If the stacks of drool-inducing chocolate eggs lining the shelves, sudden influx of cute lamb and bunny pictures on Instagram and the (sporadic) appearance of the sun is any indication then Easter is on its way. Looking for some inspiration of fun things to do over the long weekend – which kicks off on April 15? Then you might want to take a gander at the list below. In a matter of weeks you could be sipping Prosecco at an alfresco brunch, taking a rom-com-worthy walk along a pink-dusted avenue of cherry blossom trees, then hunting for hidden goodies scattered around the city before settling in to devour a hearty roast and whatever chocolate is within grabbing distance.
Spring is a time of new beginnings, and the Small Is Beautiful exhibition keeps up the tradition this upcoming easter weekend, opening its doors on April 15. You might want to pack your magnifying glass, as these wondrous creations consist of butterflies smaller than the creases in your fingerprints, entire worlds that can fit in the palm of your hand and bottle caps which double as boats for curious explorers. If you’ve been feeling a bit small lately this is the place to go, not only will you feel like a giant wandering through a pocket-sized universe but you’ll get to lose yourself in the incredible imaginations of artists from around the world. A visit to this magical exhibition will show you why the best things truly do come in small packages.
2. Dig in to a delicious bottomless brunch at the Double Standard.
Kick off the long weekend the right way and swing by the Double Standard – the ground floor bar and terrace found at The Standard – for a mouthwatering bottomless brunch. If the sun deigns to make an appearance you can soak up the rare rays on the plant-lined terrace, soundtracked by pumping tracks from the resident DJs, or if you prefer to keep it cosy you can take a seat in the 70s-inspired bar space. From midday to 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to enjoy two hours of bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Marys (depending on your preference), and tuck in to American diner-style dishes such as the Brunch Dog, Brunch Burger or Baked Eggs with tomato, red pepper and spinach. Plus, you might even be one of the lucky ones who wins Brunch Doesn’t End Here, with The Standard offering three hotel room stays across the weekend for winners to continue the party upstairs. You can read more about The Standard and other rooftop restaurants here.
Chocolate isn’t the only thing that will put a smile on your face this Easter. Dopamine Land, an immersive, multisensory museum, opens on Saturday, April 16, and promises a much-need hit of happiness. You’ll be able to adventure through vibrant rooms, including a Popcorn Room, which gives the illusion of stepping inside a popcorn machine, a Bubble Room – where you’ll be given a bubble gun to help fill the luminous space with some irresistibly poppable orbs – and a Pillow Fight Room (make sure to invite your sibling along if you’re looking for some long-awaited revenge). The experience takes place at 79-85 Old Brompton Road in South Kensington and is sure to spark plenty of joy.
4. Get your cuteness fix at a bunny and chick pop-up.
Stop scrolling through cute animal TikTok and see the sweet creatures in the fluffy, feathered flesh this Easter Sunday. The design-led Hilton London Bankside is inviting admirers of the adorable to celebrate Easter with a Pop-Up Bunny & Chick Petting Zoo on April 17. Taking place in the hotel lobby from 9am to 1pm, guests will think they have fallen into a cute animal calendar as they meet and greet a host of bunnies and chicks, all under the watchful eye of five-star animal welfare company, Living Things. Find out more here.
Round up your friends and make the most of the bank holiday Monday by grabbing tickets for Bougie Drag Brunch at Boxpark. This is the UK’s biggest drag brunch, with a killer line-up of drag performers who know how to put on an unforgettable show. Not only will you be treated to 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails and be spoilt for choice with the array of food vendors on offer, but you’ll get to see the likes of Cleopantha, Vanity Milan, Kiki Snatch, Honey Foxx and more, putting on an eleganza extravaganza with lip syncs, dance-off and a live DJ. Grab your tickets now.
6. Enjoy a delicious Easter-themed brunch at Aqua Shard.
Panoramic views and eggs-quisite brunch dishes go hand in hand at Aqua Shard. On April 15 and 16, from 10am to 2.30pm, the sky-high restaurant will be serving up Easter specials. Once you’ve devoured an utterly delicious Eggs Benedict – that will make your stomach rumble as soon as you smell the aromas of honey roast ham and toasted muffin – you can satisfy your sweet tooth with the Egg in a Nest: a chocolate shell filled with crunchy white chocolate pearls, coconut mousse and passion fruit & mango sauce. You don’t necessarily need to go to great heights for a mouthwatering brunch, but on this occasion it’s definitely worth the trip.
Is it really easter if you don’t go on some sort of scavenger hunt? (Even if it is just finding the chocolate eggs your partner secreted away in the cupboard so you wouldn’t devour them all in one sitting.) This BucketRace steps things up a notch, sending a group of teams on a 4-hour race around the city where you must compete against one another to complete tasks on a provided bucket list in the hopes of winning tickets to Cadbury World. Make sure to lace up your trainers, bring a smartphone and prepare for the unexpected, you could be doing anything from finding a dragon in Camden to serenading a stranger. All you need to do is choose from April 9 or 16, round up your fellow chocoholics and grab your tickets.
8. Indulge in Easter goodies at Charles Artisan Bread
Lashings of butter slowly melting into golden-brown dough, the taste of sweet spices complemented by a creamy topping; sounds heavenly right? This Easter, Charles Artisan Bread, a micro bakery in Clapton, will be serving up a limited edition Hot Cross ‘Bunny’ and bespoke carrot cakes. Kids are sure to love the adorable bunny-shaped creations, and while you’re there you can also try the rest of their tasty variety of organic, handmade pastries and and sourdough.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? This virtual, interactive game is inspired by the Big Fat Quiz Of The Year and invites you to tune into a live video stream, show off your inspired team name and really put your Easter knowledge to the test with 10 rounds of gameplay featuring interactive graphics, special guests and videos. Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
10. Send your faraway loved one a personalised Thorntons Easter egg
Sadly, Thorntons closed all of its 61 stores in the UK permanently, meaning we can no longer go window shopping for Easter treats. Luckily, you can still order sweets from their online shop, and these pretty personalised eggs are the perfect gift to send to a loved one you can’t celebrate Easter with this year.
11. Embark on a wine-themed Easter egg hunt.
Who said egg hunts were just for the little ones? On April 17, Highbury bar and shop Top Cuvée is bringing back their popular Easter egg hunt with its brilliant boozy twist. Their debut event saw 388 teams take part – 750 participants in total – each one battling it out to find QR codes that offer rewards and prizes. You could find yourself channeling your inner bunny doing a rabbit pose, busting some moves and rolling down hills, all in the noble quest for wine. Plus, there’ll be goodies from pizza restaurant Yard Sale, coffee roasters Dark Arts Coffee, ramen kitchen Supa Ya Ramen, chophouse favourite Blacklock and beauty and Boutique store Earl of East to win along the way.
12. Soak up the beautiful spring flowers at Kew Gardens.
In between filling up on a delicious roast and a variety of delectable sweet treats you might fancy stretching your legs, breathing in the fragrance of fresh flowers and admiring the vibrant colours of flora and fauna. This bank holiday weekend, you can (literally) smell the roses – plus a variety of gorgeous spring flowers such as cherry blossom, tulips and daffodils – at Kew Gardens.
13. Have a real Easter feast at chop-connoisseurs Blacklock.
The picture above alone is enough to make your stomach rumble. This Easter, you can finish off your Sunday the right way with a succulent dinner at chophouse Blacklock. Their mum-worthy roasts are among the best in the city and will no doubt leave you in foodie daze once you’ve devoured the juicy and tender cuts of meat. Choose from beef, lamb or pork – or go for all three – loosen your belt and expect the chatter to be replaced with clinking cutlery and satisfied ‘mmmm’s. You can find Blacklock at four different locations in London, but you better book fast cause they’ll no doubt fill up quick.
14. Try delicious Easter desserts from The Hummingbird Bakery.
Putting on an Easter party and would rather leave the baking up to the pros? The Hummingbird Bakery are celebrating the Spring holiday with a sweet selection of hand-decorated themed baked confections. These adorable goods are sure to delight people of all ages, with a pastel-coloured bunny ears cake (available in chocolate or red velvet and topped with fondant and hand-piped decorations), a Malteser or Snickers cheesecake and a variety of cute easter-themed cupcakes.
Let’s be honest: Easter is one of those holidays that, for the most part, revolves around binging on chocolate eggs, cake, and overly sweet desserts. If you’re looking for a new treat to make this year, this Portuguese custard tart baking class will teach you how to make a traditional Pastel de Nata at home, just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend. Grab your tickets here.
16. Mix things up with cocktails and Chinese cuisine at Tattu.
Get the springtime vibes of Easter while tucking into exquisite modern Chinese food and sipping on cherry blossom-inspired cocktails at Tattu Restaurant, opening April 8. The striking interiors of this elegant eatery make for a memorable dining experience, where you can enjoy dishes such as Shiitake Bao, Sweet and Sour Iberico Pork and Chilean Seabass under statement blossom chandeliers. You won’t be able to resist whipping out your phone to juice up your Instagram with a few shots of the amazing cherry blossom negroni, the perfect Easter concoction, and some of the glittering city views. The rooftop restaurant can be found at the top of The Now Building on Denmark St.
17. Visit Yauatcha for an eggs-traordinary dessert.
If you’re feeling a little eggs-tra this Easter, you can swing by Yauatcha for a limited-edition sweet treat. This delectable dessert is not like your average Easter egg, instead this is a fruity twist on the classic, as inside the white and dark chocolate shell there is a grapefruit mousse acting as the egg white and a tangy mango compote imitating the yolk. The dessert will be available from Tuesday April 11 to Sunday April 24 on Yauatcha’s à la carte menu as well as from the patisserie counter to take away.
18. Enjoy some seasonal fun and games at Horniman Spring Fair.
Brighten up your bank holiday weekend with a visit to the Horniman Museum Spring Fair. Perfect for a family outing, kids can transform into tigers at face painting then unleash their imagination with the array of free craft workshops while the adults can soak up the idyllic wilderness on a garden tour, admiring a kaleidoscope of spring flowers. The fair takes place on Saturday 16 from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with live music from New Orleans jazz band Alvar Tree Frogs providing the soundtrack to the day.
What better time to get a little bougie and boozy than a bank holiday weekend? Not only do you have the Friday off to prepare your outfit and get your plans in order, but you also have an extra day to recover before getting back on the grind. On Saturday 16, London Cocktail Club on Old Street invites you to celebrate the noughties, with their bottomless brunch that throws back to the time of Blockbuster, flip phones and (shudder) low-rise jeans. Dig out your double denim outfit, round up your friends and indulge in two hours of Prosecco or selected cocktails and some delicious pizza – all while enjoying some classic 00’s hits.
20. Wrap up your weekend with a 10k run.
After an indulgent weekend you can use your chocolate-induced sugar rush to blow away the cobwebs on this 10k Easter run, taking place in the heart of London at Regent’s Park. The race kicks off at 10.30am on Monday, April 18, and sends you on three laps of the emerald expanse. In between gasping for air and willing your legs to move, you might even spy a curious creature or two when running past the zoo (rhyme not intended). There’s also a Children’s race if your looking for ways to burn off their treat-fuelled energy. Find out more here.
Also published on Medium.