At a loose end this upcoming Easter weekend? Belle About Town has done the legwork for you. We’ve got the low down on where to shop and sightsee, and what to eat and drink. Just add an extra day off work and you’re set to go. Happy Easter!
GUYLIAN Opus Egg for 2016
New for Easter 2016 is Guylian’s ever-popular Opus assortment, now available in the form of the Opus Egg! This gift is full of surprises, not only will you receive a 120g Belgian chocolate Egg but also a 90g selection of Guylian’s luxurious artisanal Opus chocolates
FORTNUM’S Focus on Easter
A true story from Fortnum’s is that all their hand decorated eggs are made by hand using the same antique silver moulds that were used in the 1900’s – when all Fortnum & Mason chocolate was created at the Piccadilly store. This year they’re serving Truffle Eggs in Cracked Eggs Box: This pretty egg box is filled to the brim with delicious truffle eggs of different flavours – Marc de Champagne, Milk, Dark, Sea Salted Caramel and Praline. Available at www.fortnumandmason.com
Divine’s luxury Easter range has brand new flavours for 2016 with the Divine Raspberry Dark Chocolate Egg, a thick, intensely rich chocolate shell made with velvety Divine dark chocolate, studded with tangy raspberries. For a modern flavour with a twist, Divine Toffee & Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Egg, is a smooth milk chocolate shell scattered with the sweet crunch of toffee pieces and the contrasting tang of sea salt flakes. Seriously sophisticated.
Events over the Easter Weekend
Celebrate all weekend at Rudie’s
Easter at Rudie’s, in Stoke Newington Road, N16, will be celebrated in true Jamaican fashion – great music, great food and soul inspired swills. The Black River, a special chocolate dessert-cocktail is on offer for £8.50, combines chilli infused dark rum, white chocolate cream, cacao bittersand Jamaican Black River chocolate shavings.
Curried Shrimps will be served over delicious Steamed Dumplings, crab is there for the taking too; arriving with spicy Lime Aioli with fresh pickled cucumbers and mango salad. Save room for the Black River chocolate and Scotch Bonnet mousse, the final zing to your Easter Feast
EAST-er Egg Hunt at Victory Mansion
Celebrating Easter in a very traditional fashion, Victory Mansion located on Stoke Newington Road will be hosting an EAST-er Egg Hunt. However, this particular egg hunt is for over 18’s only… revellers are encouraged to bunny-hop from bar to bar down the street collecting eggs that can be EGGS-changed at other bars throughout the night.
Other bars taking part include Original Sin, Fontains, Ruby’s, High Water & Pond. There will even be a rickshaw on hand to ferry punters from bar to bar, available all day for egg-cited bar hoppers hunting for the Easter bunny and his friends. You see, each bar will have an Easter themed item and selfies are very much encouraged. If you manage to post 6 selfies you win a special prize!
The egg-stravaganza will be sponsored by Heradura Tequila and Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, they’re not holding back so ensure that you fill up on Victory Mansion’s delicious Jerk chicken scotch eggs and banana chutney alongside other spectacular dishes. This is an event you will very much regret missing out on, don your bonnet and bring a basket, literally – the more eggs you collect, the merrier!
Black Penny hosts a Brunchathon
The Black Penny in Covent Garden will be hosting a eggcentric brunchathon this Easter, serving up a series of egg based brunch dishes all day throughout Easter weekend. Commencing on Good Friday, the coffee house and kitchen will offer an all-day brunch menu. Eggcentrics can choose from Crispy Confit Duck (pictured), served with sweet potato hash and poached egg or the eggxotic Özdemir Pasha, an Ottoman-inspired breakfast of fried eggs, grilled halloumi, butter bean hummus and sumac. Other dishes include British-influenced classics, Bubble ‘N’ Squeak served with sausage and homemade barbeque sauce, The Hunter, a variation on a full-English complete with eggs your way and bacon, or Black Penny Baked Beans served with goats cheese atop a poached egg.
Colour Vibe 5K – Windsor
Paint the town red? Why not go all out and paint the town multi-coloured at the Color Vibe 5k at Windsor Racecourse on Easter Sunday (March 27th). Color Vibe is a colour blast 5k that is all about having fun and getting covered from top to toe with splashes of vibrant pandemonium. Appealing to people of all ages and abilities, the racecourse will be transformed to host the most colourful 5km fun run ever, designed to be a fantastic introduction for anyone thinking about getting into fitness or those just looking to have a seriously good time.
If you’re interested in this Easter Extravaganza Fun run, held at Windsor Racecourse, sign up now to receive 25% discount on all tickets. Visit: http://uk.thecolorvibe.com/ and use code: PROMOTE. All colour is 100% safe, biodegradable and beautiful.
Squiffy Picnic Fete at Cahoots
Soho’s underground sensation Cahoots is celebrating Easter this year with a very special Squiffy Picnic. The Captain of Cahoots invites guests underground on Easter Sunday, where they will find the city’s most smashing bazaar, with crafty cocktails, swinging live entertainment, black market fairground games and the wildest cats in town to entertain all afternoon from the station stage. Escape the hustle and bustle of Central London and head down below to find a tranquil garden party, complete with vintage wicker hampers, filled with delightfully British cuisine and cocktails circa 1946. Guests can look forward to a dedicated Easter Hamper menu, complete with cake-infused and Easter Bunny cocktails along with a rationed delicacies that pay homage to post-war Britain. Each hamper will also come with a special Easter surprise, so be on the look out for the golden egg!
Uncle Barts Brings Glamour Back to the Boudoir
Uncle Barts is pulling his nightshirt out of the fancy dress box and bringing glamour back to the boudoir with a Fancy Pyjama Party to celebrate Easter Sunday on 27th March.
Located on the prestigious Sloane Square, quirky speakeasy, Barts, will be the lap of luxury for guests to don their lavish silk pyjamas and velvet smoking jackets for the ultimate slumber soiree on Easter Sunday. The talented Barts bar team will be serving dreamy tipples including Sweet Dreams, a calming blend of elixir of camomile, Russian Standard, lemon, and egg white and the Champions Breakfast for an extra boost made with almond milk, coffee infused with bourbon, amaretto, and aromatic bitters. There will also be teacup cocktails, midnight snacks, hidden easter eggs and pillow fights.
Back to School Easter Bash at Maggie’s
1980s-inspired club Maggie’s is celebrating Easter with a hoppin’ Back to School Night on Sunday, 27th March. Celebrate the long weekend with groovy cocktails whilst dancing the night away to the best hits from the ‘80s including Cyndi Lauper, U2, Prince, Duran Duran and Bananarama. The entire Maggie’s staff will be decked out in school uniforms and guests are encouraged to follow suit! Partygoers donning a uniform will receive free entry to the party and those who break the rules will have to report to Headmaster Greg! Games of Spin the Bottle will be taking place at the bar and any school gal or lads who spins the bottle to the right will get their first cocktail on the headmaster. Count us in!