The casual Cookbook Cafe, inside the InterContinental London Park Lane, is a treasure trove of culinary know-how, with chefs demonstrating, customers learning, and sommeliers in training. Tricks of the trade are also on the menu, especially at a Sunday brunch that runs the gamut from wood-fire breakfast pizza to poached eggs with caviar. Insider’s tip: The Cafe oversees a virtual food community as well, so check its Web site for secret recipes and the chance to interact with gourmets, gourmands, and professional chefs.

One Hamilton Pl.
+44 (0)20 7318 8563
www.cookbookcafe.co.uk