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Pop-Up Sustainable Cooking Classes in London

Updated: May 13, 2020

Every Wednesday and Thursday from July until October, Londoners are invited to join any and all of Small Change Big Difference’s free pop up cooking classes teaching kitchen skills on fermentation, food waste and sustainability.

The 30 workshops will be hosted at a variety of different locations across the capital, popping up in places such as Brixton and Battersea, Stoke Newington and Oxford Circus. The workshops are part of the Small Change Big Difference campaign which focuses on the uncomfortable fact that 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry every year in the UK, and yet at the same time, 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat. To put that last figure into perspective, it's the equivalent to the entire population of London according to FareShare, the UK’s longest running food redistribution charity which was created in 1994 by homeless charity Crisis and supermarket chain Sainsbury's. The aim of the workshops is for attendees to leave with new skills and knowledge on how to make the most of ingredients that tend to linger the longest in fridges and larders, creating less waste.

If a free cooking workshop teaching sustainable cooking skills with all plant-based ingredients and recipes sounds good to you, browse the below workshops and book your free spot at The £10 deposit is fully refundable.


Wednesday 3rd, 18:30-21:00

‘Broccoli stalk pesto and a variety of salads’ at The Platform Café, Brixton

Wednesday 10th, 18:30-21:00

‘Fermentation workshop’ at Made in Hackney, Stoke Newington

Wednesday 17th, 18:30-21:00

‘No veg left behind’ supper at The London Cookery Project, Battersea

Thursday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 12:45-13:40

‘Waste-FREE lunch’ Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle


Wednesdays 7th and 28th

Kitchen Joy will be teaching waste-free cooking in Chiswick

Thursday 8th

Kitchen Joy food waste class at Cookery School, Little Portland Street: learn how to make savoury bread and butter pudding, 'bottom of the fridge soup' and the best ever banana bread, plus more

Wednesday 14th

The London Cookery Project in Clapham Junction will be teaching how to make a vegetarian dinner using surplus vegetables from City Harvest

Thursday 15th and Wednesday 21st

Elysia Catering & Oliveology will be teaching how to make vegetable dips, pesto, fermented vegetables and fruit compote

Thursday 29th

Food waste class with Central Street Cookery School


Wednesday 4th,18:30-21:00

Class at Cookery School, Little Portland Street

Thursday 5th, 18:30-21:00

Class at Made in Hackney with public health nutritionist Daphné Duval: How to cook a tasty, filling meal with potatoes

Wednesday 18th, 18:30-21:00

Class at The Skip Garden, Kings Cross

Thursday 19th, 18:30-21:00

Class at Central Street Cookery School

Wednesday 25th, 18:30-21:00

Class at The Platform Café, Loughborough Junction with author, blogger and expert on getting kids to eat more vegetables, Mandy Mazliah. Theme: potatoes


Wednesday 2nd,18:30-21:00

Class at The Platform Café, Loughborough Junction with Mandy Mazliah. Theme: Bananas

Thursday 3rd, 18:30-21:00

The Skip Garden, Kings Cross

Wednesday 9th, 18:30-21:00

Class at Central Street Cookery School

Thursday 10th, 18:30-21:00

Class at Made in Hackney. Theme: how to cook a tasty, filling meal with canned & frozen ingredients


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