The Easter weekend is a cracking time to be in London. Not only is there finally an excuse to gorge on chocolate with free abandon, there's also loads of Easter parties, spring fairs and the first bank holiday of the year, which means not just one, but two, whole days off work. Cracking. Easter Sunday lands on April 1 2018, but there's a basket-load of great stuff happening on Good Friday and all over the weekend in London (Friday March 30 – Monday April 2 2018). So whether you want to hunt down eggs, hit one of the bank holiday parties or just stuff down as much chocolate as you can, we've got all the bases covered – in sugar-coated, chocolate-smothered shells.
Plan a cracking Easter weekend in London
Hunt down London's best eggs
Things to do with kids over Easter
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You can now get a cheese Easter egg
Bonkers for brie? Crushing over caerphilly and flipping out over feta? Cheese-lovers, rejoice! You can finally get your mitts on the perfect Easter treat to satisfy your dairy desires. This year, forget the bog-standard chocolate egg. Anyone who gets weak in the knees over cheese can now spend the long weekend munching their way through the Cheester Egg – the alt-Easter treat made entirely from artisan cheese. It’s the creation of food blogger Annem Hobson from ‘So Wrong It’s Nom’ who was responsible for bringing us the Cheese Advent Calendar last Christmas. For £15 you can get your hands on a 260g egg of solid, handmade cheese – and it’s not just any old lump of cheddar. Cheester has collaborated with the excellent independent artisan company Wildes Cheese and uses a unique recipe by head cheesemaker Philip Wilton based on the popular Napier, which was awarded the accolade of London's favourite cheese in the 2015 Urban Food Awards – so they know what they're doing when it comes to the pongy stuff. According to Annem, the egg is a ‘semi-hard cheese with a slight crumbly, yet creamy texture and a deliciously sharp flavour’. Bring on the bank holiday cheese coma. The Cheester Egg costs £14.95. ‘Nest Hampers’ cost £29.95 and include Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbread and London produced quince membrillo. Cheeses are made from high quality unhomogenised cows’ milk and vegetarian rennet. Buy The Cheester Egg online here, or at Broadway Market, Alexandra Palace Market and My
Eight things you mustn't do over Easter
To chocolate or not to chocolate: that is the question this weekend. Or is it? What's the alternative? Hard boiled eggs and possible ink poisoning from drawing on them? It's four days of sugary dilemmas but luckily we're on hand to give you a few words of wisdom. Here are eight things you must NEVER do on Easter weekend: Self portrait - Lady and the champ via photopin (license)" data-width-class="" /> photo credit: Self portrait - Lady and the champ via photopin (license) 1. Eat all your chocolate at once Ah, the chocolate binge. It's like opening all your presents on Christmas Eve – disappointing and messy. Eat all your chocolate at once and you will reach too high a sugar rush for a mere bank holiday to handle. You don't want to chat excitedly to strangers in the street or anything – you know how we Londoners hate forced communication. No, spread your chocolate throughout the day like meals supplemented with some fruit or vegetables for a balanced diet, obvs. Does chocolate count as protein when it's egg shaped? IMG_6537 via photopin (license)" data-width-class="" /> photo credit: IMG_6537 via photopin (license) 2. Forget it's a bank holiday It's the first bank holiday of the year – hurrah! Go really wild: not like Michaela Strachan, but just like, enjoy yourself. Check out some of London's hottest Easter weekend parties because you have four days of freedom and post-night-out recovery. Job? What job? Deviled Peeps? via photopin (license)" data-
We want Derby's Creme scotch eggs
Despite the recent uproar caused by Cadbury replacing the Dairy Milk in its Creme Eggs with regular chocolate (seriously, this isn't funny: are they insane?), the run-up to Easter just wouldn't be the same without the fondant-filled treats. But a café in Derby has taken things to not just the next level but maybe even a few levels above that, by creating what's surely the best new food trend of 2016: the Creme Scotch Egg. Thankfully, no actual sausage goes into this concoction, dreamed up by Phil Joy, head chef at The Park Bikeworks, a café in the city. Instead, the delicacy is made by smothering an entire Creme Egg in brownie mix before rolling it in chocolate flakes. So what if each comes in at a diabetes-inducing 1,000 calories? Diabetes is a problem for future-you, right-now-you deserves a little heart-stopping treat. We also want a cake maze like LA and Paris's cheese delivery service
Fancy a Creme Egg pizza?
It happens every year. Easter rolls around and you have to face that age-old dilemma. ‘How can I eat my leviathan Easter egg haul and a giant pizza,’ you wonder, ‘at the same time?’ Well, worry not! Hangover heroes Deliveroo and south London types Crust Bros have come good with the Fior-egg-tina: a ‘take’ (that’s putting it lightly) on the classic Fiorentina pizza. The kicker? They’ve replaced the standard tomato/cheese/spinach/egg toppings with macerated strawberries (obviously), mascarpone, mint and a few melty Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (the optional scattering of Mini Eggs is a no-brainer). Maniacal? Oh yes. Delicious? Quite probably. And they say religion is dead.In any case, the Fior-egg-tina will be available to order from April 7-14 via Deliveroo (but, sadly, only across south London). Is the Creme Egg pizza a main? A pud? God knows. Either way, check out our list of other amazeballs desserts.
The Black Penny
It was a marketing wheeze that really, really worked. This new café/takeaway in Covent Garden sold every dish for a penny on opening day, and when we went a few days later there were huge queues waiting for tables and (mostly) takeaway. It reminded us of the old drug dealer’s trick to get new clients: ‘the first one’s free’. Addiction to Black Penny may become a recognised medical condition, but it won’t be because of cost – low though that is. When you finally reach the counter, you see dishes that look like those at many another coffee place: soup, sandwiches, salad, quiche, a stew, lots of baked sweet things. But when you finally sit down in the small back dining room, you realise this isn’t the stuff of two-for-a-penny cafés. The quality is high in both sweet and savoury dishes. Salads are a particular strength, with confident seasoning in the dressings and excellent assemblies of sprightly ingredients to carry them. The kitchen has a masterful pasty-maker, as we saw in both a savoury tart and a Pennsylvania-Dutch-style apple pie. They also had a good ceviche on the menu when we were there. Portions are enormous and prices eminently reasonable - £7.50 for a salad box that some people would be happy to share between two, sandwiches just under a fiver. In the food, the only downer was inelegant presentation of salad selections. The separate components were piled together so that their flavours blended in some unappealing ways: ceviche on top of couscous is never a good