It’s finally January and the New Year is well underway! Out with the old and in with the new; we like to say. If you haven’t got a new year’s resolution sorted yet, not to worry! Whether you’re looking for something to keep your weekends occupied, or to learn something new – we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top five hobbies to kick off the new year, and the best places to start them. They’re fun, we promise!
20 Bedford Square
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street
Opening Hours: Dependent on workshops.
If you dabble in arts and crafts already, or curious to learn creative tips and tricks, London Craft Club is the perfect place, welcoming those of all abilities. Based in the heart of central London, LCC (not the cocktail bar) organizes regular exciting workshops throughout the year, from crocheting to creating wall hangings; there’s something for everyone! Arts and crafts is a wonderful hobby to undertake, and signing up for a class or two is the perfect way to get a taste for creating as you will be supported and guided from beginning to end; and possibly inspired! To have a gander at the exciting workshops London Craft Club have planned for the new year, click here.
1 Carnaby Street
Nearest Tube:Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 10am-6pm
New Year, New you, are we right? If you’re looking to get into the wonderful world of exercise on your own terms, then get on down to Sweaty Betty on Carnaby Street. The studio is tucked away in the basement of Sweaty Betty, who have teamed up with a variety of partners which host many exercise classes from low – high intensity. It’s safe to say there’s plenty to choose from! If you’re looking for a HIIT workout, pilates, or even drum and bass boxing, be sure to give one of these classes a go. Feel free to bring a friend, there’s a delightful coffee shop on the first floor for a post-exercise drink or healthy snack. To see which classes are available to book on to, click here.
New River Path
Nearest Tube:Manor House Station
Opening Hours: 9am-4:30pm
Nature enthusiasts, or those who are interested in spotting the wonderful wildlife the UK has to offer, we seriously recommend visiting Woodberry Wetlands in North London. Opened in 2016 by David Attenborough, this beautiful nature reserve attracts migratory birds all season round and offers perfect platforms to spot these exciting creatures, for free! There are a variety of birds you can expect to see at this nature reserve, including: tufted ducks, reed warbler, song thrush birds and more! If you’re looking to explore London’s nature, or take birdwatching under your wing, then take a walk through Woodberry Wetlands, open from the 1stJanuary 2019 onwards. For more information of the nature reserve, click here.
Nearest Tube:Dalston Junction Station
Opening Hours: Tuesday 5thFebruary 2019, 10am-12:30pm
After the post-Christmas indulgence, why not keep the trend going? Baking is a very relaxing, therapeutic hobby, and you can eat what you create! We like the sound of that. To kick start this hobby in style, The Dusty Knuckle Bakery are hosting a “Baking for Beginners” class in February, which don’t want to miss out on! During this class, you will be guided and learn how to bake some delicious goodies to take home, from bread to biscuits. On top of that, a delish lunch is provided including refreshments and beers from their neighbors 40ft Brewery. Tickets cost £73.95 and all classes are capped at ten. If you want to bring a pal and begin your new baking hobby, then be sure to book a ticket here.
34 Grosvenor Gardens
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience which can become a very wholesome hobby. There are thousands of different charities you can help with, and are always looking for more people! Doorstep Library are a London-based charity which train volunteers to visit some of the most deprived areas in London, introducing the excitement of reading to children from ages one to eleven. Studies have highlighted that the UK that 1 in 3 parents have never read their child a bedtime story (Littlewoods study, 2013), a pastime memory for childhoods of some, yet it is sadly depreciating in this day and age. If you fancy taking up an exciting, rewarding hobby, click here for more information on this particular charity.
From exercising with your pals, to volunteering and helping out within the community, there’s plenty of hobbies you can pick up for the new year ahead! We hope you’ve enjoyed our top five hobbies for 2019! It’s always good to keep yourself busy and set goals, so why not give it a go?
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