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Learn a New Skill in South Ken

As the hopeful ‘New Year, New You’ message begins to circulate, what better time to take a look at some of the brilliant opportunities that South Kensington has to offer, helping you to explore your creativity and to find new passions in 2023!

The New Year is a great opportunity to take up a new skill or hobby! And whether your looking for some flexible, fun French classes or you would rather delve into the riveting collections of late medieval textiles, manuscripts and renaissance sculpture, South Kensington has something for anyone and everyone to get involved in! Discover what’s on from one day workshops to weekly lectures on a range of interesting topics with leading experts in the heart of London’s cultural district. And if you have little ones, there are many great opportunities for fun, hands-on workshops that will fire up their creativity too!

V&A Courses

Whether you are learning to sew or unpicking the threads of the story of art, the V&A’s range of courses bring you together with experts and artists from the Museum and beyond to explore human creativity. 2 million objects. Infinite stories. Online or in-person, find your perfect course today.

Design Museum Kensington Talks, Workshops and Courses

Immerse yourself in the world of Fashion and Surrealism in a dynamic one-day draping masterclass, or join a creative workshop with a sound/performance artist and create your very own ASMR. These are just some of the fantastic courses that are available all year round at the Design Museum.

Design Camps for Kids at the Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum’s Design Camps are an amazing opportunity to expose your children to new hobbies and passions from hands-on workshops learning how to collage photographs and digital drawings to produce fictional characters to learning how to create robots to compete in a variety of games of the Design Museum’s Olympics. Suitable for young people in secondary school, aged 11-14.

Learn French at Insititut français

How's your French? Standard, intensive or specialised, stimulating, flexible and interactive, Institut français's French Group Courses will meet your expectations and make you progress in no time! Their highly qualified teachers are all native French speakers and trained to deliver a high quality teaching through both onsite and online courses!

Learn German at the Goethe-Institut

What about picking up German? Learn German with the international market leader for German tuition. Whether in person or online – the Goethe-Institut is your qualified partner offering highly qualified teachers, the latest teaching methods, intensive mentoring and advice, as well as a course level system that is internationally valid.

Discover something new in the arts, languages and science at Imperial

Run by Imperial College's Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication ("The CLCC"), Imperial College offer a wide range of leisure courses in the arts, humanities, languages and sciences, designed to educate and entertain you. As part of their commitment to lifelong learning they are open to all adults - so you don't need any previous experience to take part and you do not need any entrance qualifications. Their adult education courses are offered for pleasure and intellectual stimulation which means there is no compulsory homework and no exams or assessment at the end of the course.

All the cultural venues in South Kensington have lots to offer to help you get on your feet when discovering a new passion or learning a new skill. And when better time to start than now...

Jewels of Love: Romance and Eternity Course at the V&A
Jewels of Love: Romance and Eternity Course at the V&A

Couture Hand Sewing: Make a Dress in Quarter Scale at the V&A

Design Camp: Robot Olympics at the Design Museum

Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes Workshop at the Design Museum