About Time: 10 Ways to Celebrate Easter Weekend in LondonBy Angelica Malin
Looking for the best ways to celebrate Easter weekend (Friday 19th-Monday 22nd April) in London? Never fear, About Time is here. From vegan Easter eggs to creamy cocktails, here’s our guide to Easter feasting in the capital:
What: This month, Michelin-starred restaurants, Gymkhana and Trishna are celebrating the Basant Kite Festival: a historic Punjabi kite flying celebration signifying the start of spring and arrival of warmer days.
The Lowdown: Synonymous with celebration over delicious fare, Londoners will be invited to enjoy Easter festivities, delicious new seasonal menus and Basant Kite Festival-inspired installations. One of the best ways to celebrate Easter Weekend in London, Gymkhana will be opening its doors for an Easter Sunday Feast on 21st April. Guests can enjoy an Easter special; Sikandari Baby Lamb Raan accompanied by Tandoori Aloo & Ramson Bubble ‘n’ Squeak. In Marylebone, Trishna will be open as normal with the regular à la carte and delicious tasting menus available, along with Trishna’s Fish Supper special (£35).
Where: Website here
What: This Easter, Las Iguanas have launched the Crème Bomb cocktail – a boozy, rum and Frangelico cream egg cocktail.
The Lowdown: Indulge in their chocolaty special Crème Bomb with Jah 45 Jamaican Dark Rum, banana, cream, Frangelico, milk & Las Iguanas own cold brew espresso blend, topped with half a crème egg. Part of their monthly #hotlist of new and limited editions cocktails, there also another three new cocktails out this month; a Guava-Tini, Brazillian Whisky Sour and Gin Genie using Las Iguanas very own gin.
Where: Available nationwide at over 50 branches, including London, mean that no one has to miss out.
What: Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden is celebrating the long Easter weekend with a variety of exclusive restaurant menus, beautiful retail products, baked goods from the Delicatessen and a unique chocolate egg charity auction in collaboration with Paul A Young.
The Lowdown: The auction in aid of Action Against Hunger will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to take home an Easter egg made by Paul A Young. For those looking to be creative over the weekend, the shop’s Florist will hold an Easter hand tied bouquet workshop on the 20th April from 2pm-4pm, priced at £85 per person. The Delicatessen will be selling one hundred smaller chocolate Easter eggs, potted in Petersham Nurseries’ terracotta pots at £25 each, with profits also going to Action Against Hunger. Further Easter treats on offer will include homemade hot cross buns, priced at £2.50 each and an elegant Easter menu, priced at £55 for four courses.
Where: 31 King St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD
What: Celebrate Easter with a decadent surprise, as Phileas Fogg welcomes guests to his Mayfair abode for a Bacardi Cuatro Five Tier Chocolate Fountain exclusively for Easter weekend.
The Lowdown: On Friday 19th-Monday 22nd April, join the household staff at Mr Fogg’s Residence for a weekend of extravagance, as guests are invited to indulge in the ultimate alcoholic chocolate cocktail, served straight from a fountain. Flowing throughout the weekend, guests will be able to delve straight into the chocolate fountain and sip on the delectable Rum Rabbit Rum cocktail with Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, Nut Liqueur, Dark Chocolate, Smoke Paprika Syrup, Lemon Juice, Orange and Raspberry Jam.
When: Friday 19th-Monday 22nd April
Where: Mr Foggs Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, London, W1J 6JD
What: This Easter weekend, brace yourself for an Easter filled with Mediterranean feasting and festas as Bunga Bunga Battersea hosts an array of events, where everyone is invited to eat, drink, dance and sing all weekend long.
The Lowdown: Kicking off the festivities on Friday 19th April, karaoke lovers can take to the stage at Bunga’s Karaoke. As Easter Sunday arrives, feasting and fun will be on the agenda at Bunga Bunga’s La Famiglia Brunch. Offering guests a laid-back Easter Sunday brunch, everyone can enjoy a delicious authentic Italian meal filled with deliciously sweet brioche, cured meats and world-renowned freshly baked sourdough pizzas, all alongside live entertainment set to transport guests to the streets of Italy without leaving London. Come Sunday evening, those looking to keep the long weekend spirits high should head to Bunga Bunga’s Bank Holiday Sunday Supperclub. With two sittings at 5pm and 7.30pm, party goers can enjoy endless live performances, two hours of bottomless bellinis and of course plenty of pizza, to revel in the Easter joys of no work on Monday.
Where: Bunga Bunga Battersea, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London
What: Join London’s favourite Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild this Easter weekend for bottomless brunches, lunch, dinner and Sunday Roasts.
The Lowdown: Throughout the Easter week, Mac & Wild will be serving up thier Easter special, a Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream Sandwich Delight, with a toasted hot cross bun, Mackies honeycomb ice-cream, hazlenut and chocolate sauce and highlight sprinkes for the ultimate decadence. Alongside this sweet treat, delve into their deliciously Scottish brunch menu featuring their famous Scottish Breakfast with home-cured bacon, homemade tattie scone, white pudding, mushroom, black pudding, Lorne sausage, mushrooms, bone marrow beans and scrambled eggs. Why not indulge in Mac & Wild’s bottomless brunch option, where guests can enjoy limitless cocktails including, The Bloody Scotsman, Bloody Botanist, Bloody Marys and Buckie Royales.
Where: Locations here
What: Premium tequila brand Cazcabel have teamed up with quirky cocktail bar group Near & Far London and chocolatier Divine Chocolate to offer a decadent, chocolatey vegan Eggspresso Martini cocktail for Easter.
The Lowdown: The cocktail starts with a base of Cazcabel Coffee, the tequila’s traditional blue weber agave Blanco Tequila blended with a roasted hit of luxury Arabica espresso from the coastal region of Soconusco in Mexico. This is shaken with more espresso and ice, infused with a hint of fresh orange and garnished with cocoa Easter bunny ears and a Divine Dark Chocolate Vegan Mini Egg.
Where: The cocktail will be available at Near & Far Peckham, Angel and Camden from 1st-30th April and will cost £8.50.
What:Rococo Peru Single Origin Luxury Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with Single Origin Carrés (£35)
The Lowdown: Their single origin egg is made using single origin dark chocolate from Piura, Northern Peru. The extra thick egg shell has a strong chocolatey base with soft tartness, giving way to fresh and juicy berry notes and finishing with unroasted pecans. The egg is filled with a selection of dark chocolate single origin carrés made from Dominican Republic, Madagascan, Jamaican and Peruvian cocoa beans. It is wrapped in a luxurious copper foil and is presented in a Rococo print box. Complex and deep, it’s the ideal egg for the chocolate connoisseur.
Where: Buy here
What: Handmade Almond & Dark Chocolate Nut Egg (£35)
The Lowdown: Handmade by master chocolatiers, this rich dark chocolate egg is blended with delicious roasted Sicilian almonds to create a moreish marvel that is wonderfully vegan-friendly. Delve inside to discover six Napolitains from Madgascar and The Dominican Republic – the perfect gift with an added treat hidden beneath the shell.
Where: Buy here
What: We’ve all heard wine experts describe wines with notes of berries, oak and even tobacco, but rarely does a wine taste like the nation’s favourite Easter treat: the hot cross bun.
The Lowdown: According to experts, Lidl’s Moscatel Reserva de Familia, £6.99, is reminiscent of the season’s traditional spiced and sweet buns loaded with currants thanks to its lusciously rich complexity and tasting notes of raisin and fig. To create this special Easter treat, Muscat grapes are first sun dried for 10-15 days on specialised “esparto” dry grass, a species created from grasses of North Africa and southern Europe. The full-bodied flavour that is reminiscent of the Easter bun’s spices is enhanced as the wine is matured in oak barrels, whilst keeping a sweet, syrupy texture.
Where: Lidl’s Moscatel Reserva de Familia, £6.99 is in stores now, forming part of its Spring Wine Tour