aving spent the last two lockdown Easter weekends perfecting your roast lamb and streaming your favourite movies, this year we can finally get out and enjoy everything the capital has to offer. And, with four blissful days free from the office, emails and the stresses of work-life, you've plenty of time to fill. Of course, you could grab your favourite picnic basket and head out on one of London’s best park walks – but didn't you do enough of that last year? With IRL events back in full force, London is full of options for a memorable weekend, from child-friendly Easter egg hunts to cocktail masterclasses strictly for grown-ups. Here’s our guide to the best things to do in London for Easter 2022.
Afternoon tea at The Corinthia
Easter is all about indulgence and there are few meals more decadent than afternoon tea. This Easter Weekend, Westminster’s Corinthia hotel will be offering a special edition of its classic afternoon tea served in the elegant surrounds of the Crystal Moon Lounge. Devised by executive chef André Garrett, the menu kicks off with a range of traditional finger sandwiches – including Coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise with truffle, and pickled cucumber with goat’s curd – before moving on to scones with jam and clotted cream and a range of special patisserie inspired by the season. Indulge in praline and milk chocolate eggs, lime and mango mousse with coconut sponge, Simnel cake and strawberry and peach marshmallows, all washed down with a selection of fine bespoke teas and champagnes.
Easter Festival at Battersea Power Station
If you’ve yet to visit the recently rejuvenated Battersea Power Station, its Easter Festival makes for the perfect occasion. Spanning two weekends, there are activities on offer for guests of all ages, including a petting zoo, egg hunt, maze and outdoor games. For older visitors, Moyses Stevens will be hosting a special Easter workshop at its flower school, while there will be street food and libations on offer from Tonkotsu, Brindisa and Queen of Crepes.
Easter baking at Sauce by The Langham
Sauce by The Langham, the five-star hotel’s highly-regarded cooking school, is inviting aspiring chefs-in-the-making to learn the art of fine patisserie at its Easter baking masterclass. Designed for little ones aged 4-10, children and their parents will learn to make perfect carrot cakes, iced financiers and chocolate chick nests at this one-off event, and will even be gifted a personalised apron so they can practice their new skills at home.
Brunch at Holy Carrot
Proving that Easter opulence doesn’t have to mean overindulgence and excess, Knightsbridge vegan restaurant Holy Carrot will be debuting its first-ever brunch offering on Easter Sunday, with a menu free from preservatives, refined sugar, gluten and additives. Tempting dishes, which will be available every Sunday from 15 April, include avocado smoothie bowls, ‘smoked salmon’ hash, truffled scrambled tofu and a hearty Sunday roast, while a special chocolate gateau will also be available over the Easter weekend.
The Great Leadenhall Market Wild Goose Chase
Inspired by the 1920’s vogue for city-wide treasure hunts, which saw special editions of the Evening Standard printed with clues and participants tasked with procuring items such as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s glasses, the historic Leadenhall Market will be concocting a team challenge of its own this Easter. Based on the legend of Old Tom, a goose who spent his days frequenting The Lamb Tavern, the hunt will run throughout April with teams receiving tasks, including photography, dance and cooking challenges, via the dedicated GooseChase app. First prize is £500.
Easter stays at JW Marriott Grosvenor House
Looking to make the most of the long weekend with a staycation in the capital? Park Lane’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House has put together a special Easter package to keep the whole family entertained. Check in to your choice of room or suite before heading to the JW Steakhouse for Easter egg decorating, face painting and crafts, before enjoying champagne afternoon tea in the Park Room. The next morning, treat yourself to a hearty buffet breakfast before stepping out to make the most of London’s top attractions.
Easter activities at Biscuiteers
London’s primary destination for premium baked goods, Biscuiteers, has put together a range of events and activities at both its Belgravia and Notting Hill destinations this Easter. Known for its icing expertise, masterclasses range from a five-minute tutorial (after which you’ll be let loose with the icing pens to fashion your own creation) to an in-depth two-hour lesson, and Icing Lates – evening sessions enjoyed over a glass of prosecco. Throughout April, Biscuiteers will also be offering a spring afternoon tea featuring sweet delicacies including scones, Victoria sponges, chocolate and rhubarb cheesecake and lemon and yuzu meringue tarts.
Uncommon x Sapling cocktail masterclass
Liverpool Street co-working and wellness space Uncommon has teamed up with eco-friendly drinks brand Sapling Spirits to host a spring cocktail evening themed around sustainability and master mixology. Led by Sapling co-founder Ivo Devereux, the evening will start with a classic gin and tonic before participants are talked through shaking up the perfect Bramble Bunny and Apple Blossom Mule. You’ll also be sent home with a mini bottle of Sapling vodka for at-home cocktail hours, while Sapling has pledged to plant a tree for every ticket sold.
Easter eggs at Islington Square
Islington Square can lay claim to London’s largest chocolate Easter eggs this year, which measure 120cm tall and weigh in at 25kg. The two, gold-paper-wrapped eggs will be displayed on custom plinths created by illustrators Dominic Kesterton and Tess Smith Robert from the beginning of April, each of which comes to life via the magic of AR technology. Think you're up to the challenge of consuming that much chocolate? Both eggs are also up for grabs via an Instagram competition at @islingtonsq.