Can you smell something sweet in the air? I certainly can; EASTER! There are three main things that I love about the spring time in London… Daffodils, bank holiday weekends and chocolate! Can you even believe it’s that time of year again? The tastiest holiday of the year is just around the corner and I just had to share some of my favourite chocolate shops in London. If you’re here in the run up to Easter it would be a crime not to visit one (or all) of them!
1. Saint Aymes
‘Beauty for beauty’s sake’ is the tagline for Saint Aymes and let me tell you, it is extremely accurate. Absolutely everything in Saint Aymes is incredibly beautiful. From the gold flaked chocolates to the pastel coloured lattes and 24carat candy floss, this place is as much of a treat for the eyes as it is for your tastebuds. If you have the time you can stay here and indulge in one of the aforementioned treats or you can just pop in for one of their handmade chocolate delights to go, oh and enjoy their incredible instagrammable flower displays! Whenever you manage to make a trip over, you will not be disappointed!
Nearest tube station: Marble Arch
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm every day
If you haven’t tried the Chef’s Hot Chocolate or Salted Caramel Eclair at Dominique Ansel’s bakery yet, you really are missing out… But before you indulge in those sweet delights, let’s not forget Easter. The Easter treats here are nothing short of adorable. Chocolate Easter Egg and shortbread soldiers!? Be sure to get pictures of these lovely little treats before you tuck into them. I know it will be hard but there are some things that just need to go on Instagram. The flowers outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery change often according to the season. They are currently a stunning collection of lilac courtesy of Philip Corps. So by all means go for the flowers, but stay for the hot cross buns.
Nearest tube station: Sloane Square
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 9am – 8pm
Three words… FILLED, EASTER EGGS! That’s right, Easter eggs with Easter eggs inside them! Gold flakes too, just to make Easter that little more special. They are also doing a vegan version so there really is something for everyone. The vegan egg is filled to the brim with digestives and honeycomb, layered with silky ganache, and topped with berries and choccie eggs. It looks SO good and is totally plant based! This is an all natural bakery anyway so it really is guilt free snacking at it’s best. If you’re a very busy little bunny this Easter and don’t have time to head down to Soho, don’t worry! Cutter & Squidge are doing free delivery on Easter eggs so just hop on over to their website.
Nearest tube station: Picadilly Circus
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 8.30pm, Sat – Sun: 11am – 8.30pm
Now it absolutely wouldn’t be a foodie post without me mentioning Peggy Porschen would it? We know they love a theme, so when I walked past the other day and it had had an Easter make-over I really was not surprised! They have a HUGE wreath covering one of the windows and bunnies and eggs sitting on the window sill. It looked just wonderful in the sunshine so, hopefully we will be seeing more of that glorious weather! But enough about the decorations, although I could go on about them forever. The treats inside are just as pretty as the decor on the outside. Bunny cappuccinos, chocolate egg topped cakes, Easter themed cookies… There really is an endless array of deliciousness here, which is what makes it one of my favourite cafes of all time. Yes, the treats look AMAZING and are all Insta-ready, but nothing can prepare you for how absolutely delicious they all are. I always find myself gobsmacked at the fact that they are all hand made! Because of it’s reputation, Peggy Porschen is always jam packed, so I really would recommend going earlier in the day to get a seat! As soon as word gets out about their Easter them, I’m sure there will be queues down the street…
Nearest tube station: Sloane Square or Victoria
Opening times: 8am – 8pm every day
You can always rely on Selfridges to have everything you could ever possibly want, particularly when it comes to food. But what I did not expect to find in Selfridges was Easter themed waffles! They have welcomed Dhan Waffles into their food halls, a Taiwanese company that makes egg shaped waffles for you to take away in an egg carton (I see an Instagram trend coming). Apparently they launched in Selfridges at the end of March, so perfect timing for Easter. Once you’re finished gawping at the many toppings you can get on your Easter waffles, you can of course treat yourself to the more traditional Selfridges favourites; hot cross buns, cookies and cupcakes then of course as many eggs as you could possibly wish for in so many different flavours and sizes! My mouth is watering just thinking about it actually…
Nearest tube station: Bond Street
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 9pm, Sun: 11.30am – 6pm
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips on where to enjoy Easter treats this April! Do remember to show me where you have been by tagging me on Instagram, and remember to always keep #LivingColourfully!