A New Chapter begins for Le Cordon Bleu London School of Culinary Arts at Bloomsbury Square

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Le Cordon Bleu London is excited to announce its new International Flagship School of Culinary Arts located in the heart of London at 15 Bloomsbury Square, WC1. Its new environmentally sustainable, designed facility will include a rooftop herb garden.

Le Cordon Bleu London School's New Design

Le Cordon Bleu London School Planning Design

With a focus on environmentally sustainability and green design, Le Cordon Bleu London’s
culinary facility, will also include a green roof, sprawling five floors above London’s Bloomsbury Square

After nearly 50 successful years at 114 Marylebone Lane, Le Cordon Bleu London is excited to announce its new International Flagship School of Culinary Arts and UK Headquarters located in the heart of London at 15 Bloomsbury Square, WC1.

Founded on a rich history of tradition, Le Cordon Bleu has been dedicated to sharing its wealth of knowledge and passion for the culinary arts for over 100 years. The school now moves fittingly to London’s oldest square, Bloomsbury Square, created by the pioneering Lord Southampton 336 years ago as the piazza to his mansion. Many 18th and 19th century houses still remain. The square has had numerous famous residents but is most closely associated with the literary and artistic ‘Bloomsbury Group’. Several members of the group lived in the area in the early decades of the 20th century, including biographer Lytton Strachey and novelist Virginia Woolf.

The building features state-of-the-art kitchen and classroom facilities offering students the latest and most innovative opportunities in culinary education.

With a focus on environmentally sustainability and green design, Le Cordon Bleu London’s culinary facility, will also include a green roof, sprawling five floors above London’s Bloomsbury Square.

The environmentally friendly project will encompass two successful features in green roof innovation; a sedum blanket, planted with wildflower and herbaceous species, together with rooftop herb garden.

This type of green roof, which includes a variety of plant species, will create better biodiversity than normally found on standard green roofs. The rooftop herb garden will not only generate an abundant supply of the freshest cooking ingredients, but will also provide students with an additional educational resource, allowing them to study plants and herbs in their natural state. Le Cordon Bleu chefs and students alike can look forward to a rooftop oasis of micro lettuces, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.

The green roof will result in the following benefits:

  •     Encouraging biodiversity in the area
  •     Helping to mitigate the impact of heavy downpours of rain
  •     Increasing oxygen production
  •     Creating a visually pleasing environmental feature

Approximately 30 m² (323 Sq Ft) of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will also be positioned on the south west facing roof, contributing to the building’s energy supply and recognizing the importance of implementing renewable energy sources.

ABOUT LE CORDON BLEU: Le Cordon Bleu offers the most recognized and prestigious culinary training programs in the world. Courses available at Le Cordon Bleu range from certificates earned in just 11 weeks to the coveted Le Grand Diplôme, a 9 month program in cuisine and pastry, considered the passport to the culinary world.

Le Cordon Bleu London culinary arts programs are accredited with IIQ Level 4 on the UK National Qualification framework. The Level 4 qualification is one of the highest practical culinary qualifications in the UK and is recognized internationally. In addition, Le Cordon Bleu London holds the Highly Trusted Sponsor License under Tier 4 with the UK Border Agency.

For more information:
Le Cordon Bleu London
15 Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2LS, U.K.
T: +44 (0) 207 400 3900
F: +44 (0) 207 400 3901
london(at)cordonbleu(dot)edu
lcblondon.com

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