Retired? Semi-retired? Looking for new horizons?

Then welcome to our website as we believe that North London U3A could be your answer. We think that lifelong learning should be a pleasure
– it need never stop.

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NLU3A, something for everyone

About NLU3A

NLU3A is the North London U3A with meetings in Finchley, Highgate, Muswell Hill and nearby areas. It is one of over 1000 U3As across the country. Each U3A is about people coming together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.

We can help you by introducing you to new skills and subjects or even persuade you to share your own specialist skills and, very importantly, the opportunity to meet new people through our interest groups, events and monthly meetings.
Find out more about us and the U3A movement.

NLU3A, something for everyone

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Interest Groups

Meeting In

North London Locations


NLU3A offers 100 plus Interest Groups  across Finchley, Muswell Hill and Highgate. You will find arts and crafts, humanities, English language and foreign languages and their literature, music and theatre, dance, yoga, walking, aspects of London, card and board games; away days, social activities, science and the environment.


We have regular events such as:
Monthly meetings: usually on the second Monday of the month
Away Days: about three a term within the London area
Far Away Days: about every couple of months, coach outings going outside the bounds of London

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

 – Henry Ford

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

- Helen Keller

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

– B. B. King

Lunch spread

EVENT: 23 - 25 JULY

London Summer School

This is a popular annual non-residential event. Choose from 28 different talks, 4 workshops, and 6 guided walks

Living With Buildings – Wellcome Collection

EVENT: 22 March

A walk through Clerkenwell

See the ancient well and the village green; visit the sites of an infamous prison and two religious foundations. Learn more from our experienced guide.

Group playing music


Playing Chamber Music

This keen and supportive group has been meeting for over seventeen years now. Woodwind players, cellos, viola players and violinists are very welcome to join.

Guide Explaining Walk Along River Thames


Walking the Thames

In 2018 we returned to the downstream journey starting at Oxford and will have reached Reading by October. So next year [2019] we will continue downstream starting from Reading, reaching Hampton Court by the end of the season.

Latest News

​Here is a collection of news from NLU3A, announcements and articles about our activities.

25th Anniversary of North London U3a

This year is the 25th Anniversary of NLU3a. We plan to mark this anniversary with events with an anniversary flavour. Click here for details of our silver anniversary festive lunch on Monday 9th December. More details to...

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Memory research and contact details

In our July monthly email we put the wrong links for details of both the university memory research projects. We think the following are correct! The King's College project. The researchers want to find out whether we can improve some of the visual aspects of episodic...

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Reel Art: An Exhibition of Textile Art and Embroidery

8 to 26 May 2019 Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London, N6 5HG This exhibition of innovative textile art features works by the North London U3A Freestyle Embroidery and Textile Art Groups. There is a wide range of textile based artwork, including an...

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MOTO – Members On Their Own

A new group, MOTO has been formed to encourage meetings and activities among NL U3A Members living On Their Own.  Events are hosted or led by members of the MOTO group – see April details below.  If you want to talk about the group in general or find out more please...

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U3A Robot Constructor Challenge

Are there any mechanical or electrical constructors in the U3A movement who like to build small items as projects? We are proposing a new initiative where particular project buildscan be capable of moving and being controlled, and are pitted against each other in a...

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Cookery courses – external

AgeUK offer fun and healthy cookery courses at two venues in Finchley for older men and women who want to pick up some kitchen skills. The following courses start soon.  Visit the cookery page of their website for full details. VENUE 1: EAST FINCHLEY, Ann Owen’s...

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