Want to enrich your life with a new hobby or find a new creative outlet? Treat yourself to one of the following courses and learn something new. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to write a novel, fancy making your own jewellery from scratch or simply want to impress your next dinner party guests with your cake decorating skills, choose from our selection of London’s best creative courses and enjoy showing off your new skills…
If you’ve always dreamed of life behind the lens, head to the London School of Photography. From photojournalism to street photography and wedding photography, LSP has evening, full time and part time courses for all levels. The October workshops are flexible and can be spread out over several months, perfect for those wanting a leisurely way to learn.
Forget shop-bought bouquets and learn how to create your own little riot of colour in your home with a course from The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. The array of courses is vast, featuring a day on table arrangements, an evening on mixing flowers and candles, and a 2-week intensive floral design course. A unique and pleasurable craft, and the perfect way to spend a chilly Autumnal afternoon.
Wasn’t English Language just the best subject at school? Using as many adjectives as you understood to describe a play you didn’t understand? Fall back in love with creative writing this October by taking part in a course by the experts, Faber. They’ve been running courses since 1929 and have proven that they work with their cohort of success stories, including that of S.J. Watson, who met his agent Claire Conville in the ‘Writing a Novel’ course in 2009, and later wrote his debut novel ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ which was then made into a thrilling movie starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Are you convinced yet?
Peggy Porschen, cake designer to the stars, is the head of the Peggy Porschen Academy, London’s first cookery school dedicated entirely to sugarcraft skills, contemporary cake design and baking. Following the success of her best-selling books, Peggy has created courses suited for sweet-toothers from beginners to advanced cake decorators alike. The classes are small and intimate, allowing personal help from the experts, but be quick – Peggy’s masterclasses sell out fast. Drip Cake Masterclass, £345
Thinking of re-doing a room in your home? Get creative and design it yourself by learning at The Interior Design School, an accredited school with courses tailored to anyone and everyone. If you think you’ve got an eye for design, why not learn to enhance it by attending one of the school’s ‘Inspiration Days’ where you’ll leave with an understanding of the process of design thinking and how to get going on your new project!
For an independent jewellery and silversmith workshop based in East London, head to Made by Ore. Co-founded by Lucie Gledhill, a fine jeweller specialising in handmade gold and silver chains and Caren Hartley, the owner of Hartley Cycles who make bespoke steel bicycles, Made By Ore offer reasonably priced courses including an 8-week silver jewellery evening class perfect for an after-work escape, private tuition and taster classes. If it turns out that jewellery making is your forte, rent a bench at their workshop and make use of the equipment in a true artisanal environment!
For a non-committal approach to refreshing whatever painting or drawing skills you might or mightn’t have, drop into a Thursday morning class at Chelsea Fine Arts in SW10. In the relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be able to sit amongst artists of all abilities and be guided by tutors who are there to help each attendee on an individual basis. They provide the materials and they can even hold on to your masterpiece for you if you choose to attend a second session.
Passers-by will ooh and aah when they get a whiff of you. Open-access fragrance laboratory Experimental Perfume Club invites the fragrance-obsessed to come and create their very own, completely bespoke scent. Expect expert knowledge from the founder, Emmanuelle Moeglin, in a fun environment where you’ll discover how to ‘open your nose’ and learn some of the other terminology used in a professional perfumerie. Masterclasses are limited to 14 people so each attendee gets one-on-one help and advice, and after mastering your unique creation, you’ll name it, bottle it and be able to enjoy it at home. If you run out, just head back to EPC who’ll keep your one-of-a-kind formula on file for you!
Passionate about fashion? First port of call has to be the University of the Arts London, who’ve churned out some of the biggest and brightest names in fashion today. Everyone knows fashion is a stellar way to express yourself, so why not take it a step further and create a garment that uniquely encapsulates your personality? In the short courses at UAL you can take an introduction to fashion drawing, learn about sustainable fashion, how to screen print onto fabric, or, for the super-busy, enrol in one of their online courses with topics such as accessory design and fashion illustration.
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