The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
Meditation teacher and author Emma Mills shows how poetry can help us understand the beautiful practice of mindfulness.
Journalist Harry Mount and editor Joy Lo Dico discuss how the EU referendum became the biggest political coup of the century.
Build on your existing skills in our new Harmonica for Improvers course with Ed Hopwood - learn how to bend notes and acquire new rhythm skills to produce some super cool Blues harp.
Ed Hopwood's three-part course covers harmonica fundamentals such as hand position and getting good clear notes on the instrument. You will learn tunes and key riffs from folk, country and blues styles.
Dinner on June 28th features talks from poet Clare Pollard and renowned British chef Rowley Leigh.
The first Idler dinner on March 29th features comedian and actress Sally Phillips, erotic magazine editor Rowan Pelling and poet Murray Lachlan Young.
Dinner on April 26th features talks from actors Dominic West and Anna Chancellor, and music from lyricist Chris Difford.
Learn all the basic steps of taxidermy: whether you want to create your own masterpiece or just learn a little more about the process, this class is the perfect introduction. If you’ve ever
Learn the ancient art of papercutting with a contemporary twist in this inspiring workshop with Poppy Chancellor.
How to get started in beekeeping
Centred around a close reading of Shakespeare’s beautiful late romance The Winter’s Tale, this six week course will offer a guided but open-ended approach that encourages meaningful discussion, exploration of meanings and exchanges of ideas
Join historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green on an historical joyride through 800 years of London’s history, from the Middle Ages to the Blitz, which will bring the Unreal City to life like never before.
The Idler Choir is seriously good fun.
Ukulele ensemble playing will concentrate on improving playing as a group and will focus on playing different parts, different rhythms and will introduce some new strums.
Danny Wootton’s ever popular Ukulele for Beginners course is back and will cover basic chords, strumming and music theory. Our ukulele courses are enormous fun, satisfying and include an end of term performance to which all friends and family are invited.
Journey through the history of Christianity with Dr Mark Vernon, from Paul through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right up to mass Christianity in the modern day.
All you need to know about the philosophical schools of Ancient Greece — and how they can help your daily life — on our six-week evening course live at the Three Kings in Clerkenwell.
What is your ideal way of living? Do you want to make money and still live well? Perhaps you can! Discover how to be a bohemian in business with Tom Hodgkinson.
Learn how to play the harmonica in our twelve part course, which covers everything from breathing patterns and hand position to learning by ear and classic blues riffs.
Learn how to speak proper
A four part course from Gustav Temple of The Chap magazine, which outlines the principles and practice of proper dressing for men.
Learn about all the key philosophical movements of the last five hundred years, from Descartes to Jean-Paul Sartre.
Learn the art of being idle and free in this six part course from Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson
Learn how to play the fabulous ukulele in our six part course with notes and songsheets
Learn about six great Victorians with QI's John Mitchinson
A six part online introduction to the most beautiful music of the last thousand years
The great chef Rowley Leigh traces man's culinary evolution through six films with simple recipes
A six part course which explores Buddhism and Eastern philosophy through the work of writer Alan Watts
A six part course in effective public speaking
Everything you need to know about punctuation in one single masterclass.
Find your voice on our singing course for complete beginners
A six part course in the philosophies of the ancient Greeks from the pre-Socratics and Plato to the Cynics and Sceptics.
Recently added Live Courses
Recently added Online Courses
Online | History
Discover the greatest civilisation of them all, as Harry Mount takes you through Homer and Virgil, through Greek and Roman architecture, sculpture, literature, philosophy, history, geography and the gods…. Read more
Recently added Events & Talks
19 Apr | Event
Journalist Harry Mount and editor Joy Lo Dico discuss how the EU referendum became the biggest political coup of the century…. Read more
Recently added Courses and Classes
18 May | Arts & Crafts
Transfer your favourite words quotes or epigrams onto fabric at the Idler Academy's crafting evening with Ros Badger…. Read more
8 Apr | Arts & Crafts
Learn all the basic steps of taxidermy: whether you want to create your own masterpiece or just learn a little more about the process, this class is the perfect introduction. If you’ve ever… Read more
18 Jun | Arts & Crafts
Join Stephen Fowler for an afternoon of rubber stamping, and create your own limited edition pamphlet.