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On the London chocolate trail

At this time of year, thoughts often turn to chocolate, whether people are enjoying an Easter treat or simply celebrating the arrival of spring. Hopping in a taxi to find places to visit in Central London that have a link to the sweet stuff sounds like an ideal way to pass the time over a long weekend or bank holiday Monday.



Terrific trails

Families looking for something to do over the school spring break will be pleased to know that The National Trust has teamed up with Cadburys to present a national network of Easter trails. Ask your driver to take you to a nearby National Trust house or garden, where you can follow the clues to win a chocolate prize. Dates, directions, entrance fees and trail costs are all listed online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/london. There are several trails around London to enjoy, including at Sutton House in Hackney and Morden Hall Park in Morden.



Heavenly history

Guess what? There's even a museum dedicated to the sweet stuff, south of the river in Brixton. London’s very own Chocolate Museum is located on Ferndale Road, Brixton, and has numerous fascinating exhibits all about the history of chocolate making and how it became crucial to successful trading around the world. Check out the website at www.thechocolatemuseum.co.uk for opening days and times, plus details of special workshops, demonstrations and family events.



Chocolate classes

True fans will enjoy signing up for chocolate classes, held at Rococo’s special chocolate school in either Motcombe Street or Moxon Street. Workshops, classes and tastings run for all ages and you can join in Rococo’s monthly ‘Tasting Thursday’ sessions for a really luxurious experience. Book or find out more at www.rococchocolates.com. Just don’t forget to offer your taxi driver a taste on your way back home as an extra sweet tip.

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