If you like buns, hun then you’ve come to right place because we’ve rounded up all of the best places to get your hands on buns this Easter… and we mean the edible kind, get your minds out of the gutter. Thank us later:


The Crème Egg Extravaganza

OK so not quite a bun but of all the Easter chocolate, nothing is quite as iconic as the Crème egg and VIVI are celebrating their first Easter with a limited-edition dessert: the crème egg doughnut. Served with refreshing lemon curd and chocolate soil, you can have it as part of the Easter three-course menu or just stop by for cocktails and doughnuts, because why not?

Where: 11 St Giles Square, London WC2H 8AP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Website: www.vivirestaurant.co.uk

House Cafes

The Savoury Slice

We’re a little panicked here at The Handbook, because it’s sounding as if House Cafes have got a stronger pun game than us and that’s just not OK… (we’re just bitter due to jealousy!) This Easter they’ve introduced two delicious highlights; first is the Hot Cross Bunidict that comes equipped with poached egg, swiss chard and hollandaise sauce, and the second is the ‘What’s Up Doc’ carrot-based cocktail – both sound delicious and we suggest you spend your Easter giving them a go!

Where: Riding House Café, Rail House Café and Village East
Website: www.house.cafe

Bread Ahead

The Oozers

Bread Ahead has got something on the cards for all ages from sticky, moreish hot cross buns simply oozing with mixed spice, cinnamon glaze and tastiness, to an Easter baking workshop that will see you get your Mary Berry on. You’ll learn how to bake hot cross buns, spiced cookie and orange amaretti biscuits – hands up if your tummy is rumbling at your work desk!

The buns will be distributed daily to each of the Bread Ahead sites on Beak Street, Pavilion Road and the Bread Ahead stall at Borough Market, or you can book a bake here

Where: Beak Street, Pavilion Road, Borough Market
Website: www.breadahead.com


The Maple Drenched Dream

Keeping it classic, and moreish, GAIL’s – our favourite neighbourhood bakery – has whipped up a real Easter treat that’ll make your mornings that little bit sweeter! The iconic hot cross bun is returning but, as the baked good aficianados that they are, GAIL’s have indeed added a twist. The glossy treat has been stuffed with salty strips of bacon sourced from Hepburns Butchers in Essex. Completely drenched to the nines in maple syrup this treat will be available until Easter Monday.

Adults, whilst you devour your fifth maple syrup drenched hot cross bun, why not take the kids down o GAIL’s for some baking classes? Those aged 4-11 can get their Mary Berry on and bake cookies, decorate biscuits and then take them hot to indulge in. You can book a class by getting in touch with a GAIL’s bakery!

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.gailsbread.co.uk

Fortnum & Mason

The Classic

Sometimes the timeless classic is the best way to go, and Fortnum & Mason really do go back to basics when it comes to hot cross buns. Whilst they do have goat’s cheese, fig and honey buns as well as coffee and date, they keep it classic with their most popular offering!

Where: 181 Picadilly
Website: www.fortnumandmason.com


If you’re familiar with Balthazar then you’ll know they’ve got a terrific talent when it comes to pastry, and for that we’re eternally grateful! This Easter expect special eggs and hot cross buns galore which all the family can get their hands on. Easter egg treats include Collette, Zorro and Bozo which don’t fit into the Easter stereotype but look delicious – and very Instagrammable – either way! You can also tempt your sweet tooth with goodies including milk choc half eggs brimming with nougat ad truffles. The future’s looking pretty sweet!

Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
Website: www.balthazarlondon.com

Paul A Young

Chocolatier Paul A Young’s has created hot cross bun truffles and, to be honest, there’s little else you need to know – because they sound delicious!

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.paulayoung.co.uk

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Rather than spending hours in the kitchen only to have your friends and family devour your efforts in ten minutes, head to Gillray’s Steakhouse for the ultimate pudding. There’s a decadent Easter egg mess with salted caramel and a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with apricot jam and custard and it sounds spectacular!

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: www.gillrays.com

Find our Easter guide here for more eggcellent ways to spend the holiday