Illustration: Kurotsuchi Mayuri

Get Your Hobby on!

Written by: Violet Myers

Are you reaching your full potential as a Londoner? Are you merely a human being ordo you dare to become a fantastical human doing? In a world where Netflix has become less of a source of entertainment and more like a full time occupation, the brave people of Finsbury Park are fighting back and breathing new life into the humble hobby.

Picture this: you’re attending a swish cocktail party, full to the brim with fabulous interesting people. Someone’s popped over after just swimming the Channel, there’s a civil servant who plays squash with Martin Clunes. Then the dreaded question comes up “tell me about you? What are you into?” Does planning a fictional wedding on Pinterest count as a hobby? No? How about being intolerant to gluten?

These people don’t just work, eat, sleep, repeat they’re getting involved in EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES and their social media profiles look great because of it. It seems everyone’s at it – Barry from accounts is so much more than Barry from accounts, now he’s Barry from accounts who also plays ultimate frisby on the weekends. Your mum’s friend Jill has never felt better since she started her stealth yoga class and uncle Ken has taken his flower arranging to a whole other level. Well if you can’t beat ‘em, join ’em. It’s time to reclaim the early evening slump, turn off Making a Murderer (too far?) and get your hobby on!

Sewing Classes at The Stitching Academy (Harringay)

Taught by industry experts, The Stitching Academy offer a range of courses at different levels for budding fashion designers. You can commit to a 5 – 12 week course, or watch out for pop-up one offs.
Courses include; pattern cutting, basic sewing techniques and finishing techniques for the more advanced.

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Rock Climbing at The Castle Climbing Centre (Finsbury Park)

Up for something a little more…death defying?

The Castle Climbing Centre offers a tonne of different sessions to match any ability including; one-to-one tuition, master classes and have-a-go sessions. These are perfect for those just starting out, everyone can get involved, even if you’re only experience of climbing is scaling the fence at Glastonbury that one time.

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Capoeira Classes at The London School of Capoeira (Stroud Green)

So neither fashion design nor scaling walls really floats your boat? Maybe you’re less into climbing and more into kicking people stylishly. Well, you are in luck.
This Stroud Green based school does daily mid-week evening classes and has even started doing a Thursday morning class, just in case you can’t start the day without a good headstand flail kick (probably not a technical term).

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Photo: Marie-Lan Nguyen

Swing Classes at Swing Patrol (Finsbury Park)

Maybe you’re a lover not a fighter, more of a Fred Astaire than a Bruce Lee. Well don’t worry your gentle little soul. Swing Patrol offer classes all over this great city of ours, but there are two N4 postcode venues to choose from, jolly good! Lessons are £8 per class, or £12 if you do both classes in the evening.

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Photo: Neal Jackson

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