Top ten Easter holiday activities in London

You can't chase the Easter Bunny all weekend long – here are ten eggcellent events to keep you occupied over the four-day holiday

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Eating yourself into a chocolate coma is not the way to go this Easter. Sure, knock back a fair few Mini Eggs over the holiday, but be sure to stay indigestion-free long enough to enjoy at least one of these cracking events taking place over the long weekend.

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Ten great things to do over the Easter weekend

  • Feast of St George

    Mon Apr 21. Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

    This Easter Monday, St George’s Day will be celebrated once again in Trafalgar Square, two days before 23 April, the doughty knight's actual feast day. This year's event will follow last year's template of traditional English feasting and frolics – live music and entertainers, and, incontrovertibly, Morris dancing. Last year food came to the fore, with free tastings, street-food stalls and high-class cookery demos, but still jesters jingled, jugglers jiggled and shadow puppets set about their silent craft. Expect a children's marquee for craft workshops and storytelling sessions, too.

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    Feast of St George
  • Easter at Kew Gardens

    Sat Apr 5 – Tue Apr 22. Kew Gardens, Kew Rd, Richmond, TW9 3AB

    This year, Kew have teamed up with The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, and the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, to make 2014 the most chocolaty Easter ever. The Easter Egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew's Easter festival. Taking place on Sunday April 20, the little 'uns can forage for fair trade and organic chocolate eggs hidden across the Gardens. Throughout the fortnight there’s plenty more to enjoy: a create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar workshop and a visit to the Inventing Room where you can conjure up crazy recipes for Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstopper. Walk off all the sweet treats with a wander through the garden itself, which will be undergoing a transformation with spring in full swing and hundreds of daffodils and crocuses flowering.

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    Easter at Kew Gardens
  • The Lock Tavern Festival

    Thu Apr 17 – Sun Apr 20. Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ

    Egg hunts? Sunday lunch with the family? Church? No way – easily the best way to spend your Easter weekend is in one of Camden's finest nightspots, watching some really great bands. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday The Lock Tavern hosts four nights of fun, with live music and DJs performing alongside pop-up food stalls and art exhibitions. The best bit? Tickets are totally free – book in advance for guaranteed entry and a free slice of pizza, or just turn up on the day and try your luck.

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    The Lock Tavern Festival
  • Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

    Mon Apr 21. Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT

    This Easter Monday pin the ruff on the Bard, decorate cakes and pass the parcel all in the name of Shakespeare's Birthday. In celebration of Will hitting the big four-five-oh, The Globe will be putting on a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon animals, stilt performers and Punch and Judy shows. The shindig will culminate in performances on the theatre's stage where the School of Night will be improvising for the audience. The theatre is also offering standing yard tickets for 450 pence to anyone quoting 'Birthday offer' on the phone – get dialling now, people.

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    Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday
  • Kensington Palace Egg Hunt

    Fri Apr 18 – Mon Apr 21. Kensington Palace, The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX

    Kensington Palace will be getting into the springtime spirit with an egg trail through the gardens, live performances and storytelling over the long weekend. If you're entertaining the kids this Easter, keep them sweet with the code-cracking chocolate hunt, then let them unleash their creative side with a very festive bonnet making class. As much as we're excited to see the Easter Bunny shuffling around the palace grounds, we'll also be keeping our eyes peeled for Wills and Kate emerging from their living quarters and bringing bonny Prince George out for a seasonal jolly. We can but hope…

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    Kensington Palace Egg Hunt
  • Berwick St Record Store Day

    Sat Apr 19. Berwick Street Market, Berwick Street, W1F 0PT

    Berwick Street, Soho is home to the biggest concentration of indie record shops in London, which makes it the perfect place for a free mini-festival on Record Store Day, wouldn't you say? For a second year, an outdoor main stage will host live acts all afternoon: the line-up is still under wraps, but performers last year included Frank Turner, Matthew E White, Wire and Steve Mason. More live artists and DJs are scheduled to play smaller stages around the area, with DJs, music quizzes and parties in shops. It's not all about the music, either. Special events on the day include a street food market, special Record Store Day discounts on clothes, and art and design sessions.

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    Berwick St Record Store Day
  • Horniman Easter Fair

    Sat Apr 19 – Sun Apr 20. Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ

    The Horniman Museum are pulling out all the stops for their Easter eggstravaganza this year. Setting up shop for the weekend will be an array of delectable food stalls sat alongside an arts and craft market. Chocolate-hungry Londoners can take part in an egg hunt around the museum's grounds, all the while a bunny hop dance will be kicking off in the bandstand. Entry to the fair is free, so go revel in some seriously seasonal cheer.

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    Horniman Easter Fair
  • Secret 7"

    Sat Apr 12 – Sat Apr 19. Downstairs at Mother, Biscuit Building, 10 Redchurch St, E2 7DD

    Anyone who's familiar with the RCA's Secret Postcard exhibition and sale will be familiar with this concept, but this time round it's record sleeves. Seven tracks from seven well-known bands and artists are pressed into 700 7" singles, then creatives from around the world illustrate the cover artwork for one of the seven tracks, resulting in a very limited-edition piece of art that you can snap up all for the reasonable sum of £45. A total bargain, huh? All the artworks will be on show before being sold, fittingly, on Record Store Day (April 19), with sleeve and song both being kept secret until the purchase. Oh, and did we mention that all profits going to charity War Child? Tempted? You should be – artists this year include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Antony Gormley, Jeremy Deller and Paul Smith.

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    Secret 7"
  • Village Green Market

    Sun Apr 20. The Village Green, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT

    Forget slaving over a hot oven in order enjoy the perfect Easter Sunday lunch, instead head to Village Green Market at Hackney Downs Studios and scoff a roast at The Russet, who serve scrumptious yet low-key grub every week. Lunch demolished, enjoy a craft beer or two whilst marvelling at the talents of local designers, street food stall traders and cocktail shakers. Activities on offer range from revamping your wardrobe to pimping up your bike at The Hackney Peddler fix-it-yourself workshops, so it's well a leisurely visit over the long weekend.

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    Village Green Market
  • Modstock

    Thu Apr 17 – Mon Apr 21. 229, 229 Great Portland St, W1W 5PN

    Scooters, suits and haircuts at the ready: the Mods are coming to London for four days of sharp, ’60s-inspired action to celebrate 50 years of this resilient subculture. The assorted Moddery on offer includes live soul, jazz and classic R&B acts including Motown veterans The Velvelettes and mod revivalists Secret Affair and Stone Foundation. Every gig is open until late, with DJs spinning Mod tunes in three rooms after the live acts. Aside from the music there'll also be a record fair, a scooter run and a daytime boat party.

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    Modstock

Feast of St George

Mon Apr 21. Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

This Easter Monday, St George’s Day will be celebrated once again in Trafalgar Square, two days before 23 April, the doughty knight's actual feast day. This year's event will follow last year's template of traditional English feasting and frolics – live music and entertainers, and, incontrovertibly, Morris dancing. Last year food came to the fore, with free tastings, street-food stalls and high-class cookery demos, but still jesters jingled, jugglers jiggled and shadow puppets set about their silent craft. Expect a children's marquee for craft workshops and storytelling sessions, too.

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