London is a city with many sides, including a rich artistic heritage which has helped shape many hidden gems. If you’re ready to explore your creative side, why not book a stay at M By Montcalm, one of the top hotels near Shoreditch High Street, and check out some of London’s best-kept arts secrets?

The Royal Academy

Hosting a series of short courses and night-classes for established artists and rookie hobbyists alike, the Royal Academy can provide a space for everything from life drawing to exhibition and arts management. All courses are led by experts in their respective fields at this acclaimed art school.


Upcoming classes include The Art of Sketching, a two-day weekend workshop offering guidance and inspiration on how to maintain a creative sketchbook (8th-9th July), and the Theatrical Drawing workshop hosted in the RA’s historic Life Room (10th-11th June).

I Knit London

A regular event for knitting enthusiasts – whether locally based or simply passing through the capital. Adding a sociable edge to a traditionally solitary pursuit, I Knit London includes everything from tea parties to knitting clubs, and even includes a licensed bar.

Paint Jam

London-based Paint Jam is an innovative artistic company with its roots in London. Ideal for everything from inspirational art workshops and events to chances for local and emerging artists to sell their own works, Paint Jam run a series of pop-up events throughout the capital, ideal for newbie art enthusiasts or more dedicated practitioners alike. There is no particular prior experience needed to participate in their events, and they tend to be large and hugely collaborative.

Homemade London

A unique craft salon offering workshops, short courses and parties for anyone who takes improving their arts and crafts side seriously, with everything from sewing to sessions on upholstery to fun wedding workshops available for arty brides. Who knows, you could very well be one of London’s best kept arts secrets after unleashing your secret talent here!

Central Saint Martins

An internationally renowned London college of art with an impressive alumni list including Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Offering a vast array of weekend and evening classes for all skill levels and artistic interests, there is something for everyone from beginner right up to expert.

The Royal Parks Foundation Craft Workshops

Whether interested in learning skills to help you survive in the wilderness, or simply how to press flowers and weave baskets, there is something for everyone at the Royal Parks Foundation Craft Workshops. With an emphasis upon sustainability and eco-friendliness, the craft workshops take place in the stunning surroundings of London’s beautiful Royal Parks. Where better to indulge a dormant creative streak than in the great British outdoors?