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LONDON'S BANK HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS BY AREA

14.03.16

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner and with four days to fill, why not get planning now and make the most of the time off? We've split London by area and listed our current favourite hotspots in each location to make planning the perfect weekend a breeze. Head to the Reiss Guide for a more comprehensive list of locations across the UK.

EAST

SHOREDITCH HOUSE

Applicable to members only, Shoreditch House is the kind of place you could easily while away the entire weekend. Complete with a gym, a rooftop pool, a Cowshed spa and – of course – a bar and restaurant, there’s something for everyone.

BOURNE AND HOLLINGSWORTH BUILDINGS

A vibrant cocktail destination with a social media friendly interior, Bourne and Hollingsworth is forever on our hitlist when it comes to places to drink, and bank holiday weekend is no exception. They’ve added a new string to their bow of late though, now offering cookery courses in the newly-opened upstairs kitchen. Lead by chef Adam Gray and designed to be informal, fun and informative, we suggest booking now for the upcoming events throughout April and May.

MODERN PANTRY, CLERKENWELL

If the traditional Sunday roast isn’t something that appeals, why not head to Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell for a happy compromise? Established as the ideal brunch to dinner spot, the all-day menu offers roasted options (read a roast cod dish alongside a roast pumpkin alternative) and mixes surprising ingredients that will push you to experiment.

WEST

THE IVY GARDEN

Easter weekend officially welcomes the start of spring, so what better way to mark the occasion than with a day in an outdoor garden with a cold glass of wine? The Ivy Garden in Chelsea is our number one choice, with it’s quintessentially British aesthetic and delicious menu. Wrap up in the blankets provided if the temperature doesn’t match the new season expectations and settle in for the day.

CHOCOLATE MARKET, DUKE OF YORK SQUARE

To really get into the spirit of things, we suggest heading to Chelsea’s Chocolate Market in Duke of York Square – an event that’s back by popular demand and does exactly what it says on the tin. Alongside house favourites, you will find a host of independent artisans, so there’s sure to be something for everyone, whether you’re in the market for gifts or just want to sample the selection.

COWSHED SPA

Take time to unwind and book a treatment or two in one of Cowshed’s spas. If you’re in West London, the Holland Park branch is right on your doorstep. Whether your pampering session is needed as a detox from the night before or merely a much-needed pick-me-up, it’s sure to serve as a welcome treat.

SOUTH

PETERSHAM NURSERIES, RICHMOND

A unique destination that hosts a delightful café and tea room, Petersham Nurseries is the perfect daytime haunt come Easter Weekend. Whether you’re with family, friends or just taking some time out alone, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the natural surroundings and while away the afternoon. Be sure to make time to browse the plants in the nursery and antiques in the gift shop to really experience the location as what is has been designed for.

KEW GARDENS

To celebrate Easter, this iconic South London landmark is hosting a Chocolate Sensations event in collaboration with Lindt. Designed to be family-friendly and running throughout the school holidays (19th March to 10thApril), the schedule offers a range of events and activities that explores the story of chocolate ‘from bean to bar’.

 

THE ORANGE HOUSE

For a traditional Sunday Roast in South London, look no further than Belgravia’s The Orange House. Spread across two floors of a beautifully restored building, it offers everything you would expect from a London pub of the highest calibre. Expect British ingredients and a comprehensive drinks list with cocktail alternatives to the pride-of-place wines and beers.

NORTH

HAMPSTEAD HEATH PERGOLA

For something a little different to the norm, get outdoors and explore the sites of North London by heading to the Hampstead Heath Pergola – an idyllic garden surrounding an old Edwardian venue. Take the time to stroll across the raised walkway and experience a side of the city that you haven’t seen before.

SCREEN ON THE GREEN, ANGEL

Part of the Everyman Cinema group, Screen On The Green features a fully-licensed bar and a host of live events as well as classic film listings. One for the evening or if the temperatures dip, it’s a charming way to spend part of your Bank Holiday weekend.

THE BULL AND LAST PUB, HIGHGATE

For a lot of people, a Bank Holiday weekend wouldn’t be a Bank Holiday weekend without setting foot in some kind of historic London pub, and The Bull and Last in Highgate will tick the box. A family and dog-friendly establishment, the menu offers everything from breakfast to dinner alongside a comprehensive list of independent real ales and wines.