Nine Ways to Enjoy Easter in London (and Not All Involve Eggs)
Not everyone wants to spend the entire Easter holiday munching through chocolate bunnies or unwrapping brightly wrapped eggs filled with sweets. With that in mind, here are some alternative treats and activities—along with more regular seasonal fare.
If you'd like to escape central London, a Valrhona Afternoon Tea is at Cliveden, a beautiful and historical country house in Berkshire. The tea includes chocolate roulade; Jaffa Cake with grand Marnier cream; and Mint Chocolate Tartlet. Queen Victoria was a frequent guest at Cliveden. Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt have also been among the visitors over the years. 50 pounds.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is organizing a Giant Easter Duck Hunt. (Please note: This is a conservation charity whose ethos starts with the simple act of people feeding ducks, rather than the other way round. It won't be appropriate to say you want one lightly roasted with orange sauce and a pinot noir from Burgundy. Even if you do.) 1 pound.
Fortnum & Mason is offering the Chotch Egg, a weird hybrid. It features a free-range egg with a bright orange yolk, wrapped in British venison, and Valrhona dark chocolate infused with Juniper berries encased in bread crumbs. It's the creation of the London store's executive chef, Sydney Aldridge. 3.95 pounds ($5.84).
The Harrods Easter Egg Hunt Hamper is filled with sweet treats, including Easter Chocolate hanging eggs, baby bunny packs, and chocolate coin medals. The posh store suggests that you use the contents of the wooden crate to create an Easter Egg hunt at home. You might also wonder where your money has disappeared after buying the hamper. 150 pounds.
Lunch With a View
Galvin at Windows is serving an Easter Sunday Lunch that includes such options as roasted sirloin of Scotch beef, Yorkshire pudding, onion rings, pomme fondant, and pepper jus. This Michelin-starred restaurant, on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, offers 360 degrees views across London. You can even peek into the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The food and service are among the best in the city, and this three-course lunch is a bargain. Availability is limited. 45 pounds.
Concrete in Covent Garden
Shake Shack Covent Garden is serving the Chocolate Easter Egg Concrete until April 6. It's made from vanilla frozen custard blended with salted marshmallow caramel sauce and Paul A. Young milk-chocolate chunks. 5 pounds (single); 8 pounds (double).
I admit it: There's no Easter angle on this one, but have you tried the Sunday brunch at Coya? This fine and rather expensive Peruvian restaurant charges 36 pounds, or 59 pounds with unlimited Champagne. I think they lost out when I tried it. Dishes may include seabass classico ceviche; slow-roasted pulled pork; and Papa Seca (Peruvian dried potatoes, butternut squash, poached egg).
Majestic Wine has an Easter offer on Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne. It's reduced by a third from 30 pounds if you buy two bottles. 19.99 pounds.
Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines.