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Weird and wonderful hobbies in London

Go on, try something new in your spare time. Here are the weird activities we've been learning...

Bread Ahead doughnut workshop
Photo: Elena Heatherwick

Bored? You need to get yourself a new hobby. And we're not talking stamp collecting here – we're talking alternative, freaky, fun activities, like trapezing, making wine, learning to paddleboard or butchering a pig (don't worry, vegans of London, there are plenty of non-meat-hacking hobbies too).

We've been getting messy, floating in isolation tanks, chopping up stuff and sleeping with lions in order to report back on the best unusual things to do around London. Take your pick and go master something new and weird that'll impress and baffle your mates.

Maybe you want to have a go at racing huskies?

Time Out tries...

Weaving
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Weaving

Thread one, pull one and so much more

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Confidence classes
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Confidence classes

The School of Life teaches us courage and sass

Trampoling
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Trampoling

Touch the skies and learn some new ninja skills

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4 out of 5 stars
Flying a plane
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Flying a plane

Cruise around town in a Boeing 737 flight simulator

Sausage making
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Sausage making

Learn the skills of brilliant banger crafting in a three-hour sausage class

White water rafting
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White water rafting

Paddle hard and true, and brave those rapids!

Shhh Dating
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Shhh Dating

Find a partner without the small talk, through finger-dancing and massaging

Baking doughnuts
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Baking doughnuts

Get your dough on, pipe in the squidgy goodness, then wait for the divine, doughnutty results

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The weirdest workshops in London
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The weirdest workshops in London

Put down your bobble hat and cancel that cupcake class, it's time to learn something different

Photography courses in London
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Photography courses in London

The best skills workshops, photo courses and selfie stick lessons in the city