Put all your eggs in one basket this Easter as we have oodles of family-friendly foodie inspiration. Whether you fancy baking up a storm in the kitchen with your kids or crafting chocolate bars which would make Willy Wonka green with envy, let us make that long Easter break more palatable with things to do and eat in London this Easter for the whole family…
Get Crafty at The Corner House
If you’re set to spend the Easter holidays in London be sure to take a trip West to The Corner House. This neighbourhood family-friendly hub has been designed so parents can meet like-minded mamas and papas, sip on a killer coffee by those canny Caravan Coffee Roasters, pick up a few groceries and even indulge in a little exercise.
From 28th March all the way up 18th April, The Corner House crew have Easter licked with their seasonal workshops. Tots from two to 10 years old can get involved in an array of activities from crafty cookery with Sophie whipping up a batch of mini egg covered cakes to unleashing their inner pop prince or princess with The Corner House’s pop school…we’ve got our eye on Disney Day on 11th April. Pint-sized painting with art workshops see an early years exploration on David Hockney. Launching in April, The Corner House welcomes a brand new ‘Spy School’ for children who want to be Special Agents and parents who want their kids to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, teamwork and communication – the first trial session is free!
102-104 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London, W6 7PD
Easter Bakes at Bread Ahead
If you’re kids are just as at home in the kitchen as they are sat around the table out and about, then Bread Ahead’s Easter Baking course may a budding bakers dream day. Situated at their Bakery School in the heart of food Mecca, Borough Market, this three hour course is dedicated to a sweet bite of Easter fare. Truly a season of two bakes, you and your kids will get the chance to make Hot Cross Buns and a Lebanese sweet-filled pastry called Ma’amoul – both used to celebrate End and Easter.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned baker, follow in the footsteps of founder Matthew Jones, the man who brought Bread Ahead to Borough Market – all the team ask is that if your kids are under 16 they are accompanied by an adult. With spaces limited and demand high, be sure to grab a space of this great British baking course. We have our fingers crossed the Bread Ahead will be launching their Hot Cross Doughnuts again this year which were a decadent vanilla custard filled dream and topped with their very own little baked cross.
Bread Ahead Bakery & School, Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9DE
Avo-Go at Making Chocolate at Melt
If there is only one thing your little ones are after this Easter and is starts with ‘c’ and ends in ‘e’, then the makers of London’s most luxurious chocolates, Melt, have all the ingredients to spell out a memorable Easter holiday. West London mamas may be familiar with Melt’s Notting Hill and Holland Park boutiques where bars, slabs and lollipops are crafted right in front of you. Founded by Londoner, Louise Nason in 2006, her and her team believe chocolate is the ‘elixir of life’ and their fresh and theatrical approach is second to none.
Whilst Waitrose may have had us all clamouring for the avocado Easter egg, it was indeed Melt who tapped into the avo-go trend first back in 2017 when they launched the very first Avocado Egg. Back by popular demand, this dark chocolate shell is filled with mini eggs topped with bee pollen, cocoa nibs, toasted quinoa, seeds and goji berries. Joined by the Popcorn Egg and Easter Bunny, made of cardboard (Melt are proudly anti-plastic) which can be decorated and personalised.
Alongside their Easter trio, Melt run weekly chocolate making courses for both children (aged 6+) and teenagers. Throughout March and April, kids can dabble in some hands-on piping and painting with coloured cocoa butters to create their very own unique design on a milk or dark lollipop.
59 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AA & 6 Clarendon Road, Holland Park, W11 3AA
Kids Eat Free at Galvin at The Athenaeum
If you’re seeking out a 5 star feast for the whole brood this Easter, Galvin at The Athenaeum is serving up a seasonal treat you won’t want to miss. For the first time the Galvin brothers, Chris and Jeff, have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK.
The Michelin-starred London duo have crafted a 3 course Easter lunch menu fit for feasting, plus, children aged 10 and under eat free! A succulent roast leg of Herdwick lamb & mint sauce, Dedham Vale beef sirloin with pillowy Yorkshire puds and a Valrhona chocolate & salted caramel ‘egg’ are just a few dishes to feature. Available on Sunday 1st April and Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd April, make stylish dining out with the family accessible with this cracking menu.
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BJ
Alice Says Take Tea
Bunny hop over to the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel for a true twist on Easter family fun. Inspired by the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland, this children’s classic has been brought to life with a tea party so wacky it would wake even the sleepiest of door mice.
With menus hidden inside vintage books and teapots adorned with kings and queens, Sanderson’s Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is brimming with sweet and savoury treats including Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry jammy dodgers, the Hare’s vanilla pocket watch macaroon and just in time for Easter, a celebratory chocolate bunny cake. Kids can wash everything down with Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach “Drink Me” potion, whilst Mum and Dad can enjoy a well-deserved glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is served daily and is priced from £58 per person and £35 per child (for children 4-11 years old).
Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG
Sweet Dreams Are Made of These
3 of the best Easter bakes in London to take-away…
Creme Egg Croughoughs At Rinkoff Bakery: This Easter the Rinkoff Bakery is pulling out all the stops with their most indulgent hybrid croissant / doughnut to date – the Creme Egg crodough. Creme egg fondant is pipped on top and inside all of the layers and topped with a mini creme egg for good measures.
Hot Cross Buns at Gails Bakery: Nothing says Easter like the smell of Hot Cross Buns and Gail’s bake theirs to perfection. Studded with aromatic citrus peel, currants, sultanas and cranberries, be sure to grab a dozen alongside their seasonal chocolate sourdough – pair it with lashings of marmalade for a true chocolate orange hit.
Mini Egg Piñata Cakes at Primrose Bakery: There’s nothing more satisfying than cracking open a chocolate egg to a tumble of tiny sugared eggs. Our fave North West London bakery has whipped up a clever pinata cake loaded with over 500g of Mini Eggs to crack free! Are you up for the challenge? Mars Bar crispy nests and hot cross bun cupcakes also await…
Fancy Escaping London This Easter? Yoo Can…
This Easter why not escape to the Cotswolds for a staycation steeped in style. Yes you heard us right, a chic break which are totally child-friendly! The Lakes by Yoo luxury villas are family-welcoming, home-from-homes. With interiors designed by Elle MacPherson, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen, Phillipe Starck & the Yoo Studio, each villa is unique and beyond Insta-worthy. Fashion-forward mamas be sure to plump for The Barnhouse, curated by Kate Moss it features canny touches including a post-babe bedtime cocktail-shaking kit, jackets and hats from Mossie’s wardrobe, vintage kimonos and Annick Goutal goodies.
So that’s the grown ups sorted, whats in store for the kids? Behold the Lakes Kid’s Club. Divided by age into Crawlers, Critters & Yoo Crew, the resident kid’s club is the perfect playground for an educational and exciting few hours whilst you make the most some ‘me’ time at the Orchard Spa. For kids aged 4+, 3-6th & 9-13th April, the Lakes Kid’s Club has a full roster of activities the little ones will go hoping mad for. There’s a puppet making and performance workshop, Ben Fogel’s School of Wild, an out of this world space day and on 5th April tots can get sleuthing with a cracking ‘who stole the Easter eggs’ detective day out. Be sure to book tickets to the Family Fun Day on Saturday 31st March for a day of bonnet making, cupcake decorating, chocolate nibbling and Easter bunny spotting!
Foodies are spoilt for choice whilst they stay at The Lakes by Yoo. For meat, try Foxbury the butcher just north of the estate. Daylesford Organics specializes in handmade cheeses, breads and pastries as well as homegrown garden produce. For fish, head to Col Valley Smokery in Northleach which still uses brick kilns and other traditional methods. And top it all, fresh organic apple juice is delivered direct from Benson’s Farm.
The Lakes Kids Club – 07818 426060 | email@example.com
Photo credit: Gail’s Bakery