Easter is quickly approaching – bring on the four day weekend! – and if you’re not vacating in your Cornish holiday home, you might be wondering where you can still book in for an Easter feast. Thankfully, we’ve found a handful of London’s best restaurants that still have tables for the big weekend.
From hearty Sunday lunches to adorable bao bun chicks, here’s where to book for Easter lunch.
The Ivy St John’s Wood
You can always count on The Ivy to create something extra special whenever the season turns, and the Easter offering at their St John’s Wood restaurant is no exception.
Celebrating spring, the menu features seasonal favourites that spotlight the best of British ingredients. Tuck into dishes such as grilled asparagus with Szechuan mayo, capers, flaked almonds, quails egg and watercress; garden pea and nettle soup; and the new Black Bee Honey and white chocolate cheesecake.
There’s also a selection of fresh spring cocktails too, including the French Garden and a Sparkling Peartini.
Make Easter extra special with Aqua Shard and their tasty three-course brunch. Expect your usual favourites including eggs benedict with honey roast Dingley Dell ham, hollandaise and a poached Cackleberry Farm egg, as well as some Easter additions include their adorable dessert. The Egg in a Nest is a chocolate shell filled with crunchy white chocolate pearls, coconut mousse and passion fruit and mango sauce.
Expect your brunch favourites plus a few welcomed Easter treats...
Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Secret Garden at South Place Hotel
Easter afternoon tea? You can count us in!
The secret floral oasis hidden inside South Place Hotel has launched a delicious Easter themed afternoon tea that Londoners and Easter bunnies alike can tuck into. Make your way through a sandwich selection of chicken, roquette and black truffle; duck egg and Dorset watercress; and California lobster roll, before trying their hot cross ‘scone’.
Save room for your sweet tooth and delight on guava and pineapple bavarois; Yorkshire rhubarb and chamomile mousse; and ‘milk chocolate’ and pecan rocher.
South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
The Game Bird at The Stafford London
If it’s a traditional British Easter Sunday you’re looking forward to, make sure you visit The Game Bird at The Stafford London. This Easter you and your family can feast on a three-course lunch or dinner of vine tomato consommé, a Sunday roast with the trimmings and a sticky toffee pudding mousse for dessert.
16 – 18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ
The Milestone Hotel & Residences
Kensington’s The Milestone Hotel & Residences invites you to join them for a quintessentially British Easter themed royal afternoon tea.
Expect a selection of delectable finger sandwiches, hand-crafted French pastries, and tartlets and cakes crafted with the Easter celebrations in mind. Not forgetting fresh scones and tea of course.
Not forgetting fresh scones and tea of course...
1-3 Kensington Court, W8 5DL
Galvin Bar & Grill
For a festive menu set in the magnificent Kimpton Fitzroy London, try a lunch at Galvin Bar & Grill. The Michelin starred brothers Chris and Jeff will be serving up an exquisite three course lunch, featuring the likes of charred mackerel, fennel salad, blood orange and chive dressing to start; and new season roast leg of lamb, roast vegetables and thyme gravy to follow. To finish a delicious rhubarb cheesecake or a milk chocolate parfait will be served.
Kimpton Fitzroy London, 1 – 8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
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The Northall at Corinthia London
Located just a short walk from the river, The Northall at Corinthia London is the perfect place to refuel after a walk along the Thames. Share a heartfelt Easter Sunday lunch with your family this year and share a fruits de mer before tackling the chateaubriand of beef or the succulent roasted Norfolk black leg chicken served with bread sauce and roast trimmings.
To complete the meal, tuck into their specially themed dessert table. Kids will even be presented with small Easter themed gifts too.
The perfect place to refuel after a walk along the Thames...
Whitehall Place, Sw1A 2BD
Spend your long Easter weekend in the countryside and stay for a few nights at Barnett Hill. Keeping with tradition, their Easter Sunday lunch is sure to get you in the mood for a spring celebration.
Enjoy the likes of duck liver pate with toasted brioche or prawn cocktail before tucking into one of their mega roasts. Choose between the slow roasted leg of spring lamb or roast crisp loin of pork, or simply go veggie with the vegan nut roast. And it’s not Easter without some chocolate so ordering the indulgent chocolate cake is a must.
And it’s not Easter without some chocolate so ordering the indulgent chocolate cake is a must.
Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
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Lily Vanilli at The Lane
This Easter sees baker Lily Vanilli add an Easter twist to her popular Regency-inspired afternoon tea. Complete with yellow piping on slices of chocolate cake, chocolate Lavolio eggs atop mini meringues and lemon tarts, there’s something for every little Easter bunny here.
Once you’ve tucked into the tea, head for an evening show of Frozen the Musical to keep your little ones entertained and excited.
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5JF
Eastway Brasserie has an exciting menu filled with light, refreshing and tasty dishes, including two dishes that are perfect for Easter.
Book in and order the rich confit duck leg served with heritage potatoes, fresh figs and red wine sauce. Or, warm up with the braised shoulder of lamb.
40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Trade traditional chocolate for an Easter roast this year at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar. Famed for its unrivalled British heritage and riverside views overlooking Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, book in to soak it all up with your family.
The Sunday roast menu features premium meats and giant Yorkshire puddings dripping with gravy. Pair it alongside a G&T from the bar’s huge collection of over 100 gins.
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
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Just one look at these adorable chicks and we already know you’re racing to get a reservation at Lisle Street’s Bun House. The Cantonese-style steamed bun specialist is back with another Easter instalment, and this year they’ve launched an afternoon tea tray.
The offering will feature nine dishes, including sweet and savoury Cantonese dim sum, including their signature Easter sweet chick bun with coconut kaya custard.
Just one look at these adorable chicks and we already know you’re racing to get a reservation...
26 – 27 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA
Enjoy an egg-cellent feast courtesy of nhow London. As well as an Easter egg hunt to get involved in, they are also hosting a themed two-course lunch. Priced at just £25pp, enjoy either the roast leg of lamb with spring cabbage, carrots, parsnips, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, or go veggie with the roasted, glazed celeriac served with a hazelnut crumb, wild mushrooms, baby onion sauce, roast potatoes and Yorkie.
Keeping on the Easter theme, the dessert is an ice cream sandwich, made with vanilla ice cream tucked inside a warm hot cross bun – yum.
2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
Sway away from the traditional Sunday roast this Easter and book in for Cinnamon Kitchen’s Sunday special set menu.
Delight in the likes of chana masala hummus; pao ghazi; chargrilled salmon kitta; chingri malai; and roast saddle of lamb with nutmeg and spinach sauce and masala mash. And don’t miss their delicious desserts too – we’re excited about the malabar style simnel cake with cinnamon ice cream.
4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB