For a truly unforgettable present, treat someone special to a great gift experience in Bankside.
Neal’s Yard Dairy is the ultimate cheese shop, specialising in farm cheeses from the British Isles. If you know someone who loves cheese, they will love the cheese making classes at Neal’s Yard Dairy. Get hands-on and learn the fundamentals of domestic cheese making in this one-day workshop. There’s also a range of regular tasting sessions, from whisky and cheese to the science of tasting.
Bread Ahead are purveyors of the best bread in London. Their sourdough has almost reached cult status and is even blessed in Southwark Cathedral. Learn bread baking from the masters at the new bakery school in the heart of Borough Market. Patisserie to pizza dough, French, English or Nordic breads, there’s a wide range of unique classes to choose from.
Continuing the theme of learning and consuming, Bedales independent wine bar in Borough Market offers a rather unusual approach to wine tasting. Encounter lost grapes and taste the rebels of the wine world and in a series of offbeat workshops. Perfect for wine lovers, wine drinkers and wine experts. Sessions are only £30 which includes cheese and charcuterie.
For the foodie in your life, an Italian chef class at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café is guaranteed to impress.Master the art of pasta making and create signature Italian dishes with hands-on guidance from Head Chef Davide Degiovanni using the finest seasonal ingredients. This half day session ends with lunch and wine for the class.
Theatre-lovers will love to unwrap tickets for afternoon tea and a tour of the Shakespeare’s Globe. The guided tour of the Globe brings the space to life and delves into the life of England’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. The Swan at the Globe, where afternoon tea is served, offers spectacular riverside views across to St Paul’s Cathedral.
There’s a lesser-known Elizabethan theatre in Bankside which is a real hidden gem. It actually disappeared from the map completely until the 1980s when it was rediscovered during building work on the site. The Rose Playhouse is part performance space, part archaeological site which hosts award-winning productions. Othello returns to the stage at the Rose from February 2015.
For a gift that lasts all year, membership to Tate is the perfect present. Members enjoy unlimited free entry to all of the Tate’s exhibitions (across the four galleries), subscription to the Tate magazine, exclusive access to a special members’ area and many more benefits.