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The Easter weekend is nearly here and what better way to spend it than by grabbing your wicker basket for an egg hunt or relaxing in grandeur with a hot cross bun? Here’s our pick of ways to spend the long weekend in Mayfair and Belgravia
They won’t be the tastiest Easter eggs you’ll come across, but if you’d rather give your stomach a break and your eyes a treat, head to the Mayfair Gallery, where you’ll find a dazzling collection of 20th century Russian and continental precious stone eggs. The star of the show is a gold and enamel nephrite egg, which opens to reveal a crystal swan sat among diamond-encrusted crowns – not one that’s likely to pop up in even the finest egg hunt unfortunately, unless perhaps you’re a Russian princess.
If jewels don’t sing to your inner Easter chick, then perhaps cakes and pastries will. Claridge’s is giving its famous Afternoon Tea an Easter makeover – and while the obligatory finger sandwiches and scones with Devonshire clotted cream will still feature, you’ll also find seasonal treats conjured up by the hotel’s award-winning pastry chefs, including Easter-themed pastries and toasted hot cross buns. No doubt they’ll prove the perfect accompaniment to speciality teas from around the world or perhaps a flute of bubbly, all enjoyed in the sumptuous surroundings of the Foyer and Reading Room.
After a food-filled tour of Mayfair and Belgravia, why not check into Belgravia’s Halkin for a much-needed breather? The luxurious hotel is offering a cracking deal for families this Easter bank holiday weekend, with a trip to ‘Scrumpalicious’ at Hamleys and a personal tour around the store by a surprise character included in the price. Kids also receive a Hamleys gift bag to keep them entertained while you indulge yourself with tea and cake in the store’s Easter party room. If your little ones have been really good this Lent, why not follow-up with a surprise trip to Semmalina on Ebury Street, an eclectic children’s shop selling everything from the fun and quirky to vintage and one-off items. Then hop back to base to unwind in one of the hotel’s serene Asian-inspired rooms.