With Easter fast approaching, Covent Garden is bursting with an array of spectacular and classic Easter treats as well as gourmet delicacies, making it the ideal place to find that perfect gift for chocoholics or prepare to indulge your own sweet tooth as Lent comes to an end.
Shoppers are spoilt for choice from chocolatiers across the neighbourhood, from a show-stopping Easter egg weighing over 13kg at Godiva, to Ladurée’s gourmet Easter bunnies, to ‘Egg Sandwiches’ created using 3D scans at Hotel Chocolat.
Covent Garden’s restaurants have also introduced seasonal surprises to their menus, giving you the perfect excuse to celebrate the end of Lent this Easter, be it with the bitter chocolate mousse with smoked bacon ice cream at Frenchie, or the classic chocolate bombe at the Ivy Market Grill.
As spring gets definitively underway, Covent Garden has also bloomed with floral displays across the Piazza, introducing a new Easter selfie wall to accompany the much-loved floral selfie swings on the cobbles.
To demonstrate the impressive amount of Easter chocolate on offer across the neighbourhood, Covent Garden has teamed up with conceptual photographer James Popsys to playfully reimagine Easter’s arrival in the area. The specially-commissioned surreal images portray spring chicks landing on the roof of the Building with their nest of eggs in the famous Punch & Judy balcony while a gigantic Easter bunny is ‘caught in the act’ in the Market Building.
YOUR EASTER EGG HUNT MADE EASY IN COVENT GARDEN
- Ladurée, The Market Building
Ladurée’s Easter collection features two adorable bunnies - ‘Joe Milk’ and ‘Lolly Pink’ - playfully coloured in springtime hues created by Head Patisserie Chef, Claire Heitzler. The collection also includes specially created macaron boxes depicting Easter egg hunts, and chocolate hens filled with chocolate pearls.
- GODIVA, The Market Building
A truly decadent showpiece, Godiva’s Giant Atelier Easter Egg is the ultimate gift for chocoholics, exclusively available at the Covent Garden store. The luxury creation was handmade in Brussels by executive chef chocolatiers Jean Apostolou and Ilse Wilmots, weighing an impressive 13kg. An assortment of regular sized Easter eggs and spring gifts are also available, including a beautifully decorated sequin egg filled with chocolate.
- Hotel Chocolat, The Market Building
An endless variety of Easter gifting options, from solid chocolate egg sandwiches created using a 3D scan of a loaf of bread, to Woolliam the chocolate sheep and chirpy Elizapeck the caramel chick, and even vegan-friendly chocolate. For those who have grown out of Easter eggs, Hotel Chocolat’s exclusive Cocoa Gin is the perfect way to toast the holiday.
- Balthazar Boulangerie, Russell Street
The Balthazar pastry chefs have created an Easter ‘half-egg’, bursting with truffles and Montelimar nougat, for a truly indulgent gift.
- Carluccio’s, Garrick Street
Make it a ‘Buona Pasqua’ with traditional Colomba cake, Gianduja chocolate egg, sugared egg boxes and in true tradition, milk chocolate fish.
- Venchi, The Market Building
The fine Italian chocolatiers have cracked Easter, from nut-filled eggs to hand-painted Easter chicks to hundreds of assorted egglets.
BREAK YOUR LENT IN COVENT GARDEN
- Frenchie, Henrietta Street
Among the ever-changing creations on the menu at Grégory Marchand’s restaurant, a classic bitter chocolate mousse is given a twist, served with smoked bacon ice cream and hazelnut crumble.
- Balthazar Boulangerie, Russell Street
In addition to Balthazar’s Easter half-egg, the Boulangerie also offers traditional Simnel cakes, brioche crowns with candied orange and lemon, and, of course, hot cross buns.
- Ivy Market Grill, Henrietta Street
Forget about your fast with the chocolate bombe – a melting chocolate dome filled with a honeycomb centre and hot salted caramel sauce.
- Sweetheart Cupcakes, The Market Building
Hand-crafted colourful rabbits, chicks and eggs adorn the cakes at Sweetheart Cupcakes this Easter.
- Flat Iron, Henrietta Street
Follow the eponymous Flat Iron steak and dripping-cooked chips with a salted caramel sundae topped with grated chocolate.