Easter Weekend Roundup
There’s so much going on this Easter in London that it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve put together our pick of the best Easter menus, cocktails, egg hunts, afternoon teas and other decadent treats. We’ll try and keep the egg puns to a minimum whilst giving you the lowdown for this long weekend.
Easter Friday is the start of the four-day weekend, and before we get carried away with over-indulging, there’s a performance of The Passion Of Jesus. Supported by the Mayor of London, 20,000 people gather in Trafalgar Square to watch the Easter Story play out. This free event is a great way to kick off your weekend, with two performances broadcast on large screens across the square for maximum visibility.
Now, onto the food… The ‘Eggscentric Menu’ (sorry!) at Boisdale, Mayfair features the largest selection of bird eggs on a menu that London has ever seen. Guests will have a choice of 8 different eggs, served in four different ways, from the smallest quail eggs to the largest ostrich eggs.
Florentine near Waterloo also serves up a speciality ostrich egg that can be shared by six people – a great choice for a group brunch. Plus, they’ve got an extensive egg menu for breakfast and specialize in flatbreads topped with seasonal ingredients, which are served ’til late.
The Cheese Bar is teaming up with uber cool Voodoo Ray’s for a Bank Holiday Pizza Jam, with an extra cheesy limited edition pizza at Voodoo Ray’s Camden Market. Incredible pizza with lashings of cheese – the perfect start to any long weekend, surely?
The ‘Easter Egg Bunnidict’ at Aviary is a clever, sweet twist on the old favourite. A light, fluffy hot cross bun comes topped with a gooey marshmallow and panna cotta ‘eggs.’ It’s more of a dessert than a brunch option, but sounds delicious all the same. Their Easter special tipple is served in four individual chocolate Easter eggs, each holding Belsazar vermouth in red, white, dry and rosé.
Talking of alcohol, you’ve got an extra day to recover from the hangover, so here are some Easter-themed cocktails that are too good to miss.
Get your chocolate fix in cocktail form at Aster, situated in Victoria’s swanky new Nova dining complex. The aptly named ‘Aster Egg Cocktail’ comes in a hollow milk chocolate egg, and includes rum mixed with chocolate liqueur, Aztec bitter chocolate and milk.
Or you might want to try the Nutella Negroni at Duck & Waffle, with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and a Nutella infusion. Noir on Duke Street has a tasty ‘Kinder Surprise’ with a mix of Kinder Egg, vodka, white chocolate liqueur and raisin bitters.
The ‘Who Melted Roger Rabbit’ cocktail, from Heddon Street Kitchen, has to be included for originality. A mix of spiced rum, almond milk, Frangelico and chocolate bitters, it’s available all weekend along with a bottomless brunch and Easter roast.
For something a little less chocolatey, but just as decadent, Three Six Six has created the ‘Poblano.’ A bird-shaped glass vessel sits in the middle of a fiery nest and holds a delicious mixture of rum, tarragon-infused rhubarb liquor, lime juice and sumac powder.
Celebrate Easter Sunday with a brunch feast at Bala Baya. All dishes are for sharing as you indulge in the long weekend.
Easter surely wouldn’t be complete without an egg hunt, and Bluebird Chelsea is pulling out all the stops. There’s a four-day brunch takeover and egg painting classes, and on Sunday, the egg hunt will commence in the courtyard.
The Big Egg Hunt at Pop Brixton looks set to be an all-day party, with magicians, street performers, face painters and crafts for children and adults alike. The party doesn’t stop, but keeps going late into the night, another chance to let your hair down without the alarm going off at horror-o’clock on Monday morning.
The Horniman Easter Fair also has creative workshops, Easter trails, face painting and March Hare puppet making. If you’re feeling peckish, you could swing by for a visit to recently opened Meet District in Peckham.
Other egg hunts are happening across London at Sketch, along with an Easter-themed afternoon tea. At South Place Hotel, you’ll be following the Scooby Doos (clues) in this cockney rhyming slang-themed hunt. Finally, at Hampton Court Palace there is a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt all weekend – big children are welcome, too.
For something more civilised on Bank Holiday Monday, there’s a Champagne Easter Afternoon Tea at the Landmark, or you can opt for the Chocolate Afternoon Tea for a sweet fix. Treats include raspberry choux with lemon and cinnamon cream and a pistachio ‘Easter Basket.’
For an extravagant and leisurely family meal, we’d go for the Spring Chef’s Table at Marcus. At this Michelin-starred Knightsbridge restaurant, guests can dine on a special menu for just £69pp for five courses. Fully seasonal, the menu includes wild garlic, spring truffle and lamb – a true picture of British springtime. The chefs will present and carve the meat in front of the table and talk guests through the dish.
Or maybe you’re just looking to buy some tasty treats?
For those looking to get a serious chocolate fix, the Easter Collection at ChoccyWoccyDoodah includes a range of treats, including nest lollipops and miniature bunnies. The ‘Behemoth Chocolate Easter Egg’ caught our eye, but judging by its size, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.
In close competition is Paul A Young’s limited edition Machu Picchu egg. Only 10 eggs were made per store; they’ve been individually imprinted with Mayan script and covered in 22-carat edible gold leaf. A good choice for a special gift, if you can get your hands on one. Just try not to scoff it all before you’ve even got home.
Hotel Chocolat have all the usual classics, but new this year are their Extra Thick Eggs, which have sumptuously dense shells and are filled with their delicious individual chocolate creations. You can also stop in at their cafe in Covent Garden for an ‘Easter Hot Chocolat,’ complete with salted caramel, pecan praline and topped with a cocoa whip. Mmmm.
Words by Millie Diamond