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Cooks will salivate in this fantastic store. If you need something with which to blanch, zest, grate, glaze or dust, then you’re almost guaranteed to find it here. There’s a good range of top-quality kitchen classics from the likes of Kitchenaid Artisan, a dazzling array of knives and attractive chunky earthenware. Venture downstairs for staggeringly pricey cookers by La Cornue, plus copper pans, enormous mortar and pestles, super-thick wooden chopping boards and old-fashioned ice-cream scoops. The baking section is exhaustive. If you don’t think you merit fancy cooking tools yet, then enlist in its cookery school to hone your skills. It's worth noting that there's another Divertimenti in Marylebone, which opened in 2014.

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Venue name: Divertimenti
Address: 227-229 Brompton Rd
Opening hours: 9.30am-6pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri; 9.30am-7pm Wed; 10am-6pm Sat; noon-5.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge/South Kensington
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Alexandra L

Divertimenti, how do I love thee, let me count the ways...your overflowing shelves of glossy cookbooks...your baskets full of kitchen trinkets I never knew I needed...your Instagrammable, copper pan topped, enamel cookers I can't afford to buy but can swoon over till the cows come home...yep, if I have a shop crush in London, it's on this gorgeous little spot on Brompton Road. Recently though I wasn't there to spend on spiralisers or salad spinners, I was there for a Street Food Cooking Demonstration in the cookery school kitchen downstairs and frankly, it was a thoroughly delightful way to pass an evening. 

Having felt only a few hours earlier that ugh, it was cold and ugh, I was tired and ugh, it was only Wednesday and ugh, I wasn't sure I felt like going anymore, it was with total relief that I skipped home afterwards, warm on the inside from wine, interesting company & most importantly, delicious food. Held by the lovely food stylist, writer & cookbook author Jennifer Joyce, this class focused on some of the fabulous dishes in her new book 'My Street Food Kitchen' and it was the most relaxing blend of intimate – 16 of us sat around a giant workbench – and casual – free glasses of wine to wash down the wonderful plates of food that came our way throughout the 2.5 hour session.

We traveled from Thailand to South America and Korea as Jennifer demonstrated a luscious tuna ceviche, soft & sweet steamed buns stuffed with spicy pork, glossy & absolutely finger licking good Korean chicken wings and bulgogi beef with rice & totally addictive pickled Lebanese cucumbers.  Everything was talked through and demonstrated in front of us, questions were shared and answered with patience and passion and comprehensive recipe cards were available for us to take away at the end so that we could recreate the flavours of the world in our own London kitchens. 

I went alone and had a great time so don't feel that you have to go with someone. The Divertimenti staff are so friendly and welcoming and it's easy to make conversation with others around the table. Men and women from mid 20's to mid 60's were in attendance on this occasion, some had been before and others were first timers like myself. Classes range in price from £65 – 100+ depending on the length & participation required so vouchers for them would make perfect presents for the always-hungry person in your life.

Divertimenti offers a wide range of classes, workshops & demonstrations depending on whether you want to wield the knife yourself or sit back, drink wine and watch someone else do it for you and let's be honest, there are times when we want to do the first...and times when we just need to do the second. I came away glad that I'd gone and tried something new & food related for the first time and excited to give some of the recipes a go myself...now please excuse me while I go stock up on tamarind sauce, sesame seeds & more of those kitchy gadgets I now know I simply can't live without...