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Food Learning

Our food learning programme inspires people to cook with, learn more about, and enjoy to eat plants.

Our diverse programme includes hands-on ‘cook and eat’ sessions for local kids, families, community groups who come along together, and open to all adult specialist masterclasses. 

Through our sessions we hope to nurture an improved relationship with food, through experiences that link food and cooking with enjoyment and social connection. As well as encouraging confidence to try new things and learn new skills

Sessions take place in our beautiful purpose built learning studio kitchen, overlooking the Museum’s Sackler Garden. During the pandemic we adapted our programme to include interactive online family cooking sessions and online resources geared for families to cook in their own time at home. 

We’ve been running the food learning programme since 2017, and since then have run almost 250 sessions (some of which were delivered online through 2020 and early 2021). As well as cooking with many local families and adults we have welcomed in community groups such as adults and young carers from Lambeth Carers Hub, South London Cares, South East London Vision, Archbishop Sumner School, Oasis Play Nature Garden, CEFL, Lambeth Children’s University and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

We base our recipes on seasonal vegetables and fruits and like to include botanically inspired foods such as edible flowers and herbs. Where possible we take inspiration from items in The Museum’s own collection, gardens or the temporary exhibitions. You can try out some of our recipes by checking out our food learning resources below. 

For more information or questions about the food learning programme at the Museum please get in touch with our Food Learning Officer, Ceri Jones on

Our Food Learning Officer, Ceri Jones showing how to hold a cherry tomato with the ‘bridge’ for safe cutting in one of our hands on cooking sessions. 

A list of all our upcoming public food learning events are below.

Cooking sessions at the Museum

All forthcoming public sessions, each designed for different aged groups are listed below. This October half term we are continuing with our Caribbean theme, to coincide with Sowing Roots, our Caribbean Horticultural Heritage Project.


At our monthly masterclass series, you can learn from our expert food writers, chefs and teachers and leave with in-depth knowledge in a new type of cooking each month. From the botanical to the international, all classes are based on vegetarian produce, and take place in our learning studio kitchen.

All classes are very hands-on, with an element of demo from the teacher. Maximum 6-8 participants per class.

All profits from the series will be put towards equipment for the studio as well as our community programmes.

Things to do at home

Check our our food learning resources page for recipes and recipe videos to watch, enabling you to cook our recipes from home.

Family Learning Newsletter

Sign up to receive our fun family activity newsletter, and details about upcoming family and community events

Food Learning Volunteers

We occasionally take on volunteers in Food Learning please see our volunteering page for current vacancies.

Image: Francis Augusto