1 | For Italian Splendour: Savini at Criterion
The Criterion restaurant is a thing of legend, and also one of beauty: the Grade II listed bar and dining room was formerly frequented by Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George, philosopher Bertrand Russell, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who features it in the very first Sherlock Holmes novel); the Neo-Byzantine architecture is courtesy of Thomas Verity, who also designed The Royal Albert Hall. Marco Pierre White took it over in the Nineties but the past few years have been tricksy and after sadly sitting empty since last summer, it is now home to the Savini restaurant - a sister for the 150-year old Milanese Grand Café that has hosted Verdi, Puccini, Callas and even Sinatra over its history. It is very swanky, with a hearty Italian menu requiring quite the appetite, including all the classics, like rich ossobucco with saffron risotto, plentiful seafood pasta dishes and a rather famous tiramisu. Definitely not a cheap date, but a dramatic one.
224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP; saviniatcriterion.co.uk
2 | A Dose of Nostalgia: Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Reopening this weekend is a bona fide trip down memory lane – and all of its alleyways – at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, now in Ladbroke Grove. It features posters, advertisements, games and so on chronicling "the history of consumer culture" from the Victorians up to the present day, with 12,000 odd exhibits. These include First World War Oxo cubes, a 1970s Chopper Bike, Mars bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, and Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s. And there's a shop if you're really struck with nostalgia.
111 – 117 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT; museumofbrands.com
3 | For Easter Drinking: Piquet
This weekend's free-for-all in chocolate terms ought to be made the most of. All week long, in fact. And the next. And Fitzrovia's charming little French restaurant, Piquet (which opened late last year) is here to help, with their Bunny Alexander. It's chocolate milk for grown-ups, basically a boozy, melted chocolate orange served in a coupe glass: chocolate cream, Grand Marnier (orange liqueur), orange syrup and Crème de Cacao, with a chocolate orange truffle on the side. This is the only time of year you can order a cocktail like this without raising eyebrows.
Available until Sunday 3rd April; £10.50
92-94 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EZ; piquet-restaurant.co.uk
4 | For Dinner With Gimmicks: Inamo
The newest, and largest, Inamo restaurant recently opened in Covent Garden, offering up three floors of Japanese cuisine and technology – combined. In case you've never been, you can order using iPads and summon waiters to your table with a mere tap of your finger (none of that desperate, head-bobbing dance to make eye contact). Via the table itself, projectors from up above allow you to watch the chefs at work in the kitchen, live, or play virtual ping-pong across the table. If you're too tired to make conversation, this place has your back. It also has excellently gooey baby pork ribs.
11-14 Hanover Place, London, WC2E 9JP; inamo-restaurant.com
5 | For Classy Apéritifs: Dalloway Terrace
Monday's Bank Holiday marks the 75th anniversary of Virginia Woolf's death, but one of the novelist's greatest characters is celebrated at The Dalloway Terrace, at The Bloomsbury hotel, which has just opened its doors as a twinkly springtime hideaway. Happily, much of the terrace is covered so that you can just look out rather than freezing entirely (though heaters and blankets are provided, just in case). Order a Mrs Dalloway for a refreshingly classic champagne cocktail, made with Courvoisier VSOP. And the Guinness bread is very much worth ditching the diet for too – just saying.
16-22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
6 | Some Sunday Air: The Boat Race
Yes, we've got round to that already. So for a bit of fresh air this Sunday, wrap up warm and head down to the river, somewhere between Putney and Chiswick bridges, to see some of the action as Oxford and Cambridge race one another along the tideway. The women start at 3.10pm and the men at 4.10pm, with the B crews dotted in between, so find yourself a spot in one of the riverside pubs and settle in for the afternoon. The Crabtree in Fulham has a brilliant atmosphere, with a festival starting from 12pm that will include a hog roast, and stalls serving paella, sausages, burgers and so on, plus an ice cream truck, live music and plenty of drinks. Just as well Monday's a Bank Holiday.
7 | Make: Hot Cross Bacon Butties
If chocolate's not so much your thing, then we've lighted upon a sweet 'n' savoury option that has totally transformed Easter: Hot Cross Bacon Butties. The clever people at Sainsbury's have come up with it, suggesting unsmoked back bacon sandwiched in toasted hot cross buns with butter. And, much like as with pancakes, we can reveal that maple syrup is rather a special addition – think of it in the same vein as pancakes, and your Bank Holiday breakfast will be far more epic than you might have predicted.
For the full recipe, click here