Eight free subscriptions to enjoy during lockdown 2.0

Get educated, get buff and get yourself off.

Well, here we go again. On 31st October Bojo told the nation to, once more, stay home, save lives and protect the NHS until at least 2nd December. Here’s an updated list of subscriptions to keep you inspired, informed and entertained, all free since 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 all 250 American local papers combined.

However, since the start of the pandemic back in March they’ve​’laxed their £8‑a‑month paywall by making their most important and useful coronavirus-related content free.

Sign up here for stories on president elect Biden’s coronavirus plans, where cases per capita are highest and updates on that long-awaited vaccine.


The adult entertainment giants gifted every one of their viewers across the world free access to their premium content back in March as an extra incentive” to stay home and flatten the curve. While the offer expired on 23rd April, the site is now donating another seven days of free premium smut, as a thank you for all those who contributed to slowing down the spread of the virus the first time around.

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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On 12th November, London arts centre Somerset House will host a special online edition of its annual building takeover series AGM. Centred around the importance of generosity and collaboration in a time of physical separation, expect live performances, experimental DJ sets live-stream premieres from the likes of Aida Amoako, DeForrest Brown, Jr., Josian M.H Pozi and more.

Head to som​er​set​house​.org for the full line up.


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.

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.


When BFI Flare, London’s biggest LGBTIQ+ film festival, was cancelled in March, the British Film Institute opened up their extensive library of classic queer movies. Luckily for us, they never closed them, and even added new additions including Riz Ahmed’s Mogul Mowgli, Film Africa and socio-political drama Play For Today to their cultural programme.

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


MoMA, New York’s one-stop-spot for modern and contemporary art is offering a series of free online art courses, following its closure in March.

Become an art expert by taking the 17-hour long What is Contemporary Art? seminar, analysing 70 works made from 1980 through to the present. Or, brush up on your fashion knowledge with a 21-hour deep dive into Fashion as Design, where designers, historians and manufacturers will guide you through pivotal garments and accessories of the last few decades.


While schools and universities haven’t closed this time around, The Open University continues to expand their free online learning catalogue to help stop everyone else’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 here.



After being notably absent from Milan Fashion Week in September, the Italian luxury fashion house will present their new collection Ouverture of Something that Never Ended via a seven episode mini series.

Co-directed by Alessandro Michele and Gus Van Sant, witness protagonist Silvia Calderone engage in a surreal daily routine in different scenes around the city, meeting a series of international talents and friends of the Maison”. According to the press release, Harry Styles and Billie Eilish are also set to make a guest appearance.

Taking place from 16th-22nd November, the program also includes short films from 15 independent young designers such as Priya Ahluwalia, Stefan Cooke, Mowalola and Bianca Saunders.

Head to Guccifest​.com for the full programme, which will be released on 13th November.

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