I'm an American moving to London soon. Because I don't know anyone there, I'm going to try to join some groups, take classes, and volunteer to meet people and generally just get out of my house.
Of course, finding available classes and volunteering opportunities is easy, but it's considerably harder to figure out which ones are actually likely to be worthwhile.
What groups, volunteer organizations, classes, and events venues have you had the best experiences with?
I'm up for basically anything, except for sports. Particularly inclined toward music, film, screenwriting, books, art, hiking, learning to make stuff, web geekery of all kinds, lefty politics, and environmental causes.
I lived in London for a year before this (several years ago), so I already know about the really obvious stuff: art galleries, LSE events, TimeOut London, NME, the major theatres' email lists.
Examples of the sort of stuff I'm looking for: If someone were asking this question about Brooklyn, I'd mention:
- Brooklyn Brainery
(free/cheap crowdsourced classes)
- Housing Works
(venue for literary readings/other awesome stuff)
(volunteering to help kids read)