The best Easter events in London in 2018 over the bank holiday weekend.
Here’s a cracking list of eggcellent things to do in London this Easter that don’t just involve stuffing your face with chocolate and Yorkshire puddings, and getting really pissed (although there’s a lot of that, too).
The Willy Wonka Brunch Party
The World of Pure Imagination no longer needs to remain in your head: prepare for an all-day party with fire-breathers, stilt walkers, Oompa Loompas, karaoke and a photo booth. While the food options have already sold out, you can still get a golden ticket here to join in the fun (and grab some prosecco.) Sponsored.
The Willy Wonka Brunch Party takes place on Friday 30th March. Find Bunga Bunga Battersea at 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA.
Easter egg hunts in London
Lindt Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court
Hunt for Lindt Gold Bunnies around the stunning home and gardens of Henry VIII and be rewarded with, well, a Lindt Gold Bunny we assume.
The Hunt will take place between 26th March and 15th April. Find out more about the event here.
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts
Explore stunning National Trust locations as you hunt for chocolate eggs. They’re taking place all over the country, but in London you’ll find them at Fenton House in Hampstead, Ham House in Richmond, Morden Hall Park, Osterley Park in Isleworth, Rainham Hall in Havering, Red House in Bexleyheath and Sutton House in Hackney.
The Cadbury’s Hunts take place from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April, and it’s £2 to enter. Find out more here.
Bluebird’s adult-friendly egg hunt
Let the kids run out in the courtyard in search of Easter eggs while you retire to the cocktail bar. Sounds ideal, right?
Takes place on Easter Sunday (1st April) at 11am. Find Bluebird at 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU.
Easter dining in London
Easter “Brunch” at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel
Enjoy a delightful meal with a glass of Champagne at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel. Get an amazing sharing platter of starters, including prawn cocktail and charcuterie, before tucking into a fancy roast dinner and a wonderful platter of desserts, all followed by a selection of British cheeses. Check out the full menu here and purchase tickets over on Fever.
The Easter menu will be available on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April between 12.30-2.30pm. Find the Chelsea Harbour Hotel at Chelsea Harbour, Fulham, SW10 0XG.
Deep fried Creme Egg sundaes
Mac & Wild are going eggstra wild this Easter with their deep-fried Creme Egg sundaes making a sweet addition to their menu. You can also opt for their boozy bottomless brunch option, featuring their classic Full Scottish Breakfast and bottomless cocktails including Bloody Scotsmen (with whisky), Bloody Botanists (with gin) and Bloody Marys (with vodka).
The sundae will be available from Monday 26th March until Monday 2nd April. Find Mac & Wild in Fitzrovia (W1W 7PS) or Devonshire Square (EC2M 4YN).
Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Lanes of London
Of course the Easter weekend wouldn’t be complete without at least one spectacularly chocolatey afternoon tea. Head to Lanes of London for Mad Hatter-inspired cupcakes and brownies, and chocolate tea cups filled with blackcurrant hibiscus white chocolate cream, plus so much more.
The tea is available between Friday 30th March and Sunday 1st April, from 12-5pm. Find Lanes of London at 140 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 7AA.
Triple Chocolate Egg & Soldiers at Christopher’s
Eggy soldiers, eggcept swapping the toast for sugar-coated churros and the egg for chocolate eggs filled with lemon and white chocolate, hot milk chocolate and molten dark chocolate. Sounds like a bloody Good Friday to me.
Available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. You’ll find Christopher’s at 18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD.
Easter Egg Pizza at Bunga Bunga
Bunga Bunga is already pretty legendary on the pizza front, but the bank holiday weekend will see the launch of The Eggs-troadinaire Pizza, topped with all things Easter. Picture this: custard base topped with Creme Eggs, Mini Eggs, Lindt Chocolate Bunnies and more.
It’ll be available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. Find Bunga Bunga at 167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PG (only available at the Covent Garden branch).
Gluten free Hot Cross Buns at Beyond Bread
London’s 100% gluten free bakery is, of course, joining in on all the Easter action with some special naturally wheat-free treats. Hot cross buns! Gingerbread cookies! Coeliacs needn’t miss out on the fun.
Find Beyond Bread in various locations across London.
The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s Easter pudding
Imagine this: biting into deliciously smooth chocolate mousse with an exciting bite of honeycomb and popping candy, all enveloped in a chocolate bunny-shaped shell alongside a drizzle of caramel sauce. Now you’ve imagined it, go ahead and taste it for real.
Available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. You’ll find The Ivy Soho Brasserie at 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F 8JB.
Lily Vanilli’s Powder Pink Pudding
To celebrate the long weekend, lovely London baker Lily Vanilli has designed a pretty, pastel-coloured dessert especially for Laurent-Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé Champagne pop-up. It’s a beautiful tart with a pink lemonade filling topped with mini meringues and it almost looks too good to eat.
The dessert will be available from 27th March until 2nd April. Find the pop-up at Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD.
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Easter cocktails to try
Mr Fogg’s G and Tea
This is technically an afternoon tea, so food is also involved, but we put it under ‘cocktails’ because the focus is on the hundreds of gins that guests are invited to try. Indulge in gin cocktails and authentic Victorian sweet and savoury delicacies, complete with hot cross buns and Easter eggs, of course. Also at Mr Fogg’s, drink cocktails from real eggs served in a real egg box. Crackin’!
The G and Tea will be available on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April. Find Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour at 1 New Row, WC2N 4EA.
Aster’s Chocolate Egg Cocktail
Aster are celebrating the four day weekend with a eggcellent brunch menu, including a chocolate egg custard tart, and the return of their Chocolate Surprise cocktail, served in a giant chocolate egg. It’s made with golden rum, dark chocolate liqueur, bitter chocolate, milk and sugar, so it’s definitely only suitable for grown up Easter bunnies.
Available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April, the brunch costs £21 for two courses and £26 for three. Find Aster at 150 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 5LB.
Summerhouse Easter cocktails
How do you like your eggs in the morning? In a cocktail, duh. This sweet, sweet creation is a delightful mix of brandy, cream, egg yolk, and subtle hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s beautifully decorated with spun sugar and a Haribo fried egg, and it’s guaranteed to get you right into the Easter – or should we say Bank Holiday? – spirit.
Available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. Find The Summerhouse at 60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, W9 2PA.
More Easter events
Bunny cuddles at South Place Hotel
Somehow, once upon a time, bunnies got mixed up in all this Easter business and became a cute and cuddly symbol of the holiday. So, in honour of this, South Place Hotel are borrowing some bunnies from Spitalfields City Farm and will be available for cuddles throughout Easter Sunday.
Find South Place Hotel at 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF.
Egg-shaped bowling balls at QUEENS
If you’ve ever tried to roll a rugby ball, you’ll know that it’s a recipe for disaster, but QUEENS have decided that rolling an egg-shaped ball – which in my eyes is just as disastrous, if not worse – will be a bit of fun. Battle it out with your mates, just as you would in a normal game, but this time you could be in with a chance to win a beautiful chocolate Egg made for champions. Worth a go.
Their Easter Egg-travaganza is taking place over the Easter weekend, naturally. Find QUEENS at 17 Queensway London, W2 4PQ.
Peter Rabbit-themed Festival at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is going Peter Rabbit MAD, which all sorts of family-friendly activities throughout the grounds. The festival is taking place between 30th March and 15th April and you can check out the full schedule of events here.
Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square
Watch the annual enactment of Jesus’s final days, all taking place – for free – in Trafalgar Square. Expect hundreds of performers, including donkeys, to bring the biblical story to life.
The Passion of Jesus takes place on Good Friday, with live performances at both 12pm and 3.15pm.
Canopy Market Easter Special
Canopy Market at King’s Cross is becoming a weekly affair! And it’s kicking off with an Easter special, featuring hot cross buns (obviously), an easter egg hunt (obviously) and a sheep show showcasing different breeds, as well as all the regular traders. With appearances from Bread Ahead, Casa Cannoli and Le Jeune Chocolatiers, you’re in for an absolute treat (quite literally).
Canopy Market will be open from Friday 30th March until Sunday 1st April. You’ll find it at West Handyside Canopy, just off Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BZ.
German Bier Festival at Ally Pally
Springfest is back to give London revellers a particularly Good Friday. Get ready for beers and bratwursts galore, all set inside the iconic Ally Pally Great Hall. There’ll be everything from Oompah bands to Club De Fromage DJS and an ABBA tribute act, all awash with deutsche biers, pretzels, Bodean’s BBQ and waffles. Prost!
Prince of Wales’s rooftop reopens
Brixton’s first and only rooftop terrace (ever since Brixton Rooftop shut down), is officially relaunching for the summer with a Big Easter Blowout. That’s right, rooftop season is back, baby!
They’re kicking things off on Easter Thursday with a giant 80’s party (think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and MJ), followed by Horse Meat Disco on the Roof on Good Friday, Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party on the Saturday, and finishing off the long weekend with a big ole Easter Sunday special headlined by Hot Chip DJs. Find out more about the events and book tickets here.
Find Prince of Wales at 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 8HH.
Glitter Brunch Social at Flight Club
Prosecco, bottomless pizza, Ciroc cocktails, glitter and darts: can you think of a better way to spend your Easter Saturday?
The brunch will take place at both their Shoreditch and Bloomsbury branches, and you can get your tickets here.