Forget Christmas, Easter is all about chocolate, treasure hunts and springtime sunshine – the perfect holiday to get out, explore and indulge with the family.
Check out the must-see events and top spots to head to in London this spring.
Home to the largest living plant collection in the world, where better to head to than Kew Gardens to see the new season spring to life? There’s plenty to do at Kew; from child-tailored adventures, such as a Peter Rabbit™ themed event which runs throughout Easter, to guided tours. These treasured botanical gardens are definitely worth paying a visit to this Bank Holiday weekend.
London’s flagship Selfridges on Oxford Street is offering more than high-end retail therapy this Easter; enjoy an egg hunt and egg decorating with the kids for a day of fun-filled action and, of course, chocolate consumption at the Easter Eggstravaganza. While you’re there, don’t forget to peruse the wonderful array of Easter treats and goodies in the Foodhall!
At Peggy Porschen, cake maker to the stars, the pastry chefs and sugar-craft artists know a thing or two about sweets and treats. Head down to Belgravia’s charming, pink bakery this Easter to feast on some award-winning cupcakes, topped with mini Easter eggs, and to try a selection of delicious herbal tea infusions.
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the awe-inspiring story of the Passion of Jesus – after all, it’s what Easter is all about! Head to Trafalgar Square to see a moving performance by more than 100 actors to an expected audience of more than 20,000 on Good Friday – what’s more, it’s completely free of charge.
This is the best time of year to enjoy an afternoon tea! Visit Sketch – Mayfair’s quirky, gastro-brasserie – with someone special for a glass of fizz accompanied by finger sandwiches, hot cross buns, macaroons, marshmallows, egg and soldiers, and an assortment of cakes. If you’re taking the kids, visit on Easter Sunday to participate in a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt.
Nothing will send shivers down your spine like the echoing chorus of an age-old English hymn sung by the Cathedral Choir at St Paul’s. There are services on throughout the Easter period, so head to London’s famous holy landmark for a quiet hour of prayer or even just to marvel at this building’s sheer magnificence.
A day out in London is not complete without visiting one of its many palaces. Take a trip to the former home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace, for their Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, plus a variety of other Easter-inspired events to entertain the kids. Don’t forget to check out the Magic Garden’s mesmerizing maze!
Head to this world-famous bar, renowned for its selection of adult ball pits, for a night to remember; at the Easter-themed ball pit, you will be greeted by bunny mascots handing out chocolate Easter goodies, and will be tasked with finding rubber chickens hidden among the balls, which can then be swapped for prizes.
Situated in one of the City of London’s most eye-catching buildings, Sky Garden has a variety of family-friendly events scheduled for the Bank Holiday Weekend. Fenchurch Restaurant is serving an exquisite three-course lunch this Easter to complement its spectacular west-facing views of London. Visit this elegant rooftop restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience, or, alternatively, head to Darwin Brasserie for a spot of brunch followed by live music, face painting and a visit from the Easter Bunny at Sky Pod Bar.
If you’re a thrill seeker and fancy celebrating Easter in a way that is out of the ordinary, head to Barts – a unique speakeasy bar with a 1920s twist for an Easter to remember. Over the long weekend, a variety of events such as a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, an Easter Sunday Pyjama Party and a criminal role-play evening will be taking place. When you book, you will be given a password that you’ll need in order to enter this exclusive, top-secret hangout!