Festive Workshops to Book Now

London’s best Christmas workshops get booked up early, so gather some friends and plan a festive outing now:

Christmas Wreaths at Jam Jar

There are soaring numbers of wreath making workshops in London – everyone’s at it. Our favourite are run by Jam Jar, the florist behind Spring at Somerset House, Chiltern Firehouse etc. It’s the perfect excuse to visit their magical Peacock’s Yard Studio and sit before an open fire making a wreath using either a classic spruce or wired wreath base and adding beautiful seasonal foliage, foraged branches, sculptural seed heads, fruits and winter berries. £85 per person, 1-2 December, 11am and 2pm jamjarflowers.co.uk

Mince Pie Workshop with Bread Ahead 

Book as soon as you can, Bread Ahead’s workshops always sell out fast. This Christmas they are offering all sorts of festive baking classes – try a 2-hour Family Baking session and make edible decorations for the tree or a Cheese Board Half Day – making sourdough raisin bread, rye crackers and oat cakes to impress grown up guests. The mince pie class is the ultimate classic, and a skill you’ll have up your sleeve for years to come. £90 per person, dates in December breadahead.com

Christmas Garland Workshop with Rockett St George

Liberty is extra lovely at Christmas. Combine some shopping with a festive workshop hosted in their Christmas Hideout. Create a festive garland for the fireplace or to run along a windowsill or up the stairs at this two hour-long workshop with Rockett St George, cocktail and goodie bag included. £85 per person, Thursday 8 November 6-8pm, libertylondon.com

Christmas Decorations Workshop at the Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum’s Create Christmas program is full of fun classes like this decoration workshop led by fine artist Freya Gabie, who will teach you to create beautiful handmade decorations using origami shapes, seed pods and fir cones. Other classes include Make a Victorian Christmas Pudding, Make a Winter Wellness Survival Kit and wrapping paper screen printing. £30 per person, Wednesday 28 November 6.30-8.30pm and Saturday 8 December 11am-1pm, family friendly, ages 8+. geffrye-museum.org.uk

Christmas Card Printing at The Barbican 

Print your own handmade Christmas cards with artist and printmaker, Jamie Temple at this lino printing workshop. Learn how to use different cutting tools and techniques to carve out a design from a block of lino before inking up and transferring to make a set of individual cards. £40 per person, Saturday 3 November 10.30am, Sunday 4 November 2pm tickets.barbican.org.uk

How To Cook the Perfect Christmas Lunch at Leiths 

Daunted by the prospect of the turkey? In this day course you’ll learn how to cook the perfect succulent bird and all the trimmings to go with it. Leith’s also offer Christmas canapé classes, Christmas baking and Gluten-Free Christmas workshops. £155 per person, Saturday 1 December 10.30am-2pm, leiths.com

Fairy Tree Toppers at VV Rouleaux 

Choose from vintage 50’s tulle, ribbons, beads, sequins, miniature petals and more bits and bobs from the V V Reuleaux collection to create a tree-topping fairy. £85 per person, Friday 23 November 2-4pm, vvrouleaux.com

— Daisy Allsup
31st October 2018