Easter Sunday Lunch
If Sunday afternoons generally are best whiled away over a long boozy lunch, then that’s particularly the case over the Easter weekend. Where to go, though? A good bet is the newly opened Angel & Crown on St Martin’s Lane, where the seriously good Sunday lunch menu features the likes of devilled whitebait, half pints of prawns and potted Devon crab (fresh from Billingsgate Fish Market) and mains of braised rabbit leg and roast Scottish salmon fillet. For something south of the river, the Crooked Well in Camberwell is amazing - keep an eye out for regular Florence Welch - while a lazy Sunday at The Rosendale in Dulwich is never exactly a bad idea.
Read our review of the Angel & Crown, or see our see our pick of the best gastro pubs in London.
The Boat Race
The Boat Race? Really? Ok, so on the surface of it, it might not seem like the best thing to do in London on a bank holiday weekend (too sporty, too posh, too boring) but actually get you get out there it can be a lot of fun. But really, if the sun continues to shine, all it boils down to is a good excuse to install yourself in a pub by the river for the duration of the Saturday afternoon. The Old Ship (25 Upper Mall) and The Star & Garter (4 Lower Richmond Rd) are a couple of standouts, but there are any number of others with some sort of barbecue arrangement on along the way); failing that, with a beer tent promised and a patch of grass to spread your blanket out on, Bishop’s Park is a good place to head for a picnic.
Escape the City for the Weekend
This one’s really for Londoners only. It might seem a little perverse to suggest getting out of the capital for the weekend as one of the best things to do in London at Easter, but The Crown in Amersham is still on the Tube network, so it doesn’t really count as leaving the city at all. An Ilse Crawford-designed coaching inn in the lovely old village of Amersham, you just have to hop off at the end of the Metropolitan line to get your country weekend fix. Rates on Easter Saturday start from £95, and it’s well worth hanging around the next day for their set Sunday lunch menu.
Book Yourself into a Stylish Hotel
A couple of ELLEuk’s favourite townhouses, Dean Street and Zetter, both have decent deals on over the Easter Weekend. Dean Street Townhouse are offering room rates starting from £150 (down from £180), while over in Clerkenwell, The Zetter Townhouse have got a great special offer of bed and breakfast plus a two-course dinner at the (superb) Bistrot Bruno Loubet and Easter chocolate truffles in your room for £170.
We’re big fans of the boutique cinema experience here at ELLEuk – no crowded multiplexes for us. And the Easter weekend is a great time to kick back with a film, a meal and a drink at one of the Firmdale hotels. An indulgent three-course lunch, dinner or afternoon tea and a movie costs £35 per person, with the Soho Hotel showing A Dangerous Method on Easter Sunday, and the Covent Garden Hotel showing The Woman in the Fifth on the Saturday. To beat the back-to-work blues at the end of the Easter weekend, out west if you watch a movie at the Electric Cinema on the Tuesday night (and bring your ticket), then the Electric Brasserie will knock 25% off the bill. Can’t say fairer than that, really.
Haven’t found quite what you were looking for from our pick of things to do in London at Easter? For more inspiration, check out our selection of the best places for afternoon tea in London or our pick of the best hidden London art galleries.