Thought the Negroni couldn’t get sexier? Nutella got involved. Served up in a retro glass Nutella jar this beast was first created for World Nutella Day (apparently a real thing) but everyone went so nutty for it that it’s making an Easter comeback, a resurrection you could say. Get high and get a taste of this crazy goodness from 31st March to 5th April. Want to hear more? Check it in our Evening Standard ‘cocktail of the week’ column.
40th Floor Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
The Botanist is shaking up some seriously chocolatey cocktails for Easter. Forget just having one egg, in here you get to have four cocktails. Boom. They will be shaken with tobacco, cognac, coffee and popping candy - all the good stuff - and will get Easter off to a cracking start.
Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE // £10 each
Prefer a boozier version of your favourite Easter treat? The Cream Egg Flip is the best way to indulge. Made with rum, Bailey’s, coconut syrup, Coco Pop’s milk (true story) and topped with double cream and bee pollen. Only question is… how will you eat yours?
28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ
The cocktail masterminds at B&H Buildings have created one of the ultimate boozy offerings this Easter has to give. Available as part of brunch over the bank holiday, Hot Cross Rum’s simple mix of dark rum, hot cross bun syrup (YUM), shaken with egg and topped with cinnamon will keep you buzzing all Easter.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, London EC1R 0HU
Need less Easter-themed booze in your life? Check out our Evening Standard Cocktail of the Weeks and see how many you can check off over the weekend or hit our favourite pubs with cocktails to keep both your pint and fancy booze lovers happy.
Dram & Smoke’s Scottish winter pop up is so over and they’ve moved on for some Easter lovin’ with Brewdog for a one-off Sunday lunch. Their six-course menu will include Scottish delights such as haggis and beer-battered Mars bars but best of all it’ll all be paired with six Brewdog beers for all kindsa goodness of booze and fatty grub.
The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP // Sunday 29th March, 11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm
You know that sweet Easter bunny that we all know and love? You can eat him here. Wild rabbit will be served three ways with saddle, braised leg and liver, delicious! There will also be the king of chocolate puddings as well as a petting zoo and an Easter egg hunt (meant to be just for the kids but we won’t tell if you wanna get involved).
127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS
What’s better than an Easter filled with cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? An Easter filled with deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory will be sending all food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free, raw food, organic dieters; this six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome.
Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm
This Spanish-Italian charcuterie joint is opening up for the first time ever on a Sunday for a selection of Sunday roast-inspired dishes. We’re talking roast porcetta with olive oil whipped mash and baked bream with fennel gratin and gremolata. They’re also shaking up some brand new cocktails including blood orange Mimosas and antique smoked Negronis. Now that’s a Sunday session.
The Salt Yard, 54 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NA
Everyone loves a scotch eggs these days so what better than to stuff your faces with ‘em over Easter, the national holiday of eggs or something. The House of Ho’s Bobby Chin (aka. don of all things Vietnamese) has worked on a Vietnamese special to satisfy your savoury flex this weekend. All the normal egg action but with minced pork, cellophane noodles, fish sauce, panko breadcrumbs and Asian spices, this baby is only available for Easter so don’t miss it!
55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1W 6HW // Tuesday 30th March - Monday 6th April, £5
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No more awkward dates in three minutes, it’s all about thrashing a fellow singleton at table tennis. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the tournament and there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special. DJ Pete Pong will be spinning the decks so get this party started, it’s time to grab some balls.
121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Taking inspo from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Maggies are making you “stop and look around once in while” at their retro 80’s bank holiday party. From Thursday through to Monday you can go back in time for film screenings, cough medicine-flavoured cocktails - hmm… - and some old school shots as well as plenty of disco ball action. Get into the groove because it’s time to party.
Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL
This Easter, eggcentric Mr Fogg is inviting fellow adventure-seekers for an Easter edition of his famous tipsy tea. He’ll be feeding you with an array of typical easter goodies; hot cross buns and chocolate eggs by the bucketload, as well as Tanqueray and champagne teas. Lumbered with the parents this Easter? This one’s Mumma friendly so go get your boozy Easter fix.
Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD // Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th April, from 2:01pm
Make your Easter an all-American one at Beaver Lodge this Bank Holiday weekend starting off with Cowboys in Space on Thursday; we’re talking UV paint and DJs aplenty. Then onto Dam Good Friday with a harmonica beatboxing champion hoedown, natch, Blame it on the Beaver for a Saturday night of DJs and funk and finishing off with an Easter Frat Party on Sunday. Sh*ts getting real.
Beaver Lodge, 226 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9EL
Head to Barts for some secret speakeasy action this Bank Holiday for an Easter egg hunt like no other. Uncle Barts has hidden golden eggs, most holding some super sexy gifts inside them, all over his weird and wonderful apartment. He’s also lined up some great tunes from Jazz Jam musicians so get hunting down them eggs, grab a drink and soak up the speakeasy vibes.
Barts, Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DW // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 6pm - late
Try saying that after a few cocktails. They’re going all out at Sketch and installing a 3 meter wide nest right next to their amazing egg pod loos with life-sized geese sitting on top of each egg. WHAT?! They are also hosting an egg hunt on Easter Sunday. It’s egging crazy over here.
9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
London gardens don’t get better than this one. For an egg hunt across the 1.5 acres of greenery rocking above Kensington High Street, get up to Roof Gardens and start the lookout for the huge Choccywoccydoodah egg of chocolate Easter joy. If you want the goodies without the work, send kids/big kids/chocolate slaves off to do the hunting whilst you prop up the bar with a cocktail or two.
The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Worried about what you're gonna do when it's all over? Take a look at our guide to April and get busy.