Free classes and workshops in London

Whether you're into knitting or running, London offers a tantilising range of free course, classes and workshops. Time Out picks out a few of the best

  • Free classes and workshops in London

    Keep fit at a free class © Karl Blanchet

  • Health and fitness

    Running
    On Mondays (women only) and Tuesdays (mixed) there are three runs from the Nike Town store to Regent’s Park at 6pm, covering three, four and seven miles.
    Nike Town, 236 Oxford St, W1C 1DE (7612 0800). Oxford Circus tube.

    Meditation
    If London life is getting too much, there are sanctuarys to escape to for a spot of meditation. Inner Space in Covent Garden runs free lunchtime and evening meditation and positive thinking sessions, and you can learn meditation for free with the Sri Chimnoy Centre.
    Inner Space, 36 Short’s Gardens, WC2H 9AB (7836 6688/www.innerspace.org.uk). Covent Garden tube.

    Cycling
    Pollards Hill Cyclists is a community cycling club that organises guided rides around the Mitcham and Croydon area.

    Time trials
    Every Saturday at 9am in Bushy Park and Wimbledon Common some 200 runners of all standards run 5k against the stopwatch. Measure your improvement as the weeks progress.

    Martial arts
    Most martial arts clubs will welcome you for a week or two without charging. For example, the Javanese self-defence technique silat perisai diri (020 8931 7727/www.silatpd.org.uk) offer a free introductory session.



    Skills and hobbies


    Computer workshop
    The Apple Store on Regent Street hosts free one-hour workshops on everything from operating an iPod to making digital movies.
    Apple Store, 235 Regent St, W1B 2EL (7153 9000/ www.apple.com/uk/retail/regentstreet). Oxford Circus tube.

    Knitting
    Working with wool is a hobby that can save you money - and London shop I Knit is a hub for groups and events where knitters can share their enthusiasm and expertise.
    I Knit, 106 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, SE1 7AB (7261 1338 /www.iknit.org.uk). Waterloo or Lambeth North tube.

    Art
    The Prince's Drawing School offers free drop-in life drawing and etching evening classes for art students in London.
    Prince's Drawing School,19-22 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3SG (7613 8568/www.princesdrawingschool.org)

    For more courses and workshops, see Around Town listings. For sports clubs, see Sport listings .

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