With lockdown easing and warmer weather upon us, this Easter break is going to be a good one.
Our second pandemic Easter bank holiday weekend is around the corner, and we’re bummed things aren’t looking a whole lot better than they did in 2020. But while we’re still spending most days indoors, the upcoming four-day Easter break will mark the first weekend with fewer restrictions after lockdown eases a bit on March 29. Finally, we can gather with one other household or five other people outside, engage in outdoor sport, and travel a bit further than our local area, perhaps to enjoy some of London’s further away parks. What’s more, it looks like the weather gods are sending us lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the coming week, so Easter is looking quite promising, we think. (Featured image: @mttpnc)
Whether you plan on taking advantage of the eased-up restrictions or prefer to celebrate in the safety of your home, here are 20 fun and pandemic-friendly things to do in London over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
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.
If you’re searching for ways to entertain the kids during this lockdown Easter, here’s a brilliant virtual Easter hunt that will excite them with immersive games and sing-alongs. Get your ticket for Saturday, April 3, here.
3. Reward yourself with these adorable Easter chick bao buns from BAO
4. Indulge in a good ol’ Sunday roast on Easter
We all know Sunday roasts don’t require special occasions, but Easter Sunday seems like a particularly good day for a big, hearty feast. Luckily, many pubs and restaurants won’t leave us hanging, and deliver the roasts straight to our doorsteps. Blacklock knows you might not make it home this year to enjoy mum’s Easter dinner, so they’re promising a roast that’s almost as good as hers. Choose from one of Blacklock’s Sunday roast options and have it delivered on Saturday, April 3.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
This two-hour quiz covers everything from history to music, geography, film, and general knowledge. We don’t want to get rusty for when our regular pub quiz nights return, so spend your Saturday evening competing against other households in 10 virtual rounds of The Fat Big Quiz of Everything. Get your ticket for April 3 here.
7. Send your faraway loved one a personalised Thorntons Easter egg
Sadly, Thorntons will be closing all of its 61 stores in the UK permanently, meaning we can no longer go window shopping for Easter treats, even after the pandemic ends. 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.
8. Enjoy a lovely Easter picnic for two with this ready-to-eat meal box
Fewer lockdown restrictions and nicer weather mean that we can finally return to our beautiful parks and enjoy picnics al fresco. This Easter Picnic Box by London Shell Co. comes with a ready-to-eat variety of seafood delicacies and a bottle of wine. You can pick it up at The Grand Duchess in Paddington during the first and second weekend of April.
9. Celebrate the warmer weather with these gelato-filled Easter eggs
We’re not saying it needs to be warm out for us to enjoy frozen desserts (in fact, we wholeheartedly disagree), but what better way is there to celebrate the mild Easter weekend than with some tasty gelato? These beautiful gelato-filled Easter eggs by Gelatorino make a wonderful gift or a delicious holiday dessert, and come in seven amazing flavours. Order yours for pick-up or delivery now.
10. Treat yourself to these absolutely adorable Easter macaron ice cream sandwiches
Speaking of gelato… look at these stinkin’ cute Easter ice cream sandwiches from Yolkin! We don’t care how old you are, you just have to admit that the sight of these makes you a little giddy. We’re not ashamed to say that our inner child is desperate to get its hands on one (or all) of these adorable treats. They are available for pick-up now at Yolkin, 24 Rupert St, West End, W1D 6DQ.
11. Whip up a sky-high stack of The Breakfast Club pancakes in your own kitchen
This limited edition Easter pancake box from The Breakfast Club feeds up to four people (well, depending on how many stacks you plan on scarfing down), and will make for an absolutely eggcellent Easter brunch at home. Delivery orders must be placed by Thursday, April 1. Alternatively, you can place an order for pick-up at their Hoxton location on Good Friday.
Kick off the long weekend with a groovy disco bingo virtual dance party on Friday, April 2. After all that dancing, you won’t have to think twice about eating that second piece of Easter cake. Get your ticket here.
If a bit of suspense is more your thing, this thrilling online experience is the perfect activity for you and your housemates. Together, you have an hour to interrogate a suspect in a blackmail case and prove your skills as detectives. Get your ticket for any of the Easter weekend evenings here.
For more gripping fun, this Jack the Ripper murder mystery virtual tour and game will keep you on your toes. Discover 19th-century London and some of the serial killer’s real-life crime scenes from the comfort of your sofa on Saturday night, April 3. Get your ticket here.
Serial killers are too boring for you? We hear ya. Enter the “Twilight Zoom” and save us all from the alien invaders trying to take over Planet Earth. Invite your household to join you in this immersive, one-hour game. Get your ticket here.
16. Give your Easter lunch a Peruvian twist with this four-course menu by COYA
Easter in Peru consists of a week-long celebration, so you know the festive meals are abundant, to say the least. COYA Mayfair shows us how it’s done and gives us a taste of South America with this four-course Peruvian lunch. The menu is available for delivery on Saturday, April 3 (orders must be placed by 6pm on Wednesday, March 31), or for collection from COYA Mayfair.
17. Welcome spring with this elaborate Easter menu by HIDE
It feels like we’ve done nothing but “hide at home” this past year, so why stop now? Mayfair’s HIDE restaurant is offering a special Easter weekend menu as part of their HIDE at home delivery packages, and it’s the perfect way to welcome spring. The four-course menu can be ordered with or without a champagne, red wine or white wine pairing, and is available for pick-up or delivery from April 1 to 4.
18. Spoil someone special with this very fancy Easter afternoon tea experience
Another perfect Easter treat you can enjoy during a picnic in your local park. This pretty little afternoon tea box from Conrad London St. James will make other park-goers envy you from six feet of social distance away. The Easter afternoon tea is available for delivery from April 2 to 5, with 48 hours’ notice required for bookings.
19. Have a real Easter feast with this five-course seasonal menu
Just because you might not be able to celebrate with your extended family this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a big food fest anyway. This Easter Feast Box from Riding House Café comes with plenty of food and cocktails, providing you with all the necessary means for an ultimate springtime feast. Pick yours up at Riding House Café in Fitzrovia or order it now for delivery on April 1.
20. Celebrate Easter in style with The Wolseley’s fine dining menu
For a party of two or four, The Wolseley offers an Easter holiday celebratory meal featuring some seriously fine spring dishes. If you’re craving something sweet after that leg of lamb, you can also order a delicious Easter egg and truffle trio from their online shop. The restaurant offers limited London delivery only on Saturday, April 3.
For more things to look forward to this spring, check out this map of the London boroughs with the most outdoor dining areas opening on April 12.
Also published on Medium.