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 for the whole family…
Easter Family Day at Market Halls Fulham
If you’re looking for something scrumptious to do over the Easter hols, Market Halls Fulham have a whole day of seasonal treats in store. Kicking off from 11am until 1pm, tots can seek out sweet treats with Market Halls free Easter egg hunt – filled with goodies for kids and grown-ups, keep an eye out for special prizes from Market Halls meal tokens, Move Fitness Studio classes and vouchers from family friendly local businesses. Come the afternoon kids aged 3+ can get creative icing their own egg or bunny biscuits with homemade, no nasty icing and tasty toppings. If all that crafty fun has got your brood hungry, tuck into Market Halls £5 Monday Specials and kids dishes, as well as award-winning coffee from Press Coffee and sweet churros from Love Churros.
472 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY
Nearest Tube: Fulham Broadway
Duke of York Square’s Chocolate Market
This Easter, be sure to mark Saturday 13 April in your diaries – as Duke of York Square becomes a complete haven for chocoholics with their Easter Chocolate Market! The weekly fine food market will see London’s finest chocolatiers descend on the Square, overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane – who notably introduced milk chocolate to Europe. Between 10am – 4pm, nibble your way round and sample artisan treats from Sir Hans Sloane, Lavolio, Diana David, Susie Keane, Peacoc, Bad Brownies, London Chocolate and Speciality Foods. For those with adventurous little ones, why not try chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli and for Dad….a chocolate Guiness cake from Nick Fu.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
Chocolate Tuesday at Chelsea Physic Garden’s
During his voyage to Jamaica, Chelsea Physic Garden’s benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane, observed the use of chocolate mixed with milk as a remedy. He licensed the recipe to Mr Nicholas Sanders of Soho, and so the popular drink ‘Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’ came about. From bean to brew, Chelsea Physic Garden’s Chocolate Tuesday serves up an educational slice of craft and chocolate tasting on Tuesday 16th April. The day includes activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away. Suitable for children aged 6-11.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS
Nearest Tube: Battersea Park / Sloane Square
Let’s Play Easter Festival, Kings Cross
It’s going to be a cracking Easter at King’s Cross with a whole two weeks (6th-22nd April) of fun activities at the Let’s Play Easter Festival. Families can jump aboard the 1960s vintage land train at Granary Square and it’s full steam ahead to Coal Drops Yard where bambinos can tuck into dough balls, pizza and gelato for just £6 at Happy Face Pizza. Hot cross buns, Simnel cakes and chocolate galore will line the stalls at the Easter Canopy Market (19-21 April) and after a bite be sure to say hello to the flufftastic chicks and duckling at the Canopy Market petting zoo! From Skip Garden Spring workshops to Easter bonnet making, egg decorating and rolling with a contemporary arty twist thanks to the team from Crafty Fox, artists from Made in Arts London and students from Central Saint Martins – this Easter is set to be an eggs-travaganza!
Nearest Tube/Station: Kings Cross St. Pancras
Fenton House and Garden Cadbury Egg Hunt
Just one of the handful of magical Easter egg hunts the National Trust and Cadbury’s are rolling out this Easter, Fenton House in the heart of Hampstead is hidden gem to explore with your brood between 19th-22nd April. From Heath to High Street, Hampstead is awash with flora and fauna and inspired by this and Fenton’s own collection, this heavenly egg hunt takes you through a sunken garden, ancient orchard, kitchen garden and along hidden paths. Whilst seeking out a glorious chocolate prize from Cadbury’s, your little ones will discover creatures all shapes and sizes and celebrate Hampstead’s wonderful wildlife. Trail participation for a Cadbury prize is £3 and garden admission applies.
Hampstead Grove, Hampstead NW3 6SP
Nearest Station: Hampstead Heath overground
The Good Egg
On the hunt for a brunch of champions this Easter? It’s all about The Good Egg. A firm favourite with Table Talk guest Poppy Woodcock, founder of Munch Brunch Kids (and she knows where to brunch!), they have a cracking kids Jerusalem breakfast which is there perfect pick and mix brunch for mini ones. For grown ups this epic breaky plates comes with fudgy eggs, pita and a plethora of dips, go meaty with a spicy merguez or veggie with, as the kids call it, ’squeaky cheese’ AKA halloumi. The kids version is half the price and a more palette friendly offering of egg, pita, jam, yoghurt and fruit at £6. For the journey home grab Oded’s baba slice – you can thank us later!
93 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0AS
Nearest Station: Stoke Newington overground
Chocolate Making Courses 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. Melt run weekly chocolate making courses for both children (aged 6+) and teenagers. Throughout 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
Nearest Tube: Holland Park
Fortnum and Mason’s Easter Craft Classes
If you’re looking to crack out a super surprise this Easter and treat your chicks to Fortnum and Mason’s Children’s Afternoon Tea, be sure to book a spot at their Easter Bonnet Making craft class before tucking into their award winning tea. Taking place on Tuesday 16th April, The Parlour plays host to children aged 5-12 for a session of seasonal crafting. From feathers to florals, kids can fashion their own bonnet with the help of Fortnum’s arty experts. On Wednesday 17th April, there’s a super-cute ceramic egg painting masterclass for kids where they can paint, gild and adorn eggs to their hearts content. Places are limited to 16 per class, and participating children must be aged 5+. Click here to book your spots on both craft classes.
Where: 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
Nearest Tube: Green Park
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 including an extra special raspberry and chocolate Easter Egg cake approved by the White Rabbit himself. 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
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Swap Simnel Cake for Swashbuckling
Celebrating the final few weeks of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’ exhibition, this Easter why not swap Simnel cake for swashbuckling fun. Running between 6th – 22nd April, the Museum of Childhood will be running a host of free workshops, performances and activities to keep the kids amused over the school holidays. Families can get crafty together and join artist Francesca Centioni-Dene to create a wearable pirate costume out of a paper sack on 8th and 12th April. Kids between 5 and 11 can enjoy half a day at Pirate Camp where the team from Chimp & Bee will teach your little ones a shanty or two and pirate moves with a finale performance on the pirate’s ship in the museum. If all that fun has got your little ones peckish, hot-foot it over to the nearby Rinkoffs Bakery one of their famous Creme Egg crodoughs!
Rinkoffs Deli, 79 Vallance Road, London, E1 5BS
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High St, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green overground
Bread Ahead’s Easter Baking Class
If your 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 and Pavilion Road in Chelsea, this three hour course is dedicated to a sweet bite of Easter fare. Join the Bread Ahead team as they teach you how to make a melee of seasonal bakes – Hot Cross Buns, an Easter spiced cookie and a twist on a classic, the Orange Amaretti Biscuit. 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.
Bread Ahead Bakery & School, Borough Market, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9DE
Nearest Tube: Borough
Delicious Deals – Kids Eat Free at The Duke of Richmond
Looking for a delicious local with free kids food over the Easter holidays? Acclaimed chef Tom Oldroyd has restored Hackney’s The Duke of Richmond pub to it’s former glory and has a cracking kids offering. Located on the corner of Queensbridge Road and Richmond Road, this neighbourhood newbie serves up a delicious gastropub Kids Eat Free menu* each and every Friday. A new parent himself, Tom and girlfriend Meryl have taken comforting childhood classics to craft a dinky kids menu made using only the best British seasonal produce. Their Insta-worthy burgers are served up smaller but still equally as delicious. Oh and if Friday’s a no-go, why not make the most of Burger Monday for an early dinner – perfect if you’re out with kids and mums en masse – burger, chips and a drink for a tenner! (*One adult to purchase a main meal to qualify for kids eat free offer, maximum of two kids per adult)
316 Queensbridge Rd, London, E8 3NH
Nearest stations : Dalston Junction/Dalston Kingsland overground