Whether it’s as an alternative take on a corporate away day, a much-needed education on all things culinary, or purely for the pleasure of it, a cooking class is a great way to pick up new skills whilst having fun – and best of all, there’s some tasty food to enjoy at the end of it all. Here are some lovely spaces in London which could serve as the ideal setting.
Studio DDC is a newly opened, multi-purpose event space found in the Hoxton area. The venue features a large photographic cove, and is thus a popular choice amidst filmmakers and photographers for its aesthetic charm. It is, after all, full of character courtesy of the distinctive arched ceiling and extensive exposed brickwork that give it that classic old-school London vibe. The total capacity allows for up to 125 guests in all, and the nearest rail links include Haggerston, Shoreditch High Street and Hoxton itself.
Offering sleek and modern kitchens with their own adjoining dining area and bar, 19 Wigmore Street was designed with cooking classes and other foodie events firmly in mind. All on-site cooking equipment is included in the cost of hire, as is the crockery, glassware and cutlery, so you’ve got everything you need to both prepare and sample your wares. The venue is available for hire 7-days-a-week and can be found in Marylebone, within easy reach of Bond Street and Oxford Circus stations.
Found on a quiet street just off Shaftsbury Avenue in the heart of the ever-popular Covent Garden, ICETANK is one of the area’s best hidden gems. Well-lit throughout, the venue comes complete with contemporary designer furnishings and various high-spec facilities, including plasma screens, an HD projector, a stereo system, and Wi-Fi access. The luxury, purpose-built kitchen on the ground floor would be ideal for the class itself, with modern appliances included for maximum convenience.
Industrial chic meets sophisticated elegance, The Studio is one of the newest offerings in Victoria, easily one of the city’s most fashionable districts. Recently renovated, there’s a generous main space with an impressive ceiling height of 5 metres, and several smaller breakaway areas which you can also utilise, up to a total capacity of 250. As for getting there, the nearest transport options include St James Park and Victoria tube stops, both reachable in little more than 5 minutes.
The main space at Body & Soul boasts high vaulted ceilings and large windows for a fresh, bright and airy feel. In addition to this, there’s a separate training room and another level which has been used for various fun group activities, including indoor football and ping pong. These various spaces can be adapted to suit individual styles and needs, with furniture ranging from comfortable sofas to formal tables, depending on the look and feel you wanted to go for.