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Islington U3A Groups


Meets Monthly
Details Hope to see some of you at the monthly meetings. We will discus architecture and I will attach files with some pictures and brief text on the subject period. Pleas let me know if you are coming. Keith Roberts.

Art in London     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Visits to exhibitions and galleries. Discussion groups.

Art: Life Drawing     

Meets 1st Thursday 14.30

Art: Painting & Drawing     

Meets 1st & 3rd Tues 10.00
Details Getting together to paint and draw


Meets Two visits per month
Details While we have over fifty signed up members, most of our visits we have about 6. So not too many to disturb the birds! We range from complete beginners to a few with some experience of birdwatching. New members are welcome, whatever their level of expertise. Group members share ideas they have for outings, and we do our best to follow up all of them. We try to have one local half day visit and one further afield longer day, per month. The emphasis is very much on getting out and enjoying nature and birds in particular. If you would like to join the group, please sign up here

Boat Group     

Meets Tues 10.45 arrival, 11 at waterside, 1pm off water
Details Islington Boat Club holds an "Upperdeckers" session most Tuesday mornings (11am-1pm) for people over 50; we join this. It doesn't meet in school holidays - check their website or the U3A co-ordinator. It is in City Road Basin, off Graham Street N1 next to the park. The Club has kayaks (the most popular activity), canoes, and a traditional canal barge. It provides instructors, lifejackets (though of course the canal isnt very deep!), changing rooms and lockers, and hot drinks. All free of charge. No special clothing is needed, but dress warmly (when its cold), preferably with waterproof trousers and top as paddles drip. Bring gloves as your hands may blister. Preferably shoes that arent bulky or sharp (ideally something like beach shoes of the sort you wear to get over pebbles), and a change of clothes and towel in the extremely unlikely event of your falling in. That said, youre as likely to be overheated from a bit of exertion!

Book Group - German     

Meets Monday morning at 10am, approx every 6 weeks
Details We read mainly, but not exclusively, modern German literature, then meet to discuss it. Members can speak in either English or German, in whichever language they feel most comfortable. Our first choice of book is "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharine Blum" by Heinrich Boell. More recently we have read 'F' by Daniel Kehlmann and "Gleis 4" by Franz Hohler.

Book Group - Rethink Economics     

Meets Friday morning once a month
Details The Great Financial Crash of 2008 unleashed an exciting wave of new thinking about economics and about its relationship with politics and with society. As a result it is becoming clearer again that economics is not a science, it is a contested arena. In this book group we will explore the most interesting of this wave of new thinking, reading books or articles chosen by group members and considering their implications for today’s politics.

Book Group - Science Fiction     

Meets Friday afternoons, every five or six weeks
Details We discuss science fiction novels, novellas and short stories chosen by members. We meet at a member's house in Highbury.

Book Group - Short Stories     

Meets 2nd Monday
Details We meet at the coordinator's house near Old Street roundabout to discuss the 5 short stories we read during the month. We read a range of short stories and are making our way through 'That Glimpse of Truth' (but not in any order) with stories from Aesop to now. We take occasional detours: fairy tales, African shorts, Norse myths. Who knows what's next; perhaps Greek or Celtic myths? Dutch short stories??

Book Group -Mid 20th Century 2     

Meets 2nd Friday at 11am
Details Currently devoted to reading British, Irish and Commonwealth works published during the 1920s and 30s. Recently we have read *Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man *Winifred Watson, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day *Winifred Holtby, South Riuding

Book Group -Mid-20th century 1     

Meets 2nd Thursday at 11;30
Details British, Irish and Commonwealth book, mainly from the interwar period. Recent reading has included: *Rosamond Lehmann, The Weather in the Streets *Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm *Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Book Group 1     

Meets 4th Mon 10.15
Details Informal reading and discussion of both fiction and non-fiction books chosen by group members. Meets monthly in Highbury on Monday mornings

Book Group 2     

Meets 3rd Wed of month
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book group 3     

Meets 2nd Mon 14.30
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book group 4     

Meets 2nd Mon 10.00
Details Reading and discussion of books chosen by members

Book Group 5     

Meets 1st Tues 11.00
Details Discussion of a varied selection of books, chosen by members, in a relaxed and friendly environment

Book Group 6     

Meets Ist Wed - 10.30

Book Group- French 1     

Meets Tues every 6 weeks 14.30
Details Discussion in English of books written in French. read a wide range of books from classics such as Balzac and Zola to modern novels such as "En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule" by Edouard Louis.

Book Group- French 2     

Meets Mon every 6 weeks 10.30
Details Discussion in English/French of books written in French, currently concentrating on post 1940s writers


Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 14.00
Details Friendly bridge sessions - usually two to four tables

Chamber Music     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details A gathering of like minded musicians to form groups and enjoy playing classical chamber music together

Chess for beginners     

Meets Alternate Tuesday afternoons
Details We are a friendly group with beginners at various stages. We have excellent coaches who advise and help us to improve. Our venue is a very pleasant pub in the Highbury area. Beginners and experienced players to coach are very welcome.

Coffee Mornings     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Monthly coffee mornings, which are free of charge, enable members to get to know others who live near them. Priority is given to members who have not yet attended a coffee morning.

Concerts: Classical & Jazz     

Meets Varied
Details Visits to classical concerts in various London venues, with the occasional detour in to jazz.

Concerts: Folk & World Music     

Meets Every 4-6 weeks
Details This group aims initially for one folk/world concert visit every 4 weeks, to venues such as Kings Place, Union Chapel and Cecil Sharp House as well as larger halls and local informal folk clubs and bars.Concerts normally take place in the evening. Ticket prices for formal concerts are normally in the range £15-£25:clubs/bars charge modest entry fees or request donations. Core interests include English/Scottish/Irish/other Celtic folk, klezmer, gypsy and other traditional music. Concerts may feature well-established names, recent Folk Award nominees or new artistes. Members buy their own tickets and meet up by pre-arrangement with the organiser before the concert.


Meets 2nd Tues 14.30
Details A self-help group for portable craft - bring along your work, share your expertise and learn from other members

Cryptic Crosswords     

Meets 1st Mon 14.30
Details Meet other members and learn how to solve cryptic crossword puzzles and improve your skills

Current Affairs 1     

Meets 2nd and 4th Weds at 10am
Details A discussion group covering a wide range of current affairs. Topics to talk about are decided on the day based primarily on the main stories in the newspapers and other media. It is quite informal and conducted in a way which helps understanding and the sharing of views on what is happening. Holding forth on individual opinions is strongly discouraged and everybody's view is listened to and respected. The atmosphere is very convivial.

Current Affairs 2     

Meets 1st and 3rd Monday 2.30pm
Details A wide-ranging current affairs discussion group covering a mix of topics agreed in advance, with some background reading, and issues agreed on the day. The emphasis is on learning and the sharing of views rather than argument and the assertion of individual opinions.

Discovering Islington On Foot     

Meets 2nd or 3rd Wed
Details Get to know the nooks and crannies of Islington and neighbouring boroughs through a one / one and a half hour walk

Exploring London     

Meets At least once per month, varied
Details Explore your city with walks and visits to places of interest in or near London, with at least one 'day trip' a year!

Film - Classic, 1 and 2     

Meets Normally 1st and 3rd Tue and Wed of the month.
Details A group which meets in Islington to watch and discuss classic films Tue Session 1 - 10.30-13.00 Wed Session 2 - 14.00-16.30 The same film is shown at each session.

Film - Current     

Meets Every Thurs
Details The group goes to see current releases and discusses them afterwards. The meeting time and place depend on the showing time of the chosen film and the cinema at which it is being shown.

Film - French     

Meets 2nd Monday of the month
Details The group will meet to watch a film in the French language, followed by a discussion in French. Films will be chosen by members, with the intention that they should come from those owned by members.

Freeflow Eutony     

Meets Group 1 Thur, Group 2 Fri
Details Freeflow Eutony is about the pleasure of feeling alive in your own body. It helps you develop better balance, fluidity in your movements, easier sitting posture, and strength and lightness in your step. It is suitable for people at all levels of fitness. The sessions consist of gentle improvised stretches, where you discover what works best for you to release superfluous tensions, and tutor-led explorations in response to your needs and interests. There are no breathing exercises or meditation. We often work lying on the floor but you can stay on a chair if you prefer. This group will be led by a qualified Eutony teacher and physiotherapist and the venue is fully accessible.

French Advanced Conversation 1     

Meets 2nd & 4th Fri 10.00
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context, introduced and led by a native French speaker

French Advanced Conversation 2     

Meets 2nd & 4th Sat 10.30
Details Discussions about topical subjects in a French context

French Intermediate     

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday 2.30
Details Discussion in French on topics chosen by the group; presentations on eg events, news, films, plays, books etc. Practice in asking and answering questions. Note change of time to Tuesday afternoons, although this can vary depending on the group's availability.


Meets Usually morning first Thursday of the month
Details A varied programme of visits to members' and other gardens, talks about plants and gardening techniques. We sharing knowledge and skills, and also plants.

German Intermediate     

Meets alternate Tuesdays
Details We are a small, welcoming group of people who are generally interested in German art, culture and society. We talk in German about a wide range of topics informally over a cup of coffee. Topics are chosen by the group and may include discussing political events, a film, an exhibition or a poem. Depending on members’ suggestions, we may also read a short newspaper article or meet at a gallery or a German-related event offered elsewhere in London. The group is supported by the co-ordinator who is a native speaker and an experienced professional. Do get in touch with us if you would like to practise your German in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere and your language ability is at intermediate level or above.

German: Art, Culture & Society     

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday
Details Conversation, short texts and visits to exhibitions, covering all aspects of German art, culture and society

Green Issues     

Meets 2nd Thurs of the month
Details This group will discuss contemporary issues that confront our modern lives such as recycling and plastics and non-fossil fuels. The programme of topics will be determined by the members of the group. The scope will be broad to provide for suggestions and perspectives from group members about their particular interests. Some basic introductory material will be distributed prior to each meeting to encourage participation at the meetings. There is the possibility of having speakers or experts from local green groups and of visiting establishments such as the local recycling centre.

History In A Global Context     

Meets 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
Details The Group chooses a period in history and researches what happened at that time across the world. We each choose a subject that takes our fancy, read around it, and then talk about it. Our new period is 1700-1815, and talks can be as short as 15 minutes or take the whole session

History: Local     

Meets 3rd Wed every other month
Details The group's interest is in discovering and researching local history - Islington and adjoining boroughs. It is a discussion group where individual interests can be shared and joint projects taken forward.

I-Pad Users     

Meets 2nd Mon
Details Shared learning among group members on the use of Apple iPads

International Affairs     

Meets 4th Thurs 14.30
Details If you like discussing international contemporary events in a lively and informative atmosphere, the International Affairs group provides a great way of doing so. In turn one member in each month provides a very short paper on a chosen topic and then it is discussed in the group. There are definitely no experts/outside speakers and so all the discussion is entirely self generated. We all want to be better informed so it is all about dialogue not argument. For 2017/18 topics will be primarily centred on the range of issues facing the UK at a time of great uncertainly in the international arena. Recent topics have included China/Japan, globalisation, the rise of populism, India and China in Africa.

Italian Intermediate     

Meets 1st and 3rd Fridays 11am

Italian Intermediate/Advanced     

Meets Fri 11.00 to be notified once or twice a month
Details General conversation in Italian - good conversational ability.


Meets Alternate Weds
Details Crouch End and District U3A have invited members from iU3A to join their Latin group. The group is for both beginners and those who already know some Latin. The aim is to have fun, though scholars are welcome too.


Meets 2nd & 4th Thurs 14.00
Details The mahjong groups meets twice a month and caters for all levels of players. People whom have not played but wanting to learn should contact the organiser directly regarding lessons. Our style is Western and we will score but this is something you can pick up as you go along. If you have any questions please email me.

Opera Visits     

Meets Once per month, varied
Details Visits to operas both live and screened


Meets Every Tues 10.30
Details Friendly games of petanque (also known as boules) From time to time we also arrange games with other groups on other days but this is not compulsory.


Meets 1st Fri 10.30
Details A discussion group looking at central issues in philosophy from an engaged but definitely non-professional viewpoint


Meets 2nd Tues 10.15am and 4th Tues 2pm, every 2 months
Details Reading plays selected by members of the group


Meets 1st & 3rd Mon 11am
Details Members read published poetry, from any period, on a theme chosen by the group, followed by discussion

Science Interests and Issues     

Meets 2nd Mon of each month 14.30
Details A group which discusses current science and technology and the issues it raises for society, and which visits places of scientific interest.

Scottish Dancing     

Meets 1st Tuesday 7 - 9 pm


Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 14.30
Details A friendly game of scrabble. Members will be emailed with actual dates.

Singing - Cooperative     

Meets 2nd & 4th Wed 10.30
Details Co-operative singing is a group of people who enjoy singing and who come together to share with each other the kind of music they enjoy and to try new things.

Spanish Advanced Conversation     

Meets 1st & 3rd Thurs 10am
Details Topical conversation in Spanish

Spanish Intermediate     

Meets 2nd Friday 2pm
Details Intermediate level. Need to be fluent enough to hold a social conversation and participate.

Strawberry Hill     

Meets Monday 24 June2019

Table Tennis     

Meets Tues 11.30
Details Dear TT Members Please would you check your emails, even on a Tuesday morning, for any last minute changes of venue. Lesley Alt

Theatre - Fringe     

Meets 3/4 weekday evenings a month
Details London has more fringe theatres than any other city in the world and Islington has many of them. The fringe theatre group goes to a wide range of fringe plays often but not only in Islington and nearby venues. For example the Kings Head, Old Red Lion, Park, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Southwark Playhouse, Soho, Arcola. We have a wide range of tastes from the classic to the very modern, drama, comedy and cabaret. Because we try to visit three or four times a month there is always plenty of choice. Notice of planned visits is sent out to group members regularly with play details and notice of when we are going. The group is very informal. Each member buys their own ticket, between £12 - £25, which is incredibly good value, and just turns up at the theatre. All visits are in the evening and we meet in the bar about half an hour or so before curtain (if there is one) up. We also meet monthly for a morning coffee in the Park Theatre cafe and have a chat about anything we like that is vaguely related to the theatre.

Theatre visits     

Meets Once a month - varied
Details Theatre visits followed by a chat over a cup/glass of something in a nearby cafe. We also meet periodically in a pub/cafe in Islington to discuss the plays we have seen in more detail



Walking Football     

Details Would you like to improve your fitness. Walking Football is an increasingly popular sport that provides an enjoyable hour of physical exercise. No previous experience of playing football is necessary. It is suitable for both men and women. Crouch End & District U3A are setting up a walking football group and have invited iU3A to join in with them. The group will meet on alternate Tuesdays from 10.30 – 11.30 am at New River Sport & Fitness, N22. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Sue Welsford at

Walks - Leisurely     

Meets Once a month on varying days of the week
Details This new group will offer a monthly walk (on different days of the week) of up to three miles. The pace will be leisurely, with pauses along the way.

Walks - Longer     

Meets Varied
Details The Longer Walks group has a programme of walks normally of between 8 to 14 miles, usually with options to shorten the walk. Walks are over a full day with a break for lunch.

Walks - Shorter     

Meets Twice a month on varying days of the week
Details The Shorter Walks Group has half-day morning walks of about 5 miles twice a month. Walks include a coffee break and usually end with an optional lunch. Each walk is advertised on the iU3A website in advance, with links to a sign-up form and details. Additional popup walks occur from time to time. Details are emailed to members about a week in advance.

Wine Appreciation 1 & 2     

Meets Once a month: Group 1 - 1st Wed, Group 2- 3rd Tues
Details The group will meet in members’ houses. There will be a theme selected by the group members (in advance), eg Loire wines. There will be a sign-up for each session with the limit set at the first 10. The person bringing a bottle will be expected to have researched the providence and present to the Group. Nibbles will be provided by hosts. There will be a charge of £10 per head per session attended. This will cover the cost of wine & food for the evening with any surplus carried forward toward a group outing. Held early in an evening.

Writing: Creative     

Meets Monthly - Tuesdays or Wednesdays
Details The group is for writers who are engaged in or interested in working on longer pieces of writing, are happy to take turns in sharing their work and are willing to spend time listening to the work of others and offering constructive criticism. Members are free to choose their own genre, for example fiction, memoir, political writing. The group meets every four weeks usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as agreed by the members, in an accessible café in Islington.

Writing: Memoir     

Meets Monthly on Wednesday afternoons
Details explore and practise the writing of memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, family or group histories, etc., a form of writing which perhaps appeals more to us as we grow older and begin to reflect on our lives and times and those of our families or associates. We would meet monthly, or as often as is practical, to provide a forum to discuss such writing and to listen to and provide feedback on contributions from members of the group.


Meets Mondays 2-3.15 Term time. Check webpage for dates.
Details Classes for mixed abilities run by a trained BWY instructor. Mondays 2 to 3.15. Please come a bit earlier to settle in. Summer term 2019 class dates: April 29, May 13, 20 June 3, 10,24 July 8, 22 Other info and booking and class dates on IU3A Yoga group web page. Waiting list operates for new applicants to the group. Please contact the yoga coordinator Each session booking form accessed via Group Email. Please email the co-ordinator with any questions.