Unless you’re lucky enough to be escaping somewhere warm and sunny for your spring break, the four-day Easter bank holiday is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a weekend of hard eating. Chocolate is, of course, inevitable, but that’s no reason not to get out there and explore what the rest of the capital has to offer, too. Here’s where to eat and drink on each day.
Good Friday – Bottomless brunch at Dirty Bones
One of the best things about the long weekend is the chance to unashamedly do brunch four days in a row. Dirty Bones is embracing the opportunity with bottomless brunch cocktails for £22 every day over Easter in its Soho, Shoreditch and Kensington outposts, plus its weekend brunch menu extended either side of Saturday and Sunday into Friday and Monday, too. Go big with steak and eggs, or try something new with the short rib crumpets.
11am-4pm all Easter weekend, dirty-bones.com
Saturday – Sunset at Aqua Shard
The view from Aqua Shard on the 31st floor of London Bridge’s pointiest building is one of the best in London. You can book for dinner, but heading straight for its impressive three-storey atrium bar for cocktails while the sun sets is equally as good. Along with the classic and signature cocktail menu, there’s a limited edition Easter bunny cocktail to sample. Crafted from Cîroc pineapple vodka, Persechetto peach liqueur, orange blossom, agave syrup, lime juice and condensed milk, it’s served in a chocolate bunny. A bit much, sure – but isn’t that what Easter’s all about?
Available until 28 April, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY, aquashard.co.uk
Easter Sunday – Lunch at Plum + Spilt Milk
If you don’t fancy cooking up an Easter feast chez vous, then get down to Plum + Spilt Milk at The Great Northern Hotel for its special three-course seasonal menu. It comprises smoked haddock with Isle of Wight asparagus, slow roasted Cotswold lamb shoulder and to finish an Easter egg filled with white chocolate mousse, passionfruit and honeycomb – Plum + Spilt Milk’s take on the creme egg. Rounding all of that off is the ‘La Croix’: a champagne cocktail updated with the flavours of a hot cross bun.
21 April, all courses priced separately, Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB, plumandspiltmilk.com
Easter Monday – Head to Fucina
By now, you’ll be 90 per cent chocolate and craving a bit of light relief. Head down to Italian restaurant Fucina in Marylebone to check out its Easter collaboration with artist Luke Edward Hall, who has designed a special painted installation inspired by spring for the space. Order the ‘Bunny Mary’, a play of the traditional Bloody Mary with Russian Standard Vodka, fresh carrot juice, olives and celery, to go alongside some fresh antipasti. A welcome change from the past three days of indulgence.
Cocktail available until 7 May, 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5QY, fucina.co.uk