Lead image: Bubbledogs’ Easter Champagne Hunt in Soho and Fitzrovia
Who says the Easter bunny is just for kids? The Resident has found 22 Easter activities that are just for grown-ups…
1 Afternoon Tea at Sketch, Mayfair
Sketch’s Easter Afternoon Tea is available from 14-17 April in the Gallery. Led by Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, the Gallery’s team of French chefs travelled across Britain to research tea time traditions, with stories on their expedition told in a keepsake menu filled with whimsical illustrations and anecdotes. You’ll also be greeted by the newly appointed ‘Caviar Man’, dressed in the blush hue now synonymous with Sketch’s Gallery, who will serve his version of Egg and Soldiers – Comté cheese soldiers paired with quail’s egg and a spoonful of Oscietre caviar. The pièce de résistance is the Lemon and Mara des bois strawberry Battenberg cake, which is followed by new cake options from the Trolley – Victoria Sponge or Banana loaf infused with layers of creamy fudge. While you’re there, check out the gaggle of geese nesting on floral creations by in London’s most Instagrammed loos until 23 April. £75pp (champagne not included). Sketch’s annual Egg Hunt takes place on Sunday 16 April.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XG; sketch.london
2 Adult Egg Hunt at South Place Hotel, Moorgate
This one is for all the adults looking to recapture that Easter magic. On 16 April at South Place Hotel you can follow a series of clues written in Cockney rhyming slang for your chance to uncover over 200 chocolate eggs, a glass of champagne or a luxurious overnight stay at the hotel. Tickets are £10 for in-house guests and Sunday roast diners at the hotel’s Chop House, and complimentary for those booking South Place’s weekend Easter Package (from £320 for two people sharing with an overnight stay on Saturday 15 or Sunday 16 April, breakfast, Sunday roast, complimentary Easter Egg hunt and in-room gift.
3 South Place, Moorgate EC2M 2AF. For information or to make a reservation see southplacehotel.com or call 020 3503 0000
3 A Sunday Roast at Lancaster London, Hyde Park
What better way to celebrate spring and family than with a classic Sunday Roast. The Hotel’s Island Grill will be serving their delicious roast as part of their special Easter set menu. To keep the kids happy during meal time, they ever offer an egg decorating activity.
Lancaster Terrace, Hyde Park W2 2TY; lancasterlondon.com
4 Indulge with The Arch’s Easter Package, Marble Arch
The Arch Hotel has all you Easter cravings covered. With their special Easter packages they offer a variety of delicious holiday meals. Their Easter afternoon tea has all of the classics along with Lemon curd cupcakes and Chocolate Orange Tea Cake. And they’ve created a special dinner menu featuring roast lamb, pea and mint risotto and chicken terrine.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
5 Eat Eggs Bunnidict Dessert at ETM venues
Playing off of the brunch favourite eggs benedict, several London spots will be offering a dessert named the eggs bunnidict. The tasty treat is made with light and fluffy hot-cross bun topped with a wedge of gooey marshmallow, vanilla and coconut panna cotta ‘eggs’ filled with mango ‘yolk’ and drizzled with crème anglaise and lemon balm. You can find it at the following ETM Group venues from 10-17 April: Aviary in Finsbury Square, Burdock, also in Finsbury Square, The Botanist (Sloane Square and Broadgate Circle), the new Greenwood at NOVA Food, Victoria, The Jugged Hare in Barbican and Ealing Park Tavern in South Ealing.
6 The Hotel Chocolat Experience at the London Eye
Take a ride on the iconic London Eye this Easter accompanied by friends, chocolate and champagne. Hotel Chocolat is treating guests to a one-hour luxury experience that includes prosecco and a chocolate expert to guide you through a plate of delicious chocolates and truffles. At the end you will even be presented with a bag full of goodies, compliments of Hotel Chocolat.
South Bank SE1 7PB; hotelchocolat.com/uk
7 Trishna’s Good Friday Supper, Marylebone
Kick off your Easter weekend at Indian restaurant Trishna, which is throwing a special Good Friday fish supper. The menu includes John Dory Pollichatu, with tellicherry pepper, shallots, curry leaves and coconut, served with pickled Bombay duck, raw banana thoran, meena manga curry and lemon rice (£35pp). There’s also a newly launched Seafood Tasting Menu for £65pp.
15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DG; trishnalondon.com
8 River cruise from Westminster to Hampton Court Palace
Relax and unwind on a river cruise for two through London starting at Westminster to Hampton Court Palace. This three hour journey is only £69 for two guests and comes with the help of informative commentary and advice on when to whip the camera out for the sights ahead, along with being able to enjoy all that Hampton Court Palace has to offer at the start of spring.
9 Tarantino Special at The Blues Kitchen, Brixton
Relive music from Tarantino’s cult movies and other iconic films on 16 April at The Blues Kitchen in Brixton. Resident band the Beekay’s will rock you through the movie master’s catalogue of cult classics, from Uma Thurman killing it on air guitar to Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon to Mr Blonde casually dicing up an ear to Stuck in the Middle with You… At 1am the resident band returns to perform soul classics, with the resident DJs filling the gaps with vintage rock n soul till the small hours. Dresscode: Watch the films, pick a character, steal their look. Advance tickets £1, or £5 on the door. Doors 9pm.
The Blues Kitchen Brixton, 40 Acre Lane W2 5SP; 020 7274 0591; theblueskitchen.com
10 Bubbledogs’ Champagne Hunt, Soho and Fitzrovia
If you live around Soho or Fitzrovia, you may find champagne shaped keepsakes around the neighbourhood. Popular posh hotdog and fizz restaurant Bubbledogs has hidden 1,000 of them, and they can be redeemed for a free hotdog from their creative menu at the Charlotte Street venue. ‘Bottles’ will be hidden high and low, inside and out, tucked away in offices and under bushes.Be on the lookout, the hunt is happening on running on Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Monday 17 of April only (closed Easter Sunday). Hot dogs will be redeemable on the Friday, Saturday and Monday.
70 Charlotte Street W1T 4QG; 020 7637 7770; bubbledogs.co.uk
11 Archer Street’s Mad Hatter Party, Soho
Archer Street is celebrating Easter all weekend long, with performances and a special cocktail menu on the 14, 15 and 16 April. Staff will be singing and dancing while serving Mad Hatter themed cocktails. You can try the Queen of Hearts or White Rabbit drinks and join in on the celebration.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AP; archerstreet.co.uk
12 Corrigan’s Cooking Class, Mayfair
The chefs at Corrigan’s have prepared a lesson in festive Easter feasting. You are invited to join their team of culinary experts in creating a four course meal, with wine pairings for each dish. Sticking to the spirit of the season you will also learn how to make delicious chocolate desserts and expertly decorate chocolate Easter eggs.
28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair W1K 7EH; corrigansmayfair.co.uk
13 Tours of Chislehurt Common
Protected since 1888, the picturesque Chislehurst Commons offer free guided tours all year. If the sun is shining try it out this Easter holiday – the walks start at 2pm and last an hour and a half. There’s no need to book, so just show up at the meeting point and enjoy 180 acres of woods.
38 Ashfield Lane, Chislehurst BR7 6LQ; chislehurstcommons.uk
14 Wine Tasting in Dulwich
There is the Tour De France for cyclists – and then there is the Tour De France for wine lovers. Take a tour from SE22 every Tuesday at 7:30pm at Toasted Restaurant. 4 April is all about Languedoc, where blending grapes is important. Next up, on 11 April, the tour will take in the vintages of the south west.
Toasted Restaurant, 36-38 Lordship Lane SE22 8HJ; toasteddulwich.eventbrite.com
15 My Chocolate workshops in Islington
My Chocolate will be holding chocolate workshops across the Easter weekend, but with a twist. They are encouraging everyone to get creative by building flat eggs or squashed chicks from molten chocolate, using dipping forks to create abstract marble effects with rich melted chocolate.
10c Branch Place N1 5PH; mychocolate.co.uk
16 A treasure hunt at The British Museum, Bloomsbury
Leaving traditional egg hunts behind, THATMuse will be hosting a Fun & Games Hunt at The British Museum on 14 April. Upon arrival at the museum, treasure hunters will be presented with a pack of clues and will then be let loose upon the museum collection. You will seek out, photograph yourself with, and answer questions about, the treasures you uncover. The hunt will take in some of the most exciting museum artefacts such as the ‘Lewis Chessmen’ alongside interesting objet d’arts such as a frieze depicting a Mesopotamian Lion Hunt, an Egyptian board game played to send off the dead and a Greek drinking game. 5.30pm -7.30pm. Tickets, £10-£15.
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3DG; thatmuse.com
17 Bart’s Easter Celebration, Chelsea
In true speakeasy style Bart’s Easter celebration is most definitely adults only. Join them on Friday 14 April for a night of lawless swing and swigging. On Saturday, guests of Uncle Barts will be able to enjoy criminally delicious cocktails served in Easter eggs. What’s more, Uncle Bart’s shady associate Mr Hugh Heffner has organised for his very own Playboy bunnies to pay a visit to the speakeasy, alongside gangsters and molls in fancy dress.
Chelsea Cloisters, 87 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3DW; barts-london.com
18 Adam & Eve Beer Festival, Hackney
A bit of an unusual celebration, The Adam & Eve is hosting an International Festival of Beer and Bar snacks from 13-16 April. They’ve invited Bao, KILN and Som Saa to cook alongside their kitchen team to prepare a wide array of tasty snacks. Let the kids enjoy their egg hunts and sugar comas, then come grab a brew at The Adam & Eve.
155 Homerton High Street, Homerton E9 6AS; adamandevepub.com
19 Have Sunday Lunch at the Sky Garden
Sky Garden is getting into the spirit with Easter goodies all weekend long. Elevate your Easter Sunday lunch with an unforgettable three-course feast at Fenchurch, Sky Garden’s fine-dining restaurant soaring 37 levels above London. Choose from the likes of new season English asparagus and a Dorset crab velouté to start, Goodwood Estate lamb with ewe’s cheese for the main course and warm almond cake with fresh green almonds for dessert. Saturday through Monday the Sky Garden’s relaxed brasserie, Darwin, will be home to a decadent chocolate fountain surrounded by Easter treats.
1 Sky Garden Walk EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
20 Browse the Easter Chocolate Market, Chelsea
London is known for its fabulous food markets, and on Easter Saturday (15 April) its all about chocolate at Duke of York Square’s Easter Chocolate Market in Chelsea. You can expect to see popular brands alongside smaller artisanal chocolatiers, satisfying anyone with a major sweet tooth. The luxury chocolate selections will include names like Lavolio, Hans Sloane, Chocofruit and Aztec Chocolate.
80 Duke of York Square, Chelsea SW3 4LY; dukeofyorksquare.com
21 Tom’s Kitchen Celebrates Real Eggs with Cacklebean
This Easter, Tom’s Kitchen is collaborating with Cacklebean, the renowned Cotswolds-based producers of exquisite Arlington Whites Golden Eggs, to encouraging diners not to forget about real eggs this Easter. The Cacklebean breakfast, added to the menu just for April, is a thing of beauty. Starting with a base of savoury porridge, this Easter treat crescendos in a poached Cacklebean egg perched atop a delicious black pudding, with wild mushrooms and a bacon and black pudding crumble waiting in the wings.
Various locations: tomskitchen.co.uk