptions in Italy, Spain and France (the three European countries worst hit by COVID-19), this morning the adult entertainment giants extended the offer to every viewer across the world. Available until 23rd April, the company’s Vice President Corey Price hopes the offer will give people an extra incentive” to stay home and flatten the curve.

In other news, Pornhub will also be donating 85 per cent of its video sales to performers who had to stop working due to pandemic.

This way for NSFW material.

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Originally started by Joe Gold in Venice Beach, California, the legendary gym has become a haven for beefcakes across the world, with 800 outposts in 30 different countries. Now the Muscle Beach-inspired gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May. 

Download the app to enjoy more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes to get you ready for your out-of-quarantine comeback. 


On 9th March 2020, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a nationwide lockdown after 9,172 cases of coronavirus were reported in the country. Following a week of mandated quarantine, Vogue Italia gifted the world free unlimited access to their online archive until 13th June. With an advanced index system, users can search the high-resolution images by designer, photographer, brand and more – perfect for moodboarding and general browsing. 

Browse every issue scanned from 1964 to present here using the code: VARCHIVE4YOU


With the BFI Flare, London’s biggest LGBTIQ+ film festival, cancelled early last week due to the worsening corona outbreak, the British FIlm Institute have opened up their extensive library of classic queer movies. 

See the festival’s Senior Programmer, Michael Blyth’s, eight favourite selects here, then head to their player for self-isolation boredom busting. 

Read this next: 13 queer films to watch


Study Hall is a media newsletter and online support network for freelance writers. Every Monday, the company sends out a report to its 3,000+ subscribers with news, tips for pitching, job opportunities and exclusive editor and journalist Q&As.

While it usually costs $4 a month, they’ve recently started an non-paywall opportunities digest for struggling readers who have had work dry up due to coronavirus.

Sign up here for potential jobs and a round-up of their community’s best WFH fits.


The music industry – like most – has been hit hard by the pandemic, with artists’ touring schedules crumbling and studios shut across the world. To help musicians stuck at home and out of pocket, synth manufacturers Moog and Korg have made two of their synthesiser apps (the Minimoog Model D and Kaossilator, respectively) available for free download on the app store. 

Korg’s Kaossilator usually costs £17.99 and is mainly for making tracks based on layering loops, while Moog’s Minimoog Model D will normally set you back £4.99 and is a faithful visual reproduction of its hardware version. 


With schools and universities shut for the rest of the year, The Open University has expanded their free online learning catalogue to help stop everyone’s brains from turning to mush. 

Take a break from Netflix and indulge in an introductory, 30-hour course on art and life in Ancient Egypt, a four-hour deep dive into Ghanaian textiles or a 15-hour study of Gaelic in modern Scotland, all available at here.

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