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Top 5 Adult Craft Classes in London

A list of the best adult craft classes in London, from chilled cabaret to perfume-making and making houses out of toast.

Crafting isn’t just a whimsy pastime or a hen night activity. With this selection of adult craft classes, you can make something useful and unique (a printed t-shirt or your own perfume), try some bizarrely-themed evenings or enjoy live entertainment and cocktails while you craft.

Drink Shop Do

Drink Shop Do hold ‘DO’ evenings during the week, where you can try their eclectic range of classes, with drinking and dancing evenings on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s worth a visit just to try their brunch and afternoon tea - in a room where all of the craft, decorations and furniture are for sale - but you can also get crafty yourself.

There are too many excellent-sounding workshops coming up, but some of the most intriguing include: Vintage Hair and Makeup (£10 for one or £15 for two, 7 April from 7.30pm); Lego Robot Wars (free when you buy a drink, 7 April from 7pm); Porno Dot-to-Dot (free when you buy a drink, 11 April from 7pm); Tea Towel Screen Printing (£17, from 7pm); and the new ultimate bread-building House of Toast craft competition (£10, from 7pm).

Classes often free when you buy a drink, or from £10. Visit Drink Shop Do on Caledonian Road, near King’s Cross, and try out some of their wacky classes.

The Make Escape

This is the only craft night we’ve found that’s totally free. The Make Escape happens every two months in Hackney, with fun themed craft evenings such as the recent Superhero and Go Green nights. Crafty sounds are provided by the appropriately-named DJs The Spinning Yarns. The next craft night will be a party on 31 May, celebrating their ‘Makerversary’, and it promises to be an entertaining evening.

Classes are free with materials provided, and you’ll find them at the Hackney Attic. Check out The Make Escape’s schedule.

Crafternoon Cabaret Club

This award-winning creative concept allows visitors to take part in a craft workshop and listen to cabaret at the same time. The monthly classes take place at venues such as The Book Club, The Library Pub and The Hospital Club. At their next event on 30 April, you can create a wall hanging embroidered with your favourite motto, with a smooth live cabaret soundtrack to accompany you: they suggest mottos such as ‘Bitch please’ and ‘Explore’. It’s at Shoreditch favourite The Book Club, and you can also pick up one of their bespoke cocktails before you go to the class.

Classes £15 with materials included, venues Shoreditch/Islington/Covent Garden. Find out more about Crafternoon Cabaret Club.

Homemade London

Homemade London’s craft classes focus on high quality fashion, beauty and interior design. Previous classes include Bubbles and Baubles (making sequinned Christmas baubles with Prosecco and nibbles), and their Spa Style Beauty Masks (creating your own natural clay facemasks in a sociable setting, tailoring them to your skin type). Their next event is an Introduction to Perfume-Making, on Saturday 9 April, at which you can create your own signature perfume or cologne and take it home.

Prices vary, classes are around E2 and King’s Cross. The Perfume-Making Class is £65/person, or £57.50 for two friends, but other classes are cheaper. Read more about Homemade London.

Print Club

In the depths of Dalston you’ll find Print Club, who, as the name suggests, run a series of screenprinting workshops. Their beginner’s class is taught by a professional printer: you will produce 6 copies of an A4 image and by the end you should be able to print on your own in a studio. The two-day Deluxe Workshop goes into much greater detail, with artworking and photoshopping skills taught on the first day, and printing on the second day. The most fun classes, however, are their t-shirt and tote printing ones, as you can bring 4 items to print your designs on and leave with a whole new wardrobe.

Classes in Dalston, from £50. Find out more about Print Club London’s workshops.

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