The Handbook
The Handbook

There is boiled, fried, scrambled and poached but everyone knows that the best kind of egg is chocolate and with chocolate being a vital part of Easter, it's pretty much guilt free indulgence! From glow in the dark bunnies to decadent brunches, London has got it right when it comes to great ways to celebrate the Easter weekend. Whether you want to go out and party or laze around, The Handbook has rounded up some of the best events:

Maggie's Easter Bunny Blackout Party:

Bank holiday Monday means we can all feel a little naughty and go out on Sunday to party, and partying calls for a night at Maggie’s. Think UV paint, glow sticks and performances from 80s roller disco bunnies, their Easter Bunny Blackout party is set to be a huge success. And as you are never too old for an Easter egg hunt, it’s a fact, Maggie’s will be putting on Chelsea’s first glow in the dark Easter egg hunt!

Maggies, 329 -331 Fulham Road, 020 7351 9990, www.maggies-club.com

 Easter Egg Masterclass at Corrigan's Mayfair:

Corrigan's Mayfair are hosting an Easter egg master class which is a must for all those who fancy themselves as a bit of a chocolate connoisseur and know that when it comes to chocolate, only the finest will do. Richard Corrigan's team will be letting guests in on their tips and hints  in how to mould and decorate classic chocolate eggs. With a light lunch included and Easter eggs for the children to take home, this is a wonderful way to spend Saturday morning!

Corrigan's Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, 02074999943, www.corrigansmayfair.com

Barts' Mad Hatter's Tea Party:

Hidden in a warren somewhere in Chelsea, speakeasy Barts are making the most of the long weekend. As soon as work is done on Thursday, then head over  for their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And with no work on Friday you can take advantage of the cocktails, champagne and cupcakes, it only seems right! They are also putting on an Easter egg hunt with a twist, which will see Veuve Cliquot and sharing cocktails being given away! As it is a speakeasy it is only right that they have a secret Easter Elixir, but you will need the right password of course!

Barts, Sloane Avenue, 020 7581 3355, www.barts-london.com

Pasqua Al Daphne’s:

If the long weekend means to you four days of relaxing, catching up with friends, topping up your cultural quota by visiting the museums in South Kensington or shopping in Chelsea, then the charming Italian, Daphne’s has to be your first choice for a long lazy lunch. Their Easter menu features dishes such as Spring Chicken Broth with Wild Garlic Raviolini, Roast Lamb Rump with Caponata and Celery Cross and the Neapolitan Easter Tart, which sounds just like our sort of thing. 

Daphne's,112 Draycott Avenue, 020 7589 4257, www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Kettner’s Chocolate Cocktails:

Sometimes it seems as if Easter is aimed more at children than adults and whilst  Soho's infamous Kettner's are having their Alice in Wonderland Easter egg hunt for the children, they haven't forgotten adults either, because when do you ever grow out of chocolate? The Cocktail and Champagne Bar have put two of everyone’s favourite things together: chocolate and cocktails, to create the ‘Chocolate Orange’ and the ‘Rolo Martini: vodka, frothy milk and a melted Rolo, perfectly decadent for the Easter weekend. 

Kettner's, 29 Romilly Street, 020 7734 6112, www.kettners.com

Bounce’s Easter Party:

If you are looking for best way to get rid of the calories incurred by all the chocolate eating, then dancing and playing ping pong is our best advice and a trip to Bounce is your answer. On Sunday night the Buttoned Down Disco crew are hosting a party to see off the Easter weekend, playing the best of indie, electro and pop, and for those shy of the dance floor, then challenge your friends to a game of ping pong. They are giving out free Easter badges and crème eggs too, so you better get dancing and playing ping pong! 

Bounce London, 121 Holborn, 020 3657 6525,  www.bouncelondon.com

Feast Fit For a King at Shaka Zula:

Rather than just gorging yourself on chocolate this year, indulge in some seriously good food too and where better than Shaka Zulu? The South African restaurant in Camden in putting on a three course Easter feast, with Crayfish Tail Caesar Salad, Baby Chicken and Raspberry Pannacotta on the menu. Whilst the food sounds gorgeous we are rather excited about the giant Ostrich Easter Egg display that the pastry chefs have created for guests to admire!

Shaka Zula, Stables Market, 020 7428 8990, www.shaka-zula.com

Indulgent Easter Brunch at Aurelia:

Brunch surely has to be one of the best parts of the weekend and  contemporary Mediterranean restaurant,  Aurelia in Mayfair certainly have one of the best set brunch menus around, which includes salmon burgers and Tiramisu parfait. Served from 11am until 5pm, Aurelia caters for the late risers, the ones who have partied hard the night before. Oh and the best part? Free Champagne throughout!

Aurelia, 13-14 Cork Street, 020 7409 1370, www.aurelialondon.co.uk

34 Restaurant's Easter Cart:

34 restaurant are celebrating Easter with a cart teeming with treats which is sure to sort out anyone who is after a sugar fix. What more could you want than red velvet cupcakes, Easter biscuits, chocolate truffles? Well there is the  pièce de résistance… an Easter egg made with Original Beans’ Cru Virunga chocolate. With it sounding this good we predict this is going to be a hit with everyone, sweet toothed or not.

34 Restaurant, 34 Grosvenor Square, 020 3350 3434, www.34-restaurant.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt at Bluebird:

The competitive streak that an Easter egg hunt brings out in adults and children alike, make us think they should be a national sport and this weekend the Easter bunny is making a visit to Bluebird's courtyard for an early Easter egg hunt.  For those who are looking for romance, rather than chocolate then the Wednesday after Easter, Bluebird are hosting a special Easter themed speed dating session!

Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, 020 7559 1000, www.bluebird-restaurant.com