The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
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 Pedlars.
In this workshop Benet sets out the key concepts of classical rhetoric - the art of persuasion. The workshop looks at the structure of oral rhetoric to understand what works and why.
Author Rachel Kelly was a successful journalist and mother when she suffered three severe mental breakdowns. Poetry helped her through them and her comforting and inspiring course is a simple
Discover A World Of Wild Edible Possibilities Around London. On Robin's London foraging courses he covers as many as 40 or 50 wild edibles.
This course is for you if you’re aged 13-20 and you’re a bit worried that your spending keeps outrunning your income, or you just want to have a better idea of where all your money goes to.
How to get started in beekeeping
A show from the legendary Squeeze songwriter that includes conversation songs from the back pocket, and a Q&A with the audience on all subjects, from songwriting to space travel. Arcalia accompany the show
Song writing course with world renowned Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist Chris Difford of Squeeze. This course is suitable for both experienced musicians looking for some
The course teaches business skills to creative people who aspire to make a living doing what they love - or who want to improve the way they are doing things. If the words "spreadsheet", "accounts",
“Two of my favourite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my harmonica” (Abraham Lincoln) In this taster class we will look at fundamentals such
Whether you are a budding novelist or just need to write good copy for your website or blog, this course will help you to unveil the apparent mystery of great writing - and give you tips into the bargain.
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 and very satisfying
A mosaic taster class, during which you will become acquainted with the various techniques and processes involved in making mosaics and have the opportunity to create your own ‘vintage’ tiles to
The Idler Choir returns in it's new home: Nell's Jazz and Blues in west Kensington.
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
Have you ever felt that your handwriting needed improving? Whether you would like to be able to write beautifully, more legibly or neater at speed, this practical course will give you the tools you need
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 | Online course
Confused about your Dorics and your Ionics? Can’t tell your Perpendicular Gothic from your Decorated?
Harry Mount’s history of British Buildings guides you, effortlessly and amusingly, through a thousand years of architecture, from Anglo-Saxon churches in Wiltshire to modernist villas in Hampstead…. Read more
Online | Online course
ACROSS FOUR VERY entertaining and very useful lectures, Mary Killen of the Spectator magazine,… Read more
Online | Online course
All you need to know about growing your own fruit and vegetables, the easy and organic way… Read more
Recently added Events & Talks
16 May | Books
Come down and toast the latest issue of the Idler magazine on Monday 16th… Read more
30 Jun | Event
An audience with the creators of the million-selling Ladybird: How it Works series… Read more
27 Apr | Event
Tom Hodgkinson quizzes Oliver James on his new book arguing that genetics play little part… Read more
Recently added Courses and Classes
12 Apr - 10 May | Event
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 Pedlars…. Read more
7 Sep | Event
In this workshop Benet sets out the key concepts of classical rhetoric – the art of persuasion. The workshop looks at the structure of oral rhetoric to understand what works and why.
14 Sep - 5 Oct | Event
Author Rachel Kelly was a successful journalist and mother when she suffered three severe mental breakdowns. Poetry helped her through them and her comforting and inspiring course is a simple… Read more