Pop-ups, parties, activities and events to make the most of the Easter weekend
Words Helen Brown
Make the most of the extra long Easter weekend with London’s offerings of activities for grownups. There is a wealth of new menus, pop-ups, cocktails and Easter events to completely jam-pack the bank holiday. Easter’s not Easter without a bit of chocolate, so we’ve included the odd sweet treat along with the places to be to maximise your weekend.
Easter Brunch and Sunday Lunch at Sky Garden
Elevate your Easter Sunday lunch 37 storeys above London at Fenchurch, Sky Garden. They are offering an indulgent three-course set menu with dishes showcasing the very best of the new season. Additionally, Darwin on level 36 will be offering an unapologetically indulgent chocolate fountain surrounded by Easter treats. Tuck into a leisurely brunch or the brand-new spring menu before taking advantage of the chocolatey showstopper.
Hotel Cafe Royal
Hotel Cafe Royal are offering families the opportunity for some stress-free quality time over Easter. Let the little ones enjoy an exclusive tour of Hamley’s along with VIP goodies and discounts, before returning to the comfort of the hotel for an in-room movie and popcorn.
New Bottomless Brunch at COYA Mayfair
COYA Mayfair are launching a new bottomless brunch which is perfect for a long bank holiday weekend. Head over to experience the best of Peruvian cuisine with dishes including Corvina Trufa and Arroz Nikkei. Make it boozy with unlimited champagne, firm COYA favourite the Pisco Sour or for the more adventurous amongst you, their new Pisco Mary.
Easter Specials at Christopher’s
This Easter, Christopher’s has cracked it with a spectacular triple chocolate egg sharing dessert. All that it requires is a little magic to find what’s inside. This theatrical melting Triple Chocolate Eggs dessert arrives as three chocolate eggs upon a plate, designed to be devoured in stages. Just perfect for chocoholics. But for those whose tastes sit on the savoury side, Christopher’s also has Easter additions to its brunch and cocktail menus.
Dine on Christopher’s specials from Good Friday 14th April to Easter Monday 17th April, with ‘Hot Cross French Toast’ on the brunch menu from 11.30-3.30pm, whilst the ‘Triple Chocolate Eggs’ and ‘Easter Bunny’s Ruin’ will be available throughout the day from the Á La Carte and cocktail menus.
This April Broadgate in Shoreditch will be hosting Urban Eden, an interactive floral pop-up of three unique gardens that represent different corners of the globe. Each garden will host it’s own bespoke activities for visitors. At the Deliciously Ella garden pick your own seasonal produce such as fresh herbs, edible flowers and vegetables that reflect the brand’s food philosophy of ‘honest, simple and natural ingredients’. Head to the Japanese Garden for a digital detox or exercise your green fingers at the Tulip Patchwork Garden.
Sake No Hana
Sake No Hana will be celebrating the season of the Japanese Cherry Blossom with a beautiful art installation from Rebecca Louise Law. During this time you can dine in the restaurant underneath the art installation as if sitting beneath cherry blossom. In addition to this, they have an exclusive sakura inspired menu available until 10th June.
Easter Cocktails at Bluebird
Use the extra long weekend to indulge in a variety of Easter themed cocktails at Bluebird, Chelsea. They also have a four day brunch takeover where they are serving additional surprises to the menu on Easter Sunday.
Alternative Eggs at Hippo Inns
Indulge your chocolate cravings this year at Hippo Inns as they take Easter eggs to a whole new level. This Easter weekend take any chocolate egg and they will turn it into a gooey, warm, big battered chocolate scotch egg. In a twist of Willy Wonker-ish delight, one lucky winner will be awarded £1,000. All you have to do is find the one scotch egg that has been soaked in beetroot and gives off a pink tint when cut into.
Chai Wu Exclusive Easter Dessert
Chai Wu have hatched a plan to fulfil chocolate cravings with an exclusive dessert. Available for Easter Sunday only, diners can enjoy two chocolate truffle eggs bedded in a decorative bird’s nest. The dessert follows the Chinese philosophy of Ying and Yang with its contrasting rich winter and light spring flavours.
Mango Tree Exclusive Easter Dessert
For a limited time only, Mango Tree has created an egg-clusive dessert for Easter. Pour a warm raspberry sauce over a white chocolate sphere to reveal a refreshing homemade raspberry sorbet and mixed berries centre.
Festive Easter Feast Masterclass at Corrigan’s
Step behind the scenes into Corrigan’s Mayfair kitchen for an unforgettable culinary experience this Easter weekend. Learn the tricks of the trade and make the ultimate Easter Sunday lunch feast. Follow with a sugar high by joining the dessert team to create and decorate your own chocolate egg. Leave with a goody bag filled with fun Easter surprises.
Follow the Easter Bunny down the… Stairs and into Cahoots
Forget the rabbit hole, this year follow the Easter bunny underground into the only tube station celebrating Easter the old fashioned way. Expect the usual high spirits, scoundrels and swing coupled with an Easter spread. To bring the Cahoots Squiffy Picnic into the spring season, Easter twists will be added such as hot cross buns, daffodils and easter eggs.
Crack Cockney and Feast on a Lamb Lunch at Mr Fogg’s Tavern
This year, Phileas Fogg will be hosting an Easter weekend to remember at the Tavern. Hear Mr. Tom Carradine kick off the long weekend in style as he hosts a cockney singalong evening. The dapper chappie will be calling on diners to warm up their vocal chords to coincide with the weather and practise their cockney slang. The team will be serving fish pie and an abundance of hot cross buns on Good Friday and finally, the weekend will end with the Tavern’s All-Out Sunday Roast.
Barts’ Bunnies Cocktails
Throw on those dancing shoes and join Uncle Barts through the secret black door for a night of lawless swing and swigging and enjoy criminally delicious cocktails served in Easter eggs.
An Italian Easter Arrives at Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga’s bank holiday Supper club is back especially for the long weekend. Celebrate Easter the Italian way with two hours of prosecco and pizza. Dig into the famous fancy dress box while listening to some great entertainment before you become the entertainment on the Bunga Bunga karaoke stage. On Easter Monday trade the cocoa for crusts with a bellissimo end to festivities. The Englishman’s Italian will be dishing out bargain £1 pizzas from 6pm onwards.
Escape to the Country this Easter
Escape to the countryside this Easter weekend without even leaving London. The Bingham Hotel is London’s answer to a relaxing riverside escape. Enjoy a boat trip up the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace, indulge in an Easter afternoon tea complete with chocolate eggs or take advantage of the Bingham’s little sister spa and retreat, Bhuti. Further to these, The Bingham will also be offering an Easter Sunday set menu featuring slow cooked duck egg with pickle and toasted sourdough.
Archer Street’s Mad Hatter’s Cocktail Party
Let the all-singing and all-dancing staff at Archer Street transport you to Alice’s wonderland this bank holiday. Their Mad Hatter’s Cocktail Party features spectacular entertainment and a uniquely curated Easter cocktail menu. Try the signature Alice in Archer Street made with vodka, honey, cranberry, lemon, blood orange syrup and egg white, served with a scattering of hundreds and thousands.
Hot Cross Brioche at Aubaine
This Easter, Aubaine brings a French twist to the classic Hot Cross Bun with their new Hot Cross Brioche. Spicing up the classic Easter bun, Aubaine’s Hot Cross Brioche contains raisins and cranberries and is flavoured with cinnamon and lemon zest. Enjoy this taste of spring for £2.95 or take it away for £2.50.
Served from the 1st- 17th April at all Aubaine restaurants.