If you’re planning on spending the Easter weekend in London, it’s fair to say that there will be plenty to keep you occupied. Whether you fancy a day out in the fresh air or doing something chocolate related (or both!), you can count on London to have what you’re looking for.
Short of ideas? Allow us to provide you with some inspiration. Here are eight of the best Easter activities from in and around the city this bank holiday weekend.
Get crafty at My Chocolate’s Easter Workshop
Head to De Beauvoir Town to get hands on in this chocolate masterclass. The session will kick off with an interesting overview of the history of chocolate. Then – and here comes the best bit – you’ll get the chance to create your own chocolate masterpiece. Use molten chocolate to craft edible animals or experiment with marble effect before decorating your creations. The workshops run from 13 to 15 April.
Catch the Tall Ships Regatta on the Thames
This year, the Tall Ships Regatta marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. From 13 to 16 April, around 40 tall ships will be anchored at two separate sites in Greenwich for you to admire. If you fancy climbing aboard, you can buy shuttle tickets from Greenwich Pier for the three largest boats – for all others, head to Woolwich Pier. As the weekend draws to a close, you can even watch as the ships set sail for Quebec, where crews will arrive on 18 July if all goes to plan.
Witness a re-enactment of Jesus’ last days in Trafalgar Square
Featuring more than 100 performers and animals, too, The Passion of Jesus is a live re-enactment of the events of Jesus’ last few days, held in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday (14 April). The show is now into its eighth year, and draws in spectators in their thousands, with big screens available for those who aren’t lucky enough to get close to the action. There will be two dramatic performances throughout the day, one at 12pm and one at 3.15pm – each show lasts 90 minutes.
Hunt down some Lindt bunnies at Hampton Court
If you have a young family and are looking for a fun day out, Hampton Court Palace will be hosting their Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt until 17 April. Spend the day exploring the home and gardens of the late King Henry VIII, and keep your eyes peeled for those chocolate treats! The palace is open from 10am until 6pm and you’ll receive a discount if you book your tickets online in advance.
Enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch
Whether it’s with friends of family, Easter is a perfect time to get together and enjoy a traditional British Sunday lunch in comfy surroundings. London’s pubs and restaurants serve up some of the finest roast dinners in the country: Roast (Borough), Punch and Judy (Covent Garden), Pig & Butcher (Angel) and Carpenter’s Arms (Bethnal Green) are just a few of the best places in the city to enjoy a fantastic Sunday lunch that’s fit for a king – or queen!
Take a family trip to Horniman Easter Fair
On 15 and 16 of April, the Horniman Museum and Gardens are hosting their Easter Fair, and the schedule is packed full of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. With Easter trails, storytelling sessions, puppet making and dance workshops, as well as the arts and crafts and farmers’ markets, there’s enough to keep you occupied for a whole day. The fair is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on both days and entry is free.
Explore the spring colours at Kew Gardens
With flowers blooming in hundreds of different colours, there’s no better time to visit Kew Gardens than springtime. The botanical gardens are a peaceful paradise on the outskirts of a busy city – the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy the fresh air. If you’re thinking of visiting with little ones, the Moomin Adventures Easter Trail is running until 17 April, with free chocolates available at the gates on Easter Sunday.
Watch a West End show
As well as all the old favourites, there are several new shows that have popped up on the West End in recent weeks. From An American in Paris and 42nd Street to The Miser and The Philanthropist, there’s plenty of new material to choose from if you enjoy going to the theatre. You could also try your luck at blagging last-minute tickets to the critically acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before the original cast depart this coming May.
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