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6 Days Really Useful Cooking Course in London, UK

The Avenue Cookery School, 3 Enterprise Way, Wandsworth, London SW18 1FZ, UK

Basic Cooking Course London, UK

This cooking course will teach you the basics of how to cook. This course is a blessing for those who require some advice on how to cook in the correct way, making your time in the kitchen a smooth and enjoyable thing!


  • Hands-on cooking
  • 5-day intensive program
  • Wine tasting and dinner party on Thursday
  • The Really Useful Course Avenue Certificate on completion
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • An Avenue cookbook
  • An Avenue apron

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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You will be provided with accommodation at a family-run bed and breakfast that Avenue has worked closely with for years. Rooms will be separated into male or female shared rooms (this can be more than one other person). A guaranteed private room is available at an extra cost.


This 1-week course is suitable for all ages and teaches a unique mix of cooking and useful everyday kitchen or household skills. It has been designed to take inexperienced cooks through a week of planned, traditional recipes, tips and techniques. The whole week is very hands-on and support is provided throughout by the chefs.

Each day will kick off with a lively demonstration, preparing you for the culinary adventure ahead. You will be preparing your lunch in the morning, and then in the afternoon you will prepare more delicious dishes. Emphasis throughout the week is also made on affordable eating with no waste for those on a budget.

On Thursday, The Avenue will be hosting a dinner party for your friends and family. This dinner is organized, cooked and hosted by all the students from the week - a fantastic introduction to cooking for numbers.

Some further detail on what's in store:

  • Fun, warm and professional teaching
  • Hands-on cooking
  • The Avenue cookbook
  • The Avenue apron
  • Tips for hosting and cooking
  • The Really Useful Course Avenue Certificate
  • All facilities, equipment and ingredients are included

You will learn:

  • Excellent cooking skills
  • Knowledge of recipes
  • Cooking with leftovers
  • Presentation
  • Fridge management
  • Kitchen hygiene
  • Menu planning
  • Time planning

Course timings

  • Monday - Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 (lunch included)
  • Thursday 09:00 - 21:00 (lunch and The Avenue Dinner Party in the evening)
  • Friday 09:00 - 16:00 (breakfast and lunch included)


Morning demonstration

  • Health and safety
  • Victoria sponge
  • Duty team - explaining who's on duty and their role
  • Laying a table and serving etiquette i.e. serving and clearing plates and pouring wine
  • Organization - how to wash up, clean up as you go along and keep the place clean and tidy
  • Dishwasher use and maintenance
  • Making tea and coffee
  • Diana’s bread
  • Lemonade
  • Knife skills including sharpening knives (onion, garlic, chilli, lemongrass, ginger)
  • White sauce and beurre manie
  • Cooking broccoli
  • Chocolate roulade and dealing with chocolate

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

  • Lasagne
  • Broccoli
  • Chocolate roulade
  • Chocolate sauce (demonstrated)

Duty team

  • Victoria sponge
  • Diana's bread
  • Homemade lemonade

Afternoon cooking (2.45 / 3 PM)

  • Rendang curry/casserole

Afternoon demonstration

  • Cooking rice
  • Cooking peas
  • Different ways of using leftover mince herbs / aromatic veg
  • Poaching chicken
  • Making stock
  • How to look after your dishwasher and using a washing machine
  • How to make a shopping list
  • Stocking a fridge and cupboards
  • Time planning
  • How to sweep and clean a floor properly

Residential supper

  • Chilli con carne
  • Rice and peas
  • Fruit


Morning demonstration

  • Introduction to herbs - hardy and fragile
  • Making custard
  • Apples - peeling and cutting
  • Leeks and carrots - julienne and how to cook
  • Bacon - chopping efficiently
  • Chicken - poaching, removing flesh, topping a pie with puff pastry
  • Puff pastry - different ideas for leftovers cheese straws/galette
  • Shortcrust pastry - lining and baking blind

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

  • Chicken pie
  • Leeks and carrots
  • Apple crumble/charlotte
  • Custard
  • Shortcrust pastry - baking blind

Afternoon demonstration

  • Talk about making a savory custard
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Couscous and frying off vegetables
  • Chicken chorizo
  • Ice cream - honeycomb

Duty team

  • Poach chickens
  • Victoria sponge
  • Diana's bread
  • Lemonade

Afternoon cooking (2.45 / 3 PM)

  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Quiche

Residential supper

  • Chicken chorizo
  • Couscous
  • Chocolate roulade


Morning demonstration

  • Potatoes - roast, mash for fish pie, rosti, fondant, rustic, hasselbacks, stacks, dauphinoise, baked, minted boiled new potatoes, baked potato souffle, crushed and roasted
  • Talk about bread sauce
  • Cabbage - shredded
  • Lamb - carving
  • Chicken - carving
  • Lemon roast chicken - jointing
  • Gravy
  • Lemon meringue pie
  • Treacle tart
  • Ginger and pecan tart
  • Apricot and almond tart

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 pm)

  • All of the above

Duty team

  • Victoria sponge
  • Diana's bread
  • Lemonade

Afternoon demonstration with helps from students

  • Tomatoes - blanching/concasse
  • Beans - blanching
  • Peppers - skinning
  • Melba toast
  • Garlic bread
  • Bruschetta
  • Papillote for salmon mousse
  • Fish Pie (boiled eggs, wilted spinach, breadcrumb topping and potato)
  • Twice baked soufflé

Afternoon cooking (2.45 / 3 PM)

  • Humous
  • Smoked mackerel pate
  • Smoked salmon mousse
  • Tomato bruschetta
  • Garlic bread
  • Melba toast

Residential supper

  • Quiche
  • Salad
  • Fruit


Morning demonstration

  • Fruit preparation - for fruit salad

Lunch made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

  • Leek and bacon risotto with rocket garlic bread (already made)
  • Fruit salad
  • Honeycomb ice cream

Lunch dishes for party made by students (1.45 / 2 PM)

  • Blanched bean salad
  • Coronation chicken
  • Mixed rice salad
  • Profiteroles
  • Chocolate icing for profiteroles

Duty team

  • Victoria sponge
  • Diana's bread
  • Lemonade

Afternoon cooking and duties

  • Oven cleaning
  • Deep cleaning the kitchen
  • Finish off dishes for the evening dinner party
  • Make meringues
  • Make chantilly cream
  • Sandwich meringues with chantilly cream
  • Fill profiteroles with chantilly cream
  • 5.30 PM : Team photo (email straight to Shanga)
  • 5.45 PM : Wine tasting

Dinner party (7 PM)

  • Humous
  • Smoked Mackerel Pâté
  • Salmon Mousse
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Melba Toast
  • Coronation Chicken
  • Mixed Rice Salad
  • Mixed Bean Salad
  • Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce
  • Meringues
  • Fruit Salad


Morning demonstration

  • Breakfast in a pan
  • Eggs (fried, poached, scrambled, omelettes, boiled)
  • Fried bread
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • French toast
  • Students cook themselves breakfast of their choice

Breakfast made by students (11 AM)

  • Choice of above

Afternoon demonstration

  • Bread crumbing
  • Arancini Balls
  • Tarte Tatin

Duty team

  • Everyone help clean kitchen

Lunch made by students (2.30 / 3 PM)

  • Katsu Curry Sauce
  • Chicken Goujons
  • Thai Sticky Rice
  • Soup
  • Tarte Tatin


  • Clear up and clean kitchen
  • Test
  • Round-up of the course
  • Certificates awarded
  • Finish around 4 / 4.30 PM


The cooking course will take place at The Avenue Cookery School in London.


Breakfast and dinner will be provided every morning and evening from Monday. Since you are staying from Sunday night, you will need to eat before you arrive. Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for on request, but time restraints mean meal alternatives will not be covered in the demonstrations.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • This cooking course is recommended to be followed by the Intermediate Cookery Course
  • You can take the Food Safety Level 2 Certificate (extra 39 GBP)
  • If you want to buy a class as a present but can’t think of a specific date, you can buy a voucher (redeemable for 1 year)

‘Avenue Amigos’

Get a ‘stamp’ for each class you book and for each friend you recommend. For every 10 stamps, you get a free class.

What's included

  • 2 daily cooking demo
  • 5-day intensive program
  • The Really Useful Course Avenue Certificate
  • Wine tasting and dinner party (prepared by you) on Thursday
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • An Avenue Cookbook
  • An Avenue apron
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday

What's not included

  • Intermediate Cookery Course
  • Food Safety Level 2 Certificate (extra 39 GBP)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flights to arrive at any London airport. Depending on which airport you arrive at, it will cost about 15 GBP one way or 25 GBP return trip using train transfers and then approximately 5 GBP for the tube fee.

Arrival by car

There is road parking but this tends to get taken up quickly, in which case there is paid parking at Riverside West Car Park on Smugglers Way; a four-minute walk to the school. You are able to park for free on evenings and weekends next or near to the school but this can depend on spaces.

Please make sure you read the signs so you don’t get landed with a ticket. For those renting the kitchen and needing to unload, there is a spot available outside, which can be used for free for half an hour.

Arrival by train

Wandsworth Town is the closest train station, just a 20-minute train journey from Waterloo. The Avenue Cookery School is a short 10-minute walk from Wandsworth town. East Putney is the closest tube (17 minute walk or five minute taxi ride).

Walking direction from Wandsworth Town train station

  • You turn left out of the station and walk under the railway bridge
  • Keep walking straight over the traffic lights and all the way along Smugglers Way with Holiday Inn and B&Q on your left (about a five-minute walk)
  • You will eventually reach a pedestrianized area and walk over a little bridge where you will reach a new housing complex
  • Keep walking straight and The Avenue Cookery School is on the right when you reach the T-junction, directly opposite the Sainsbury’s

Arrival by boat

From the city, you can get the river boat to Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier which is just a two minutes' walk to the kitchen.

Arrival by bus

Nearby bus links: 44, 28, 295, 28, C3, 37, 337, 39, 220, and 270.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 27% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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This vacation is available on select dates from April to May and July to October with arrival on Sunday, departure on Friday.

Low season
  • October
  • April 14 - July 12
  • July 14 - 26
High season
  • September
  • August 11 - September 27

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