Easter weekend kicks off on Good Friday 19 April, running through till Easter Monday on 22 April, gifting you the perfect excuse to go large with an Easter Weekend brunch! The Resident picks out 10 of the best in London
1 Bōkan’s Easter Brunch, Canary Wharf
Bōkan in Canary Wharf has spectacular views of the London skyline, and a gorgeous menu to match. For Easter weekend, Executive Chef Guillaume Gillan has created a stylish three-course menu to enjoy alongside endless prosecco in the laid-back-yet-luxe Bōkan 37 restaurant. Tuck into starters like organic hen’s egg with green asparagus veloute, or fresh Scottish salmon tartar with avruga caviar. To follow, indulge in the likes of whole rabbit tagine with whole grain mustard sauce and spicy bulgur, or mushroom shiitake risotto with sake and sesame and Mayfield egg yolk puree. Dessert is a surprise chocolate Easter egg with milk ice cream (alternately, opt for a selection of artisan cheeses from Paxton & Whitfield). Available from 19-22 April 2019, 12.30pm-2.30pm, priced £45pp (bottomless option for an additional £15).
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs E14 9TP; bokanlondon.co.uk
2 The Hot Cross Bunidict at Riding House Café, Rail House Café & Village East
Up your Easter feasting game with London’s first ever Hot Cross Bunidict. Available at sister restaurants Riding House Café in Fitzrovia, Rail House Café in Victoria and Village East on Bermondsey Street, the memorable special, priced £7.50, tops a toasted hot cross bun with a poached egg, Swiss chard and Hollandaise sauce. The ultimate balance of sweet and savoury, it’s an eggceptional way to celebrate the Easter period. Try it alongside the What’s Up Doc carrot cocktail (£11), made with dark rum, carrot shrub, grapefruit and garnished with a physalis, to look like bunny ears. Riding House Café, Rail House Café and Village East have become synonymous with all-day dining and brunch. Available all-day at all three sites from Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April.
8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria SW1E 5DJ, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7PQ and 171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; house.cafe
3 Easter Brunch at Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch
Enjoy a Nobu-style take on the classic brunch this Easter weekend with Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch’s one-off brunch menu and exclusive Easter eggs. Available on Easter Sunday (21 April) only, the brunch features lamb skewers Anticucho and a selection of freshly made sushi and cold dishes from the restaurant’s Brunch Bar, complete with painted eggs and a live eggs station. You can also order from the a la carte menu, which features Japanese twists on classic breakfast dishes alongside Nobu favourites. Top it all off with the hotel’s exclusive Easter Eggs, made in-house with 72% Valhrona Chocolate and available to buy in the Nobu Café in a variety of colours and designs (priced £20 and can be customised with 48 hours’ notice).
10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4BH; nobuhotelshoreditch.com
4 Easter Sunday Brunch at Kaspar’s at The Savoy, Strand
Kaspar’s at The Savoy is presenting a bespoke four-course brunch menu with live jazz on Easter Sunday (21 April). The Art Deco restaurant’s striking countertop bar will be bedecked with seafood delights, including Maldon oysters that you can shuck yourself, smoked fish and a Best of the Seas platter of caviar, prawns, crab, scallops and langoustines. Freshly baked pastries and savoury accompaniments will also be on offer, alongside a choice of brunch classics such as the Isle of Harris Lobster Benedict or Wye Valley Asparagus Royal, and then onto a main course like the Spring Linguine and Willbrooke Farm Lamb Noisette. A decadent dessert trolley created by David Pearse the Executive Pastry Chef, will complete the scrumptious Easter brunch experience. Available from 12pm-4pm priced £95pp with the option of free-flowing champagne for an additional £35.
Strand WC2R 0EY; thesavoylondon.com
5 Bottomless Aperol Spritz Brunch at The Piano Works
London’s only non-stop live audience requested venues, The Piano Works West End & The Piano Works Farringdon, are hosting bottomless Aperol Spritz brunches this Easter Sunday (21 April). Brunch to the beat kicks off at 1pm, with two hours of bottomless Aperol Spritz, Bloody Marys, Italian pink sparkling wine, prosecco or mocktails alongside a two-course brunch of Eggs Florentine, Royale or Benedict followed by pancakes, waffles and more (vegan options available) for £50pp. Alongside the talented house musicians, who play nothing but audience requests from 1pm-1am, there’ll be glitter and temporary tattoo artists to help you rock your brunch. There’s also the Brunch Box option for £35pp, which offers a choice of a Breakfast Wrap with a side of crinkle-cut fries and bottomless drinks. Open till 4am.
113-117 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BX & 47 Whitcomb Street (off Leicester Square) WC2H 7DH; pianoworks.bar
6 Family Brunch & Jazz Brunch at Chucs Serpentine, Hyde Park
Chucs Serpentine is hosting an Easter Brunch with children’s party planners Sharky & George on Saturday 20 April. Mums and dads can kick-back and enjoy the likes of eggs any which way, smashed avocado and a whole host of sweet treats, washed down with mimosas, prosecco or freshly-pressed juice. For the little ones, there’ll be an Easter egg hunt in the gallery gardens from 9.15am-10am, followed by classic games, arts and crafts, as well as a cookie decorating station. Tickets are £25 for both adults and children (aged 4-14, ages 3 and under go free), including entertainment for the kids. Also, on Sunday 21 April, Chucs Serpentine will host an Easter Jazz Brunch with a welcome drink on arrival, a specially curated set-menu and live jazz for £55pp.
The Serpentine Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Hyde Park W2 2AR; chucsrestaurants.com
7 Easter Drag Brunch at All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
As well as serving its new brunch menu all Easter weekend, from Good Friday to Easter Monday (19-22 April), All Star Lanes will also be hosting an egg-stra special Easter Drag Brunch on Sunday 21 April at its Brick Lane venue, with a killer performance by a drag queen duo at 2pm. The new brunch menu includes dishes such as the American Breakfast (Cumberland sausage, two rich yolk fried eggs, treacle-cured bacon, buttermilk pancakes, tater tots and maple syrup), and the All Star Lanes’ brunch burger (The Lebowski, a mouth-watering combination of 6oz chuck steak and rib cap patty, treacle cured bacon, slow-cooked pork rib, rich yolk fried egg, American cheese, tomato salsa and mustard). In addition to Brick Lane, All Star Lanes has branches in Holborn, Stratford and White City.
8 Three-Course Easter Brunch at Darwin Brasserie, The Sky Garden
Celebrate Easter weekend in style at Sky Garden’s renowned British brasserie, Darwin. Throughout the weekend, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (20-22 April), Darwin Brasserie will be offering an impressive three-course brunch menu with starters including smashed avo on toast with chill and smoked mackerel rillettes with celeriac remoulade, mains such as Darwin duck benedict with caramelised onion hash, 8oz dry-aged English rump steak, or even roast sirloin of Hereford beef with all the trimmings. For dessert, choose form the likes of chocolate and praline delice with macerated blackberry or winter spiced plum crumble. Priced at £49.50pp with a glass of prosecco. Bloody Marys and Mimosas are also available.
20 Fenchurch Street EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london