Your guide to Easter bank holiday weekend in London
Easter Chocolate Market at Duke of York Square, Chelsea (13 April)
In Duke of York Square stands a statue of Hans Sloane, the explorer and benefactor credited with bringing chocolate milk to the UK. It is only fitting therefore that Duke of York Square should host a chocolate-filled extravaganza this Easter. Visit on Saturday 13 April for a deluxe Chocolate Market featuring an array of artisan confectioners, in addition to more experimental dishes including cacao-infused sushi by Aki Maki and chocolate-flavoured spring rolls by Rao Deli. Afterwards, burn off all that chocolate with a stroll down the King's Road or step inside the UK's largest kaleidoscope at Saatchi Gallery.
Date: 13 April Price: Free entry Location: 19 Duke of York Square, King's Road, SW3 4LY Closest Station: Sloane Square Website: dukeofyorksquare.com
Royal Choral Society performing Handel's Messiah, Kensington (Good Friday)
The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876. This year, the oratorio will this be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra alongside a superb line-up of soloists during what promises to be an uplifting and celebratory afternoon.
Date: 19 April Price: From £20.85 Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington Website: royalalberthall.com
Fabergé Easter Lunch at The Ritz, Mayfair (15-22 April)
For the most decadent lunch in London this Easter, head to The Ritz. The inimitable hotel has partnered with Fabergé on a resplendent Easter dish, inspired by the 1914 imperial Mosaic Egg. The picture-perfect creation is part of a three-course menu, created by chef John Williams MBE, which is served within the Michelin-starred hotel dining room.
Date: 15-22 April Price: £295 Location: The Ritz Hotel, 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, W1J 9BR Closest Station: Green Park Website: theritzlondon.com
Easter Fun Yard at The Curtain, Shoreditch (Easter Sunday)
Easter bunnies and baby chics abound this Easter Sunday at The Curtain in Shoreditch. The five-star hotel and members' club is hosting an Easter Fun Yard, offering family-friendly revelry in the heart of Shoreditch. As well as an animal petting corner, there will be a floral crown workshop by Grace & Thorn (12-3pm) and an Easter egg hunt throughout the hotel.
Date: 21 April Price: Free Location: The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, Hackney, EC2A 3PT Closest Station: Shoreditch High Street Website: thecurtain.com
Easter at Fucina, Marylebone (16 April-7 May)
Fucina, Marylebone's chic and sizeable Italian restaurant, has unveiled a gigantic Easter egg, handpainted by artist Luke Edward Hall. Featuring a signature linear portrait and swirling florals, the large-scale egg is calling out for Easter photo opportunities. On Easter Sunday, Fucina is dishing up Welsh lamb shoulder with all the trimmings, plus bottomless bloody mary cocktails and wine.
Date: 16 April-7 May Price: Free entry Location: Fucina 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QY Closest Station: Baker Street Website: fucina.co.uk
The Lanesborough Hotel's Enchanted Garden, Hyde Park (14 April)
The Lanesborough Hotel, a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace, is transforming its Michelin Star restaurant, Céleste, into an Enchanted Garden for Easter Sunday. The five-star hotel has collaborated with Moriarty Events and Nikki Tibbles Wild At Heart to create an immersive, fairytale wonderland for filled with hidden Easter eggs for families to explore. Further confections, including cakes and chocolate lollipops, will be provided by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, while entertainment comes courtesy of esteemed party planners, NOTORiOUS KiDS. Adults can enjoy champagne and afternoon tea canapés on the raised balcony, looking down on the festivities. Little guests will also be given a goodie-packed bag from children’s outfitters La Stupenderia to take home.
Date: 14 April Price: £50 (child), £75 (adult) Location: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA Closest Station: Hyde Park Corner Website: oetkercollection.com
William Curley at The Gherkin, Bank (throughout April)
Enjoy sweet treats at dizzy heights this Easter at Helix, located on level 39 of The Gherkin in The City. The restaurant has partnered with Scottish chocolatier William Curley on an inventive, chocolate-fuelled Easter menu that includes cauliflower and Berkshire blue soup topped with cacao nibs; Willy’s chocolate mousse; brandy snap with Bailey’s cream and chocolate-infused espresso martini cocktails.
Date: 1-21 April Price: Varies Location: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP Closest Station: Bank Website: searcysatthegherkin.co.uk
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt in Kensington Palace (throughout April)
Royal abode, Kensington Palace, is hosting its first public Easter Egg hunt. Hop along to the palace with the whole family and enjoy a day of exploring the palace and gardens while looking for Lindt Gold Bunnies, hidden in the green. Following the hunt, families can also dress up in Georgian costume and attend an Easter-themed party with a historic twist, at the court of King George II.
Date: 6-22 April Price: From £17.50 (Adult), from £8.70 (child) Location: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX Closest Station: High Street Kensington Website: hrp.org.uk
Bread Ahead Baking Workshop, London Bridge (Good Friday and Holy Saturday)
London born and bred (pun intended) bakery is hosting a special Easter baking workshop on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. During the hands-on masterclass, participants will learn how to create Bread Ahead’s signature hot cross buns, spiced cookies and orange amaretti biscuits. There are spaces left for many of the three-hour workshops, but make sure to book your space now before they're filled up!
Date: 19 and 20 April Price: £90 Location: Bread Ahead, Borough Market, SE1 9DE Closest Station: London Bridge Website: breadahead.com
Hot Cross Bunidict at Riding House Café, Fitzrovia (18-22 April)
Riding House Café, Rail House Café and Village East are celebrating Easter with a perfectly pun-heavy 'Hot Cross Bunidict' dish. A toasted hot cross bun base is topped with poached egg, swiss chard and hollandaise sauce, accompanied by a 'What’s Up Doc' carrot-based cocktail.
Date: 18-22 April Price: £7.50 Location: Riding House Café, Fitzrovia, W1W 7PQ, Rail House Café, Victoria, SW1E 5DJ, Village East, Bermondsey, SE1 3UW
Website: ridinghouse.cafe, railhouse.cafe, villageeast.co.uk
Novikov Easter, Mayfair (bank holiday weekend)
Berkeley Street's unabashedly glam restaurant and bar, Novikov, is hosting a weekend of Easter events for little ones, including egg painting and an Easter egg hunt. Parents can watch the egg hunt unfold while working through an Italian menu of buffalo mozzarella; seafood salad with scallops and Sicilian prawns or sizzling roasted lamb, cooked in the clay with garlic and rosemary.
Date: 19-21 April Price: Free entry Location: 50A Berkeley St, Mayfair, W1J 8HA Closest Station: Green Park