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

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Duration - 5 hours

INR 30,123 p.p. onwards

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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.

Available options

Market tour + Cooking + Lunch 10:30
Market tour + Cooking + Lunch

INR 30,123
p.p. onwards

Market tour + Cooking + Dinner 14:30
Market tour + Cooking + Dinner

INR 30,123
p.p. onwards

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

Terms & conditions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Additional info

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking


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

Departure point

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

Recent reviews

Aden_D   2nd January 2024

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What a lovely, memorable experience. We didn’t know what to expect when we booked but we knew we wanted an experience. DB and Nikki delivered that in blazing colors!!! The food was incredible, high quality, and beautifully crafted for us. They welcomed us into their home (and 5 star restaurant experience) and we immediately felt like old friends. We learned about food, helped prepare, and throughly enjoyed every step of the way. By the time we sat down for our meal we couldn’t have been more excited. Each dish flowed perfectly with each other and was cooked with such a love and care that you can only experience from a chef who is dedicated to food and takes their time with their craft. The love and passion for food DB has is so apparent when you listen and watch him cook. We ate, we drank, we shared stories (the stories always come out), and had a better experience than we could’ve imagined. His wife, Nicky, was such a fabulous, unexpected treat and was such a lovely addition. She added to the meal in her own beautiful way and created a fabulous dessert spread that put a perfect bow on the entire experience. Me and my family can’t recommend this experience enough. Take your time, enjoy the food, and the stories will come.

308melissaa   27th November 2023

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My family just got back from a week long multi-generational trip to London. The highlight of the trip was cooking with Simon and his wife Nikki. Such a unique experience to see Borough Market through Simon's eyes and then cooking with him was next level. My children, both of whom love to cook, were captivated learning what to do to make our delicious dinner. (They are expert parsley choppers now!) I recommend this experience to anyone looking to get an insider's perspective of the London restaurant scene and wants to learn some new skills.

Andy_B   24th October 2023

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What a fantastic experience this was from the very start through to the end. Starting with the introduction to Borough Market by Simon our wonderful host. The sharing of his knowledge of the history of the market, the traders and their produce was truly captivating. This is somewhere we will definitely visit again soon! Once we had done with the market, we were off to Simon's home to start cooking. Great tips and techniques were shared throughout which was wonderful but best of all was the company and the welcoming atmosphere created by not only Simon but his lovely wife Nicky who joined us. The food and wine were exceptional as was the whole experience. If you enjoy having fun, great company, eating good food and learning useful tips then this really is the perfect day. Thanks Simon and Nicky for a special day and experience we won't forget. The only thing that would have made the day even better is if England had beaten the Boks in the semi final.

Brandy_G   3rd September 2023

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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.

Veora_L   31st May 2023

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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 💓.

Lizzy_G   17th May 2023

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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.

Donna_L   3rd May 2023

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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.

681braedanh   10th April 2023

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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

Kathleen_C   10th December 2022

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My sister and I were on a holiday in London. We met our host/guide, DB, at Borough Market and had a lovely and informative tour of the Market during which he purchased some ingredients for our meal together. Afterward, we took a quick train ride to DB’s home where we were treated to a fun hour or so of meal prep where DB and his charming assistant, Sammy, walked us through the menu and showed us how each course was prepared while we enjoyed a delightful glass of wine. You can participate as much or as little as you like in the actual food prep but much of the work is done ahead of time so that you can just enjoy the experience of visiting DB’s cozy home and hearing his very entertaining stories of an amazing career in the hospitality industry. Thereafter we went into the dining room and enjoyed a multi course, scrumptious meal in a warm and inviting setting. The food was wonderful but the highlight of the evening was spending time with DB and Sammy and DB’s wife, who are all so gracious and hospitable that you feel as though you have known them for years. If you are so lucky to have time to spend with these long-time Londoners in their beautiful home and share an afternoon or evening with them, you are guaranteed an extraordinarily memorable meal and experience - lucky you!

Bob_G   10th July 2022

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Talking with DB about his life and cooking adventures was fantastic. We met and shopped at the Borough Market which was wonderful. We then proceeded to take to train to DB’s lovely home to cook Rack of Lamb (wow!) and tasty vegetables. The food, tour, cooking insights and conversations was tremendous!

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