Food fun to be had in London over the Easter weekend

theatreeggIf you haven't already booked your ski trip, or are in smug possession of a friend with a weekend cottage and your Ryanair/Easyjet escape fund is currently dry, then you are - like us - stuck in London for the Easter weekend.

Which is, as it turns out, an absolute bonus. Everyone else leaves the City (much like Christmas, but with better weather) and there's a load of foodie events happening all through the long weekend for the die-hards that stay behind.

From theatre throughout Harvey Nichols (the pic on the right) to a whole ox roast at The Ship in Wandsworth - there's loads to stay in town for.

 All weekend:

The World Street Food Festival on the South Bank aims to celebrate the amazing multiculturalism of London's street food scene. Running Friday (12pm-8pm), Sat (11am-8pm) and Sunday and Monday (12pm-6pm) there'll be everything from Spanish paella and churros, Indian pani puri and artisan smoked Polish sausages on offer.

Salt Yard restaurants are spreading the Easter love with a massive 50% off food at lunchtimes at both Ember Yard and Salt Yard from Good Friday through to Easter Monday. The offer applies to bookings of tables up to 6. Just mention the offer when booking. Ember Yard 0207 439 8057. Salt Yard 0207 637 0657.

Take the kids for brunch at Sixtyone where they'll eat free (when accompanied by a paying adult). You can also take advantage of the restaurant's personalised Easter eggs, made with Valrhona chocolate for £12. You choose your egg and the message and the egg will be presented at the end of the meal.

And if you're up for a challenge, head on over to the Polo Bar in the City where all weekend they'll be hosting an Emu scotch egg eating challenge.

Plus - check out what London's restaurants and bars are making with the humble Cadbury's Creme Egg.



Maundy Thursday

Drapers Arms Drink The List

If you followed our advice, you'll be the proud possessor of a ticket to Drink The List at the Drapers Arms in Islington. We'll see you there to work our way through the gastropub's wine list. Good Friday for us as a result, may be pretty quiet.


Greenbox Drinks tasting

If you aren't going to the Drapers, Climpson's Arch is just the place to drown your sorrow. There's a Gin and vodka tasting with Greenbox Drinks there on Thursday from 6pm-11pm. Head on over for samples of this artisan drinks company's range, plus there'll be food and cocktails on the menu to complement their gin and vodka.


Good Friday

Kansas Smitty BBQ

If you're not avoiding meat on Good Friday, Kansas Smitty will be hosting a Backyard BBQ party at the new Dalston Pond venue on Gillett Square. Running from midday to 2am their backyard BBQ lunch and dinner sitting will feature three courses of BBQ ribs, chicken, cheesy grits, collard greens and hot tamales for £30. Drink: There'll also be 8 Kansas Smitty's signature house infused Juleps on offer as well as local brews. 


Easter Saturday

Ox Roast at The Ship

For true carnivores there's only one place to be on Easter Saturday - the ox roast at the Ship Wandsworth courtesy of the chaps at Flatiron. Sorry - if you don't have tickets already, this is also sold out.

Adult-only egg hunt

There's an adult-only Easter egg hunt going on in Knightsbridge at Harvey Nichols. Baileys Feaster Egg Hunt at Harvey Nichols is an immersive theatre performance and dining experience which transports the audience back in time to the 18th century. There are nine performances throughout the day from 12pm to 9pm.Tickets are £25 which includes the theatre experience a six-course feast and the Baileys Chocolat Luxe Easter Egg.


Easter Sunday

London Fields BBQ

If you're not planning to serve up your own Easter Sunday roast - head east for the Easter weekend BBQ from 12pm-11.30pm at Climpson's Arch with DJs from 7pm.

Giant Easter egg hunt: 

There's a giant easter egg hunt in Kensington Gardens on Easter Sunday from 11am onwards, along with hot cross buns, and prizes for the largest eggs found. Easter Lunch follows at the Magazine, where Head Chef Oliver Lange has created a three course spring menu at £35 for adults/£15 for kids.

Scotch eggs in a basket

In Shoreditch Bistrotheque is holding a special Easter Sunday lunch hosted by Jonny Woo and his eggstra giant surprise.  Eggs, drag, bunnies, fizzy wine and more fizzy wine. Three courses including a pre-dinner cocktail and wine are £50


Easter Monday

East London brunch

The Scratch brunch at Climpson's Arch from 11am to 6pm will feature everything from Eggs Benedict and Florentine to Scratch yoghurt with honey, poached pears and toasted seeds. There's also Prosecco and Bloody Marys or juices, teas and coffees to wash that down.

Trafalgar Square English Feast

The Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square will feature an English farmer’s market, with around 20 stalls selling mouth-watering treats like hog roast, homemade pies, cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade - all can be enjoyed in a splendid banqueting area seating 250 people. There'll also be live demonstrations from leading London chefs as they cook up English dishes from past and present. Runs from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.


Ongoing Easter fun

Find a flatiron

From 18 April to the end of the month Flatiron have hidden 100 charm-sized mini cleavers in the shops, letterboxes and sock drawers of their neighbours in Carnaby Soho. Find one and you'll get a free meal for two.

Easter concretes

Down at Shake Shack, the Shackbury Easter Egg Concrete is made from vanilla frozen custard and blended with caramel sauce and milk chocolate chunks by Paul.A Young. It's available from 11-20 April.

Restaurant opening hours over Easter

If you're wondering whether your favourite restaurant is open over the bank holiday weekend - we've compiled a list of opening hours running from Good Friday to Easter Monday. We'll continue to add to it, so do keep checking back.