It’s probably fair to say that this is an Easter like no other. Well, maybe a bit like Easter 2020, only this time, we’re well-versed in the ways of lockdown and we don’t have to spend the entire four-day weekend indoors stacking towers of hoarded toilet roll.
The first bank holiday of the year usually means parties, long brunches and vast lunches. But for 2021, it’s all about roadmap abiding micro-gatherings and long lazy park afternoons. There won’t be any big spontaneous barbecues, but there will be overdue outdoor reuinions (between groups of six, of course). Options might be limited, but there’s still a ton of great things to do, whether it’s renting a boat, hanging out in a ludicrously attractive London garden, or ordering food to the park while you chat your friends’ faces off. And just cos you can’t go and spend Easter Sunday behind a mountain of pascal lamb in a pub, doesn’t mean having to stint yourself, either. There are some truly great restaurants doing local deliveries.
Whatever you do, keep it outdoors from Good Friday (April 2) to Easter Monday (April 4) on this four-day extravaganza. Check out our top picks for London’s Easter weekend below.
Plan a cracking Easter weekend in London
Hunt down London’s best eggs
A chocolatier’s DIY Creme Egg recipe
There’s no doubt that Easter weekend is going to be a bit of a weird one this year. But seeing as you’ve probably got some spare time on your hands, how about making your own Creme Egg? Sure, you could brave the supermarket and just buy some, but let’s face it, people are probably stockpiling them at this point. Thankfully, London chocolatier Paul A Young has put together a step-by-step guide on how to make Creme Eggs – or as he’s calling them, ‘fondant eggs’. Admittedly, you will need an egg mould, but who hasn’t got one of those lying around? As well as that, you’ll need chocolate, fondant icing (that’s for the gooey stuff in the middle) and ideally some kind of yellow food colouring. Here’s a full list of what’s required: 500g shop-bought fondant100mls water10g caster sugarEgg yellow gel or paste edible food colouring1kg dark chocolate And if it all goes wrong, just call them ‘deconstructed’ and eat them with a spoon. Watch the video below to see how to make them: Got a sweet tooth? You can now get Dominque Ansel’s cronuts delivered for a lockdown sugar hit. We asked top London bakers on the one thing you can do to spice up your banana bread at home.
Things to do with kids over Easter
What to stream to keep the kids entertained
If you’re indoors with your kids, streaming movies can be a delicate business. Skew too young and you risk boredom or, worse, replacing critical information in your brain with all the names of ‘Paw Patrol’. Skew too old and you traumatise your children. The sheer volume of possibilities can feel overwhelming, so we’ve curated a selection of movies that hit that rare sweet spot of entertaining little ’uns and parents alike.