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Chocolates

 

If you live in London, there's no need for Easter Sunday to be a massive junk food binge. The capital's master chocolatiers will provide you with stunning, unusual eggs and bunnies that are made by genuine craftsmen and sourced from the finest ingredients. It's not actually any healthier than gorging yourself on Woolworths' milk chocolate, but it is a whole lot more fun.

 
 
Chocolates
 

Melt

59 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AA
A wildly chic chocolate shop with its own onsite kitchen, this elegantly minimalist boutique makes it clear that these chocolates are a fashion accessory rather than just a food.  Sleek packaging, cool surrounds and top-quality service complete the picture. There's a chocolate-making masterclass at the Cookbook Cafe on 12th March, and the Melt Chocolate Children's Hour offers youngsters the chance to get sticky making their own unique range of chocolate treats.
 
 
More info: Melt Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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Demarquette Fine Chocolates

285 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PZ
Eggs that belong in an art gallery, with swirling marble effects and brash Pop Art stylings are Demarquette's speciality. With flavours including Lavender, Ginger, Coffee, Orange, Cinnamon and Wild Peppermint, Demarquette offers a very grown-up take on the world of chocolate.
 
 
More info: Demarquette Fine Chocolates Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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The Chocolate Society

36 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9NZ
Originally a specialist importer supplying chocolate to top restaurants, and then a mail order business and club for chocolate enthusiasts, The Chocolate Society keep things simple and traditional. Cute, handmade bunnies and hens are a speciality at this flagship for chocolate craftsmanship.
 
 
More info: The Chocolate Society Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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La Maison Du Chocolat

45-46 Piccadilly, W1J 0DS
This branch of the celebrated Parisian chocolatiers opened in the 1970s, when fine food was a pretty rare thing in the capital. Continuous innovation allowed it to maintain an air of quiet superiority in the face of its upstart British rivals. The eggs here are distinctive, delicious and exquisitely tasteful.
 
 
More info: La Maison Du Chocolat Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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Theobroma Cacao

43 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1RG
Cocoa dust hangs heavy in the air in this tiny paradise of heaped, handmade chocolate goodness, rough edges and sensational flavours. If you do want to wean your kids off Cadbury's, then this is a better place to start than the fine art chocolatiers of Mayfair. Theobroma Cacao offers honest, simple, chocolate goodies with a focus on taste rather than presentation.
 
 
More info: Theobroma Cacao Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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Charbonnel et Walker

1 Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street, W1S 4QF
This French chocolatier was originally given its berth in the Royal Arcade by Edward VII, back in 1875. They still have a Royal Warrant, so if you want to eat the same eggs as Lizzie, Phillip, Charles and the corgis, this is the place to shop. If you really want to have a flashy Easter this year, you can pick up their 5ft tall 'Big Bertha' egg - a snip at only £650. They also have concessions in Canary Wharf and the Harrods' Food Hall.
 
 
More info: Charbonnel et Walker Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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L'Artisan du Chocolat

89 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8DA
L'Artisan du Chocolat take their sweeties very seriously indeed, obsessing over textures, subtly balanced flavours and freshness. The chocolate tastings here are as formal and as detailed as wine tastings, and woe betide anyone who wanders in off the street munching a Yorkie bar. We have a sneaking sense that they regard Easter as rather beneath their dignity, but it doesn't stop them producing some gorgeous eggs, made from connosieurs' chocolate.
 
 
More info: L'Artisan du Chocolat Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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Rococo

321 King's Road, London, SW3 5EP
If Faberge had used chocolate as his medium, instead of gold, silver and precious stones, he might have created eggs a little like these. Every egg is hand-painted with care and flair, and there are also any number of cute animals to enjoy. The sheer quality of the art will be a problem for some people, who may find it impossible to damage these exquisite objects. Details for the Chelsea branch are given below; there are also branches in Marylebone and Mayfair.
 
 
More info: Rococo Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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Paul A Young Fine Chocolates

33 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA
The more elaborate treats in this fashionable Islington chocolatier have the finishing touches performed on them at the counter, to prove their freshness. Fruits, spices and herbs form part of the amazing original flavours produced by this World Chocolate Awards Gold Medal-winner.
 
 
More info: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube
 
 
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William Curley

32-34 Shepherd Market, W1J 7QN
Winning the Academy of Chocolate Best British Chocolatier Award 2007 is pretty good going in your first year in business - though William and Suzue Curley had a few years perfecting their trade in Michelin-starred restaurants at their other branch in Richmond before opening this Shepherd Market flagship.
 
 
More info: William Curley Map, Prices, Opening Times and Nearest Tube

Easter in London 2008

Church Services

Church Services

An Easter service followed by a slap-up lunch surrounded by friends and family is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year, ...

Church Services
 
 
 
Egg Hunts

Egg Hunts

Kiddies, and enthusiastic parents and grandparents, running around trying to find Easter eggs will never go out of fashion. As imp...

Egg Hunts
 
 
 
Butchers and Bakers

Butchers and Bakers

Fresh hot cross buns, the many-layered simnel cake, and crisp Easter biscuits are the ideal teatime treats over the Easter br...

Butchers and Bakers
 
 
 
The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

With spring edging its way onto the horizon and with it warmer (and hopefully blue-r) skies, the long Easter Weekend offers the ch...

The Great Outdoors
 
 
 
Easter Day Lunch

Easter Day Lunch

If you're going to avoid feeling sick on chocolate, you'll need a substantial meal - but most Easter weekends are too busy to find...

Easter Day Lunch
 
 
Easter Events

Easter Events

From clubbing events that exploit this languishing, long, four-day weekend to romantic ballet and powerful drama th...

Easter Events
 
 
 
Family Fun

Family Fun

Sending your gang of sugar-boosted bunnies wall climbing should prevent you from climbing the walls. But whether your ma...

Family Fun
 
 
 
Holiday Hotels

Holiday Hotels

With a Bank Holiday either side of the Easter Weekend, we’re all set for a luxurious four-day break. Spend the weekend i...

Holiday Hotels
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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