Put down your half-arsed attempt at a bobble hat and cancel that cupcake class, it's time to learn something completely different with these weird and wonderful courses in London. From making your own cheese and carving home-made spoons, to building your very own dry-stone wall - take your pick of these truly unusual things to do and learn something useful (or not very useful) while you're at it.
Weird and wonderful courses in London
London Terrariums provide glass demijohns or adorable-sounding tinyjohns to fill with soil and plants on their workshops, or you can BYOV (bring your own vessel). Rather than succulents their creations are filled with leafy greens such as mosaic plants, climbing fig and ivy. Just how they plant them through such a teeny hole is a secret we're keen to have revealed.
If we can stock our cupboards with homebrew, why not fill our fridges with own-brand fromage? A one-day course at Wildes Cheese's north London home will teach you how to do just that, using basic equipment and only one here's-one-I-made-earlier moment. The dairy-packed day will see you create a stretch-curd cheese that's similar to mozzarella, a fresh cheese that will mature in your salad drawer for as long as you can hold yourself back, and a super-creamy Philadelphia-ish spreadable cheese.
Dry stone walling is the magical placement of different sized stones to bear the weight of a flock of sheep – no glue or cement involved. Learn this ancient art with master waller John Holt at a series of hands-on fortnightly sessions. You too can build that raised flowerbed, packhorse bridge or even the delightfully named 'Cheek End'.
The teeny, self-contained gardens that are taking London (and Instagram) by storm are utterly charming and – with the right ingredients – wonderfully easy to put together. Hackney florist Grace and Thorn runs monthly workshops in which you’ll learn all you need to know about designing a tiny landscaped garden, leaving with your very own creation at the end of the night. All materials are provided and you get your pick of their lovely succulents to fill your glass globe with (if you’re as indecisive as us the choosing will take longer than the planting).
These two-day workshops teach participants how to make their very own bike frames using bamboo. The classes allow participants to be as creative as they wish, with help from expert frame builders who'll provide all the skills needed to create strong and sturdy structures to ride home on. Top up days are available if you want to add extra components and bamboo beer is supplied at the end of each day.
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Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire
This vast dungeon (well, it's in a basement) of a fancy dress store offers a stellar personal service. Staff will help you navigate some 35,000 costumes, from a sleek ant to a fuzzy Orvill duck, and then assist in piecing together a unique outfit for sale or hire. Mad World is a great stop for period costumes, character fancy dress (they have everyone from Ron Burgandy to Rainbow's Bungle) and seasonal events such as halloween. Their get-ups are so on point that TV and movie production companies use them, too. They also stock balloons and costume accessories, such as wigs, swords and more, and there's another Mad World store in Charing Cross.
Venue says: “Mad World is your very own dressing-up box! We have more than 35,000 costumes for hire across our two central London stores.”