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Taking your mind off work can be challenging, especially in a busy city like London. Fortunately, getting creative has been proved to help you relax, calm your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. So make sure you check out all the amazing workshops and experiences that happen after work every day in London.

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Newham

£8

Junior Dance class with elements of Acrobatics, taught by professional choreographer and gymnast. Both boys & girls are welcome (7-10 year olds). Kids are taught classic choreography to improve their balance and coordination as well as learn basic acrobatics.

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Brent

£40

This is a relaxed pottery sessions where you will gain practical skills and crash course introduction to pottery! This workshop is a perfect introduction to pottery and great for anyone wanting to try something new. Suitable for complete beginner, all levels are welcome. You do not have to be a potter to do pottery! No experience is necessary. During the workshops you will be introduced to a variety of hand-building techniques - pinching, coiling, slabbing - and wheel throwing. You are welcome to play and experiment as much as you like , you will have 3 hours to indulge in some clay fun! All material provided. If you wish to keep what you make there is an options to have them glazed and fired for £2 per pot.

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Brent

£10

The session is open to all skill levels and an excellent introduction to drawing for beginners or experienced artists alike. We host regular drop in sessions every Wednesday evening at the Slightly Curious Studio and alternate each week between male and Female models. The sessions are untutored but help is on hand if you need any advice. The classes are fun and relaxed, no pressure, just have some fun and learn at the same time. Our sessions begin with short, gestural poses and move up to a longer sustained pose. All basic materials are provided but feel free to bring your own materials! This is ideal for anyone looking to try something new and good place for you to meet and network with fellow creatives!

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Hackney

£12

Susannah King Jewellery was founded by third generation Goldsmith Susannah King, in 2018. Despite the brand being young, Susannah has been a goldsmith for 3 years, learning from her Grandfather (Robert King, Apprentice Master, goldsmith and silversmith), her mother (Julie Parsons King, Gemologist) and her father (John King, Master Goldsmith and Owner of Kings Goldsmiths). She also trained at the British Academy of Jewellery, learning the trade from some of the most renowned craftsman in the jewellery industry.

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Southwark

£65

Spend an afternoon or evening getting creative and jewellery making. Craft your very own sterling silver ring, whether as a gift for somebody or a treat for yourself. Hosted by close friends and award winning jewellers Ros Millar & Milena Kovanovic (Crucible London). They will guide you through the process of making a ring using traditional goldsmithing techniques such as annealing, forging, soldering, and filing to name but a few. Over the course of the evening you will be given the opportunity to practice your newfound skills, before making your final silver ring. Come and enjoy this 2 1/2 hour workshop with a glass of bubbly and sweet treats to toast the class in style.

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Southwark

£55

Modern Calligraphy has exploded over the past decade as a great creative craft to learn and develop at home from the comfort of your sofa, with little mess and a selection of simple tools. Pioneered by budding brides-to-be, Calligraphy has become one of the most sort after finishing touches decorating invitations and name cards adding that extra flare to the day, OR the crafty individual who likes to send and decorate cards for all occasions and a bit of a stationary geek (like me!). But where to start.... In this beginners modern calligraphy class your teacher, lettering artist and illustrator Eleanor Herring, will start by introducing you to the tools of the trade (which are yours to take away at the end of the class!) discussing materials, styles and the correct way to place the nib to paper, how to make your ink flow, as well as after care of all the materials. The class will then dive straight into practicing basic calligraphy exercises making shapes and strokes with traditional black inks and flexible nibs, before moving on to lower and uppercase letter forms, with a dash of flourishing a long the way. By the end of the class you will have started to create joined-up words in your own style, with plenty of time to practice and one-to-one help. Each class is tailored to the individual and core needs of the group and what they would like to work on.

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Southwark

£30

Sake Myths Debunked! Saké has become a trendy drink as high-end hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide are adding this food-friendly tipple to their menus. It is as versatile and complex as wine, and there are tens of thousands of sakés produced in Japan. If you’ve tried one and didn’t like it, then the chances are you might find another one that you do like! A few "sake myths"... Myth 1: Sake is highly alcoholic? Wrong! Most Japanese sakes have an alcohol level of around 14-18% only, a level comparable to grape wine. Myth 2: Sake is always drunk hot? Not really! Different sakes are served at different temperatures (from 0°C all the way up to 55°C+) depending on the characteristics and flavour profiles of the sake. Myth 3: Sake only goes with Japanese food? Not necessarily! Sake can complement food (Japanese or not) just as well as wine. It is also an excellent drink to be enjoyed on its own. And if you are sensitive to sulphites and other additives, rest assured that only rice, koji, yeast and water are used in the production of most sakés. No wonder, then, that this national drink of Japan is growing in popularity. In the workshop Understanding Saké, a sake expert from VSF Wine Education will demystify the wonderful world of this Japanese tipple in an informal and humorous manner. What you can expect: 6 x different styles of saké (Junmai Daiginjo, Ginjo, Nama, Futsushu, Honjozo, Umeshu) 1 x tasting plate to highlight specific characteristics in each saké What you will learn: How saké is made The meaning behind saké quality grades and styles The customs and traditions associated with drinking saké How food pairings can complement or change your perception of a saké’s flavour The proper way to taste saké and how to choose bottles that best suit your taste Level: Beginner (no prior knowledge is required) Style: Guided Saké Tasting Food Served: Guided Tasting Plate Good for: Saké Enthusiasts, Saké Curious, Food Pairing Education You can also purchase your newly found favourite saké at discounted prices (10% off) during the event. Whether you are a saké enthusiast or an absolute beginner, this is a great chance for you to taste different styles of saké hailing from Japan in one go!

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Hounslow

£60

Learn the dying art of making pasta entirely by hand and enjoy a truly unique experience in a relaxed, homely atmosphere, where you\'ll learn all there is to know about pasta and will create some of the most unusual and beautiful pasta shapes, traditional in Italy but virtually unknown in the UK. Each month there is a new pasta to learn, new flours and flavours to explore. A brief introduction to the history of pasta and why there are 2 ways of making pasta (egg and egg-free) Learn to mix different gluten-free flours (according to the pasta of the month) and other ingredients, the best ways of kneading, and all the secrets to obtaining a perfect gluten-free dough Cooking demonstration of the sauce that will be served with the pasta Handle, pull, and fold the delicate gluten-free dough to obtain the pasta shape of the month (no machine used) The best cooking technique for the perfect pasta al dente Enjoy the delicious fruits of your labour together with the other guests, Italian style. All equipment (minus an apron) and ingredients provided

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Haringey

£40

This is an open session, where I invite people of all ages and abilities to come to my creative space and experiment with different crafts and arts! Just a short 10 minutes away from Wood Green tube (we also have parking for the evening session!) the studio is very spacious and has six large windows which looks over Alexander Palace. The space is very therapeutic allowing you to focus on your craft, whilst I navigate between all attendees helping them to get started. I will make sure to guide you and give you ideas, but you can also choose what inspires you! There is a a large library and lots of images to help with ideas and inspiration to make your own masterpiece. From painting to sculpting and ceramics, it is a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. (BYOB if you fancy!) Any questions, hit me up through the EmptyChair website!

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Barnet

£20

Our Yoga classes are a mix of Hatha and Vinyasa. So you get a balanced workout of both soft and hard styles of Yoga. One of the key benefits of this system is that it™s easier to incorporate different ability levels. Hatha means forceful in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language that is the source of most of yoga terminology. Try a hatha class if the idea of gentler yoga appeals to you or seems right for your body. It can be a great introduction to yoga, but should not be mistaken for easy yoga since it can still be challenging both physically and mentally. Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind, and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to both busy lifestyles and cardio workouts. Vinyasa is a more powerful, dynamic and movement based style of Yoga. Vinyasa, also called flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together, is one of the most popular contemporary styles of yoga.

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