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23 February 2012

The world’s biggest Easter egg hunt comes to Canary Wharf

Fabergé Big Egg Hunt: 23 February – 8 April

Canary Wharf is set to take centre stage as a key ‘zone’ for the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt. Until 8 April 2012, eleven show-stopping eggs will be ‘hidden’ across this iconic London business and shopping district; becoming the latest additions to Canary Wharf’s award winning public art collection.

The public can hunt the giant eggs, exclusively designed, bejewelled and decorated by some of the world’s leading artists, architects, jewellers and designers. Creations by eminent names ‘hidden’ across Canary Wharf’s parks, plazas and shopping malls include film director Sir Ridley Scott, illustrator Nilesh Mistry, artist Peter Weigl, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw – and a giant chocolate egg from Charbonnel et Walker.

The first event of its kind, ‘The Faberge Big Egg Hunt’ raises funds for charities Action for Children and Elephant Family, and sees 200 eggs dotted around iconic London landmarks. Canary Wharf’s location as a zone is thanks to the generous donations of Canary Wharf Group, the owner and developer of the famous business and shopping district, BGC Partners, Clifford Chance and Morgan Stanley.

Egg hunters heading to Canary Wharf will have to search inside and out – from scenic parks to bustling shopping malls – to find all the eggs. Afterwards, they can enjoy delicious food and stunning views at Plateau restaurant, which has created a mouthwatering dish, ‘Eggs Fabergé’, to celebrate and help to raise further money for the charities – a slow cooked duck egg with a ragout of chanterelles, brioche and duck scratchings.

Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer at Canary Wharf Group plc said: “The Big Egg Hunt is an excellent charity initiative which gives Londoners an excuse to get out and explore their city. We are pleased to host eggs created by some of the UK’s best creative talent and raise money for some very worthy causes in the process.”

The hand-crafted eggs, which are destined to become highly collectible works of art, will be available to buy at auction, with proceeds going to Action for Children and Elephant Family. The jewel in the crown of the auction will be an exclusively designed, stunning 127ct emerald and gold egg pendant ‘Le Collier Plume d’Or’ by Fabergé. ‘The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt’ seeks to raise up to £2 million for leading children’s charity, Action for Children, and Elephant Family – the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant.
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With thanks to sponsors BGC Partners, Clifford Chance and Morgan Stanley.
For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, and ways to get involved, please visit: www.thebigegghunt.co.uk/

The ‘Eggs Fabergé dish is available at Plateau Restaurant – £9.00 (50% of proceeds to the charities). Exclusively available during the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt (21st February – 8th April) www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk

For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year. 20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Close to 100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025. Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

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