7 Hobbies To Try in London

Philippa Baker

1 June 2018

Become an expert in extracurricular: from origami to pizza-making and bottled gardens, discover the creative classes and workshops that London has on offer

Add a fresh string to your bow by learning a new skill in London

1 June 2018 | Philippa Baker

Flower Arranging

Bloomsbury Flower Workshops

Charlotte Street Hotel has partnered with Bloomsbury Flowers to offer a series of seasonal flower arranging workshops. Participants will learn how to make arrangements and craft floral design through demonstrations and a practical workshop. Each session lasts for one and a half hours and is followed by a champagne brunch in the hotel's acclaimed Oscar Bar & Restaurant.

14 July, 29 September and 10 November, £115 per person, bloomsburyflowers.co.uk

London Terrariums

If flower arranging isn’t for you, then try the art of bottled gardens at London Terrariums. These workshops provide expert advice on how to create and care for the self-contained ecosystem, whilst getting your hands dirty creating your own to take home. The two-hour workshops pop up all across London and the price includes drinks and nibbles; a glass jar and an array of plants and stones to choose from for the creation of your miniature garden.

£40 in various locations, londonterrariums.com


The Kiln Rooms

With three open access ceramic studios in Peckham, The Kiln Rooms caters for all abilities in pottery and ceramics offering one-off taster sessions for novices right through to beginner, intermediate and masterclasses for advanced individuals. The taster session is a one-off five-hour workshop where participants will make three pieces and introduce the fundamental skills of ceramics including hand building, throwing with clay, firing and glazing.

Various price and dates, Unit 202, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, thekilnrooms.com


Japanese Cooking Classes

Yuki’s Kitchen in Crystal Palace is offering an accessible way to make sushi, alongside showcasing the simplicity and culinary delights of Japanese food in two and a half hour workshops. Here you will learn recipes and techniques from professional chef Yuki, before ending the class with a meal. Learn how to prepare the ingredients for sushi and the method of rolling using traditional and modern techniques in the Sushi at Home: Let’s Roll! workshop.

Prices vary, 21 Harold Road, SE19 3PU, yukigomi.com

Bread Ahead Bakery School

In the heart of London’s food district, Borough Market, Bread Ahead Bakery School offers baking courses featuring instructions on making sourdough, doughnuts and crafting patisseries. The half-day artisan baking workshops include the Great British Baking masterclass where you can learn traditional recipes from three corners of the country including potato farl from Northern Ireland, tea loaf from Wales and Aberdeen buttery from Scotland.

Borough Market, Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE, breadahead.com

Pizza Making 

The evening pizza-making classes at bar and pizzeria, BungaTINI, include a welcome drink and authentic Italian antipasto. Unravel the secrets of the family pizza recipe, whilst learning the secrets to preparing a sourdough base from scratch. Hone your pizza tossing skills with a bit of friendly competition before topping your pizza and cooking it in a wood-fired oven.

£30 per person, various times throughout the week, 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG, bungatini.com

Candle Making

Rachel Vosper, Belgravia

Tucked away in Rachel Vosper’s bespoke candle boutique in Belgravia is the opportunity to indulge in the craft of luxury candle design. This one day course includes selecting a bespoke fragrance from the scent library before creating your candle in an etched glass, whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of champagne and refreshments throughout.

69 Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8ED, rachelvosper.com/candle-making-course


Lavender Home

Specialising in creating and developing the skills for decorative and functional pieces, Lavender Home offers five origami workshops that can be used for home decor, party decorations and gift wrapping. Run throughout the week, the two-hour session offers varying difficulty levels to suit a range of abilities and uses Lavender Home’s washi paper to create each unique paper work of art.  

From £45, Grand Union Studios, 332 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AD, lavenderhome.co.uk


Royal Drawing School

Based at The Royal Drawing School Shoreditch and Royal Drawing School Central studios, enjoy daytime and evening art courses for all levels. Participants can expect to work in and out of the studio including in museums and galleries as well as on the streets of London and in green spaces. Taught by practicing artists, the classes focus on an array of techniques ranging from observational drawing and printmaking to life drawing; illustration; graphic storytelling; sculpture and drawing from art and the imagination. Each course lasts for 10 consecutive weeks or you can opt for a shorter five-day intensive holiday course during Christmas, Easter and the summer holiday.

Various locations, royaldrawingschool.org

Graffiti Workshop

Enjoy a journey into street culture, held inside or outside the graffiti workshop from Graffiti Kings. Working from digital or freehand design, the workshops encourage you to explore the artist you want to be through an array of mediums including paint, paint markers and stencil. Spend the day learning tips and tricks on design and creation in a group or opt for a one-to-one tuition.  

Leake Street, Waterloo, SE17 7NN, graffitikings.co.uk


Quill London Calligraphy Class

This modern calligraphy workshop will introduce you to writing with a nib and ink, alongside mastering the art of writing in a decorative way. The calligraphy class at Quill London puts a modern twist on the traditional practice and is suitable for novices and improvers.

From £68, 37 Amwell Street, EC1R 1UR, quilllondon.com

Still undecided?

London Craft Club

If you can’t decide what craft you want to try, then mix it up with London Craft Club who provide a range of workshops for those testing the water in taking up a creative craft. The club offers a number of workshops to develop skills in the art of hand-making. Workshops and events run throughout the spring and summer and include OMG Those PomPoms are Amazing, a collaboration with PomMaker to make little gadgets out of the fuzzy pom-pom and Learn the Art of Pyrography, the skills of burning wood or leather to create intricate designs, which includes a glass of prosecco and cotton tote bag to carry your creations home.

Various locations and prices, londoncraftclub.co.uk