A long, lazy Easter weekend kicks off on Thursday 18 April giving you the chance to explore some of the hidden gems London has to offer.
Heading East? From excellent brunches (click here to see our full round-up) and Mrs Fogg’s Below Deck Knee’s Up to the legendary Columbia Road flower market, Easter Egg hunts for kids, incredible cocktails and more, your weekend starts here…
Grown-up Easter eggs at Yauatcha City
Uniting patisserie with jaw-dropping engineering, Yauatcha’s collection of five eggs (£38 each) are the thinking gift this Easter. Made with single origin dark chocolate and raspberry and yuzu couverture, drop in to reserve your egg from Yauatcha City on Broadgate Circle.
Death by bunny hops at 1Rebel
1Rebel are adding endorphins to Easter with their #deathbybunnyhops promise. Get the ultimate workout with their signature Rounds, Reshape and Rumble classes which will make you feel like king/queen of the gym.
Book your classes now
Book a night of music and gin
On Thursday 18 April, Mrs Fogg’s welcomes you to the inaugural Below Deck Knee’s Up. Kicking off from 6pm, join Ceilidh band The Stowaways for a night of soul-boosting music and dancing until 3am (no work Friday!). Peruse a menu of Mombai Mules and sharing cocktails; they do a fine line in tandoori skewers and jackfruit biryani.
Book your spot here
Sharing platters with the kids
The welcome foodie destination for demanding kids and adults alike is the vibrant destination of Comptoir. With sharing mezze and wraps, it’s a great pitstop for families on the move. Plus, this April they’ve launched their brand new seasonal menu with Flavour of the Month specials including broad bean and tahina dip (£4.95), spiced chicken taouk burger with spiced Lebanese potatoes (£11.95) plus the seriously unmissable chocolate and tahina mousse cake (£5.50) with red berry compote. Yum.
See the menu and book a table
Easter egg hunt on Saturday at Gaucho
Book a table at Gaucho Broadgate on Saturday 20 April and you could be in with a chance of winning an Easter egg filled with a £300 bottle of Argentinian wine. All you need to do is check under your napkin.
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Choctails classes at All Bar One Easter
2019 is all about the bar’s limited edition line up: The Chambord Easter Egg, Rum & Raspberry and Chocolate Egg-spresso, a mind-bending chocolaty twist on the classic Espresso Martini with Crème de Cacao and Baileys topped off with an espresso shot. And, for the full Easter experience, book you and some friends onto one of their excellent cocktail classes and learn how to make all three.
Find out more here, £25pp.
Eggs marks the spot at the Bank of England Museum
From Monday 8-Thursday 18 April make the most of the school holidays by heading to the free Easter egg hunt in the heart of the City. Follow the Easter egg trail, note down where you find them then finish the trail to win a prize. With Easter crafts (they’ve got rabbit, sheep or chick masks and finger puppets to colour in) and free entry, this is the perfect fun pitstop (last entry is 4.30pm).
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Make and discover at the V&A Museum Of Childhood
The Easter holidays are crammed full of inspiring and inspired workshops, pop-ups and performances at the Bethnal Green spot. Pirate costume and bandana making rub shoulders with shows from Captain Putrid plus free sensory classes for babies and toddlers.
See the full calendar here
Sunday morning at Columbia Road Flower Market
Is there anything more springlike than navigating past stalls of florals and fabulous succulents? And, amazingly, they run on Easter Sunday too. If you’re in search of absolute bargains pop down the road at 2pmish when the stallholders start selling off their wares in bulk.
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Main photo by Melissa Walker Horn