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Top 5 Cultural Things to do in your Lunchbreak in London

If you want to make full use of your time in 2016 for cultural pursuits, don't forget your lunchbreak. Here are five good ideas.

Squeeze more culture into your life in 2016! London has many wonderful cultural activities to offer, but it can be hard to find time to fit in all the things you want to do after work. Luckily, more and more organisations are scheduling in lunchtime activities for you to enjoy in the middle of the working day.

Lunchtime Concerts at LSO St Luke’s

Taking place at 1pm on various Thursdays throughout the year, BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts are a lovely way to inject a dose of classical music into your working week. The concerts take place at London Symphony Orchestra’s centre in St Luke's, a renovated 18th-century church near Old Street station. In the past, the lunchtime concerts have included Bach sonatas, string quartets by Mozart, Chopin piano music, song cycles by Mendelssohn, and much more.

Browse the upcoming season of BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts here.

Cooking Classes at Atelier Restaurants

Atelier restaurants offer 30 minute cooking classes at their restaurants in Oxford Circus and St Paul's. Starting at 1pm, the classes cost just £15 and offer a hands-on lesson in how to cook a simple meal or street food dish. Items on the menu include chicken shawarma and homemade wraps, seared beef served with a salad of Asian vegetables and crispy noodles, or a chicken katsu burger. You’ll end the half hour cooking session with a finished dish to take away with you, making this the ideal lunchtime activity.

See what's on the menu at Atelier's next lunchtime cookery class here.

Life Drawing Classes in Liverpool Street

If you’re lucky enough to be able to take a slightly longer lunch break, head to Artizan St Library in Liverpool Street where there’s a two hour life drawing session every Friday. Sessions cost £10 and run from 11am-1pm, with poses from 30 seconds to 50 minutes. Never tried life drawing before? Don’t worry, tuition is available at these classes making them suitable for all abilities, even absolute beginners.

Find out more about life drawing classes at Artizan St Library here.

Lunchbox Theatre Performances

St Bride Foundation’s Lunchbox Theatre runs for three quarters of an hour from 1pm during the week. With an eclectic range of shows on offer, you can bring your packed lunch to enjoy while you're there. Plus, you can buy your tickets at the door making this one lunchtime activity you don’t need to plan in advance. Lunchbox Theatre takes place at the St Bride Foundation off Fleet Street, close to St Paul's and Blackfriars station.

See what’s coming up at the Lunchbox Theatre here.

Lunch Hour Lectures at UCL

Keep your mind sharp and your head in the game with a lunchtime lecture at UCL. One of London's most established lunchtime activities, UCL's Lunch Hour Lectures have been running since 1942! With a wide range of topics covered including science, literature, medicine, law, education and art, there's something to suit all tastes. UCL's lunch hour lectures are free and open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Taking place on some Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, the lectures run from 1.15-1.55pm. And if you can't make it to the campus in Bloomsbury, the lectures are also live-streamed at the same time, so you can sharpen your mind from your desk.

Find out more about UCL’s Lunch Hour Lectures and what’s coming up next here.