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
Health and fitness
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.
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.
Pollards Hill Cyclists is a community cycling club that organises guided rides around the Mitcham and Croydon area.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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FREE Dance Practise for Michael Jackson's Thriller
If you are interested in taking part in Thrill The World day on Saturday, 25th October 2014, please check out 'Thrill the World London' on facebook.
It would be great to unite and dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller with you all then, together with the rest of the world - all at exactly the same time.
The dance may look complicated, and time-consuming to learn, but please do check my facebook timeline (Sylvester Ponniah), dated 18th August for help.
To help everyone get motivated and gain confidence in carrying out the moves, I am arranging three 2 hour long dance practise sessions.
The time: Monday 7pm to 9pm on 6th, 13th and 20th October 2014.
The venue: St Peter's Church, 310 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY
I know, from experience, that trying to learn dance moves by yourself from watching video clips is not very easy and can be off-putting.
Normally, there is not much room in which to practise and you have to double back to some free space to continue the dance move.
This can cause problems in retaining confidence, as you can lose timing, when you try to keep to the beat.
Also, if you are learning alone, you do not get feedback to see if you are not quite grasping the move.
To gain confidence, it is best to dance in front of a mirror.
At the venue, where we will practise, I am afraid we have no mirrors, but if need be, I will try to learn the mirror image to the moves, so I can be your mirror as I teach you the moves.
If a different location for venue - with mirror on wall - becomes available, I will let you know.
For more information, check 'Sylvester Ponniah' facebook timeline.
Anyone interested, please let me know as soon as possible, by 5th October for first class;
by 12th October for second class;
by 19th October for third class.
We will recap, so don't worry if you miss a session.
(You don't have to participate in the actual 'Thrill The World' event on 25th October, but it is fun and it does not matter if you make mistakes.)
Free workshop on communication and teamwork on 5th September in London. Do you know the purpose of your work? Are you a team player? Are you a great communicator? Can you easily persuade someone to see your point of view? Can you think outside the box to solve problems creatively? Let's find out! What business are you in? Think about this question - no matter where you work or who for what is the essence or key purpose of your job/department/organisation? Answers may vary but the priorities you may give to elements of the answer will be key - particularly if you want to set yourself up in a business. We will have fun doing an interactive exercise which at first looks simple until we ask the question what business were we in? This is not a lecture but a journey to learn more about ourselves. Come prepared to get actively involved and bring your contribution on the day. Only 5 spaces available so book quickly! More information follow the link: http://www.jcilondon.org.uk/events/2013-09-05/1238-what-business-are-you-in-interactive-workshop/
To those of you asking about free language learning opportunities, check out couchsurfing.org... they often have people who moved to London to learn English, and they would like to teach a bit of their own language in return. From what I see it is mostly Spanish but just put up a post yourself and see who responds otherwise :)
Hi there, IÂ´m currently in Madrid visiting family and IÂ´m having this real urge to learn Spanish. I live in the Islington area and IÂ´m a student- was wondering if anyone knew of any free/ relatively cheap evening (group) classes. IÂ´m willing to travel across London! Look forward to hearing from you...
Sabina, Go to Finsbury Park Tube station, opposite the station there is a centre there where you can train as a personal trainer!
Hi,my names Sabina and im really in love in any kind of sport including kickboxing,cycling,running. Extremely energetic and enthusiastic :). Keen to lear new stuff and work while being trained. Id love to get my qualification as a personal trainer,fitness instructor. can anyone please help me where i can get a free courses or not even free courses,just working at the gym that offers personal training the payment out my wages. If any suggestions please contact me. Thank you.
Free Workshop Taster in Personal development If interested in interpersonal skills, personal development, problem solving, goal setting and everything connected to your personality, come along and taste it....
Hello, my names Mai, im 16 and i am a highly dedicated fashion FANATIC!!! =) so, i would like to inquire if anyone can provide me of any details where i can apply for free introductionary courses in fashion desining in London, to help me with getting started with a good portfolio and help boost my ability in drawing, design development, problem solving, colour work, material understanding and so on. :-! any ideas??
Hello pps, Does anybody knows any free guitar classes around? As an option I can teach you Photoshop (Mac/PC) or photography (life/studio) while you teach me music. Send an email on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Thnx
Hello, I'm 19 years old, and I just moved into london and I would like to be a fashion designer, does anyone where to go and show my portfolio? like some kind of workshop that I could try to get in and show it to a designer? I know it sounds crazy, but I just would love to do that.
do anybody know about some free school/college to learn english? IÂ´m living close to mile end tube station (central line) and devons road (DLR). Please, answer to my personal e-maill adress. Thanks
Would you like to improve your IT skills and gain NVQ Level 2 in ITQ qualification? This is a flexible time course and it covers Internet, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access. You need to be unemployed (not necessarily cliaming benefits) to get a free course. Last spaces remaining - please contact Omar or Alfie on 020 7243 7700 Metropole Learning 45a Porchester Road London W2 5DP
Does anyone know where I can find somewhere to use sawing machines for free? Is the such a place where you can make your own stuff with textils? Any ideas?
many social activities in departure cafe near Limehouse station, games night, pottery, and some free platforms as well.
Hi, does anyone know of any community Wii / video game social groups in the Hackney / Islington area?
Free(ish) Salsa classes: Go to Bar Salsa on Charring Cross Road (the entry is cheap, and may even be free if you get there early and the entire dancefloor gets turned into a salsa class till about 12 when people just start dancing to salsa any way they know how) xx
Doesn't anyone know some sort of a "catwalk class" for none models but people who just wants to improve their postures?
Does anyone know of any free or cheap dress making,pattern cutting, fashion and textile courses available in London?
But they don't all cost money, their all free, has some just skim read?!?!?! By the way brilliant, i hate people who complain that there is nothing to do in London because it is all to expensive, well this will show 'em.
These classes are held in London for:
7pm-9pm on 6th October
7pm-9pm on 13th October
7pm-9pm on 20th October