Culinary Tour - LONDON | London, England | May 21 - 28, 2015

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Explore + feast  - for those interested in learning about London's food culture:

Join Ace Camp’s in-house chef Alison Bell and London insider Leigh Metcalf for a culinary tour of the best food that London has to offer. The 7 night/6 day Ace Camp offers a walking tour with a local expert, markets, food shops and visits to some of the best food related venues curated for you to see what's happening in London's food scene.

Taste Britain’s creamiest artisan cheeses at Neal’s Yard Dairy, tour the world famous Borough and historic Smithfield Markets, savour a lunch at Yotam Ottolenghi’s restaurant, Nopi, and Fergus Henderson’s St. John.  Learn the culinary secrets of one of the UK’s top chefs and food photographers, Alastair Hendy, at a private salon in his London kitchen, venture on a food related tour with Jenny Linford, spend time with Rosalind Rathouse at the Cookery School at Little Portland Street.

Tasting the food of London will elevate your travel experience to the most sensual level.

Create unforgettable culinary experiences while savouring the tastes of Soho, touring Fortnum and Mason’s Food Halls, drinking tea at Liberty of London, and baking the perfect scone.

Neal's Yard Dairy

Neal's Yard Dairy

Alastair Hendy as seen in Remodelista | image:  Matthew Williams

Alastair Hendy as seen in Remodelista | image:  Matthew Williams

Your ACE CAMP Tour Directors ~


ALISON BELL - is a chef, food educator and culinary scholar who holds a Master's in Gastronomy.  Alison's career has spanned the globe, taking her from working with some of Canada’s most talented chefs to cooking for America’s Cup yachting teams, running her own cafe and catering business and sharing her passion for food as a food educator for over twenty years. Alison is thrilled to share her culinary knowledge and healthful, innovative cuisine with Ace Camp Culinary.

LEIGH METCALF - is a world traveler, blogger, freelance writer and photographer who has written widely for magazines on tea rooms, shops, artists, interiors and crafts. Though originally from the US, Leigh has lived in London for the last 5 years with her husband and two daughters.   Leigh loves cooking, crafting and exploring the nooks and crannies of London, finding treasures in tucked away vintage shops and foodie havens. Luckily, Leigh also loves to share her secrets.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 7 nights*  (based on shared occupancy)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches - including Nopi, an Ottolenghi restaurant, St. John and lunch with Alastair Hendy
  • 4 dinners
  • An exclusive morning with Alastair Hendy
  • Guided cheese tasting and wine pairing
  • Chef's cooked meals
  • A cooking class
  • A visit to the Cookery School at Little Portland Street and chat with Rosalind Rathouse
  • A foodie tour of Soho with Jenny Linford
  • Guided shopping tours
  • Transportation in London

*Rooms are shared. 3 single rooms are available for an extra fee.

This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Airfare + airport transfer are not included.


Fee:  $2569.00 - shared occupancy

Deposit: $1569.00


Fee:  $2869.00 - single occupancy

Deposit: $1869.00

Deposit is due when your placement is confirmed via email from Ace Camps.

Final Payment of $1000.00 due March 5, 2015

All fees are payable in USD.

Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait

The Cookery School at Little Portland / image: Jacintha Verdegaal

The Cookery School at Little Portland / image: Jacintha Verdegaal



This Ace Camp group will be staying in one of two houses which are minutes from each other in the neighbourhood of Marylebone. One house is a stately five floor Georgian townhouse located on the edge of Regents Park. Dating from 1800, this magnificent London home has recently been refurbished, adding to the charm of its period features a light, contemporary feel. There is a private patio garden, providing the kitchen with plenty of natural light making it perfect for photographing your cooking classes. 

The other house has three floors and a tasteful interior with a beautiful wooden dining table and quiet comfortable bedrooms that have great elegance and even greater charm. A small but stylish patio leads out of large French windows directly opposite the dining area, and is a wonderful spot for early morning coffee al fresco, and relaxing beverage before a home-cooked meal in the evening.

Marylebone, an upscale neighbourhood, is bounded by Oxford St. to the south and Regent’s Park to the north. Since the 17th century it has been a fashionable and vibrant London community with past residents including Charles Dickens and Lord Byron as well as Arthur Conan Doyle and his creation Sherlock Holmes


Private home stay

Private home stay

Fergus Henderson's - St. John Restaurant is known around the world as the restaurant that brought real British food to the fore. A visit to St John is a must.  Henderson’s hallmark “nose to tail cooking”, a culinary description he coined, is praised by chef Anthony Bourdain and British writer and ,famously unforgiving, food critic A. A. Gill.  Featured dishes include Roast Marrow Bone and Parsley Salad, Potted Shrimp, Roast Lamb, Grilled Kidneys, simple, seasonal vegetables and a selection of traditional British sweets. In consultation with St. John, ACE Camp Cooks will choose a selection of dishes for the group.


The places you'll visit...the things you'll do.

  • A visit to Borough Market
  • An exclusive morning with Alastair Hendy and a visit to his home followed by a meal cooked especially for our group
  • Tea sampling
  • A tour + shopping in Shoreditch - think Labour + Wait or Luna + Curious
  • Learn how to make the perfect scone and a Pimm's Cup.
  • Lunch at Nopi - a Yotam Ottolenghi restaurant
  • Lunch at St. John
  • A foodie tour with Jenny Linford
  • A visit to the Cookery School at Little Portland Street with Rosalind Rathouse
  • Free days to adventure on your own
  • Chef cooked meals
St. John Restaurant / Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi

St. John Restaurant / Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant Nopi

Liberty London/Rosalind Rathouse/Notting Hill

Liberty London/Rosalind Rathouse/Notting Hill


Transportation to central London can be made from either Gatwick Airport via Gatwick Express or Heathrow Airport via Heathrow Express. Once in London (Paddington Station for Heathrow arrivals and London Victoria Station for Gatwick arrivals), you will get the tube (London’s underground subway) to Baker Street Station. The apartments are a short 2-4 minute walk to either apartment. More detailed travel information will be sent after your registration.


London is lovely in spring, but the weather can sometimes be a bit unpredictable. One minute it might be fairly warm and sunny and the next minute cool, breezy and rainy. High temperature averages are 17C / 63F and low temperature averages are 10C / 50F. It’s best to pack a variety of clothing and dress in layers. Light sweaters, scarves and jackets are best, and an umbrella is a must no matter what the weather report says. You never know when a light shower will pop up. 


You won't be able to do it all, unfortunately, as London has so many incredible sites but here are a few ideas to plan for:  Victoria and Albert Museum
Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Hyde Park
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Covent Garden,
Lamb’s Conduit Street Shops, Bea’s Of Bloomsbury (tea/cupcakes), British Museum, James Smith and Son’s Umbrellas, Westminster Abbey,
Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, 
Oxford St, Regent Street, Bond Street, 
Harrod’s, Liberty, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Travel Day

Check-in at 4 pm.
Welcome dinner and introductions.
Alison and Leigh will go over the itinerary and the plans for the week.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Exclusive Private Kitchen Salon with Chef + Style Guru - Alastair Hendy + Shoreditch Shopping

8:00am Breakfast

10:00am  We will spend the morning in Alastair’s kitchen where he will share his fascinating career as a chef, food photographer, writer, stylist, restaurateur, and, restorer of Tudor buildings.
Lunch  A delightful chef's prepared meal by ALASTAIR HENDY and his staff.
Following lunch -  The wonderful world of SHOREDITCH.  Leigh will work her magic by taking us to some of her favourite haunts. Free time to shop. 
7:30pm  Dinner at a quintessential London Pub (not included in Ace Camp fees)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Borough Market + Neal's Yard Dairy

8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Tour of BOROUGH MARKET with a tea tasting and free time to explore.
Lunch: Samplings of the best Borough Market has to offer.
2:00pm  Visit to NEAL'S YARD DAIRY for an introduction to England’s finest artisan cheeses.
5:00pm Guided cheese-tasting and wine pairing in the parlour at Linhope Rd.
7:30pm  Dinner in the dining room at Park Rd.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Walking tour of Marylebone + Regent's Park - a visit to Fortnum and Mason and Liberty of London and a cooking class

8:00am  Breakfast - Eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled mushrooms and tomatoes- “The Full English” an institution!
10:00am  A walking tour of MARYLEBONE FARMERS' MARKET, the renowned shops of Marylebone and Regent’s Park. Alison will gather food from the market for lunch.
Lunch  Market lunch at home.  A sampling of fresh, organic, local foods from London area farmers, foragers and producers.
Afternoon  A trip to the legendary Food Halls of Fortnum and Mason and Liberty of London.
Cooking Class - Learn the secrets of a British High Tea and the perfect Pimm’s Cup.  A toast to Queen Victoria on Victoria Day.
Dinner  Classic British at home- a sampling of Jamie Oliver’s British Comfort Food.

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Free Day to yourself (or with others in the group) to adventure around London

8:00  Breakfast - Continental Breakfast:  Fresh cheeses, fruit, yogurt, granola, fresh baked goods, croissants and preserves, coffee and tea.

(See above for ideas:  Leigh + Alison will help with your planning)

Lunch and Dinner  On your own - we will help you plan your day and offer suggestions for your meals out in London.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A trip to Smithfield Market, lunch at Fergus Henderson's St. John, a visit to the Cookery School at Little Portland Street with Rosalind Rathouse.

7:00am  Continental Breakfast.  Fresh cheeses, fruit, yogurt, granola, croissants and preserves.
9:00am  A Guided tour of SMITHFIELD MARKET. Free time to explore.

2:00pm  A visit to the Cookery School at Little Portland Street where Rosalind Rathouse will regale us with tales of her cookery school, voted best in England 2013, and the evolution of the food scene in London.
Dinner  Food for Thought - an homage to recipes from London’s most famous vegetarian restaurant of the same name.  Food for Thought has been a beacon of healthful, innovative cuisine in Covent Garden for over thirty years.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free morning (or a group visit to Tate Britain), lunch at Nopi, A foodie tour with Jenny Linford.

8:00am  Breakfast  Continental Breakfast - Fresh cheeses, fruit, yogurt, granola, fresh baked goods, croissants and preserves, coffee and tea.
Morning   A visit to the TATE BRITAIN.  Keeping within the gastronomic theme, learn about the important role of simple table salt in photography through the exhibit “ Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840- 1860” (Admission to exhibit not covered by ACE Camps) or enjoy one of the many free public exhibits, including  “Surrealism and Beyond” and “Poetry and Dream.”    
Lunch  YOTAM OTTOLENGHI'S restaurant, NOPI.  This trademark Ottolenghi restaurant in Soho offers a wide selection of outstanding, seasonal food.  While much of Isreali-born Ottolenghi’s food exemplifies the tastes of the Middle East, he is known for marrying the flavours of the Mediterranean and Asia, as well.  A simple, family-style selection of dishes such as courgette and manouril fritters, coriander seed-crusted burrata with blood orange and chicken with lemon myrtle salt.
Afternoon  A foodie tour of Soho with JENNY LINFORD.  Join one of London’s most renowned foodies as we savour some of the finest foods Soho has to offer from around the world.

Farewell dinner.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Travel Day

Alison + Leigh will help coordinate shared rides to airport or other travel destinations.

8:00am Breakfast: Farm Eggs, English cheeses, fruit, yogurt, granola, fresh baked goods, croissants and preserves , coffee and tea.

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.