As summer draws to a close, we’re thinking about activities to keep us occupied (and indoors) during the chilly autumn evenings to come. Step forward a new generation of evening and weekend classes hosted by north London’s most creative residents – now’s the perfect time to book your place…
Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
This design shop and café bar is worth a visit simply for the unusual sales set-up – everything can be bought (even the tables and chairs) – but we recommend signing up for a class while you’re there. Upcoming ‘Do’s include ‘Colour in Sneakers night’, ‘Pin-up’ vintage hair and make-up and ‘Play with Clay Lionel Ritchie Stylee’. Find out more at drinkshopdo.com
Ray Stitch, 99 Essex Road, N1 2SJ
Sewing kits at the ready, this Essex Road haberdashery is the place to be if you’re determined to master needle and thread pursuits. With beginner’s classes like an introduction to machine sewing or alterations tutorials, and more advanced workshops like curtain making or quilting (or, erm, how to make a pair of knickers), you’ll soon be stitching up a storm. Book online by visiting raystitch.co.uk/classes
The Make Lounge, Barnsbury Street, N1 1TP
The Make Lounge is probably Islington’s most prolific craft venue, offering classes from soap making to screen printing. Sign up for an upcoming workshop and you could learn how to make autumn jams and chutneys, master the art of icing the perfect cake pop, or start making beautiful paper cut art like Rob Ryan. Visit themakelounge.com/workshops and take your pick.