10 Things to do in London this Easter
If you’re lucky enough to be spending the first four day weekend of 2015 in London for Easter weekend then good for you! Every year it’s one of the most anticipated weekends – full of special events and family fun - for both old and young! Whether you’re in London with the kids, or whether you plan on spending the weekend sightseeing, don’t miss out on the wide range of things to do in London this Easter. From butterflies to beers, egg hunts to duck hunts – there really is something for everyone!
- Giant Easter Duck Hunt
Forget your classic Easter egg hunt, the Wetland Centre have thought of something new; a giant Easter Duck Hunt! Follow the Easter trail around the grounds of this fun wetland centre, off the banks of the Thames, and go in search of the big yellow rubber ducks. If you find them all you’ll win a Cadbury Freddo Frog. Now that’s a reason to enter alone.
- The Passion of Jesus
If you like a bit of real-life acting then the Passion of Jesus is worth a watch. Down in the iconic Trafalgar Square you can catch the Wintershall Players’ annual performance, complete with heart-wrenching crucifixion, which will have you contemplating the true meaning of Easter – with the help of their eclectic cast of 100 plus horses, donkeys and doves... It will be filmed on YouTube if you miss it and share with the family another time. Starts at 12pm, Good Friday.
- Easter Egg Hunt at Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens hosts their annual Easter Egg hunt and each year it’s one of the most popular events in London. This year is no different and we’d urge everyone to head down there if you haven’t any other plans. Set off around the picturesque Botanical Gardens from 9.30am on Easter Sunday and collect the three tokens hidden around the gardens. How hard can it be?
- Butterflies at the Natural History Museum
Butterflies are beautiful creatures and the Natural History Museum have dedicated a whole area to them. Providing you’re not afraid of these flying insects, you can step inside the Sensational Butterflies exhibit and watch them flutter around you. It's a great place to get the kids involved with all types of human and natural history - no matter the occasion.
- Hampton Court Palace Easter Festival
To celebrate the 500th Birthday of Hampton Court Palace the historic building is throwing 'the party of all parties' over Easter Weekend. If you haven’t been down already to take part in the guided tours by King Henry VIII, this weekend is all singing all dancing, or all son et lumiere, to be precise. Get tickets to this fantastic event to see a live performance in the Privy Garden, culminating in an explosive finale set to music by Underworld.
- Easter at The Roof Gardens
Posh chocolates before midday? Why not, it’s Easter! Head up to one of the most prestigious roofs and urban sanctuaries in London: 1.5 acres of lush green gardens above Kensington High Street, just around the corner from Kensington Palace. It’s taking Easter Egg hunting to another level with Easter treats from Choccywoccydoodah. Don’t worry folks, it’s not just for the kids, you’ll be mollified with some delicious cocktails to get in the festive spirit, too.
- Shaun the Sheep around London
You might have noticed already that there are some familiar furry friends dotted around London. Has anyone spotted any Shaun the Sheeps at various iconic places? If you haven’t, keep your eyes peeled for one of Britain’s favourite farmyard animals from the much loved Wallace & Gromit series. Shaun’s in town until 25th May so see how many you can find around London and track them on the Sheep Spotter App to donate towards a good cause.
- Fortnum & Mason Eggstravaganza
Looking for last minute Easter Eggs? Don’t sacrifice on quality, you may as well get the real deal. Fortnum & Mason are arguably one of London’s most upmarket department stores and delicatessens so a visit to their store on Piccadilly in truly an experience. Head down to see their confectionary area where you’ll be blown away by the quality of these delicious and luxurious eggs.
- Maltby Street Market
Want your weekend foodie market fix? Forget Borough Market, it’ll be heaving over Easter Weekend, guaranteed! We suggest you go round the corner to its smaller and more quirky rival, Maltby Street Market. Along the arches of a railway line, it’s been turned into a vintage inspired market complete with bunting and antiques, serving prosecco on the street and salted caramel brownies in paper bags. If you plan on making a day of it, under the arches are independent boutiques and pop up restaurants selling everything from South African burgers to Tapas. Yum!
- Animal fun at London Zoo
Let your kids meet some real animals this Easter at London Zoo, one of the most popular family attractions in the city – no matter the time of year. Get your family involved with the wide range of daily talks from Penguins to Pygmy Hippos, Birds and Bugs – you can even watch the giraffes enjoying their afternoon snacks. In with the Lemurs is the Zoo’s latest exhibit, open for the Easter holidays, which will take visitors through a journey into their natural habitat, Madagascar.