The Top Things to do This Easter

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
1st April 2015

Easter and the four day weekend is in sight! Four days to revel in chocolate, hot cross buns, Champagne and to celebrate Spring and London blossoming with flowers! If you’re staying in London over the weekend then here is your bucket list! From all day parties to crème egg burgers! Happy Easter:

Brunch

The best part about the four day weekend?  Not having to get up for work, no setting your alarm and no last minute panic as you leave the house with only one shoe on. It also means you have four days in which to have brunch. Good thing then London has stepped up to the occasion.

Four Seasons:  Amaranto are serving their indulgent brunch Friday – Monday between 7am and 3pm – so even the latest of risers can still enjoy it. Alongside their usual dishes there will be Italian and classic Easter dishes such as Torta Pasqualina a savoury Easter cake with chard and herbs. www.fourseasons.com

Villandry:  Villandry are offering their bubbly brunch every day over our mini holiday (Champagne brunch at Villandry St James’s and Prosecco brunch at Villandry Great Portland Street), but this isn’t just a single glass, oh no it’s bottomless – so get settled in, order in the eggs and get drinking! www.villandry.com

Dirty Bones:  Here’s a match made in heaven – hip hop and brunch, great we know. Head to Dirty Bones from 12th on Easter Day for Southern food and dirty beats. All mains such as crispy fried chicken thighs come with triple cooked fries and pudding is sugared doughnuts! www.hiphopbrunchldn.com / www.dirty-bones.com

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Afternoon Tea

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill: Aftenoon tea at the Hyatt Regency includes everything as Easter tea should – homemade hot cross buns,  Easter nest chocolate cupcakes, mini-golden praline Easter Eggs and frosted carrot cake. If you can’t make it in for tea then the Easter bunny will be handing out chocolate eggs to passer by – because some bunny loves you. www.london.churchill.hyatt.co.uk

Mr Fogg’s: Back from his world –wide adventures Mr Fogg has decked out his drawing room in daffodils and will be serving tea on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Nibble on hot cross buns and chocolate eggs whilst quaffing Tanqueray Ten Gin and Ruinart Champagne – the only accompaniment needed for chocolate! www. mr-foggs.com

The Dorchester:  The Promenade’s award winning tea is being given an Easter twist with Easter pastries and hot cross buns and a glass of Champagne. If you’re staying at the hotel then come Easter morning you’ll find Easter treats at breakfast. www.dorchestercollection.com

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Crème Eggs and Cocktails

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without crème eggs – that’s pretty much a fact. But rather than just eating them by themselves, why not turn it into something even more glorious? And when it comes to cocktails, well alcohol and chocolate… need we say more?

K West: If there was ever a sign that there was a pudding God it would be this, appearing on the K West dessert menu over Easter is the Crème egg burger – a gooey, melted egg  topped with mascarpone cream and strawberry jelly and served in a sweet brioche bun dipped in white chocolate, sprinkled with hundreds and thousands. www.k-west.co.uk

Roof Gardens:  You know how we all love chocolate and we all martinis – well over at the Roof Gardens in Kensington they have combined them to create a chocolate egg trio of cocktails, they’re chocolate flavoured martinis served in edible chocolate cups. They also have an Easter egg hunt for little ones on the Sunday too! www.virginlimitededition.com

Rivington Grill, Shoreditch: Could this be the ultimate Easter cocktail? The crème egg flip:  a decadent combination of Havana Club Especial, Baileys, Coco Pops chocolate milk topped with a splash of coconut syrup and finished with chocolate bitters and bee pollen – ok so it might not  actually include an crème egg but it does taste just like one. www.rivingtongrill.co.uk

One Aldwych: Satisfy your Easter craving sans the eggs with candy inspired cocktails from award-winning confectioners Hope & Greenwood. The cocktails are themed on the retro confectioner’s range of lemon, sea salt caramel and vanilla Easter eggs accompanied by decorations from the in house florist. www.onealdwych.com

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Easter Menus 

After Lent and spending the first quarter of the year trying to obey our New Year’s resolutions, Easter is the time for a little overeating. If you aren’t attempting to cook up a feast at home then head to one of these:

The Royal Horseguards: Little lamb and rosemary dumplings, palm baked seabass and hot cross bun bread and butter pudding with spiced custard and cinnamon ice-cream – the Easter Sunday lunch at One Twenty One Two restaurant at The Royal Horseguards sounds rather too tempting? Oh and a glass of Prosecco is included.   Very tempting. www.guoman.com

28 West Bar and Grill: If Easter isn’t really your thing flowing but you don’t want to be seen as a the spring Grinch, then meet in the middle with bottomless cocktails over the Easter weekend. Diners can choose from Prosecco, mimosas, house wine or cocktails, only rule is you must be seated and order at least a main course to claim. Cheers! www.28-west.co.uk

The Cavendish: Complete your Easter weekend with a 3 course set menu offering dishes like Spice Loin Lamb and Salt Caramel Stuffed Profiteroles plus a special Easter cocktail. Children will be taken care of by a nanny for their festive activities so the adults can enjoy their cocktail in peace. www.35newcavendish.co.uk

Theo Randall at the InterContinental: Celebrate Easter the Italian way on Good Friday with a traditional, specially designed fish menu from celebrity chef and author, Theo Randall, dishes are set to include Taglierini al pescatore – fresh pasta with prawns, sea bass, clams, squid, tomatoes and parsley. He will also be signing copies of his new book after dinner. www.parklane.intercontinental.com

The Strand Dining Rooms: Not only will they be celebrating Easter this weekend, but The Strand Dining Rooms will also be welcoming the arrival of Mark Sargeant as the Chef Director and he has created a Great British menu just in time for Easter. Dishes include The Strand fish pie and whole roast onion squash, curly kale, poached egg and hollandaise whilst for pudding you’ll find lemon cheesecake with Earl Grey prunes. www.thestranddiningrooms.com

Aqua Kyoto: Easter is all Spring and new life, the blossoming of flowers and so to celebrate the blossoming of sakura (cherry blossom) Aqua Kyoto have launched a new floral menu where edible flowers make up part of every dish. Prawn maki comes with okra and a viola ponzu jelly whilst baby chicken is served with yomogi flowers.  The prettiest menu we’ve seen. www. aquakyoto.co.uk

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Parties

With no work on Friday and Monday – it means two extra days to party! So head to one of these places:

Juju:  Work’s finished, you’ve had the day off and now to party!  Coming over straight from Berlin, Laura Jean will be taking to the decks on the ground floor on Good Friday whilst Uncoded London will be taking over The Basement with an underground Ibiza focus . www.jujulondon.coms

Mahiki: Forget the Sunday blues, see in Bank Holiday Monday by heading to Mayfair and dancing the night away at Mahiki because on the Sunday night cocktails are on the house for girls, but ssh don’t tell the boys! www.mahiki.com

Paradise  by Way of Kensal Green: Paradise are partying all day with their Any Given Sunday party, hosted by MiC’s Proudlock and friends there will be burgers from Portobello Road burger legends, Cheeky Burger, beer pong hosted by PING and giant board games, why? No work on Monday is why! www.theparadise.co.uk

Café De Paris: Start the weekend with as you mean to go on with a night at Café De Paris, on Friday night you can watch  Cabaret des Distractions – a 21st century tale of love and temptation – with performers from Cirque du Soleil and The Box! www.cafedeparis.com

Eclipse Chelsea: Cocktails, staff clad in bunny ears and bunny tails and free Easter fancy dress for those revellers partying the hardest on Easter Sunday– what’s not to love about Eclipse’s Easter offering? www.eclipsebars.com

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