If you want to learn other skills, other languages, get a qualification on a subject, you will find a lot of courses in London for that. If you have a specific interest or are looking for a way to meet friends, taking a class is also an excellent way of expanding your social circle.
They are mainly provided by colleges or universities and courses are quite cheap thanks to the financial support of the borough (often about £100-150/year). They usually register in September and in January for a second session. You can find information at the Town Hall, the Council Hall or the establishment itself. We strongly advise you to register early as places are limited (groups of 20-30 people) and especially for beginners level, demand can be high.
For examples, you can consult the Kensington and Chelsea College leaflet,
Hortensia Road, London SW10 – Tel: 020 7573 5333 (course information line)
Art Classes - Beginners welcome, this classes offer flexible, pay-as-you-go plans. Held in a working studio the classes offer small groups.
Art Class North London - Offers drawing and painting classes suitable for all levels.
The Art Academy - Classes with instruction from working artists.
Zoom In Photography School - A popular, not-for-profit school for photography.
London Dance - Directory of all styles of dance.
Cookery classes with L'atelier des Chefs - Selection of hands-on, interactive cooking classes ranging from 30 minutes up to 4 hours. All classes are run by professional chefs. Prices start at £15.
Food at 52 - Offers classes in a selection of regional cooking form Italian to Thai to Moroccan.
Computer workshop - The Apple Store on Regent Street hosts free one-hour workshops on everything from operating an iPod to making digital movies.
Knitting - The "I " club offers a hub for groups and events where knitters can share their enthusiasm and expertise.
See also our article on Language courses.