Ever fancied learning something new but can’t commit to a full-time course? Then City Lit is a really good place to consider.
In brand new premises (a 6 floor huge purpose-built building), a vast improvement on the random sites it occupied before, you’ll find City Lit on Keeley Street, a five minute walk from Holborn tube.
Established in 1919, it’s now the largest adult education centre in Europe, offering day, evening and weekend courses. And luckily for its students, it’s always managed to attract the best teachers: Dame Edith Sitwell, T.S. Eliot, Cecil Day Lewis and Dylan Thomas in its early years, the tradition continuing. (Apparently the pay is pretty good and as the courses are part-time, the tutors can fit their teaching in and around their other work.)
So if you fancy pottering about in one of the ceramic classes, want to design websites or improve your acting skills, City Lit can pretty much offer you a course and a time that suits. Along with accredited courses so you can notch up a few credits towards a qualification. Areas covered include drama, the visual arts, computing, languages, photography, dance, sign language
One of the best things? It’s cheap. Heavily subsidised by the government, the courses are cheap, cheap, cheap (compared to other courses in London.)
I’ve done a few courses there over the years and all the teachers have been great. Bar one who was a tad egocentric but I won’t go there now. And I can’t say he wasn’t enthusiastic!
It always surprises me how many people don’t know about it. If you don’t, it’s worth a look.