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Host: Simon

London, England

USD
$56-$170 per person

Borough market visit and cooking class in central London with a food professional

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Simon

Simon has been in the restaurant industry for several years! He began cooking as a management trainee at the Savoy hotel. After graduation, he worked in 5-star hotels, opened his first restaurant was in Chelsea, and owned and operated a number of notable hostelries. He branched into food and beverage consultancy, specializing in sourcing ingredients, preparation, training and delivery, combined with the equally vital foil of presentation and service. He dons many hats, that of a food inspector, cooking instructor, restaurant reviewer and is actively involved in the pursuit of ever changing food and style trends.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) 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 makes sure each dish is simple, not over seasoned and plated beautifully before sharing a meal with guests. Simon 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 in his dining room to enjoy his signature dishes during your in-home culinary experience.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) 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 from scratch, 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.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Simon at a local spot near the London Bridge Underground Station and then begin your tour of London's iconic Borough Market. Borough Market is Britain’s most renowned and oldest food market, an absolute treat for any food lover visiting London! 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 history of the market as you stop at a few stalls to sample food and purchase ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Simon can offer a vegetarian meal on request.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

5.0 (3)
Lovely day of food and drink, with a great host! What a fab experience. My boyfriend bought this as a Christmas present, both being food lovers it was the perfect day out! We met Simon outside Borough Market, he gave a great insight in to elements of the market I had never considered, let us know the best places to get certain ingredients! Then a short train ride back to Simon’s home, a lovey house opposite the station tucked away, straight on to the first bottle of wine as we helped prep the starter, a lot of the main bits of the dishes were already prepared by Simon which is was fab as otherwise we’d have been there all afternoon preparing it all! He then talked us through and demoed some prep skills! The prawns were delicious, the duck was tasty, polished off with a fruit crumble and some more wine! A fantastic afternoon, it felt like we were at a friends opposed to being in someone’s house, I’m pretty sure we over ran the time of the session as we were having so much fun!
- AJ-0102 April 12, 2020
This was an amazing experience for everyone in our group...adults and teens! We learned, we laughed, we ate great food, we enjoyed every minute! Simon and Sammy were great hosts and made us feel right at home!
- swimtam99 January 09, 2020
My wife bought this for me as a surprise birthday present. As we arrived at Borough Market to meet Simon at a pre arranged rendezvous point, I had no idea what to expect. Immediately Simon put us at ease, explained the schedule for the day and started our guided tour of the fascinating market. We spent probably a couple of hours there learning fascinating information about the market, the buildings, the history and of course the variety of outlets to look at. Thereafter we travelled with Simon to his characterful home where he had already prepared his well equipped kitchen with the food and programme for the rest of the day, culminating in the consumption of the fruits of his and our labour as the afternoon unfolded. We were encouraged by Simon to assist throughout and my naivety of such an experience was quickly alleviated by Simon’s professional, personable and clear explanations of each and every stage. By the time we sat down to eat with Simon we lost complete appreciation of how long we had been with him and the food was truly delicious. This was an original innovative and highly motivational experience in the presence of a true expert. It was wonderful not to be in ‘a class’ but just Simon, my wife and I , plus brief encounters with Simon’s equally personable wife, because after all we were in their home. I cannot recommend this experience and value for money highly enough. Thank you Simon !
- Dja40 November 06, 2019
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Simon

$56-$170 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $110 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $110
Alcohol
$34 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $110 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $110
Alcohol
$34 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Simon

Simon has been in the restaurant industry for several years! He began cooking as a management trainee at the Savoy hotel. After graduation, he worked in 5-star hotels, opened his first restaurant was in Chelsea, and owned and operated a number of notable hostelries. He branched into food and beverage consultancy, specializing in sourcing ingredients, preparation, training and delivery, combined with the equally vital foil of presentation and service. He dons many hats, that of a food inspector, cooking instructor, restaurant reviewer and is actively involved in the pursuit of ever changing food and style trends.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) 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 makes sure each dish is simple, not over seasoned and plated beautifully before sharing a meal with guests. Simon 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 in his dining room to enjoy his signature dishes during your in-home culinary experience.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) 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 from scratch, 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.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Simon at a local spot near the London Bridge Underground Station and then begin your tour of London's iconic Borough Market. Borough Market is Britain’s most renowned and oldest food market, an absolute treat for any food lover visiting London! 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 history of the market as you stop at a few stalls to sample food and purchase ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Simon can offer a vegetarian meal on request.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

5.0 (3)
Lovely day of food and drink, with a great host! What a fab experience. My boyfriend bought this as a Christmas present, both being food lovers it was the perfect day out! We met Simon outside Borough Market, he gave a great insight in to elements of the market I had never considered, let us know the best places to get certain ingredients! Then a short train ride back to Simon’s home, a lovey house opposite the station tucked away, straight on to the first bottle of wine as we helped prep the starter, a lot of the main bits of the dishes were already prepared by Simon which is was fab as otherwise we’d have been there all afternoon preparing it all! He then talked us through and demoed some prep skills! The prawns were delicious, the duck was tasty, polished off with a fruit crumble and some more wine! A fantastic afternoon, it felt like we were at a friends opposed to being in someone’s house, I’m pretty sure we over ran the time of the session as we were having so much fun!
- AJ-0102 April 12, 2020
This was an amazing experience for everyone in our group...adults and teens! We learned, we laughed, we ate great food, we enjoyed every minute! Simon and Sammy were great hosts and made us feel right at home!
- swimtam99 January 09, 2020
My wife bought this for me as a surprise birthday present. As we arrived at Borough Market to meet Simon at a pre arranged rendezvous point, I had no idea what to expect. Immediately Simon put us at ease, explained the schedule for the day and started our guided tour of the fascinating market. We spent probably a couple of hours there learning fascinating information about the market, the buildings, the history and of course the variety of outlets to look at. Thereafter we travelled with Simon to his characterful home where he had already prepared his well equipped kitchen with the food and programme for the rest of the day, culminating in the consumption of the fruits of his and our labour as the afternoon unfolded. We were encouraged by Simon to assist throughout and my naivety of such an experience was quickly alleviated by Simon’s professional, personable and clear explanations of each and every stage. By the time we sat down to eat with Simon we lost complete appreciation of how long we had been with him and the food was truly delicious. This was an original innovative and highly motivational experience in the presence of a true expert. It was wonderful not to be in ‘a class’ but just Simon, my wife and I , plus brief encounters with Simon’s equally personable wife, because after all we were in their home. I cannot recommend this experience and value for money highly enough. Thank you Simon !
- Dja40 November 06, 2019
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $110 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $110
Alcohol
$34 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $56
Cooking Experience + Meal
$150 $110 $94
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $110
Alcohol
$34 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-4:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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