The best ways to switch off in London
Get closer to nature at an intensive workshop from Stemwell, which will teach you all about using things like onion skins and avocado stones to dye fabrics.
Fly employs a no-nonsense approach and the best teachers in the biz to provide flow, barre and Pilates classes for those who think ‘yoga’ is a dirty word. Check out their website for further details.
London’s original occult bookshop and safe space for witches, Treadwell’s is famous for its in-depth tarot sessions with empathetic readers. Expect heaps of uncanny insights.
Just under £800 might seem a lot to spend on learning how to upcycle furniture, but it is for four months of sessions. After that little lot, you’ll be a pro.
Stylish Clapton gym Blok is all about wellness in every sense of the word, so it even offers classes in pranayama (yogic breathing) for both physical and mental fitness.
Check out class schedules online.
Ever cross over the Thames and think: You know what, I’d love to wakeboard on that? Well, have the guys at Wakeup got a nice surprise for you! WakeUp Docklands are holding wakeboarding lessons for beginners at an introductory rate. Sessions last one and a half hours. All kit is included. Booking essential. Check online for more booking details.
What’s better than designing and making your own pottery to fire in the kiln and take home? Doing it while surrounded by donkeys, goats and lambs, of course.
The Aura Photo Clinic uses a special camera to snap your electromagnetic energies then prepares a report to help you go about your ‘spiritual healing’ business. Sessions run Sat-Sun 3pm-5pm. Find out more here.
If you work in a high-stress environment, Floatworks allows you to cut out the outside world by spending time in an eerily silent, epsom-salted sensory deprivation tank. Check out Floatworks' website for more info on timings.
Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough to do Be Military Fit, where ex and serving soldiers put you through your paces. (Spoiler alert: you’re not hard enough.)
Perfect for the easily bored, 1Rebel Victoria’s raucous spin classes feature borderline-celebrity trainers and an atmosphere akin to a Vegas superclub. For more info on class times, check out their swanky website.
Sound healing uses gongs, ritual instruments and overtone singing to relax the body and heal the mind. Prepare to feel rested and recharged, and possibly a little unnerved.
That sculpture-slide hybrid in the Olympic Park isn’t just there to be an eyesore, you know. With the help of Wire & Sky, you can abseil down it too. Check out the website for more details on where to book.
This climbing centre is splendidly housed in an old Victorian pumping station. Classes for nine- to 14-year-olds are held on Monday and Tuesday, and during the holidays; over-14s may climb unsupervised, with parental permission, once they have passed an assessment. For private tuition, the Gecko Club is based here.
The not-for-profit Carpentry Club in Oxford House allows you to use high-quality woodworking tools for £1.
London Smoke and Cure does culinary classes in all sorts of things, but our pick is the tasty Makin’ Bacon workshop.
As well as harvesting honey, The London Honey Company makes amateur beekeepers out of regular Londoners at their taster classes.
Why grow flowers if you can’t arrange them? Luckily you can learn to tie your own bouquet in no time with the help of Rebel Rebel.
Soothe your soul with fellow wannabe healers at this group reiki (‘energy healing’) session with Sophiero, which also offers courses in how to use crystals effectively.
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