Dreaming up romantic escapades in London is not a difficult task. Between jazzy cocktail joints, tables for two with panoramic views of the city lit up like a Christmas tree, dazzling restaurants on the water and slick wine bars, most hearts will melt. But there is something quite unique and exhilarating about taking a cooking class with your significant other, not just because it is fun and informative, but also because it means taking home a special bond, encouraging you to replicate what you learnt together on your own dining room table.
Chocolate is one of the universal foods of love – whether it is coating a strawberry or in a heart-shaped box. So why not take a one-day chocolate course at Notting Hill’s boutique Melt Chocolate for London’s most luxurious chocolate-making course – a romantic area as it is, thanks to Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Secret dining in London-style means finding little underrated spots like this that turn a meal into an entire experience, with some skills to take home too. Throw in some chocolates and we have got ourselves a winner!
There are a number of different courses on offer where you will learn to understand the nature and malleability of raw chocolate, you can learn how to handle chocolate, how to make the perfect chocolate brownies, how to make ganache, the different ways you can use a chocolate mould and the art of making your own chocolate bar. If life is like a box of chocolates, then Melt ensures you always know which one you are going to get, because you made them yourself!
Contact: 020 7727 5030
Address: 59 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA
La Cucina Caldesi Cookery School
Is there any country that sings the songs of love better than Italy? Vino, pasta and pizza… Italian food is the perfect choice for couples, and the widely acclaimed La Cucina Caldesi Cookery School is focused on all the wonderful elements of Italian cooking, not just the most obvious choices. Based in Marleybone, this school has hundreds of courses to choose from for various skill levels – all you have to do is pick one that suits you and your partner best.
Courses run in a seemingly never-ending stream, whether it is night, day or weekend. All that is left for you to do is book and arrive hungry. There are pizza-making courses, Italian meals that will take you half an hour to whip up and fresh pasta courses. The list goes on. So make like Lady and the Tramp and book a spaghetti course!
Contact: 020 7487 0750
Address: 4 Cross Keys Cl, Marylebone, London W1U 2DG
Food at 52
There is something about a seafood dinner that screams romantic date. Maybe because really deliciously cooked seafood is quite a luxury, or perhaps it is because people are often intimidated by the prospect of cooking fish at home. So, what better way to enjoy London as a couple than to learn how to take that luxury home with you? This course will fill you in on all the secrets you need to know to make sure treating yourself to an elegant seafood feast is achievable at the drop of a hat (and a quick trip to the local fish market!)
Food at 52’s fish and seafood cooking course ensures you are comfortable with not only the recipes they are teaching, but also the process of preparing your fish and how to pick items at a fish market. There is a lot of mystery around cooking seafood and Food at 52 is working to debunk that through this course. The idea is for you to leave the course so confident that you don’t head to the fish market to buy ingredients for an exact recipe, but rather that you peruse the market’s selection and decide on something deliciously imaginative based on what is available to you. It is all about the freshness of the fish, as they say. At the end of the class, you will eat what you made while sipping on some perfectly paired free-flowing wine to round off the experience.
Contact: 07814 027067
Address: 96 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ
Cookery School at Little Portland Street
Yes, finding a romantic path to stroll along arm in arm, or a secret dining London spot with sweeping views of the city is a great way for couples to enjoy their time in London. But what about those couples with families at home? Or those starting a home together? It is not all about the lobster, crayfish and chocolate truffles – couples need to live a balanced, healthy life without needing piles of cooking qualifications. There are lots of cooking classes available for family-living that are wholesome, exciting ways to bond as a couple – both alone or with kids. Cookery School at Little Portland Street has two perfect courses for couples to learn just what families need in the kitchen.
The seasonal Winter Comfort Foods course will teach you everything you need to know about fostering a nourishing environment in your home – without straying too far from the basics and the family favourites. You and your partner will learn to create classic dishes like cottage pie and macaroni cheese with special, homely twists, as well as how to make things like homemade ketchup so that health never gets in the way of a fridge-staple.
Then there is the Feed Your Family For A Fortnight class, which shows you how to embrace cooking, your freezer and your family without being taxing on your time and busy lives. Learning these skills as a couple – even one without children – can be a great way of being economical and ensuring your house is always somewhere you feel you can whip up something tasty.
Contact: 020 7631 4590
Address: 15 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8BW
So between romantic candle-lit secret dining in London and gastronomical river tours, squeeze in any of these incredible cooking classes and feel the love start brewing – in both your heart and your belly.