City Lit, Covent Garden, WC2: Offer a huge range of courses available all year round, at a range of prices to suit all budgets – from taster sessions to year-long courses including senior and concessionary fees on many courses. From art history to anthropology, poetry to piano, and Spanish to sculpture, discover a new skill or passion at a time to suit you.

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Heythrop College, SW1: Philosophy and theology in the heart of London. The specialist College of the University of London offering full and part-time degrees in Theology and Philosophy.They also hold Conferences on a wide variety of topics open to the general public.

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Mary Ward Centre, Holborn, WC1:  Runs superb adult courses ranging from, Business, digital media, Arts and crafts, health and fitness to writing and dance. It also boasts an excellent vegetarian cafe open to the public. Located in beautiful listed Georgian buildings in two locations in central London. For more information on their courses and events visit their website.5 minutes Holborn tube

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Morley College, Lambeth North, SE1: One of London’s major Adult education Colleges. Courses range from the Arts, Business studies, Fashion, Health, Humanities, Languages & Science. Esteemed Music department  Also has an Art  gallery. 3 minutes  Lambeth North tube 

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The Open University: An extraordinary institution, open to all, with no formal entry requirements. providing people all over the world, who might not have access or time, with a university education. The enormous range of courses are flexible and innovative. Courses mainly online, students might receive material through the post. For information on courses and fees visit their website .

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The University of the Third Age:  or U3A as  it is affectionately known  is an international organisation  run by it’s unpaid  volunteer ,mostly retired, members for their own edification and obvious joy.  There is no age limit either way ( ie young or old) It is a place where anyone of any age can come to learn. It was originally founded in 1973 in Toulouse , France  and now operates all over Europe, Canada, Australia  and the Commomwealth. There are now approximately one thousand  U3As  branches in  the UK, and approximately half a million members , all entirely self funded.