We’ve got some eggcellent news for you – are you ready? Easter is arriving on Sunday the 21st of April and whilst we know it’s easy to sit inside drenching yourself in Cadbury creme ceggs and other chocolate-y goods, you could also enjoy this plethora of Easter events. So, off you go with a spring in your step, and devour the following…
If there was ever time to make afternoon tea more indulgent, then it’s at Easter and alongside Arch London’s set Easter menu and Easter holiday package (complete with an egg hunt in your room) they have created an afternoon tea which is all about chocolate. They’ve got white chocolate panna cottas, chocolate orange tea cakes, a chocolate salted caramel tart with peanut brittle and a white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake. We don’t blame you if you decide that you are going to give up your Lent chocolate ban.
The Easter afternoon tea is available 19th -22nd April
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Make the most of the four days off by gathering your friends and family together and going for brunch or lunch…or both. Percy & Founders will be serving up their brunch menu on Good Friday and Saturday, which includes everything from vanilla French toast with almonds, crème fraîche and fresh berries to Devon crab Benedict with lime Hollandaise and chilli. Easter day will be all about the roasts, choose from Waveney valley pork belly, Galloway beef sirloin, East Anglian lamb, a chestnut and mushroom nut roast or Windsor roast chicken. Order a cocktail (we have our eye on the Hugo Spritz) and raise a toast to the four day weekend.
Available 19th -21st April
Want to go out for lunch but need to find someway of keeping the children entertained? Smith’s Bar & Grill will let your little ones hone their detective skills to find hidden Easter treats. All you need to do is let them know how many children will be with you and they’ll sort the rest.
Available 20th -21st April, must book in advance
Lamb is of course the meat of the season, which is why The Lighterman will be celebrating the spring and Easter by serving up a meltingly good East Anglian herb-marinated lamb shoulder on both Easter day and Bank Holiday Monday. As it’s spring they’ve also spruced up their menu and have added new dishes including poached salmon, with asparagus salad, cucumber and maple dressing and grilled Waveney Valley pork chop with roasted garlic and caramelised apple sauce.
Sanderson Hotel is updating it’s much loved Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea for Easter. Alongside sandwiches and cakes there’ll be plenty of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and an egg-tra special white chocolate and raspberry cake that the White Rabbit himself would approve of.
Available 19th -22nd April
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
Running out of ideas of how to keep your little ones entertained this Easter? On Sunday 14th, children party extraordinaires, Sharky & George, will be over at Soho Hotel. As well as a children’s screening of The Lego Movie 2 in the hotel’s cinema, the duo will have a whole host of games, activities and crafts for your children to get involved with. You, meanwhile, can head to Refuel Restaurant for brunch.
Available 14th April
Baglioni Hotel has joined forces with My Kid Atelier to create an Easter Sunday Experience for all the family. Start the day by meeting the Easter Bunny, then whilst the little ones take part in Easter arts and crafts you can enjoy a glass of Champagne before all heading over to Hyde Park for an Easter egg hunt and easter picnic. At 1pm if you’d like to dine in Brunello, the restaurant will be serving up a special Easter brunch which includes 90 minutes of unlimited mimosas. Dishes include braised ox cheek in Dolcetto wine with polenta and mushroom; aubergine parmigiana and basil sauce, roasted peppers and anchovies and crême brulée with amarena.
Available 21st April
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?
Available 19th -22nd April
Want to push the boat out this Easter? You can literally (well, almost) do that at Glass Room, London’s new floating restaurant. Across the Bank Holiday weekend they will have live music, marc de champagne truffles from Charbonnel et Walker, indulgent menus and of course a prime spot to see London’s landmarks as you travel down the Thames.
Available 19th -22nd April
Where: Bateaux London, Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment WC2M 6NU
Nearest station: Embankment (0.1 miles)
Over in the Crystal Moon Lounger, the Corinthia will be serving an Easter afternoon tea with little bunnies sweet enough to eat as well as classic sandwiches with a twist such as cucumber, radish and cream cheese; Severn and Wye smoked salmon with marmalade curd and egg mayonnaise with truffle. After scones with rhubarb and tonka bean jam you’ll find the little bunnies and other spring inspired cakes and treats including a strawberry vanilla choux and canelé.
Meanwhile the hotel’s elegant restaurant, The Northall, is inviting diners to join them for a celebratory Easter Sunday lunch. Made from the finest British ingredients, the lunch includes grilled white asparagus with St George mushrooms, wild garlic and roast chicken crumb; pressing of black leg chicken with pickled spring vegetables and toasted brioche and Cornish cod with clams, mussels and sea herbs. For pudding there’s mille feuille, strawberry and rhubarb consomme and artisanal cheeses.
Available 19th-22nd April
The Petersham’s Easter lunch will culminate with a spectacular Easter ‘Egg’ made from white chocolate and raspberry mousse sitting in a pastry nest with edible chocolate soil, but before that, there is roast leg of Dorset lamb, pan fried cod, ham hock and pea terrine with pickled quail egg and beetroot and prawn and chorizo with crispy poached egg, caramelised onion and red wine jus. Once you’re full as a full thing, take a walk through Richmond Park and meander along the Thames.
Available 19th – 22nd April
Where: The Petersham Hotel, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
Nearest station: Richmond (0.8 miles)
Planning on staying in London for the Bank Holiday? Why not go all out and make it an actual staycation by heading to The LaLiT on Tooley Street for their Easter package. Start the evening with a bottle of champagne in your suite before heading to the award-winning Baluchi for a limited-edition seven-course tasting menu. Dishes included grilled English asparagus with pachadi and gun powder; Kaffir lime chicken tikka and cashew crumble; Tandoori red deer with root vegetables and pickling sauce and for pudding, mango and coconut mousse with a chocolate shell. Much better than the dine in meal for two you were going to buy.
Available 19th -22nd April
A pasta-based Easter is an Easter well spent, which is why you should get yourselves down to Palatino this year as they’ll be rustling up a four course set menu with fifth quarter specials. Wash it all down with a velvety Palatino Spritz, as a nod to summer and a cheers to Easter!
Available on Easter Sunday
Where: 71 Central Street, London EC1V 8AB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.3 miles)
Gymkhana have an Easter Sunday Feast on the cards that will feature all of the sumptuous classics we know and love. Plus, the Indian must-visit puts on a delectable Sunday roast with a twist; we’re talking Sikandari baby lamb raan accompanied by tandoori aloo and ramson bubble ‘n’ squeak, ajwaini asparagus and olive and onion khameera naan. Keep calm and curry on!
The special dish will be available throughout the whole of the Easter weekend from 19th – 22nd April.
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 Easter Sunday lunch carvery. Choose from roasted striploin beef, loin of pork, pan fried sea bream or lasagne. To accompany there’ll be goose fat roasted potatoes, cauliflower and truffle bake, broccoli with almond butter, baby carrots with toasted sesame seeds and Tiptree glazed honey roasted root vegetables. For 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.
Available 21st April
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
The Lanesborough is the staple hotel you’re going to want to visit this Easter as Michelin-star restaurant Céleste transforms into a seasonal paradise. The oh, so Instagrammable room with blooms will boast an interior akin to enchanted wilderness and a Narnia-like, fairy-tale experience. Doesn’t that just sound dreamy?! The kids will love it and we’re sure you will too, especially given the hotel’s iconic location. The hotel teamed up with event planner and stylist, Moriarty Events and florist, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart to deliver the goods and kids (and adults) can relive all of their childhood fantasies with a specially designed woodland with real lawn and meadow grasses, rabbit tunnels, rope swings created by Maestra London, and of course, Easter eggs.
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that all this fun will require some food. There will signature cakes, cupcakes, and chocolate lollipops courtesy of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, along with Champagne and afternoon tea canapés on the Céleste balcony. Heaven really is a place on earth!
With Game of Thrones looming, eyes are on all things tinged with the medieval which is why the Ivory Vaults banquet is the ideal place to take the kiddos. During Easter, kids will go free to an event that will include a jolly crew of nights, jesters, hand balancers (huh?!), jugglers, hula hoops and more. So, you’ll be able to re-live your childhood memories whilst distracting the kiddos.
Ivory Vaults are renowned for their hysterically fun theatrical productions and we’re assured this one isn’t something you’d want to miss. Let the games begin!
Where: Ivory Vaults Ivory House St Katharine Docks London, E1W 1BP
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.4 miles)
You may have heard the news that our favourite fish spot opened its doors for Sunday brunch for the first time last month (much awaited) and so to celebrate Easter they’ll be rustling up their offerings to give them an seasonal twist. Live music as the soundtrack to your munch is one of the things we love most about J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, so expect a whole lot of that – but that’s not the sole thing on the menu. You can enjoy new waffle variations on the dessert menu and a eggcellent atmosphere too!
The brunch will be served on Easter Sunday from midday to 4pm.
Novikov have promised some ‘eggstra’ fun this Easter with their whopping range of activities. You can expect egg painting and hunting for the little ones and, parents, because they don’t want to leave you out you can recline and delve into some of the restaurant’s coveted regional delicacies, including a wood roasted whole suckling pig from Segovia with baked apples.
From 19th to 21st April
Fancy a fish supper? ‘Course you do – and Trishna is the spot! Alongside their regular à la carte and tasting menus available (which are so delicious, might we add) you can also feast on fish with highlights including John Dory pollichathu, with tellicherry pepper, shallots, curry leaves, coconut and served with pickled pink prawns, asparagus and beans thoran, beetroot pachadi, dry coconut chutney and parotta. Sounds like a very happy Easter indeed!
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!
Easter treats at Balthazar are available from Monday, 1 April until Monday 22 April
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
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!
From Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April
If chocolate isn’t your thing, or you just can’t handle it morning, noon and night, then head over to Indian Accent who will be celebrating with a limited-edition dish of chicken chilli dubba gohst with baked eggs.
Available 19th -22nd April
Manetta’s Bar at Flemings Mayfair has created the perfect choctail for Easter, the indulgent Easter Sundaze. Made from butter-infused Remy Martin, Yellow Chartreuse, chocolate and hazelnut syrup topped with a smooth milk foam, chocolate garnish and edible flowers. And it’s not just for the Easter weekend either, you’ve got a whole week to get over to Half Moon Street to try it.
Available 15th – 22nd April
The Gherkin’s restaurant, Helix as turned to master chocolatier William Curley to create a four -course chocolate tasting menu that is available now until the 21st April. Dishes Rhug Estate venison loin with heritage carrots, spring greens and game chocolate sauce and Willy’s chocolate mousse with brandy snaps and Bailey’s cream. Round it off with chocolate espresso martinis and more chocolate. You need to embrace your inner Bruce Bogtrotter for this one.
William Curley will also be hosting two special chocolate masterclasses on Friday 12th April. The morning session is ideal for families looking for things to do during the Easter holidays and the afternoon session is just for adults. It’s a chance to eat lots of chocolate and learn all about how to make it.
The menu is available now until the 21st April and the two chocolate masterclasses take place on the 12th April.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
You only live once, but we wish it could be longer so we could keep enjoying all the Easter treats on offer at YOLO desserts this Easter. Breakfast has never tasted so calorific with offerings including the smashed mini egg croissant bursting with chocolate whipped cream and smashed mini eggs, and the Cadbury’s creme egg espresso which involves a a teaspoon of creme egg scooped out, a shot of espresso put in the egg and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. We’re en route…
You’d be mad not to try this eggcellent Easter cocktail which is positively brimming with all things chocolate. Fulham favourite, The Courtyard, is offering up a mini egg cocktail that includes, chocolate eggs small and large and Easter treats. What’s more, it comes in a vivacious orange basket ideal for an Instagram. Smashing!
How flippin’ cute is the Bvlgari Hotel London Easter egg? We’re positively gushing at its cuteness. The hollow white chocolate offering boasts an icing crown and an adorable chick exterior. Your insta will be blowing up with envy!
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!
Oozing class and old school glamour, 45 Jermyn St. is the staple haunt on the corner of Fortnum’s that you’ll be attracted to like a magnet upon hearing their Easter menu offerings. Complete dessert pundits, 45 Jermyn St. know a thing or two about what makes a sweet tooth tick and, this Easter, they’ll tempt with their nostalgic Knickerbocker Glory.
The classic will be unchanged from its typical form and can be enjoyed after various other Easter menu highlights including Te Mana Lamb, sourced from New Zealand and dubbed the ‘wagyu of lamb’, and an asparagus menu that boasts a moreish offering combined with Hollandaise sauce. Not forgetting the little’uns, there will be a Sunday roast option for little people with Glenarm beef and even miniature cutlery – oh, it’s so cute we can’t cope!
Our groovy vegan favourites are, of course, rustling up an Easter surprise. In sticking to the theme they’ll be producing a 100% vegan crème egg with a delicious chocolate shell housing a sweet white and yellow fondant filling that sounds pretty akin to the Cadbury’s creme egg we all know and love, but for vegans! KK is the gift that keeps on giving and this sounds like it could be the veganning of something new for chocolate…
Kids love Easter, and they’ll REALLY love it at Hotel Café Royal this year because family dining at Laurent at Café Royal are putting on an Easter egg hunt followed by a chocolate Easter egg decorating class this Easter Sunday. As if that wasn’t enough, children dine totally free at Laurent at Café Royal over the Easter holidays (provided they’re with an adult spending more than £32 on their own meal).
Family friendly fun is on the cards with Beasts of London, a show that has introduced Kate Moss as a voice of one of the animals – a little random, but we’re super excited all the same! The animal extravaganza will also see Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale take to the stage – it’s going to be simply spellbinding!
At Sexy Fish the Easter Bunny is presumably making a list and checkin’ it twice, to find out who’s been ‘Nauti but Nice’. The egg has been specially created for easter by chef director, Bjoern Weissgerber, and it’s made with ‘sea creatures’ and five different kind of chocolates. You can buy one to go, or order as a sharing dessert for two.
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
We try not to have favourites, but who can’t love South Place Hotel? Not least when they’ve brought in such a scrumptious amount of activities for all to enjoy this Easter. The hotel will partner with Maison Samadi to bring a spellbinding, colourful, Easter installation. Simply snap a pic, tag South Place Hotel and Maison Samadi in the post and be in for the chance of winning all the choccy! Now that’s a pretty sweet deal. There’s loads more on offer too; you can grab a Sweet Samadi’ cocktail in 3Bar paired with one of two truffles (pistachio or cherry liquor) and it sounds so moreish that you’ll be swaying on over to the Easter egg hunt taking place on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Or, if you’re a bit sweet stuffed out then you can head to some Easter screenings instead where, on Easter Sunday, there’ll be a screening of Willy Wonka in the Secret Garden.
We don’t know about you but this all sounds like you’ll need somewhere to rest your head post-fun! So, why not make the most of the Easter bedroom package and spend the weekend cosying up in South Place Hotel’s luxury.
How do you celebrate Easter properly? With bottomless Aperol Spritz, that’s how! And, at The Piano Works, you really can and with brunch thrown into the deal! This Easter Bank Holiday they’ll be putting on bottomless Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary’s, Italian pink sparkling wine, Prosecco or mocktails along with two courses in what must be London’s only non-stop live audience requested venue (except for The Piano Works Farringdon, who will be doing the exact same thing, if that’s closer to you – at 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX)
Just poppin’ to the palace. Okay, not Buckingham but second best – Blenheim. Where, this Easter, they’ll be transforming their pleasure gardens into a veritable Easter wonderland with interactive family-friendly activities. Enjoy Easter trails and shows, discover a traditional fairground and get involved with a dressing up tent, a Princess Meet and Greet plus Conk the Clown, Punch and Judy and Carnival Birds walkabout. Expect stilt walkers, bungee trampolining and circus skills workshops. Basically the works.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)
If you’re well accustomed to a dining room with four walls and a city view then why not try something quirky this Easter? London Shell Co provides the opportunity to dine aboard a canal oh, and did we mention there’s the chance to win a five-course dinner for two and complimentary wine pairing? Yep, in this Easter hunt with a twist you’ll hunt for a bottle with a message inside that’s hinted at via the London Shell Co Instagram account. Easter just got a whole lot more adult!
If you like buns, hun, then listen up! 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
Bottomless Aperol Spritz. Ah, now we’ve got your attention how about perusing the Piano Works Easter offering? Across both of their venues you’ll find a whole load of partying, brunching and, as mentioned, bottomless Aperol Spritz! Brunch to the beat from 1pm will include Easter goodies including pancakes with maple syrup and pink sparkling wine. All of this can be sipped and munched as tunes hit your ears courtesy of the band and DJs. It’s going to be a bank holiday weekend with all the recipes for a hangover you could wish for – love it!
Easter’s all about friends and family (and Jesus and eggs), so how about heading down to the St Martin’s Lane Hotel for an afternoon tea with a fabulous selection of little sandwiches, sumptuous cakes and, coz Easter, delicious hot cross buns….
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
Sometimes, Easter calls for tradition and this is something The Game Bird at The Stafford know all too well. They’ll offer up a moreish roast with all of the trimmings, including crispy roasted potatoes, light and puffed-up Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables, and locally sourced, succulent lamb (or beef, depending on what tickles your fancy) served from the trolley, and carved at your table. What better way to spend your Easter Sunday?
Somerset House has a range of Easter activities on offer. Now Play This – which sounds kinda Black Mirror-esque – is an bonanza fit for all the family that includes free outdoor games, including a giant labyrinth and an LED wobble garden and a playable illustrated trail. Take the kids and distract them whilst you make your way through mountains of chocolate.
There’s also a series of installations and interactive events as part of Earth Day season including highlights of an immersive art installation from Somerset House Studios artists, Hyphen-Labs, which invites visitors to explore a dystopian vision of a post-human future.
Now Play This runs from 6th-14thof April, and Earth Day season from the 16th-29th.
The blooming marvellous venue that is 1 Lombard Street will be putting on quite the lunch spread, inviting customers to choose from either two or three courses. Turning roast and puds into something a little more light and airy, the menu will illuminate highlights of truffle and ricotta tortelloni; parmesan and herb-crusted lamb with Mediterranean vegetables and chimichurri. For dessert, you’re going green with lime and coconut tart with coconut ice cream. Delicious!
The Easter offerings run from the 18-26th of April
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
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