By Amanda Gegg
Whilst there aren’t too many people who don’t enjoy Easter, there are plenty who feel like the traditional celebrations could do with a bit of a revamp. This is where the unabashed creativity of the London hospitality scene comes in handy and if you’re lucky enough to be in the city from Friday 19th – Monday 22nd April, you’ll be in for an unforgettable treat.
Families, couples, large parties… everyone’s welcome for London’s amazingly unique Easter festivities.
1. Lindt Bunny Hunt (Hampton Court Palace)
As far as Easter family fun goes, I’m not sure it gets much better than the Hampton Court Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, where your children will be given a map of the grounds and asked to solve mysteries in order to receive the elusive bunny. This is designed for ages 3-12 but don’t worry, you won’t be judged for wanting to join in.
2. Egg-Shaped Bowling (QUEENS, Queensway)
The back-lit lanes of QUEENS are always a laugh, even without any theme, but if you fancy giving yourself an extra challenge then you should get down there for Easter and try rolling one of their egg-shaped balls down to victory.
3. South Place Hotel Easter Egg Hunt (Friday 19th and Saturday 21st April, Moorgate)
The ever-thoughtful team at South Place Hotel are not only hosting an indulgent Easter Egg Hunt this year (partnered with master chocolatiers, Maison Samadi) but they’re also letting kids eat free throughout the Easter holidays at their in-house restaurant ‘Chop House’.
4. Easter Egg Pizza (Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden)
Let’s face it, when the kids aren’t around you don’t need to exercise any form of self-control by setting a good example. Therefore, a deliciously naughty Easter egg pizza needn’t weigh on your conscience as they’re never going to find out…
5. Triple Chocolate Egg & Soldiers (Christopher’s, Covent Garden)
Speaking of over-indulgence, chocoholics might be inclined to test the intensity of their love with Christopher’s homage to British classic, ‘Egg & Soldiers’. Picture crisply-sugared churros, alongside a variation of warm-filled chocolate eggs and you might be close to imagining the decadence of this creation.
6. ‘Feaster’ (Bluebird Chelsea, King’s Road)
After last year’s success, the Bluebird will once again be throwing their ‘Feaster’ event, aimed at bringing friends and family together with their ‘four days of brunch’. That’s not forgetting the little ones, of course, who can take part in an Easter Egg Hunt and a speciality ‘Tiny Tea’ (an afternoon tea for small people, in case you hadn’t guessed!).
7. Deep Fried Creme Egg Sundae (Mac & Wild, Fitzrovia)
If you haven’t tried the Scottish-born delicacy of a deep-fried Cadbury’s Creme Egg, then quite frankly you haven’t lived. If you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to hear the guys at Mac & Wild have designed an entire dessert for Easter based on this mouth-watering sugar-fest, which originates from their homeland.
8. The Chocolate Egg Cocktail (Aster Restaurant, Westminster)
All I can say is that only the bravest chocolate-lovers will take on the almighty ‘Chocolate Surprise Cocktail’, served in a giant chocolate egg, no less. This one-of-a-kind concoction hosts a mix of golden rum, chocolate liqueur, milk and sugar. Oh, and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.