Things to do in London for Easter 2014

by Chelsea Girl on April 13, 2014

It’s almost here, Easter! If you’re staying in London, here are a few ideas to help you fill your four-day weekend … Bring it on.

1. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine out, La Brasserie has a number of fun stuff planned for Easter. They include:

Easter Friday: Complimentary mini hot cross buns for all diners.

Easter Saturday: A snail race will take place at 12pm. Not real snails but wind up snails and whoever chooses the fastest snail in the race will win a bottle of Champagne.

Easter Sunday: La Brasserie’s Easter Egg hunt will start at 11am. Eggs will be hidden around the restaurant for children to find whilst their parents enjoy their Champagne breakfast or anything else they fancy.

Easter Monday: All diners will receive free raffle prize tickets. Prizes include a mammoth chocolate bunny, a cut and blow dry at Hari’s hair salon and a Champagne breakfast for two. The winning tickets will be picked out at 4pm.

And to top it all off, kids eat for free at La Brasserie during the Easter period!

2. If you’re looking for some last-minute buys, head to Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road, or to their other locations, for their latest Easter collection which includes the Birds of Paradise eggs: 24 half-eggs made of three different flavours: Kalamansi Lime Caramel, Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel, and Tonka Bean Caramel.

Rococo Chocolates

3. Do you need to entertain the kids? Head to Kensington Palace for live performances and storytelling throughout the palace. There will also be Easter egg hunts well as an Easter bonnet/hat competition each day. More information.

4. If you’re looking for something different to do then head to Berwick Street’s Record Store Day for live music and DJs on Saturday 19th April 2014, from 12pm – 7pm. This looks like a cool event from all six of Berwick Street’s independent record stores to celebrate vinyl and of course music. For more information on the line-up, here is the event’s website.

5. Or if you’re thinking it would be great to rewind to the 60s then head to Modstock on Great Portland Place. This 60s inspired 4-day event starts on the 17th and runs until Monday 21st April 2014.

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It’s the week before Easter and this weekend sees the London Marathon happening on Sunday 13th April. But if you’re not running around getting ready for Easter or running through the streets of London for charity, what else is there to do this weekend?

1. The Chelsea Art Fair opened its doors at the Chelsea Town Hall on Thursday and you have until Sunday to visit this international art fair that brings together thirty galleries from the UK and abroad. Here is more information.

2. If you are looking for somewhere delicious and spring-like to visit, why not pop into Sake No Hana on St. James’s Street to dine within their pop-up cherry blossom secret garden and enjoy the scent of Jo Malone’s scented candles lingering.

Sake No Hana

“Sakura at Sake no Hana” also involves a limited-edition menu that includes cherry blossom sake cocktails, exquisite bento boxes, macarons and desserts. To find out more about this pop-up which will run until May 19th, here is Sake No Hana’s website.

Sake No Hana

3. Chocolate lovers, head to Duke of York Square for the Easter Chocolate Market on Saturday. For this week only, the Saturday Farmer’s Market will include a wide range of chocolate sellers from established businesses to smaller artisanal chocolatiers. This one-off chocolate market will celebrate both Easter and the 325th anniversary of Sir Hans Sloane bringing cocoa back to London from the West Indies. Now, that is something to celebrate!

Hans Sloane

Hans Sloane: A local hero

4. Pop into the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit their latest exhibition: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. If you can’t make it this weekend, the exhibition will run until 27th July 2014. I, for one, can’t wait to see it.

5. Foodies, head to the South Bank for the Real Food Festival on either Saturday or Sunday for a guilt-free delicious experience that involves “sustainably and ethically produced food.” To find out more, click here.

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Rococo Chocolate Heaven

by Chelsea Girl on April 9, 2014

Yesterday I popped into Rococo Chocolates in Belgravia to meet its founder Chantal Coady …

Rococo Chocolates… and as we talked, I sipped the most gorgeous thick hot chocolate and reminisced about the first time I tasted something as true as this. I was in Rome a long while ago and the revelation was akin to discovering that not all pizzas were deep crust. As for hot chocolates, Angelina in Paris is a hot spot for veritable chocolate fans. But where do you go when you’re in London? If you like yours thick and smooth, Rococo would be a good first stop.

Rococo Chocolates

Whilst talking with Chantal, I learned about Rococo’s ethical farm in Grenada and the reason behind Rococo’s unique style and designs: Chantal designs everything.

Rococo ChocolatesAnd as we got to know each other, Chantal also kindly gave me some fabulous mummy tips that I have already started to put into practice.

I am such a huge fan of Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road that yesterday morning was a true pleasure. Getting to know the Belgravia store and the person behind such a fabulous brand was a real treat.

And being given a full box of chocolates to take away with me was also very exciting.

Rococo Chocolates

When I arrived home and took the box out of the bag …

Rococo Chocolates

I discovered some brand new flavours I hadn’t yet tried.

Rococo Chocolates

They included kalamansi lime caramel, (two) passion fruit and rosemary caramel, jivara milk chocolate ganache and almond marzipan hot cross bun.

Rococo Chocolates

The flavours were exceptional and their textures sublime. The kalamansi lime caramel and passion fruit and rosemary caramel were both melt in your mouth smooth.

I wish I had the discipline to savour each one slowly and carefully but I’m afraid I devoured them all instantly (unfortunate for the OH). They were a feast for the tastebuds and I guess I got overexcited.

Thank you Chantal and Rococo for a delicious morning! I’ll be back. :)

Rococo Chocolates, 321 Kings Road, London SW3 5EP and Rococo Chocolates, 5 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU

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Afternoon Tea and Cocktails at La Brasserie

by Chelsea Girl on April 6, 2014

A couple of weekends ago I caught up with two very lovely bloggers, Angie from Silverspoon London and Melanie from Sunny in London, for what turned out to be an epic afternoon tea at La Brasserie that lasted for hours into the evening.

La Brasserie afternoon teaBut this wasn’t your average afternoon tea because contradictory to any expectations, there was actually no tea involved – just Champagne and cocktails – just how I like it.

Brasserie - CocktailsThis probably explains why I haven’t written many afternoon tea posts as I realised when Angie asked me about my favourite places: I’m not a big tea drinker. I’ve been to quite a few but I tend to opt for places where I can have cocktails with my cake. Or mocktails when I was pregnant.

At La Brasserie, we started with a glass of Champagne each …

La Brasserie Champagne… before moving onto the cocktails.

La Brasserie cocktailMy first was La Brasserie Martini (Belvedere Vodka, elderflower cordial, Château de Bligny Champagne with a twist of grapefruit), which came with its very own oyster! You probably wouldn’t expect to have an oyster during afternoon tea but I couldn’t say no to this delicious cocktail which I’d already tried once before.

What I loved about this French restaurant’s offering was its delicate and yet delicious servings. The scones were soft and tasty whilst the cakes were perfectly proportioned that the whole experience felt less guilty and more pleasure.

La Brasserie Afternoon TeaThe sandwiches were also very very good. The bread was light so each bite meant I could focus on the freshness of the fillings.

Brasserie Afternoon TeaWith a fantastic cocktail menu and great company, I’d lost track of time. And on a Saturday afternoon and into the evening, the restaurant remained buzzy with people coming and going.

So all I can say is that if you are looking for somewhere delicious for a girly catch-up, an afternoon tea with cocktails at La Brasserie is a very good place to consider!

At the time of writing this post, La Brasserie’s traditional afternoon tea was £16.50 and its Champagne afternoon tea was £26.50. For full details of their menus, click here.

Disclosure: The afternoon tea was complimentary for the purpose of the review but this certainly didn’t affect my opinion. The fact that La Brasserie is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary is testimony to how popular this place is in Chelsea.

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The weekend is here! And if you’re still trying to decide on what to do, here are a few suggestions …

1. If you’re currently planning a wedding and are looking for something different for your big day, A Most Curious Wedding Fair “is the bridal event for the expressive, style savvy, design-loving and fashion-forward couple.” It’s taking place on Saturday and Sunday and to find out more, here is their website.

2. If you are a mummy or a daddy and are looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, the London Mothers Club are holding a big event at Broadway Bar & Grill in Fulham on Sunday. It’s A Family Affair and as well as children entertainment, there will also be mummy pampering. As for the dads, there will be plenty of street food and drinks for them to enjoy. Here is the event’s website for more details.

3. Watch the Boat Race along the river or head to Bishop’s Park from noon on Sunday 6th April where there will be a large screen to watch the race on and beer tents. Find out more here.

4. Head to the Chelsea Town Hall on King’s Road for the vintage fashion fair, Frock Me. It’s absolutely gorgeous to walk around and if you love vintage, you’ll be in for a real treat. Here is Frock Me’s website.

5. And finally, pop down to La Brasserie on Sunday 6th April 2014 at 6pm for their bar cocktail competition, which is being judged by the comedienne Helen Lederer. After the competition there will be La Brasserie’s regular Sunday evening cocktail masterclass which costs just £10 and gives you plenty of delicious cocktail fun. Here are more details.

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