Tony Cayley Head Concierge, The LaLiT, London
One of the most unusual things to do in the capital is book onto an experience day at Peter Layton London Glassblowing. Just a five-minute walk from London Bridge in the cool area of Bermondsey, it’s one of the most prestigious hot-glass studios in Europe. You spend a whole day learning with the experts how to blow glass and you make three pieces to take home – plus it includes lunch on Bermondsey Street (full of bougie restaurants). Not your usual tourist activity – but it sure beats the London Eye.
Dion Chandler Managing Director, Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
Well, it’s no secret that Melbourners love their food. But new on the scene is cool cafe Henry and the Fox, which offers a three-hour cheese-making masterclass. You can make cheeses such as halloumi, pecorino and brie, and then take home everything you make. Also, one of the city’s best-kept secrets is Laneway Learning. They put on really off-the-wall courses pretty much every day, where you can choose from classes like Hawaiian hula for beginners, beekeeping or loom weaving.
Anna Aria Concierge, Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
With some of the best handmade shoe ateliers in the world, Italians take their footwear very seriously. At Le Mastro Studio – which has been making footwear since the 1950s – you can spend half a day as a cobbler, making your own pair of leather kicks. Or, if being outdoors is more your thing, enrol in Gladiator School where you get kitted out in tunic, sandals and sword to learn some hand-to-hand combat techniques during a two-hour class. Probably the oddest (and most fun) workout you’ll ever do.