Claridge’s Easter Egg: wrapped in a black and white art deco foil and tied with a black satin bow. Claridge’s Easter Egg: wrapped in a black and white art deco foil and tied with a black satin bow. © Claridge's

10 things to do in London this Easter

From traditional Easter Egg hunts to the best Eggs Benedict in town, LUXOS' guide to what's on in London this Easter should satisfy even the most chocoholic of culinary and cultural cravings

Claridge's Easter Afternoon Tea

Hotel culture offers a seriously luxe take on Easter activities, and where better to partake in some seriously sumptuous Easter action than London's Claridge's. Go quintessentially British with their unique Easter Afternoon Tea complete with hot cross buns, simnel cake and Laurent Perrier champagne, or splurge on a their limited edition iconic art-deco inspired Easter Egg (there are only 100 in production) made with finest Valrhona dark, milk and white chocolate and filled with homemade chocolate quail eggs. www.claridges.co.uk

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Eggs Benedict at Hix Mayfair

Easter is a time to indulge in yummy treats, and instead of the customary Easter Eggs, why not book a table at Hix Mayfair to enjoy their ridiculously good 'Clarence Court' Eggs Benedict, Albermale or Florentine for brunch, or make a meal of it with their special Easter Sunday lunch. With a menu including soft-boiled Clarence Court eggs to start, hay-baked leg of Launceston lamb as a main attraction and Peruvian Gold chocolate and blood orange meringue to finish, culinary cravings can be fruitfully fulfilled. www.roccofortehotels.com

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London Chocolate Tour

As an alternative to the more conventional Easter Egg hunts, why not partake in a luxury chocolate journey through Mayfair. London's Chocolate Tour of Mayfair is a two-hour chocoholics delight where guests will visit some of the world's finest chocolatiers to get the A-Z of all things chocolate. Immerse your every chocolate delight with chocolate, truffle and macaroon tastings along the way, as well as learning the history of chocolate and how its produced and traded. www.chocolateecstasytours.com

Londons Chocolate Tour of Mayfair

Easter Chocolate Masterclass

Chocolate boutiques and after hours dessert bars are popping up all over London, and are quite the way to indulge those sweet tooth desires. One of our favourite chocolate pit stops is classic British chocolate purveyors Paul A Young. Ahead of Easter, Paul himself is sharing his fine chocolatier skills with a unique ganache masterclass on March 26th at his Soho store. The evening event (bookable in advance) will have you whipping up simnel-spiced truffles and your very own Easter egg. www.paulayoung.co.uk


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Cocktails at Met Bar

If a buzzing cocktail list is more your idea of an Easter pick-me-up than a fridge full of chocolate eggs, head to London's Met Bar and indulge in their Easter Collection of weird and wacky cocktails. With apt names such as EggQuisite Taste, a caramel liquor based creamy cocktail and The Hot Cross Bun Cocktail which is a cinnamon vodka based cocktail, complete with egg white, you can be assured of flavour and frolics galore. www.comohotels.com

Shaun the Sheep at Kew

London's Kew Gardens is worth a visit any time of year for its blooms alone, but this Easter weekend, you can expect all things spring, egg and sheep related for the little and big ones, in particular family events to tie in with the launch of the very first Shaun the Sheep movie. As well as Shaun and his friends making special appearances, follow the fun with an Easter Egg hunt at 9.30am on April 5th, get chocolaty with Bean to Baaaa chocolate workshops and get lost in the space hopper maze in the Madcap Meadow (10am-5pm daily). www.kew.org

Cocktails and chocolate at Roof Gardens

With 1.5 acres of green overlooking Kensington High Street, the Roof Gardens in Kensington is the perfect Easter hangout for those with families. Parents can sip Easter themed cocktails in peace and tranquility while the little ones can join the Easter Bunny to hunt for chocolate treats. And if your little one is the lucky winner of the giant Choccywoccydoodah Easter Egg, you can fight over who gets to devour it! www.virginlimitededition.com

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Easter Light Show & 500th anniversary, Hampton Court Palace

Over the Bank Holiday weekend Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th anniversary with live cooking in the Tudor and Chocolate Kitchens, a pop up champagne bar and the launch of TimePlays – a series of micro plays telling the stories of the palace's rich history. There is also after hours fun and festivities, with a spectacular Easter Light Show every evening. hcp500.hrp.org.uk

Egg decorating at Jumeirah Carlton Tower

In an attempt to stop the kids (or adults for the matter!) gorging out on chocolate eggs from dawn 'til dusk, turn their attention to the more crafty side of things with some entertaining egg decorating at Jumeirah Carlton Tower from 10-11.30am on Good Friday. www.jumeirah.com

Easter Egg Hunts

Keep your Easter activities old school and join the kids for a traditional Easter Egg hunt. Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank are hosting a hunt through their boutiques and craft workshops under the bandstand on Easter Sunday, or head to Covent Garden for the Easter Egg Hunt around the stalls of Jubilee Market on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. southbanklondon.com and www.facebook.com/jubileemarket

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1 Kensington Roof Gardens
2 Hampton Court Palace
3 Jumeirah Carlton Tower
4 Gabriel's Wharf
5 Paul A Young Fine Chocolates
6 Met Bar
7 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
8 HIX Mayfair
9 Claridge's