What should I bring?
Just yourself. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there will be times when you may be standing for long periods. You will be able to buy the complete range of spices used on the course and a spice box so bring some pocket money!
Do I need to take notes?
By all means if you find it helpful but Spice Monkey will supply students with recipes for all dishes made after the course. With the knowledge you've gained, you should be able to go home and recreate the same perfect meal on your own.
Will I be cooking or watching?
The best way to learn is by doing. Because we cook in small groups you’ll be preparing all aspects of the dishes. There’ll be plenty of involvement either on your own or in pairs.
Can I choose what I learn?
Courses are structured around the prep and cooking of a complete meal. Please contact us if there are specific dishes you would like to learn.
Can Spice Monkey come to my house?
Yes, Spice Monkey would be delighted to teach you in your own home. Please click here for more information
How do I book & pay?
Look at the course options on the website and choose the one you think suits you best. You can book and pay directly via the website.
Can I buy gift vouchers?
We sell gift vouchers and they make the perfect present for any food loving friend or relative. What’s more, they’re valid for 9 months and allow the student the flexibility to book a course on a date that suits them.
What if I can't make it to a course I've booked?
Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions below. We are unable to offer a refund once you’ve booked on a course. If you can’t make your course date please give us as much notice as possible otherwise you may incur a charge to rebook. We will happily accept a named guest in your place.
What if I am ill before the course?
If you have had an infectious illness (vomiting and/or diarrhoea) within the 48 hours before the class starts you must call us before the course to let us know.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
Please contact Spice Monkey if you have any dietary requirements or allergies before a course so we can discuss whether the class is suitable. Please be aware that the following allergens may be used in some of the recipes used at the cookery school: Cereals containing gluten, fish, milk, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya, sulphur dioxide. Please note we cannot guarantee we are free from traces of any allergen and others in the class may be cooking with that ingredient, even if you do not eat it. Further detail is available upon request.
Spice Monkey will not share or forward on your contact details to any other organisation
Where is Spice Monkey HQ?
We are at 191 Victoria Road, Alexandra Palace, London N22 7XH. There is ample free parking outside on the street. Nearest public transport is Bounds Green tube station (Piccadilly Line). Several buses run from here in the direction of Muswell Hill (299, 102 and 184). Alight at the Victoria Road stop. Alternatively you can travel to Alexandra Palace over-land station (North London Line) which has quick, easy links from Finsbury Park, Kings Cross and Highbury & Islington.
Spice Monkey do not aim to discriminate against any clients. Please note that the property is set back from the main road with 12 steps up from the street so sadly we can not facilitate people requiring wheelchair acces.
Booking Terms and Conditions
No refunds given.
You can change the date of your course free of charge but we need a minimum 28 days notice before the course date.
Between 28 days - 14 days before your course, you can change your date but this will incur a £25 per person fee.
Within 14 days of the course, no date changes can be made under any circumstances. However, we will happily accept someone else in your place.
Spice Monkey vouchers are valid for 9 months. You may use a voucher which does not cover the value of a particular course by paying the balance at check out.
We retain the right to change the advertised menu or cancel classes for example due to illness, staff availability or numbers. Where possible we will give as much notice as we can if this is the case.