27 Cracking Ways to Celebrate Easter

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
7th April 2017

Easter is almost here, we’ve just got to make it through a four day week and then we have a glorious four days off! If you’re planning to stay in London over the weekend then you can sip on chocolate cocktails, indulge in afternoon teas, while away the hours at brunch,  feast on rabbit burgers and go searching for Easter eggs. Here are 27 eggcellent ways to spend the Easter weekend.

Sanderson London

The Mad Hatters afternoon tea at Sanderson London is getting an Easter makeover. Alongside the likes of Scottish salmon, quail egg and caviar Scotch eggs and a Wiltshire ham and smoked Applewood croque-monsier will be The White Rabbit’s pocket watch macaroon, The Queen of Hearts Oreo cookie soldier and an Easter cake. Wash down with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, Brut, NV Champagne. Friday 14th – Monday 17th April www.morganshotelgroup.com

 

St Martins Lane

St Martins Lane has collaborated with British cocoa growers Hotel Chocolat to create a Chocolate Dreams Afternoon Tea like no other featuring a selection of specially crafted chocolate treats that will be served in The Den. The hot chocolate menu is truly indulgent with options like a mellow ‘Milky’ Hot Chocolat made from 50% milk chocolate or a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolat with added deep caramel and a pinch of salt. Until 30th April www.morganshotelgroup.com

Sky Gardens

Way above London, on the 37th floor of the Walkie Talkie building, Fenchurch will be celebrating Easter with a decadent three course menu which includes the likes of English asparagus with a Dorset crab velouté, Goodwood Estate lamb with ewe’s cheese, charred onions, peas and hispi cabbage and an indulgent hot and cold Guanaja chocolate with milk ice cream. If you want more chocolate than head down a level to Darwin, where you’ll find a chocolate fountain surrounded by Easter treats. Sunday 16th April www.skygarden.london

Circus

Circus are launching their new pre-theatre menu this Easter Saturday which means you can see a show before you see your show – great double act. Open from 4:30pm you’ll be able to book a table at either 4:30pm, 4:45pm or 5pm and during these times you can bring younger siblings/children too as they will allow those aged 15 + over in! Even If the show you go to see ends up being awful (which we’re sure it won’t) at least you’ll have started the evening by seeing Circus’ legendary acrobatics and cabaret. Saturday 15th April and then every Saturday www.circus-london.co.uk

K Bar and Town House

Executive Head Chef of Kensington’s Town House and K Bar, Steve Gibbs, has created a 3-course Easter Feast menu to be served on Easter Sunday. Expect seasonal surprises and locally-sourced fare for our two favourite meals; brunch and Sunday roast. Chocoholics can head to K Bar for The Easter Eggstravagance cocktail, available until Easter Monday. K Bar cocktail available Friday 14th – Monday 17th April, Easter Feast menu available Sunday 16th April. www.townhousekensington.com

The Botanist Broadgate

It might look like the classic Eggs Benedict, but this is in fact the Eggs Bunnidict and is much sweeter than it looks! It’s made from a fluffy hot cross bun, topped with eggs made from marshmallow, vanilla and coconut panna cotta, filled with a mango yolk and drizzled with a crème anglaise and lemon balm. Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate. You’ll find it served at The Botanist Sloane Square and Broadgate Circle, Aviary, Burdock, The Jugged Hare, Greenwood and Ealing Park Tavern. Monday 10th April – Monday 17th April www.broadgate.thebotanistlondon.com

Corrigan’s Mayfair

Learn how to prepare the ultimate Easter Sunday feast by stepping into the kitchen at Corrigan’s Mayfair and taking part in one of their cookery classes. Let the chefs show you how it’s really done and decorate your own chocolate egg with the restaurant’s dessert team. Reward yourself with a 4-course wine pairing dinner and a goody bag of foodie treats to take home with you. www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk

The Marylebone

The Marylebone are hosting a special Easter Sunday brunch which is perfect for the whole family. To eat, you’ll find the likes of smoked salmon bagels, ham and cheese toasties, smoothies, juices, pancakes, granola and waffles. After brunch children, can go on the hunt for Easter eggs in The Courtyard to find chocolate eggs. Then, between treasure hunt rounds, children’s author Harriet Whitehorn, creator of the much-loved Violet Remy-Robinson will be reading from her latest book, Violet and the Smugglers. Children’s entertainer, Mark Leeson, will also be there creating balloon sculptures and playing interactive games. Sunday 16th April Get Tickets Here

Diciannove

Take your kids out for an Easter treat and they’ll eat for free (!) at Diciannove. Throughout the Easter holidays, any family who visit for an Italian meal will have their kids’ pasta dish knocked off the bill whilst you tuck into your own bowl of pappardelle. Applies for May half term too. Monday 10th to Saturday 22nd April, email or ring to book www.diciannove19.com

Restaurant Ours

Restaurant Ours are bringing two classics together – chocolate and alcohol to make The Choctail. It’s a mix of Ron Zacappa, orange liqueur, chocolate bitters, cacao syrup and orange. Go all out and order it with their decadent pudding, a chocolate fondant with ginger, amaretto. You can never have enough chocolate after all. www.restaurant-ours.com

InterContinental London Park Lane

InterContinental London Park Lane are celebrating Easter Sunday with a relaxing, indulgent brunch, there’ll be a buffet full of traditional British dishes including a classic Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, as well as the Market Table which will be laden with salads, cold meats, cheeses and a brimming pudding station. The Shirt Tail Stompers will be performing their vintage jazz numbers and there’ll be an entertainer to keep little ones happy. Sunday 16th April www.parklane.intercontinental.com

Quaglino’s

From the 7th – 21st April Quaglino’s will be home to a pop-up Russian vodka and caviar bar inspired by Fabergé. As well as showcasing a stunning Fabergé egg sculpture they’ll have the likes of foie gras and smoked garlic chicken kievs; Scotch quail egg “Fabergé.” with smoked salmon, fennel and avruga caviar and a gold chocolate egg with white chocolate, Grand -Marnier and hot chocolate sauce. There’ll also be four cocktails made with Russian vodka Stolichnaya Elit and inspired by Fabergé’s fine jewellery collection, including The Imperial and The Rococo. Friday 7th April – Friday 21st April www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Palatino

Easter is to Rome as chocolate eggs are to the Easter bunny, very important. So it’s only fitting that Italian restaurant, Palatino, serves a celebratory feast in homage to the Eternal City. Comprised of 4 courses the meal begins with symbol of rebirth and the new spring, abbachio al forno, slow cooked young lamb with roast potatoes and artichokes. Other dishes include Palatino’s now legendary bucatini carbonara and desserts such as homemade straciatella ice cream. Available Sunday 16th – Monday 17th April www.palatino.london

Aviary

Drinking out of a glass is functional and all but it doesn’t really give you that Easter feeling; rooftop bar Aviary is serving 25ml shots of Belsazar Vermouth (red, white, dry and rose) in four individual Easter Eggs. So not only do you get to drink alcohol but you get to eat your chocolate cup afterwards – did we mention Easter is our favourite holiday? Friday 14th to Monday 17th April www.aviarylondon.com

The Arch

The Arch London have a special Easter afternoon tea which includes the likes of lemon curd cupcakes, chocolate orange tea cake and Battenburg cake. Or if you’ve had too much chocolate then head to Hunter 486 for their Easter menu which includes dishes such as roast leg of lamb, asparagus, broad bean, pea and mint risotto and chicken terrine with girolles, leeks and truffle dressing. Friday 14th April  – Monday 17th April www.thearchlondon.com

Bulgari Hotel

Swap your mass -produced factory made Easter egg this year for something with a little more finesse. The Bulgari Hotel have created a beautiful hand crafted ‘Nest Egg’. Created from 66% cacao dark chocolate made from Trinitario beans of the Caribbean islands it’s encased in a luxurious red velvet coating and is framed by feather-like dark chocolate, golden chocolate ribbons and sits upon a base of solid white chocolate, chocolate chips and an intricate nest of dark chocolate. That’s a lot of chocolate right there. Available to buy now until Monday 17th April www.bulgarihotels.com

Percy & Founders 

You might think rabbits, Easter = gold chocolate bunny. We think rabbits, Easter = great time for a rabbit burger.  You’ll find one being served at Percy & Founders, served with pea shoots, pickled carrots, crispy bacon and mustard slaw – it’s a different (tastier) take on the Easter Bunny. You’ll also find it at The Lighterman. Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April at Percy & Founders, Friday  14th – Monday 17th April at The Lighterman www.percyandfounders.co.uk

Bluebird

Easter isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt. Although Bluebird are centering theirs around the kids with egg painting classes to boot, adults can have their fun with limited edition Easter cocktails and brunch with an Easter-y twist. All Easter weekend www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky are putting on a special Easter Sunday feast. The 3-course lunch menu features classics like leg of English lamb with fresh mint sauce and the restaurant’s signature baked New York cheesecake. Book early and you’ll also receive a chocolate egg, created by Smith & Wollensky’s Pastry Chef, Delroy. Sunday 16th April www.smithandwollensky.co.uk

Dirty Martini

Easter means copious amounts of chocolate and if you’ve given it up for lent then you’ll be wanting to celebrate…with a chocolate cocktail (or should we say choctail) at Dirty Martini. Three new drinks have been created for the occasion; the White Rabbit (spiced rum and Crème de Cacao), the Maltese (rum and white chocolate vanilla cream) and Dirty Martini’s signature Chocolate Martini. Until Thursday 20th April, all Dirty Martini venues www.dirtymartini.uk.com

The Delaunay

The Delaunay has gone all out with their Easter offerings this year as their Head Pastry Chef Regis and his team with Valrhona chocolate have created a selection of Easter Eggs in a range of sizes and chocolate bunnies available in white, milk and dark chocolate. All of the eggs are proudly on display in The Counter, meaning you can pick your favourites over a cup of coffee. Available until 26th April www.thecounter.co.uk

Ivory Vaults

Easter is a time for all the family so bring the kids on your night out when you watch a show at The Ivory Vaults. Kids will love the historic underground venue and the immersive, theatrical performances they put on. Every paying adult there for the show and dinner can bring a child for free, just ring up to book in advance and quote “Easter family offer”. Until Sunday 23rd April, excluding Saturdays www.ivoryvaults.com

May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel

Peter Rabbit, everyone’s favourite childhood bunny, is getting some loving at The May Fair Hotel this Easter. The hotel has partnered with luxury chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker for a limited edition afternoon tea with a chocolate twist; chocolate scones, tiramisu, truffles and doughnuts served with chocolate dipping sauce have been giving the Charbonnel et Walker touch. Make a weekend of it and stay in the hotel – you’ll get an illustrated Charbonnel et Walker chocolate box book on arrival, filled with truffles. Until Friday 21st April www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

Voltaire Cocktail and Champagne Bar

The classic afternoon tea at Voltaire has been given a festive make over for two weeks with Easter flourishes plus an Easter Egg Martini Cocktail (for over 18s only). This isn’t a purely adult affair though as children less than 12 years can enjoy Easter treats for free – perfect for the whole family. Monday 10th to Saturday 22nd April www.voltairebar.com

Mews of Mayfair

Celebrate Easter with all the cakes at Mews of Mayfair. Their themed afternoon tea features lemon drizzle cupcakes, dark chocolate and raspberry pave and strawberry shortcake trifle. Hot cross buns, scones and a selection of tempting sandwiches, wraps and bagels finish the meal. Oh, and you can enjoy a glass of Pomery Champagne NV in addition to your loose leaf tea… Friday 14th – Monday 17th April www.mewsofmayfair.com

STK London

STK London have created a Bunny Tail cocktail with lemoncello and cotton candy and as the lemonade and vodka is added at the table you can watch the bunny tail grow! They’ve also got a rather indulgent and sinful pudding the Choco Eggs-Plosion made from dark chocolate egg with boozy cream, gooey brownie, popcorn, Aero cake, marshmallows and chocolate sauce. Sinful but also heavenly. Available until 30th April www.melia.com

Ceru

Ceru

Give your Easter food a Levantine twist this year by visiting South Kensington’s Ceru. Slow-roasted lamb shoulder is marinated in a secret blend of twelve Shawarma spices and cooked for 5-hours (if only we had the patience to do the same at home). Follow this with dark chocolate mousse, complimented by sour cherries and crumbled pistachios. Sunday 16th April www.cerurestaurants.com

Bounce

Bounce are celebrating the fact that there is no work on Monday with unlimited UV ping pong all night and a giant treasure hunt where you can search for eggs filled with prizes, including the chance to win a year’s free ping pong! Sunday 16th April www.bouncepingpong.com

Mondrian

Sea Containers at Mondrian London

The fruits of your Easter egg hunt are yours and only yours but Sea Containers are encouraging sharing this Easter with their special dessert for two. A dark chocolate egg sits on a Tonka Bean cream and caramel sauce nest. One for Instagram. Available from Friday 14th– Monday 17th April www.seacontainersrestaurant.com

Gillray’s

What is Easter without a quintessential British Sunday roast? With its prime location and glorious views of London, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is the perfect place for a festive meal. Diners can expect all the classics including the best of British meat, crispy potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, all accompanied by delicious Yorkshire puddings. Sunday 16th April www.gillrays.com


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