The Easter 2016 Edit

Happy Good Fridayyyyy! Doesn’t it feel like such a treat to end the week away from work? It makes that Friday feeling a whole lot better.

The mini holiday seems to have crept up on me out of no where, largely due to the fact James and I booked our trip to the Channel Islands back in January and I didn’t think much more about it until this week. So, as I post this I’m sat at the airport waiting to board our flight to Guernsey, after which we’ll then get on the boat to Sark to spend a few days there, celebrating James’ Grandma’s 90th birthday. I can’t wait to fill my lungs with the salty sea breeze, eat cake and indulge in some traditional Easter treats. What are you planning?

In case the luxurious long weekend has caught you a bit by surprise too, I thought I’d put together an Easter version of The Weekend Edit (a series I’m hoping to bring back to life soon!). It’s a mix of what I love doing for Easter and what I might be doing if I was staying in London.

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  1. Eat hot cross buns slathered in butter. You’ll no doubt be able to pick them up from any local bakery but the ones from St John bakery, The Modern Pantry (with a side of bacon, a curious combination) and Fortnums have been on my radar recently. I’d bet Bread Ahead have a good offer and I spotted a tiny branch in Shoreditch the other week
  2. Demolish an Easter Egg (or two). I popped into Hotel Chocolat and love their take on chocolate eggs, I could have brought the entire shop but I stopped at just one of these fun lollies. The best department stores in London for different chocolate are Liberty, Fenwick and Selfridges. The finest small shops include Pierre Marcolini, Roccoco, Paul A Young and Melt.
  3. Eat a Sunday roast dinner. I don’t eat lamb a lot so it really feels like a treat when Easter rolls around and there’s a big joint of melt in the mouth meat on the table.  Londonist has a pretty comprehensive map if you want to try somewhere new or you could use Timeout’s list of London’s best butchers to get something tasty to cook.
  4. Go for a long walk. Easter feels a bit like Christmas as it’s often a family affair, involving plenty of chocolate, some bank holiday drinking and a roast dinner. The combination usually means I’m desperate to make sure I get some fresh air. You could use this post for some London inspiration.
  5. Brunch. I’ll take any excuse to book in brunch and I think the Easter bank holiday is a pretty good one as we’ve got four mornings instead of two to choose from! Kiwi queen of brunch, Rebecca, has got a pretty impressive list on her blog, Runaway Kiwi (there’s 20 to choose from!).
  6. Easter egg hunts. The only thing I remember about Easter as a child was the Easter bonnet parade when my mum made (or bought and decorated?!) an Easter cake, which was precariously placed on my head. I don’t remember egg hunts so much but if you have some little ones to entertain it’s worth seeing what’s going on in London and let someone else do the hard work of organising it. The National Trust Easter Egg hunt with Cadburys sounds like the best option to me. Adults enjoy the buildings, kids make new friends and enjoy too much chocolate.
  7. Go on a day trip out of London. My day trip list gets longer as every blog post about somewhere I haven’t been gets published. I’ve had Cambridge on my list for a while but I’ve recently added Margate (thanks to Lisa) and Broadstairs (thanks to Emma and my friend Ashley). Rye and Whitstable are definitely doable in a day. A Lady in London has done a great list of day trips here.
  8. Visit a grand house out of town. I mention this all the time but old houses are Instagram heaven. All the stair cases, nooks and crannies, rose-filled gardens and picturesque tea rooms are just waiting to be snapped and shared. My trip to Scotney Castle did it but I’ve got Hever Castle and Blenheim Place on the waiting list. You could try the National Trust for more inspiration.
  9. Do something active. I’m thinking cycling in Epping Forest, white water rafting in Lea Valley, segway in Horsham or Go Ape at Battersea Park.
  10. SLEEP. On at least one of those four free mornings I fully intend to get up late, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and stay in my PJs after 10am, maybe even getting back to them by 9pm.

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Would you add anything to the list?

Hope you have a great Easter!!!

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