9 Ways To Embrace Dry January In London

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9 Ways To Embrace Dry January In London

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A whole evening dedicated to cat films? Where do we sign?

Dry January. We have to admit, we weren't sure at first. But less time in the pub (and not being hungover the next day) equals more time to get out and explore London, learn new skills and generally have a healthy dose of good, clean fun. Take a look at this lot for some Dry January inspiration.

Cat films

Really, who needs booze when you've got cats? London Short Film Festival hosts a night dedicated to London's moggies tonight. Along with the short films, psychedelic three-piece band Stealing Sheep provide a live score.
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Learn the secrets of the Royal Albert Hall

Perhaps you've seen a show at the Royal Albert Hall at some point? Now's your chance to go deeper into this South Kensington institution on a behind the scenes tour. Learn the secrets of the building which has been frequented by everyone from the Kray twins to Sir Winston Churchill.
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Swap the booze for afternoon tea

Put yourself at the height of sophistication by creating your own beaded necklace at this beginners jewellery class — inspired by a large dose of afternoon tea.
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Take your place in the director's chair

Always fancied yourself as a film director? Learn the basics at this directing essentials masterclass at Raindance Film Centre. Particular focus is on being able to communicate clearly with your team, so even if you don't turn out to be the next Spielberg (you can't win them all, right?), you'll have learned some pretty useful skills.
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Learn the essentials of film directing

Brush up on your street art skills

Experienced graffiti tutors are on hand to guide street art newbies through the basics in this gworkshop in Ladbroke Grove. Learn how to use aerosols, markers and stencils to create your very own masterpiece.
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Alternative life drawing

Get down to the nitty-gritty of life drawing with this afternoon workshop. Begin by dabbling in art history and taking part in some experimental drawing exercises before lunch. Conclude with a two-hour life drawing class overseen by expert tutors.
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Get sew-ber

If street art's not your thing, why not try your hand at sewing? This introductory sewing workshop will have you mastering a sewing machine in no time, and give you an insight into different stitches and techniques.

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Strike a pose in Voga

If you're going for the complete "my body is a temple" approach, this Voga session is right up your street. A combination of yoga and dance, the high-intensity session is quite the workout.
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School of witchcraft team game

Drag your friends out of the pub and get them using their little grey cells in this quest game, which is aimed at anyone who's still waiting for their letter from Hogwarts.
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Last Updated 13 January 2016