Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in London with a Food Professional | La Vacanza Travel

Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in London with a Food Professional

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London

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  • 5 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Enjoy a private and authentic cooking class and local market tour with your host Simon. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. On your market tour, you will visit the Borough market which is Britain’s most renowned and oldest food market. It is an absolute treat for any food lover visiting London! Simon thoroughly enjoys all aspects of the cooking process, from sourcing the freshest ingredients to cutting vegetables the right way to using the appropriate temperature and cooking techniques. He believes that only if the entire process is carefully curated is a meal enjoyable and memorable. Given his vast professional experience Simon can cook anything but prefers to follow seasonality, and is a loyal supporter of organic ingredients with a preference for the finest and freshest ingredients. Join Simon for this truly authentic local experience in his kitchen.

This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional culture and cuisine. Your experience begins with a walk through Borough market. During your one hour market tour, walk through the many stalls heaped with fresh produce, cheese, gourmet food and beautiful patisseries. Hear stories of the the history of the market as you stop at a few stalls to sample food and purchase ingredients for your cooking class. After you have finished with the market tour, you will make your way back to Simon's home. Simon has a fully operational kitchen which is perfect for a hands-on cooking class. During your 1-2 hour class you will learn to make two to three dishes, using seasonal ingredients. Simon will introduce you to the dishes that you will be preparing and the ingredients used. Then help him to wash, cut and prepare the meal that you will later share at the dining table.

Important: Unfortunately, Simon does not offer this experience to solo travelers, unless if you're willing to pay for two. Also, this experience is not suitable for children below 13 years of age. Please note that DB can offer a vegetarian meal on request. And the activity ends at Simon's home.

Sample Menu

• A home cooked lunch or dinner

  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Simon
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Homecooked meal
  • Gratuities

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Departure Point

    LEON Borough, 2-4 Southwark Street Borough Market, Communities Homes in Central London, London SE1 1TQ, UK

    Return Details

    Returns to original departure point

    Voucher info

    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


    5 hours

    User's Reviews


    03 Sep, 2023

    Simon, Nicky and Sammy were amazing! Simon was super knowledgeable and showed us through the market and then we went back to his lovely home and cooked an enormous meal with Sammy and Simon - well, we mainly drank and laughed. Everyone was so friendly it was like cooking dinner with long last family. I highly recommend this unique experience.


    31 May, 2023

    Simon met us at Leon! He is warm, with a twinkle in his eye. Behind that twinkle is years of dedication and knowledge to his trade. Simon is experienced and thoughtful. He shares his love and knowledge of food and cooking. He and his wife were a treat to watch once we got to their home. Our dinner was filled with fun details of how to prepare the food. Thank you for a most memorable experience. Simon was especially attentive to our teen grandkids, who learned and enjoyed their experience. We would do it again in a heartbeat 💓.


    17 May, 2023

    Words can not express how much we enjoyed this experience. Simone (DB) was knowledgeable, funny, kind and mostly warm. We felt like we had known him for years. The food was exceptional. He accommodated are dietary needs without a problem. This is a not miss experience if you are in London. By far the highlight of our trip.


    03 May, 2023

    DB made us feel like family. The market tour was very informative. My niece who is a culinary student was over the moon with the experience. I would highly recommend this tour. The food was beyond amazing.


    10 Apr, 2023

    Simon and his wife were so friendly. My wife and I went to Europe for our honeymoon, and I couldn't have asked for a better host and experience. Simon was professional and knowledgable in all aspects of hosting, cooking and being a great friend. The market was amazing, and fun to grab a few ingredients that we would need for our meal. The train and travel from the market to his house was very easy. Everything that needed to be prepped beforehand, was ready for cooking, yet he still got us involved in chopping, cutting and tasting! I couldn't recommend a better experience - the time was great and truly missed already! We have new friends and some amazing stories forever now. Thanks Simon and Nicki

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