You may still be in the middle of a chocolate ban for Lent, but the Easter bunny is coming to visit sooner than you think. Get ahead with our guide to Easter in London, featuring chocolate cocktails, sweet treats and discount deals – you’d be hopping mad to miss it.
Where to drink cocktails
Aqua Shard, London Bridge
What: Enjoy your Easter weekend with a view at Aqua Shard. The cocktail whizzes here have created The Hot Cross Shard: Hennessy Cognac mixed with Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto and dark chocolate liqueur, before being shaken with star anise, coriander seeds and cinnamon, and topped with a caramel sugar nest and chocolate eggs.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £14
Bōkan, Canary Wharf
What: Chocoholics can get their sugar fix from the Bōkan Bunny this year. Served in a chocolate egg, the cocktail is filled with El Dorado eight-year-old rum, coffee liqueur, Cointreau, lime juice, cherry juice, chocolate bitters and orange jam, and topped off with mascarpone foam – if you fancy, a sip you’d better get cracking.
Where: Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
How much: £10
Manetta’s Bar at Fleming’s Mayfair
What: For a luxe take on a choc-tail, head to Manetta’s Bar. It’s serving up the Chocolate Whisker: a decadent mix of whisky, Madeira chocolate, cardamom and cassis syrup, topped with a light Montenegro and blood orange foam. It also comes served with a helping of chocolate mini eggs – we’re sold.
Where: Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, W1J 7BH
How much: £16
Where to eat chocolate…
Chai Wu at Harrods, Knightsbridge
What: As far as we’re concerned, a post-shopping treat is always justified. If you happen to be having a browse in Harrods this weekend, you can bag yours from Chai Wu. It’s created an indulgent ‘Canary Eater Egg’ dessert, which is a dark chocolate fudge cake shaped like an egg and coated with canary salted caramel cream.
Where: Fifth floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
How much? £23
The Counter at The Delaunay, Covent Garden
What: Skip on the supermarket Easter eggs this year and indulge in an almost-too-cute-to-eat offering from The Counter at The Delaunay. Its selection of eggs, created by head pastry chef Regis, are all made with Valrhona chocolate, and come in white, milk and dark varieties…we recommend buying one of each, just to cover all bases.
Where: 55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB
How much: From £9.25
Mac & Wild, City and Fitzrovia
What: Crème Eggs are arguably the best part of Easter, but Mac & Wild has taken things to another level by deep-frying them and chucking them into an ice cream sundae. The insane dessert is available with the lunch and dinner menu until 2 April.
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN; 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS
How much: £7
Where to have Easter lunch…
What: Cottons is giving the classic Sunday roast a Caribbean twist this Easter weekend, with the launch of its Bottomless Reggae Roast. Dishes with tropical twists will include roast jerk chicken with plantain wedges and callaloo fritters, while dessert features rum-filled Jamaican fruit-cake with peanut punch reduction.
Where: St George’s Wharf, SW8 2LE
How much: Bottomless Prosecco, £20 supplement
Galvin La Chapelle, City
What: On Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday, La Chapelle will be serving a three-course lunch menu including a traditional roast with all the trimmings. It’s worth bringing the family along too, as children under 12 will eat free. While you think about the cheese trolley, the little ones will be kept entertained by an Easter egg hunt or egg painting.
Where: St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
How much: £38
Pomona’s, Notting Hill
What: Head to Notting Hill with the family in tow to take advantage of a cracking Easter deal. Kids eat free at Pomona’s between 30 March and 6 April. Little ones can choose from the likes of roast chicken breast with broccoli or fishcake and peas, followed by desserts including chocolate brownie or a classic banana split.
Where: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
How much: Kids eat free
Where to have an alternative Easter…
Ballie Ballerson, Shoreditch
What: Adult ball-pit bar Ballie is hosting a week-long eggstravagnza, with a spring chicken hunt in its new limited-edition pastel ball pit. Your group has to find as many spring chickens as they can in under two minutes, with prizes ranging from Champagne to bunny ears. Anyone who arrives dressed as a rabbit or a chicken will also receive a free crème egg shot.
Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
How much: Tickets from £7.50
Heliot Steakhouse, Soho
What: Heliot Steak House is inviting truly daring chocoholics through its doors this Easter. It’s launched a steak and chocolate sauce pairing menu, which sees three savoury and sweet chocolate sauces paired with the restaurant’s prime steaks. Options include a white chocolate sauce mixed with truffle oil and Riesling wine, and a golden caramel sauce with a hint of salt.
Where: 42-43 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH
How much: All three sauces, £4
Hoppers, Soho and St Christopher’s Place
What: If you’re a restaurant fanboy/girl, you’ll probably be excited by the chance to win some merch from cult restaurant Hoppers. From 26 March to 2 April, random guests will be given a double yolk hopper when ordering the original egg version, and anyone that’s lucky enough to get one will also take home a limited-edition Hoppers T-shirt.
Where: 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG; 77 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QE
How much: £5
Where to have Easter afternoon tea…
Lanes of London, Mayfair
What: Lanes of London will be serving a Chocolate Afternoon Tea from 30 March to 1 April. Guests can dine on chocolatey sweet treats, including a chocolate nest, chocolate cupcakes and tea cup biscuits. Alongside the sweet stuff, there will be rabbit Scotch eggs and finger sandwiches filled with the likes of goat’s cheese, tarragon and piquillo pepper.
Where: London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, 140 Park Lane, W1K 7AA
How much: £22.50
May Fair Kitchen, Mayfair
What: Until 2 April, May Fair Kitchen is serving an Easter afternoon tea in collaboration with master chocolatiers, Charbonnel et Walker. Sandwich fillings include honey roast ham with mustard, and cucumber with cream cheese, while the sweet side of things is covered via pink Champagne truffles and sugar-dusted doughnuts with a warm chocolate sauce.
Where: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, W1J 8LT
How much: £35
Sketch Gallery, Mayfair
What: For a luxury option, Sketch is serving an Easter afternoon tea (30 March until 2 April) which includes miniature hot cross buns and carrot fondant-topped pastries. If you’re bringing the kids along, there will also be an all-day Easter egg hunt to keep them entertained.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG
How much: £80 per person