Billingsgate Seafood School, London Docklands, London
Located in London’s Docklands, in the same building as the famous Billingsgate Fish Market, this is the ‘plaice’ to perfect your skills.
- Located at Billingsgate Fish Market
- Learn seafood skills
- Varied course programme
- Good for groups
Billingsgate Seafood School
Just a 10-minute walk from the shiny office towers of Canary Wharf, London’s financial district, lies Billingsgate Fish Market, home to the Billingsgate Seafood School. From the school you can look down into the market which provides London, and a large part of the South East, with fresh seafood from around the world.
Take a Seafood Course
The school runs weekday, evening and weekend courses tailored to different audiences. The range is impressive. Families can take part in a ‘Parent & Child Seafood Cookery Day’, you can perfect your knife skills on ‘Gut, fillet and shuck like a fishmonger’ or do a day course in how to smoke and preserve seafood.
Do ‘Catch of the Day’ and Tour Billingsgate Fish Market
Many people start with ‘Catch of the Day 1’, which teaches you how to prepare a number of fish and make a fabulous fish stock. The courses are excellent value because you get to take home anything you prepare and you are usually fed the school’s legendary market breakfast. The course includes an early morning tutored tour of Billingsgate when the market is in full swing. You can learn about the different species and how to check they’re at their seasonal best.
- If you don’t want to do a course, book a place on one of the monthly escorted tours of Billingsgate Fish Market
- The school also supports the Seafood Industry by running courses for new and established fishmongers, chefs and catering companies. They even have their own wet room for demonstrating how to create a fish display
Where to Stay Near Billingsgate Fish Market
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine – a charitable foundation in the city’s Limehouse area offering a peaceful location and good value accommodation.
The Z Hotel Shoreditch – a great option for travellers needing easy access to the City. Rooms have ensuite shower rooms and breakfast is provided in the Z Cafe.
The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell – a quirky Georgian townhouse with 13 individually designed rooms.
The Rookery in Clerkenwell – situated just over a mile from Borough market, this elegant boutique hotel set within a row of 18th century houses is furnished with antiques and paintings.
Not one for me.