Here at Eastlondonlines we realise that Easter is not always the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, to some it falls behind Christmas and events likes Halloween or Mother’s Day. And, although any holiday where chocolate is a part is a winner for most, sometimes Easter can pass us by without much celebration.
That’s why this year at ELL we’ve put together a list of both conventional and unconventional ways to celebrate Easter in East London to ensure your long weekend is as special as it should be.
Three cafés to get good REAL eggs (the non-chocolate kind) for breakfast
Not a fan of chocolate or allergic? Still sticking to your New Years Resolutions of eating healthily in March? Given up chocolate for Lent and want to prolong your success? Or just want to do something a little less obvious to celebrate Easter this year? Then ELL advises going out for breakfast and filling your stomach with eggy goodness. Here are three breakfast spot recommendations.
- The Orchard – Brockley
Dish: Eggs Benedict / Eggs Royale on toasted English muffins
Where: 5 Harefield Rd, Brockley, London SE4 1LW
Located just off the Brockley Road, The Orchard is a great place to get the increasingly popular Eggs Benedict breakfast dish, for a fairly reasonable price. This gastropub was set up in 2009 by Edmund Bing and Emily Conway, and provides a series of brunchy options, most of which include our desired source of protein, eggs!
- The Breakfast Club – Canary Wharf
Dish: Any of the breakfast sandwiches range
Where: CR30, Crossrail Station and Retail Mall, 1 Crossrail Pl, London E14 5AR
The Breakfast Club is a chain that Londoners flock to in their masses, so we just had to include the eastern Canary Wharf branch. Partly because of their intriguing breakfast sandwiches range, all of which include, you guessed it, eggs! Opt for a sandwich of avocado egg & cheese with onions, sun-blushed tomato & sriracha mayo, or bacon, egg & cheese with rocket & virgin mary ketchup, or a more simple variation, a sausage egg & cheese sandwich.
- The Book Club – Shoreditch
Dish: Asparagus feta scrambled eggs
Where: 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
In the heart of Shoreditch lies The Book Club existing both by day and by night, a venue with an all-day menu, music and art events and not forgetting plenty of Ping-Pong tables. With regard to weekend reservations, they don’t take bookings. You can just rock up. This scrambled eggs dish may be slightly on the pricier side, but worth every penny for its yumminess.
And if you don’t want to eat any eggs, why not try rolling them instead…
Three parks to visit for egg rolling (remember that strange Easter tradition?)
For those who aren’t aware, the Easter Egg Rolling tradition dates back to the 1800’s, typically including the game of rolling decorated hard-boiled eggs down a grassy hill and seeing whose reaches the furthest distance. It’s an odd one, but Londoners still love doing it over the Easter period, so here are some places in East London you can keep it traditional and have fun rolling eggs in nice locations.
- Victoria Park
Borough: Tower Hamlets/Hackney
Where: Grove Rd, London E3 5TB
Victoria Park spans a huge area and includes canals, ponds, a pavilion, and tennis courts, and is homing All Points East festival later this summer. Already hosting a series of Easter races in the park on Good Friday (5k, 10k and half marathon), this is a scenic and picturesque setting for egg rolling fun over the Easter period.
- Telegraph Hill
Where: Kitto Rd, London SE14
If you want a steeper gradient to get a better roll for your egg, then Telegraph Hill, bounded by Nunhead and Brockley, is the best location for you. The park features a children’s playground and play club, tennis/basketball courts, and an ornamental garden, so there’s plenty to do if Easter Egg Rolling becomes tedious.
- Crystal Palace Park
Where: Thicket Road, London SE19 2GA
Crystal Palace Park crosses multiple London boroughs and although operated by Bromley Council some of it is located in the borough of Croydon. This park is great for families and a place to visit over Easter weekend, with a children’s farm and playground, national sports centre and plenty of green space. It’s also completely free to have a stroll around the park, when racing your hard-boiled eggs.
And finally, just because we want to help you out here…
Three things to do to keep the kids busy over Easter
- Horniman Museum Easter Fair – Lewisham
Price: Free Entry
Timings: Saturday March 31, 10am to 5:30pm
Where: 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
After the success of 2017’s Horniman Easter Fair, the same event will take place again this year. Family time is the essence of this fair, with activities like creative workshops, a child-friendly theatre, an Easter trail and face painting. For more information visit here.
- An Egg Hunt through Time and Space – Hackney
Timings: Thursday March 29 to Sunday April 1, 10:30am to 20:30pm
Where: 9-15 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
This is a time travelling Easter egg hunt, running over the full Easter weekend from Thursday March 29 to Sunday April 1, an egg hunt with an interactive twist hosted by Time Run, London’s escape room adventure hub in South Hackney. Expect to be finding golden eggs that have disappeared through a time portal. To book, visit here.
- Pop Up Makers Market – Tower Hamlets
Price: Free admission
Timings: Good Friday March 30 – 10am to 5:45pm
Where: Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
For one day, and one day only, visit the pop up makers market on the site of the V&A Museum of Childhood, hosted by the Mother Maker group. This is a great family event where parents can enjoy browsing the market with an abundance of art, prints, homeware and children’s clothes on sale, as well as all-age workshops taking place throughout the day. For more information visit here.