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London Paella School team are very passionate about cooking and sharing the authentic Spanish culinary experience and local knowledge with their guests. In this retreat, grasp new cooking techniques, skills, and professional tricks while creating traditional dishes made from fresh seasonal ingredients! Open to beginners and accomplished cooks, London Paella School cooking classes lets everyone works in a group with their master chef.
One Shot Palacio Reina Victoria Hotel is set in a classical style building built in 1910 by the Valencian architect Luis Ferreres Soler. This historic building was the first hotel in the city of Valencia. Celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Jacinto Benavente, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Robert Capa stayed at this hotel and they found inspiration for their novels and projects within its walls.
The unbeatable location and its unique communication have always made the Reina Victoria the reference hotel in Valencia. It is just 50 meters from Plaza del Ayuntamiento (town hall square), and a few steps from Norte railway station, Valencia bullring arena, the cathedral, and the main streets and shopping areas of the city.
The interior refurbishment has been developed by Alfaro-Manrique study with natural materials (wood, iron, or ceramic). They have managed to reinterpret its historic character of an elegant and modern way without compromising the historic atmosphere.
During your paella cooking holidays with London Paella School, you will see how seriously the Valencians takes their food culture heritage. You will take part in Valencian foodie activities, with culinary visits and cooking classes both in the bustling city and in its fertile surrounding lands.
You will enjoy two paella cooking classes with London Paella School, set both in the city and on the beautiful Lake Albufera with its rice paddies view. Master the skill of making authentic Valenciana paella, seafood paella, and black rice during your cooking lessons! In between the cooking classes, London Paella School will take you to a rustic winery for a tour and wine tasting, as well as to artisan olive oil makers.
Not only that, grab the opportunity to learn about the UNESCO Heritage Fallas festival and eat at atmospheric Spanish tapas bars. Your cooking holiday will come complete with a great night of flamenco!
You will be picked up from the Valencia Airport (VLC) or Valencia Joaquin Sorolla train station in the morning. London Paella School will then take you to your hotel.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a cocktail drink followed by Mercat Central food market tour to purchase all ingredients for you two cooking classes. Your tour at the market will include a tapas wine or beer break at a popular market bar known as the "Central Bar".
After the market tour, you will enjoy your first seafood paella and tapas cooking class followed by a lunch with all the cooked dishes while pairing it with local wines. Later in the evening, relax and enjoy a Flamenco show with tapas dinner with wine at "La Bulería".
Today, after breakfast, you will spend your morning exploring the stunning old town and visit to the city of arts and sciences. Then, you will visit the La Albufera lake, the birthplace of Paella and have your second cooking class here.
You will be cooking your paella on a wood fire. Your lunch will be the food you have cooked during your cooking class. After your cooking class and lunch, enjoy a boat trip to explore the La Albufera Lake. After the boat trip, you will return to your hotel before going for a dinner at an iconic deli shop restaurant, El Colmado de la Lola just in front of El Micalet, the Cathedral Tower at old town.
After breakfast, you can take some time to relax. London Paella School will pick you up and drop you off at Valencia Airport (VLC) for your flight home or at the Valencia Joaquin Sorolla train station for your departure.
If this program does not fit your needs, please let London Paella School know. London Paella School will try their best to customize your cooking holiday according to your specifications.
London Paella School kitchen facilities in Valencia are located at the town center. It is just 10 minutes away by walking from your hotel and five minutes walking distance from the Mercat Central food market.
London Paella School kitchen is a contemporary and sociable space, full of natural light and color - where you can set your culinary creativity free. The kitchen is equipped with state of the art kitchen appliances.
One boat trip to La Albufera Lake is included in the price.
Valencia region is the birthplace of paella - the most popular and international dish of the Spanish gastronomy. The 2000-year-old city, one of Spain’s oldest, was founded by retiring Roman soldiers given land by Caesar as a reward for their bravery. With the best weather in Spain and fewer crowds, it rewards visitors with its abundant produce, friendly people, and lots of sunshine.
Welcome drinks will be served upon your arrival. In this holiday, you will enjoy one Flamenco show dinner and two dinners with wine at an iconic Valencia restaurant. You will also experience two hands-on paella and tapas cooking lessons with London Paella School Paella master chefs followed by meals with wine, water, and dessert after the lessons. Daily breakfast is included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC). London Paella School will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Transfers can only be confirmed at the Valencia Airport (VLC) at specified times. Late arrivals or early departure transfers may incur an additional fee. London Paella School would be happy to confirm the transfers schedule with you before you finalize your travel arrangements.
If you are traveling by train, please arrange your train to arrive at Valencia Joaquin Sorolla train station. London Paella School will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.
Transfers can only be confirmed at the Valencia Joaquin Sorolla train station at specified times. Late arrivals or early departure transfers may incur an additional fee. London Paella School would be happy to confirm the transfers schedule with you before you finalize your travel arrangements.
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