You live a busy life in London. Your week is filled with long working hours, regular dinners with friends, and the irresistible compulsion to try out the latest thing (whether that’s a rooftop cinema, cereal café or exhibition celebrating the works of an artist you vaguely remember from your GCSE days). We get it; it can be seriously hard to squeeze everything in. But, what if you want to try something different? Sometimes hobbies can be pushed to the backburner with so much going on, but try these ideas for kickstarting a new passion and learning something new in the process.
24-26 Avenue Mews, N10 3NP
Here’s a new hobby to start you off – and it’s not for the faint hearted! Try your hand at a spot of taxidermy, and not only will you be (probably) learning a new skill, but you’ll also have something to take home with you at the end of the day! Prices vary according to the animal you’d like to work with – mice, hamsters and rats will set you back £60, squirrels cost £100 and crows cost £180. You can either set your animal in a naturalist setting, but you’ll also be introduced to the art of anthropomorphism where human characteristics are given to animals. Creepy yes, boring no.
College/Kentwood Centre, Kingsdale Road, London SE20 7PR
The Poverest Centre, Poverest Road, Orpington, BR5 2DQ
If you really want to up your hobby game, this is a brilliant place to start. Whether you want to take up etching and printing, photography, guitar or upholstery – this is the place to go. Scroll through their available options on their site and you may well discover something that you’d never previously considered as a London hobby. If your working hours make it tricky to travel this far south every week, they have released a list of courses available on Saturday, November 19. These include alternative lifestyle classes, a bicycle maintenance course, floristry or meditation. Get on down and try something new – you never know, you might find something you love!
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Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N4 2HA
Okay so here’s an idea for those of you looking to get a new hobby but keep fit at the same time. Why not head up to Stoke Newington and give rock climbing a go? There are lots of different ways to go about this – you could start with bouldering which requires very little equipment (just shoes and a chalkbag). Bouldering is climbing on shorter walls without a rope, and doesn’t even require a partner so you can ‘rock’ up easily after work. You can try it out first, with single visits costing £12.50 or £7.50 for concessions, then you can sign up for various membership plans once you’re hooked!
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Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB
Maybe you’re feeling like things have got a little stale in your career, and you’re always daydreaming about other options… London is the place to try new things, and Elephant & Castle’s London College of Communication (LCC) is a wonderful way to try something more creative. Although you can take part in Postgraduate, Undergraduate or Further Education Courses, there are also loads of interesting short courses you could try. Ranging from courses in textiles and materials, to journalism, to photography to illustration, LCC is a great place to consider if you want to start looking at things in new ways. Check out their full list of short courses here.
Lee Valley VeloPark
Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3AB
Keen to get back on the saddle when it comes to cycling, but not ready for London’s roads? The VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the place to start. This iconic spot was home to incredible sporting feats during London 2012, but is now the place to push yourself to the max. You can try track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking at the VeloPark – don’t worry if you’re rusty on two wheels, as there are sessions for all skill levels from beginners through to elite. There’s loads to try, ranging from a floodlit one-mile track or 8km of traffic-free mountain bike trails. Find out more about the classes, and book here.
Have you tried any new hobbies we should be giving a go? Let us know in the comments below!