Hobbies refocus the mind, inspire us, keep us fit and challenge us – Whether you’re lacking inspiration, looking for a good reason to avoid the rush hour commute home or looking to add another string to your bow, the City has plenty of options for a new hobby.

We have handpicked a range of exciting ideas for activities which will hopefully inspire your creative, physical or spiritual self. 

1. Life Drawing
Ignite your creative side with life drawing. There are many benefits to drawing and painting, including improved memory, stress relief and concentration so why not try a post-work paint? London Drawing (Liverpool Street) hosts a range of drop-in classes on weekday evenings as well as more comprehensive weekend workshops for those who really want to get stuck in:

Visit London Drawing for more.

 2. Altitude Running
Altitude running and hypoxic exercise is known to boost metabolism, aid weight loss and rejuvenate the skin – “altitude’… in the middle of London?!” Yep! And we don’t mean a treadmill on floor 49 of the Cheesegrater. At the Altitude Centre, you can experience simulated high altitude training. Whether you’re training to climb a mountain or fancy improving your general fitness, they have plenty of options. And if you prefer two wheels they also offer cycling at Altitude.

3. Japanese Cooking
Okay you’ve mastered the stir-fry and that lasagne recipe will never get old but how do you really impress your pals at a dinner party? Japanese food, that’s how. If you fancy adding the fine art of sushi-making to your culinary repertoire then check out the true ‘art’ of Japanese cooking in the various workshops at Sozai Cooking School (Middlesex Street) have to offer. Classes include sushi, black cod, miso and gyoza, to name a few. View the list of classes on offer here.

4. Learn the Piano
Fancy busting some Beethoven out at the next Christmas party? It is never too late to learn a musical instrument, especially one as timeless as a piano. The London Piano Institute, Shoe Lane, offers group or one-to-one’ tuition for all levels slap-bang in the middle of town.

5. Muay Thai
Originating in Thailand, Muay Thai combines the use of knees, kicks, elbows and fists. Sounds fun right? Well, it’s also AMAZING for fitness and stress-relief. Fight City Gym hosts beginner, intermediate and sparring classes most evenings and Saturdays. Here’s a list of classes: http://ow.ly/bzOH50gfpgr

6. Geocaching
We dare you to name a more 21st century hobby…
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using your phone. Although it is available worldwide this is a great way to see The Square Mile in a new light and unearth some hidden gems. The best thing is you can do it on your lunch break! Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the ‘geocache’ (container) hidden in that location. 

More inspiration:
Wood Engraving
Four session workshop at St Bride’s Foundation:

Various classes at Light Centre Monument

Heartcore offer advanced pilates workshops:

Ballroom Dancing
Bring some sophistication to your dance-floor moves at the City Academy:

Jewellery Making
Get crafty at a jewellery making workshop at the Museum of London: