Lead image: Find the Cascarón with Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden
Who says the Easter bunny is just for kids? The Resident picks out some of London’s best Easter activities for grown-ups, from bottomless brunches to egg hunts that can win you hotdogs, champagne and cocktails
1 Brunch to the Beat at The Piano Works, Farringdon
31 March-2 April
Brunch to the Beat at Farringdon’s non-stop audience-request live music venue, The Piano Works, this Easter. The House of Song musicians are ready to take all your song requests, so you can sing and dance to your heart’s content as you chow down on bottomless brunch. From 12pm-4pm on Saturday and 1pm-7pm on Easter Sunday and Monday, music-loving brunch-goers can sip on unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys with two menu options to choose from. A two-course menu (£50pp) includes options like Love Me or Hate Me Eggs Benedict, Bombay Omelette or The Full Works (eggs, sausages, bacon et al). The brand-new Brunch Box (£35pp) offers a choice of Breakfast Burrito, bagels topped with either cream cheese and smoked salmon, or hummus, tomato and vegan cream cheese, all served with crinkle-cut fries. To satisfy your sweet tooth, choose from home-made pancakes with Nutella and cream or waffles with maple syrup and vanilla ice cream or fresh fruit. Brunch to the Beat will continue every Saturday from midday, and Sunday from 1pm.
113-117 Farringdon Road EC1R 3BX; pianoworks.bar
2 #HuntTheBubbles with Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia
Gourmet champagne and hotdog bar, Bubbledogs, will be hiding hundreds of hotdogs and bottles of champagne-shaped keepsakes around Soho and Fitzrovia this Easter. ‘Bottles’ and ‘hotdogs’ will be hidden high and low, inside and out, tucked away in offices and under bushes, and when found these little corkers will earn you a free hotdog or glass of fizz at Bubbledogs on Charlotte Street. The hotdog menu will include favourites like the New Yorker (with grilled sauerkraut and caramelized onions) and the Mac Daddy (with mac ‘n’ cheese and bacon bits), as well as a new guest hotdog, the Dog Shiit-ake by Gareth Ward (with shiitake ketchup, picked sea lettuce and puffed wild rice). Note, Bubbledogs is closed Easter Sunday, but hotdogs and champagne are redeemable until 7 April.
70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 4QG; bubbledogs.co.uk
3 Springfest German Bier Festival at Alexandra Palace
The UK’s largest German Bier Festival returns to Alexandra Palace this Easter with the finest biers, bratwurst, streetfood and more at Springfest. For one-night-only, the iconic Great Hall will be transformed into a Bierkeller of gigantic proportions with rows of keller-style benches and an army of kellners serving the best Meister Pils. The West Hall will transform into the Village Green, with Deutsche biers – including an exclusive Stuttgart-imported Volkfest pills (a sparkling amber beer) – cool cocktails and live entertainment. There’ll also be plenty of great music, from the authentic sounds of an Oompah band to Club De Fromage DJs and an ABBA tribute act. 5.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets £17.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; springfest.alexandrapalace.com
4 Glitter Brunch Social at Flight Club, Shoreditch & Bloomsbury
31 March-2 April
Celebrate the first bank holiday of the year with a bottle of prosecco, unlimited pizza, glitter painters, top tunes and Social Darts? You’ll also get a Ciroc cocktail on arrival and there’ll be prizes for the most impressive glittery get-up. The Glitter Brunch Social at Flight Club’s Shoreditch and Bloomsbury venues will run daily from 31 March until 2 April, with sittings from 12pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. Tickets start from £30. Flight Club will also be hosting Speed Darting events, with games, slushies and a fun, relaxed approach to dating. Every Monday from 16 April for £15.
5 Find the Cascarón with Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden
26 March-2 April
Cantina Laredo, the modern Mexican restaurant on Upper St Martin’s Lane, will be hiding 101 eggs around the area this Easter, with plenty of prizes to be won. Taking inspiration from Mexican cascarones (decorative eggs), Cantina Laredo is launching Find the Cascarón, running from Monday 26 March until Monday 2 April 2018. Prizes include everything from free margaritas to any of The Great Eight Guacamoles and a complimentary dinner at Cantina Laredo worth £200. The only question is, who will find the egg-ceptional golden egg? Cantina Laredo will also be gifting Easter eggs to all those staying at Centrepoint Berwick Street, the charity that provides housing and support to young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.
10 Upper St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden WC2H 9FB; cantinalaredo.co.uk
6 Easter DJ Brunch Series at Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
31 March-2 April
This Bank Holiday weekend, Granary Square Brasserie in King’s Cross is hosting some of the UK’s hottest female DJs at its Easter brunch series, with performances by internationally renowned Goldierocks, pop-royalty Leah Weller and Ibiza-favourite Miss Mavrik. Goldierocks, usually spotted at the likes of Glastonbury and Bestival, will be playing an eclectic mix of chilled dance classics on Saturday 31 March. Model, DJ and daughter of punk-rock legend Paul Weller, Leah Weller is hitting the decks for Bank Holiday Sunday, playing her distinct sound of urban, underground and old school R&B. Closing the weekend-long mix of music and food is DJ Miss Mavrik, who will be putting on an impressive five-hour set on Easter Monday (2 April). Enjoy this line-up simply by booking a table for brunch between 11am and 4pm. The brunch menu includes classics like Eggs Benedict and Buttermilk Pancakes, and why not treat yourself to a glass of Champagne or a Bloody Mary? DJs perform from 1pm.
Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4AB; granarysquarebrasserie.com
7 Afternoon Tea with Free-Flowing Bubbles at Le Restaurant de PAUL
From 31 March
The French equivalent of the quintessentially British afternoon tea is Le Goûter (pronounced le goo tay), and at Le Restaurant de PAUL the new bottomless afternoon tea beautifully blends the best of both cultures. For just £24.95pp, enjoy free-flowing French bubbles, delicate artisan sandwiches with fillings including Camembert and poached salmon, exquisite patisserie, jewel-like macarons and, sweet brioche with lashing of cream and jam (taking the place of the humble scone). Launching on 31 March at Le Restaurant de PAUL, Covent Garden, and on 3 April at its sister branch at Tower 42 in the City, the bottomless afternoon tea is available for a minimum of two people sharing and is served Monday to Friday from 2.30pm-5.30pm at Tower 42, and weekends only in Covent Garden at the same times.
25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ & 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2 9ED; paul-uk.com
8 Easter Egg-travaganza at QUEENS, Queensway
23 March-2 April
QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl is throwing an Easter Egg-stravaganza of a bowling competition! Using one-of-a-kind Easter egg-shaped bowling bowls, you’ll battle it out with family and friends to win the biggest chocolate Easter Egg you’ve probably ever seen. The rules are easy; any bowler can enter free of charge, and after your bowling, see if you can make the Easter Egg roll. Competitors get one bowl per person, and each pin knocked down equals a competition entry (knock down all 10 to be entered 10x into the prize draw). The winner will receive an incredible 55cm tall chocolate egg, handmade with 5kgs of chocolate in Yorkshire by the renowned Bettys Tea Rooms. and if that’s not stimulation enough, you can also go ice skating, curling and ice-karting at QUEENS!
17 Queensway W2 4PQ; queens.london
9 Locomotive Disco: Deck-A-Dance with Jack Priest, OSLO Hackney
If you’re itching to hit the dance floor this Easter weekend, head for OSLO Hackney for Jack Priest’s Locomotive Disco: Deck-A-Dance. shove aside those calorific eggs and instead indulge in a decadent dance floor (Deck-A-Dance, geddit?). This month-long series of glamorous dance parties at OSLO Hackney’s OSLO Club sees Jack invite an incredible act of his choosing to join him in crafting an evening of uplifting house, disco, funk and boogie. Joinging him this week is Jonny Rock and Noww. Entry is free before midnight, £5 after. 9pm-4am.
1a Amhurst Road, Hackney E8 1LL; oslohackney.club
10 Easter Weekend at Studio 338, North Greenwich
31 March & 1 April
Proper clubbers rejoice – Studio 338 celebrated its 4th birthday this spring – the first birthday event since the renovation of the impressive Studio 338 terrace following the tragic fire in August 2016. The refurbished venue now has three arenas: The Terrace, The Loft and The Studio, and this Easter Sunday the venue is hosting an all-day, all-night terrace party with Art of Dark. DJs tINI, Praslea, Francesco Del Garda, Andrew James Gustav and Colin Chiddle will provide a tasteful mix of bounce and groove with the stripped-back sounds Art of Dark is renowned for. 4pm-6am. Tickets £20. There’s also the Sankeys LDN Easter Special on Saturday 31 March, running 7pm-6am. Tickets £30.
338 Boord Street; Greenwich SE10 0PF; studio338.co.uk