Last Easter, when lockdown was still something of a novelty and no-one quite knew what the rest of the year was going to look like, four days forcibly holed up at home with nothing to do but perfect your roast lamb and stream your favourite movies seemed like a nice way to spend the Bank Holiday. This year, however, with your Netflix watchlist depleted and more sourdough loaves under your belt than you ever thought possible, filling those four days feels like a much more gargantuan task.
Luckily, however, restrictions have relaxed – meaning you can grab your favourite picnic basket and head out on one of London’s best park walks. The new rules also mean a return (of sorts) of IRL events while the capital’s savvy hospitality sector is also offering a huge variety of at-home and virtual options to keep you occupied. Here’s our guide to the best things to do this Easter.
DIY Easter treats with Mon Dessert and The Savoy
Sure, you could just order an extravagant Easter egg online but, if you’re looking for fun things to fill the time this weekend, why not try making your own? If you’ve got little ones who might enjoy some time in the kitchen, Mon Dessert’s adorable Easter offering includes a range of kits covering everything from classic hot cross buns to Easter chick macarons and bunny cream tarts. Each comes with all the necessary ingredients, tools and decorations as well as easy-to-follow instructions to help you master these patisserie classics.
Elsewhere, The Savoy is offering one of the most sophisticated DIY eggs on the market. Available as part of its Savoy At Home range (which also includes decadent afternoon teas and a herb-crusted roast lamb for the full Easter package), its egg kit comes in the form of a pre-made milk chocolate egg filled with salted caramel truffles. All you need do is personalise yours with edible decorations (before sharing the results with an obligatory Instagram snap, of course).
Hone your palate with Metaxa and Oliveology
How better to ring in the Easter weekend than with a decadent evening of chocolate tasting and cocktails? Greek spirit brand Metaxa has teamed up with London-based Greek artisan grocer Oliveology to host a virtual tasting workshop themed around everyone’s favourite sweet treat this Good Friday.
The evening will start with a cocktail making class from Metaxa brand ambassador Harry Gerakis and Oliveology food anthropologist Nafsika Papacharalampous. Each drink will then be paired with a range of Greek delicacies, including kalamata olives, salted almonds, dried figs and, of course, Esophy’s handmade chocolate – all of which will be delivered to your door ahead of the workshop. Yamas!
Family-friendly culture from Little Angel Theatre
If you’re a parent you’ll be well aware that, for children, Easter means a two-week holiday, not just a long weekend. With most of the usual child-friendly attractions still closed, North London’s Little Angel Theatre is stepping in with a packed schedule of online productions, workshops and craft sessions for children of all ages.
The headline show is Where the Bugaboo Lives, a choose-your-own-adventure style production of Sean Taylor’s book aimed at children aged 5-11. Created with Zoom in mind, the show will run online until 2 May alongside Eggs on Legs, a Garlic Theatre show for 3-8 years olds based on Dr Seuss’ highly Easter-appropriate world. From 6-9 April, the theatre will also be hosting virtual Easter craft sessions giving children the opportunity to make puppets, create a cardboard theatre and learn the art of shadow puppetry.
Join Shop Cuvée’s Easter egg hunt
Fine wine merchant Top Cuvée has become a go-to for Londoners looking for cellar-quality wine at home during lockdown thanks to its Shop Cuvée delivery concept. Thanks to its customers, this Easter Sunday Shop Cuvée will be hosting the capital’s largest Easter egg hunt. Teams (socially-distanced and following the rule of six) will be encouraged to use clues posted on Instagram to scour Clissold Park for eggs containing QR codes. Once you’ve found them simply head over to the Top Cuvée store to redeem prizes including in-store discounts, bottles of wine, Tony’s Chocolonely bars and even a three-month natural wine subscription.
Whip up a Selfridges culinary extravaganza
Restaurants up and down the capital are offering a range of exquisite finish-at-home fine dining deliveries this Easter but few have the Bank Holiday quite so sewn up as Selfridges. Created by the department store’s in-house chefs, start your Easter weekend with the luxury breakfast box. Containing Selfridges’ signature tea and coffee, it has everything you need to create an indulgent eggs Benedict for four, along with fresh hot cross buns, apricot jam, salted butter, Tony’s Chocolonely eggs and an Easter egg hunt kit.
For Easter Sunday, the Easter Weekend experience box takes the hassle out of cooking a spectacular spring lunch. Designed as a three-course meal for two, start with asparagus, Clarence Court eggs, capers, parsley and mixed leaves before moving onto mains of duck confit with wild garlic and truffle gnocchi or a vegetarian option of gnocchi and spring vegetables – all served with a bottle of Selfridges Selection Terra Alta red wine. The meal concludes with a classic chocolate fondant while the box also contains name cards, menus for the table and candles to recreate the restaurant experience at home.