In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the UK seems to be experiencing the early arrival of summer. Last weekend temperatures soared to 25 degrees, and all over the country Brits were basking in the sunshine, cracking into the first Pimms of the year and anticipating the sunburn that would inevitably follow. With evenings getting longer, blue skies rearing their heads and a four-day weekend looming, life is pretty good.
For those of you who’ve left your bank holiday planning until the very last minute, never fear, for here at BIRD HQ we’ve rounded up our top tips on how to to make the most of Easter weekend in the capital.
Easter is synonymous with food, and it would be wrong to start this post with anything else. Brunchers looking for an Easter twist should head to Christopher’s in Covent Garden for their ‘Hot Cross French Toast’, served alongside mountains of chocolate and matcha ice cream. Sugar limit not yet reached? Try the theatrical melting ‘Triple Chocolate Eggs dessert’, served in three stages with each egg revealing a hidden surprise...
For a savoury Easter treat, head to the Blue’s Kitchen to try their suitably themed burger of the month, ‘The Fatal Attraction’: a crispy rabbit patty complete with kewpie mayo, mac n cheese sauce, onion chutney and bacon (don’t worry, we won’t tell the Easter Bunny).
Those looking for some traditional Easter fun will love the city’s abundance of Easter egg hunts. Pop Brixton will be hosting a family-friendly hunt on Easter Sunday itself, complete with magicians, face painters and street performers. Cadbury and The National Trust are hosting a range of traditional egg hunts across London — find your nearest site and download your hunt pack here — while Hampton Court will be hosting a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt across their beautifully landscaped gardens.
As dusk falls over the city, escape to one of the many rooftop bars to catch the sunset over the London skyline. This weekend the Kensington Roof Gardens is offering Easter-themed canapes and bubbles for the adults, while kids are entertained on an egg hunt with the Easter bunny himself.
Because why should children have all the fun at Easter?
London’s hedonists should head to Barts on Sloane Avenue, which will be serving up drinks in chocolate eggs, or to Parisian-themed brasserie Bon Vivant, for a ‘Shell Shocked’ choc-tail served in an edible chocolate cup. Over at Late Night London – which has 40 venues across London – mixologists will be whipping up an Easter extravaganza of cocktails, including their Mini Egg Martini.
Working it off
After devouring almost your entire body weight in Easter treats, make the most of the spring weather and head out to explore London on foot. The weather may be less than tropical this weekend, but a little drop in temperature has never stopped us before, so why not take a stroll around one of London’s many hidden gardens? Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, dive into Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds, open year-round and sure to chase away any lingering sugar coma…