Time-poor but itching to flex those culinary muscles? We’ve got just the thing.
Whether you fancy whipping up some freshly made pasta, or you’re after sushi 101, these are some of the best cooking classes in London that even the most pressing itineraries can squeeze in.
1. The one for Jamie fans
Famed for his antics on “The Naked Chef” and his no-fuss approach to food, Jamie Oliver’s cookery school caters to the newbie, the pro, and everything in between. In his shiny new kitchen just off London’s bustling Holloway Road, you’ll be able to choose from more than 30 classes ranging from speedy 60-minute sessions to full-day courses. Rumor has it you might even spot Jamie himself!
2. The one for the veggie-curious
So you said you were going to go veggie but found yourself baffled at mealtime? Fear not—at the London Vegetarian and Vegan School, they’ll teach you about all things plant-based. You’ll learn at least three or four recipes in a morning session and there’s a wide range of international and regional meat-free dishes to try your hand at. And if you really want to know your onions, you can also attend an all-day session for a more intensive experience.
3. The one for your mini-me
Get ready to unleash your little ones into the kitchen of Sticks‘n’Sushi! They’ll get a taste of making sushi rolls and nigiri in a fun-packed, hour-long session. Geared for kids aged 6–12, these hands-on classes are sure to be a hit with mini chefs in the making. What’s more, they’ll take home some of their handmade delights and a little goody bag, plus mom and dad can sit back and try some sushi of their own while the kids are kept busy. Win, win.
4. The one for the sweet tooth
Hankering after something naughty but nice? Head on over to what’s arguably London’s prettiest kitchen. The Meringue Girls will teach you how to make colorful meringue kisses. You’ll sip on Prosecco, nibble on meringues and learn how to mix, color, flavor, pipe and package your own sweet treats. Classes run for approximately two hours from 6:30–8:30 p.m. and usually take place on a Wednesday evening, so plan accordingly! Did we mention that the kisses are crispy on the outside and mallowy in the middle? Oh yeah.
5. The one for pasta lovers
Picture this: you’ve got a sneak peek into a world-class kitchen. It’s run by Gordon Ramsay, no less, and you’re doing a master class with hands-on guidance from Head Chef Davide Degiovanni. There you are, making delectable pasta and creating signature Italian dishes using the finest ingredients from Union Street Cafe. You think it can’t get any better than this until you find out you’re also making gelato! The 3.5-hour experience culminates with a glass of wine and lunch made by your own fair hands. We had you at pasta, didn’t we?
6. The one that feels like a home away from home
If you’re looking for the best cooking classes in London that are also laid back, with that home-away-from-home vibe, Food at 52 Cookery School has got you covered. Offering up a whole host of courses from Asian to Italian, vegan and more, all keen cooks are catered to. Expect to refine your culinary repertoire whilst listening to some tunes, donning a denim apron, and sipping on a glass of sauvignon or two—no one’s counting here.
7. The one for the pro in the making
You’d be hard-pressed to think of a cooking class that Leiths School of Food and Wine doesn’t teach. They’ve got weekday, evening and weekend courses, all run out of their West London cookery school, and for those that are super serious about chef life, you can even train to go pro at this school. Spoiler alert: a professional course will take more than one day, but until then, a taster course is sure to hit the spot.Want our insider’s guide to eating in London? Just add your email address in the form below!
Anna is a born and raised Londoner who loves to discover cool city hideaways that just have to be shared. She’s lived in Greece and the USA, but it’s the hustle and bustle of London that keeps drawing her back. Part writer, part explorer, she’ll guide you around town so you’ll never miss the good bits.