Easter in London

LONDON – Easter in London has many of the same traditions that I experienced growing up back home. For example we don’t go to work on Good Friday or Easter Monday. The Americans do! I only recently found this out. It struck me as odd as Easter is the most important event in the Christian calendar. You should get a holiday for it.

Cadbury milk eggs

We also eat lots of chocolate Easter eggs. A favourite here are the Cadbury mini eggs. They’re so addictive. But I’d also like to give a shout out to Malteasers Easter bunny chocolate. It’s actually much better than the original Malteasers.

Easter eggs2

Of course, no Easter would be complete without a hot cross bun which is a sweet spiced bun with a white cross on it. The cross obviously represents the crucifixion. It’s supposed to be eaten on Good Friday, but the shops market them very early in the year and I’ve indulged a bit already.

Hot cross buns1

Did you grow up singing the English nursery rhyme ‘hot cross bun’?

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

Here’s the tune –


We sang it growing up each Easter.

Here’s a link to a hot cross bun recipe. And here’s a recipe for a bun & butter pudding. I’ve always bought hot cross buns, but it’s fun to try new things. What do you do for Easter in your part of the world? Easter egg hunts?


13 thoughts on “Easter in London

  1. Willow cant stop talking about the giant (she holds her arms out wide) Easter bunny that is coming to give her the white coated chocolate Easter eggs. It’s fun being a parent during these holidays because you help create childhood memories that will hopefully treasured later in adulthood and passed on to the next generation.

  2. What pretty coloured eggs! What do we do for Easter? – I am trying not to eat the bag of baby Easter eggs hidden (not well enough) in the back of the fridge for my grandchildren who are about to visit from the USA. We’ll be having an Easter egg hunt – if there are enough eggs left.

  3. As an adult Easter wouldn’t be Easter without Hot Cross Buns. And of course we always sing the nursery rhyme. My Mother was born in London, and I am first generation Canadian, but the English ways of doing things was very evident when I was growing up. Hmm. I guess I better start making the Hot Cross Buns. Virginia

      • It better be good – I have been making these buns for more than fifty years. That said, I have a brand -new stove with a big whoop oven – so we’ll see how it performs. Virginia

  4. I’m halfway through making my very first batch of hot cross buns, actually (with chocolate chips, and orange-flavored crosses)! Eek! Wish me luck.

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