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What To Do This Easter Weekend: 24th – 28th March

The Handbook
By Fran Hazell | 24th March 2016

Hurrah it’s here: the four day weekend. Four days of Easter eggs, lie-ins, nights out, boat races, catching up with friends and family and (hopefully) not thinking about work. If you’re staying in London over the weekend then we’ve rounded up some of the best events happening in our fair city. It’s time to party! 

34 Mayfair

Bottomless Champagne brunch and complimentary chocolate eggs

34 Mayfair are making the most of the long weekend and using it to launch their new brunch menu. Because it’s no ordinary weekend they will be offering free-flowing Champagne from Friday to Monday (and a bag of chocolate eggs for children) for guests who buy a glass at the start of their two course meal. They have also created a limited edition cream egg dessert with coconut and mango mousse so get your fix before the eggs are gone for another year.

Where: 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)

The Hoxton

Doughnut decorating

It’s all systems go this Easter in the East. A Willy Wonka style extravaganza of crafty doughnut decorating, bun icing and candy sushi (yes that’s a real thing) from 11am-6pm on Good Friday. Workshops are booked individually so check our the website for full details. Find us making lickable wallpaper… Hmm.

Where: 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HU

Blues Kitchen

4 days of partying

Make the most of your Monday lie in and paint the town red on Sunday night. Blues Kitchen have things going on all weekend; 2-4-1 cocktails on Thursday, Friday night Soul, live music on Saturday, a Tarantino special on Sunday and BBQ rib fest all day Sunday. Plan ahead!

Where: 40 Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SP

Duck & Waffle

Limited edition Easter egg cocktails

We’re suckers for anything limited edition and when the subject in question is cocktails, it’s even better. Duck & Waffle’s Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development (what a job), Rich Woods has created a Nutella Negroni served in a Nutella jar, Beetroot and Chocolate Royale but our pick of the trio is the Easter Eggs; coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle, served in actual egg shells. The cocktails are available from Good Friday, for one week only.

Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

The Grand

Resurrection of... Craig David

Easter is all about resurrection so bringing this religious celebration to the present day is Clapham Grand… Not sure of the connection? A night celebrating the Rise and Fall (sorry) of Craig David includes DJs spinning his greatest hits, themed photobooths and Craig David masks on Saturday till 3am. Not a Craig David fan? What about Moulin Rouge? A giant screen will show the film along with go go dancers, absinthe cocktails and popcorn.

Where: 21-25 St. John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT

The Black Penny


Forget the marathon, it’s all about the brunchathon! To celebrate the four day weekend The Black Penny are serving up egg-based brunch dishes all day throughout Easter weekend. Feast on crispy confit duck served with sweet potato hash and poached egg, an Ottoman-inspired breakfast of fried eggs, grilled halloumi, butter bean hummus and sumac and Black Penny baked beans served with goat’s cheese and a poached egg. Go there to line your stomach, go there to cure a hangover or go to there to catch up with plenty of prosecco – or do all three it is a brunchathon. From Friday 25th – Monday 28th March.

Where: 34 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA

The Jam Tree Chelsea


You’ve logged out of your emails, run out of the door, the weekend is here and now it’s time to party. We say start the weekend at The Jam Tree in Chelsea’s 5th birthday. There will be a free hog roast, complimentary drinks such as the Jammy Dodger and a DJ set from Sol Brothers (you’ve probably heard them played by Annie Mac). It’s going to be rather different to your fifth birthday…

Where: 541 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW6 2EB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.3 miles)

The Old Ship

EGG-tra-OAR-dinary... Damn we're back at it again with the puns

Not only is Sunday Easter Day but it’s also the Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race. Who will win in the 162nd race between the dark blues and the light blues? Obviously we don’t know the answer – if we did we’d be down at the bookies. What we can tell you though is that The Old Ship in Hammersmith is the perfect spot to watch the action. From midday there will be live music, a Pimms & Bubbles Bar, a Sipsmith gin station, beer tent and food stalls serving the likes of sausage rolls, chocolate brownie and pasties.

Where: 25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TD

Duke of York Square Easter Chocolate Market

Chocolate Market

If you need a last minute Easter gift or your Saturday afternoon plans involve eating a lot of chocolate then you’ll want to head to Duke of York Square’s chocolate market which is taking place on Saturday. Alongside their usual fine food fair they’ll have artisan chocolate and handmade treats from the likes of Hans Sloane, Diana David and Simply Hand Made Chocolate – you can share… if you really want.

Where: 19 Duke of York Square, King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4LY