East London has long been a prime location for fun, food and fascinating finds.
Bustling with the metropolitan culture you’d expect from London, the East End is a great destination for some great local community events this bank holiday. Young or old, professional or hipster, there is an event happening in East London this weekend for everyone.
Get into the festivities with an East End Easter Egg Hunt. On Sunday 16th April, head down to the South Place Hotel.
Just three minutes’ walk from Moorgate tube station, this boutique hotel is holding a traditional Easter egg hunt – with a twist. This adult-friendly event uses classic Cockney rhyming slang in the clues, encouraging you to use ‘your loaf’ to work out the meaning to find the hidden chocolate treats.
There are over 200 chocolate eggs in all sizes to find, along with a glass of champagne, brunch for two or an overnight stay at the hotel all up for grabs.
This quirky ceremony dates back over 150 years. The legend behind the ceremony is that a widow, whose house sat on the site of the pub and whose sailor son was at sea, put out a hot crossed bun on Good Friday waiting for his return for Easter.
Sadly, he died at sea, but from that Good Friday onwards the widow hung a bun from the ceiling of her house to honour his memory. Carrying on this tradition, each year a sailor puts a hot cross bun on the ceiling.
This quaint and merry event is a great excuse to have a pint in an historic Grade II listed pub and take in some of the traditional East End culture.
For the parents who are forever young at heart, this is the event for you. This adult-only hunt lets you get into a team, decipher clues and find some badly-behaved bunny rabbits in and around Brick Lane. All you’ll need is a team, one smartphone and a competitive streak to have a chance to win chocolate eggs and other great prizes.
Carrying on the Springtime theme is an Easter cocktail masterclass. Experts from the East London Liquor Company will show you how to make three spring-inspired cocktails and then you get to enjoy your delicious creations.
The event is spread out over two nights and at two locations: Wednesday 12th April (344A Essex Road, N1 3PD) and Thursday 13th April (30 Station Terrace, NW10 5RP).
Come along, bring a friend and learn how to make some cocktail humdingers and toast the new season in style.
Take yourself back to a time of Britpop, Spice Girls and Grunge with The Macbeth of Hoxton’s night dedicated to a decade that holds a special place in many 30 and 40 something’s hearts.
Dance the evening away to some not-so-guilty pleasures and transport yourself to a time of cargo pants, babydoll dresses and plaid shirts this Easter Bank Holiday
Nothing says ‘Bank Holiday Weekend’ quite like a boozy brunch. This Easter Bank Holiday weekend, take your friends and/or family to Shoreditch’s The Redchurch for a deliciously filling brunch accompanied by bottomless Prosecco that flows freely for two hours.
Whether you’re getting over the night before, or gearing up for the following evening, this is a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
This modern South African restaurant in Shoreditch carries the SA tradition of serving food in a hollowed out load of bread.
At Bunnychow you’ll get a little bread pot filled with delicious sausage, salsa beans, bacon, black pudding and fried egg. Vegetarian options are available too, making this a great place to have a different kind of breakfast.
Maybe as a veggie or vegan you’re fed up of street food events filled with pulled pork and lamb kebabs? Well now it’s your turn to get stuck in at the vegan market at Hackney Downs.
The event, organised by the Fat Gay Vegan in collaboration with Hackney Downs Studios and Eat Work Art, the market will have lots of stalls offering inventive and ingenious meat and dairy-free food for you to sink your teeth into.
So, for bank holiday fun that really is puts the East into Easter, head down to the East End for some quirky, intriguing, tasty, traditional but most of all, fun times.