Join A Group

Groups are the core activity of any U3A, and in North London we have a great variety to offer our members. Many groups meet in one another’s homes, providing a friendly background; others meet in venues around the region and here, too, you will be sure of a warm welcome.

Groups that have recently told us they have space for more members are listed here.

There is no formal structure, no classroom atmosphere, but learning for the pleasure of learning is the name of this game.

For the most part, our groups are self-led while others, for example language groups, will have an experienced teacher; all of them are informal, inspired and enthused by their members.

Our website will regularly update information on groups, so keep checking these pages and you won’t miss anything!

You can go along to any group once, as a ‘taster’ before deciding whether to join it.
The Groups Organiser Team will always be delighted to hear from you, and we are happy to offer help and advice, so browse through the lists of groups, read about the groups that interest you, and enjoy your membership. If any group you want to join is full ask the group leader put you on a waiting list and to let you know if a space comes free. If several members want to join a full group we will try to set up a parallel group.

New Groups

We are always delighted to hear from anyone who is keen to lead a group – you don’t need special expertise in most instances, and we are always on hand with support and advice to get you on your way. Being a group leader is enjoyable: you make firm friends, and get the satisfaction of greater involvement with our U3A. ​Look at our list of possible new groups that need more support to get started, and contact our Group Organiser’s Team to get started.

“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

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

This year [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.

Writing on old paper


Creative Writing

We are a self-governing group. Homework is set by each of us in turn and each of us gets a choice of subject. We also set exercises on an ad hoc basis. This is a friendly, relaxed group.

St Petersberg


History of Art

Normally meeting fortnightly in the autumn and spring terms, with monthly visits in the summer term. This year we shall focus on painting in Europe 1890-1920.

Latest Group News

Groups Looking For New Members [December 2018]

Once again we have a handful of groups wishing to advertise spaces. Rubber Bridge - higher level bridge is played once every two weeks on a Tuesday afternoon in N3 all year round. We would welcome a few more members so that we can ensure everyone who comes can get a...

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Groups Looking For New Members [Oct 2018]

The following groups have asked us to say they would especially like new members: Life, Art & Politics 3, meeting on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.00 in Highgate. Please contact Sheila Middleburgh on 8348 1797, email

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Group Co-ordinators’ event

Our first ever event designed specifically for Group Co-ordinators was held on 3 September. You may already have heard about this and received some feedback from the leaders of the groups you attend. The event was well received and very well attended. The committee...

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NLU3A Table Tennis

Several members have enquired about our Table Tennis, following the recent email on the subject.  Sorry for the delay in responding, as it got omitted from our Interest Group Booklet, but we have now clarified the situation. The Table Tennis group is run under the...

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