London’s loveliest workshops and creative classes

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Take the plunge and commit to trying your hand at a new skill. From cooking classes at London’s trailblazing restaurants to pottery, candle-making and calligraphy with some of London’s smartest indie companies, these are the best creative workshops in London.

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Doughnut making at Bread Ahead

    Borough Market’s favourite bakery Bread Ahead has queues of loyal sweet-tooths lining up for its famous doughnuts – big, fluffy and bursting with tart blueberry jam, velvety chocolate or salted-caramel custard. Learn to make this signature bake at one of the half-day workshops, where time-saving hacks (make your dough, then pop it in the fridge for the overnight proving process, and instantly move forward with a pre-made batch, Blue Peter style) mean you can produce a selection of six doughnuts in just a morning.

    Address: Bread Ahead Bakery and School, Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE


    Telephone: +44 20 7403 5444


    Website: breadahead.com


    Price: £90

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Pottery at Skandihus

    For anyone who’s ready to make a commitment that goes beyond a single afternoon, smart ceramics studio Skandihus has pottery classes that run for 12 weeks. Learn to build clay pieces by hand and shape them on a wheel, Ghost style, and experiment with different shapes before decorating your final creations. If you’re not ready to take the plunge with a full course, there are taster sessions that last an afternoon and you’ll come away with one hand-built and glazed pot.

    Address: Skandihus, 90 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN


    Website: skandihus.co.uk


    Price: Taster sessions £45, 12 week classes £320

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Pickling at Little Duck – The Picklery

    Pickling and fermenting are, to the surprise of many a rookie chef, not the same thing. While fermenting lets the natural bacteria present in food interact with the sugars, pickling requires the addition of some kind of acid. Learn both at Dalston’s Little Duck – The Picklery, sister restaurant to Soho’s Ducksoup. Stand with your fellow students around a huge marble island in front of the open kitchen to learn fermenting techniques from chef Thom Eagle and make sour, sharp kimchi and pickled walnuts.

    Address: Little Duck – The Picklery, 68 Dalston Lane, Dalston, London E8 3AH


    Telephone: +44 20 7249 9177


    Website: littleduckpicklery.co.uk


    Price: From £10

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Flower arranging at Grace & Thorn

    Just down the road from Columbia Road Flower Market, florist Grace & Thorn’s industrial, concrete-polished studio is the setting for its evening workshops. Learn to arrange a bunch of seasonal flowers, hand-tied or arranged in a quirky pickle jar. If you want something that’s going to last longer than a weekend, try a dried-flower workshop and learn to dry your own bouquet.

    Address: Grace & Thorn, 312 Hackney Road, London, E2 7SJ


    Telephone: +44 20 7739 1521


    Website: graceandthorn.com


    Price: From £80

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Candlemaking at Earl of East

    At what might be Hackney’s sweetest-smelling shop, Earl of East, candles are hand-crafted in the pouring room and sold in the exposed-brick store out front, alongside incense, essential oils, perfume and skincare. Head to one of its workshops to learn to create your own scented candle: choose your fragrance and create a soy wax candle that you can pick up the following day or have sent to you in the post.

    Address: Earl of East, 5A Gransden Avenue, London E8 3QA


    Website: earlofeast.com


    Price: £49.50

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Butchery at The Ginger Pig

    Embrace nose-to-tail cooking with a butchery class at The Ginger Pig, the butchery which makes our all-time favourite sausage rolls. The butchers teach sturdy-stomached carnivores where their food comes from and the best ways to cook with as much of the animal as possible. In pork classes, learn what goes into sausages and how to make the best crackling, while poultry classes take you through how to use all parts of the bird, including the carcass, as a home cook.

    Address: The Ginger Pig, 8-10 Moxon Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4EW


    Telephone: +44 20 3869 7820


    Website: thegingerpig.co.uk


    Price: From £165

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Screen printing at Print Club London

    Hang a piece of your own artwork on the wall after this introduction to screen printing, which rolls through the history of the medium, how to create designs digitally and how to transfer them to a screen using a special emulsion that’s blasted with UV light. Walk away with a mini-run of prints to call your own.

    Address: Print Club London, 10-28 Millers Avenue, Dalston, London E8 2DS


    Telephone: +44 20 7254 9028


    Website: printclublondon.com


    Price: From £65

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Jewellery making at the London Jewellery School

    Learn to make pieces of jewellery from a range of materials including silver, glass and enamel at the London Jewellery School’s classes in Hatton Garden, the capital’s jewellery quarter. Take a one-off daytime class in stone setting, learn to string a classic pearl necklace or take a series of evening classes and walk away with a handful of totally bespoke pieces.

    Address: London Jewellery School, Back Ground Floor Studio, New House, 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY


    Telephone: +44 20 3176 0546


    Website: londonjewelleryschool.co.uk


    Price: From £132

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Soap making with The Indytute

    Solid soap is making a serious comeback as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic-heavy hand soaps and shower gels. Learn to create your own organic version at The Indytute, mixing essential oils to create a unique fragrance and marbling different colours to make an aesthetically pleasing addition to your bathroom.

    Address: Token Studio, Unit 1, St Saviours Wharf, 23 Mill Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 2BE


    Telephone: +44 330 999 4634


    Website: indytute.com


    Price: From £27

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Perfume making at Experimental Perfume Club

    Create a signature scent that rivals any store-bought creation at the Experimental Perfume Club. Half-day Apprentice Workshops take a small class through the basic ingredients and techniques of perfume making, before you design your own unique scent to take home. Plus, take away your formula and order another bottle when you inevitably use up the first.

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Fermenting at Cub

    The brainchild of Doug McMaster (of zero-waste restaurant Silo, which made the move from Brighton to London at the end of 2019) and Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan, the man behind South Bank bar Lyaness and its previous best-bar-in-the-world iteration Dandelyan), Cub aims to be as sustainable as possible. That ethos extends to the fermentation classes, which show adventurous cooks how to use ingredients that would otherwise be discarded in new ways. It’s not quite water into wine, but guests will learn how to create miso paste from stale bread, pickles from unused vegetables and garum (a fermented fish sauce) from leftover meat, under the expert tuition of chemist and cook Dr Johnny Drain.

    Address: Cub, 153 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, London N1 6PJ


    Telephone: +44 20 3946 7060


    Website: lyancub.com


    Price: £95

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Basque (or British!) cookery classes at Mimo

    This San Sebastian cookery school has operated out of the city’s Michelin-star-saturated Old Town since 2009, teaching hungry travellers how to make the Basque Country’s most-loved snacks, from pintxos to tapas. Outposts in Seville, the Algarve and Mallorca followed, and the London site set up shop in Borough Market in 2019. Try one of the classic Basque cooking classes or something more specific to London: afternoon tea sessions teach budding pastry chefs how to create dainty patisserie, while the best of Borough Market option involves a tour of the surrounding food stalls, cooking farm to fork. Classes end with a meal, where you can sit down and eat everything that’s been made that day.

    Address: Mimo London, 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9DE


    Telephone: +44 20 3807 8229


    Website: mimofood.com


    Price: From £100

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Neon sign making with The Indytute

    Neon maestros The Neon Workshops company make the journey from Yorkshire, where they’re based, to London every few months to run classes with The Indytute at Stoke Newington’s sweet creative space The Greenhouse. Learn to cut, fuse and stretch a piece of glass into your own design, then fill it with gas to create a bona-fide neon sign, with experts on hand to make sure the tricky process goes according to plan.

    Address: The Greenhouse N16, 49 Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, London N16 9BU


    Telephone: +44 330 999 4634


    Website: indytute.com


    Price: £380

    Sourdough classes at E5 Bakehouse

    Take things back to basics at this London Fields bakery set in Hackney’s hipster railway arches. Sourdough bread dates back thousands of years (baker’s yeast, in comparison has been used for only a few hundred), but this ancient tradition has had a resurgence in the past decade or so. Learn to create a ‘mother’ starter dough and use it to bake four different loaves – from a crusty country loaf to chewy bagels – that you can cart home at the end of the day.

    Address: E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, London E8 3PH


    Telephone: +44 20 8525 2890


    Website: e5bakehouse.com


    Price: £150

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Terrariums with London Terrariums

    Do you struggle to keep plants alive? Terrariums are the plant murderer’s ideal alternative – they’re basically almost impossible to kill. London Terrariums’ classes take place at their shop and studio in New Cross and at various other London locations. Fill a jar with soil, pebbles and moss to create a hospitable habitat for the greenery you decide to stuff artistically in, then seal it up and pop it in a sun-filled corner of your home.

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Animal portraiture with Wildlife Drawing

    Take life drawing from uncomfortable to adorable at Wild Life Drawing’s preposterously cute classes. Subjects include piglets, hedgehogs and wolves and classes have an ethical standpoint as well – learn about welfare issues with pig farming or conservation challenges faced by wolves. Occasional classes feature pilgrimages to Brighton’s Sea Life Centre to draw sharks or jellyfish, for your own creative version of Blue Planet II.

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Calligraphy with Papier

    Discover the art of old-school lettering with Papier, the hand-drawn card and stationery company. Workshops are lead by lettering experts such as Suzie Dicker of Bath-based calligraphy company A l’aise, and take eager students through writing a beautiful alphabet and creating their own carefully crafted display of penmanship. Classes take place at some of London’s smartest venues, from members’ club Mortimer House in Fitzrovia to Chelsea’s Anthropologie outpost on the King’s Road.

  • Londons loveliest workshops and creative classes

    Carpentry at The Goodlife Centre

    Whittling and working with wood is just one of the slow-lifestyle trends that’s been re-emerging around the world over the past few years. Follow the crowd at The Goodlife Centre, where you can take anything from a one-day introduction to woodturning class to a multi-week commitment from which you’ll walk away with a creation that can take pride of place in your home – a stool, chair or even a table.

    Address: The Goodlife Centre, 49-55 Great Guildford Street, Southwark, London SE1 0ES


    Telephone: +44 20 7760 7613


    Website: thegoodlifecentre.co.uk


    Price: From £175

    Macrame at MADEptford

    Upcycle some old cotton or yarn at this sweet macrame class at Deptford Market Yard, where MADEptford opened its doors for craft courses and workshops in 2019. Macrame is the art of knotting yarn (as opposed to weaving or knitting), which hit its peak in the 1970s. Embrace the retro trend under the tuition of local embroidery and knitting experts Chap & Darling.

    Address: MADEptford, Arch 1, Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4BX


    Website: madeptford.com


    Price: £25

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