You Won’t Believe What’s Hiding Inside This Former Toothpaste Factory

Travel Editor

Updated: 1 June 2017

Alston Works in leafy north London was once a dental factory producing everything from orthodontic equipment to toothpaste. Now the industrial estate in High Barnet is home to one of the UK’s most innovative chefs and a culinary experience for all the senses.

Inauspicious surroundings shouldn’t put you off visiting Alston Works this summer. The tall, narrow building in one of north London’s sleepy suburbs is home to movie directors, special effects producers, technologists, designers, architects and artists.

Perhaps most interesting of all its residents is Michelin-trained chef Jozef Youssef, who founded Kitchen Theory in 2010, and works closely with Professor Charles Spence – a specialist in multi-sensory food perception and head of Oxford’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory.