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The best Easter events and activities in London

The first bank holiday of the year is also a double one – here are our top ten things to do over the Easter weekend in London

Alex Sims
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Alex Sims
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Easter weekend isn’t just a time to scoff loads of chocolate and have a big roast dinner: it’s also a double bank holiday. We get four whole days off between Good Friday on March 29 and Easter Monday on April 1, so the world – or at least London – is our oyster.

Worried about filling up all your extra time off? Time Out has your back. There’s plenty to do in the capital over the Easter weekend: from checking out spring flowers and other kid-friendly Easter activities to swinging by one of London’s top rooftop bars and coffee shops. Hopefully, the weather will be glorious and hanging out in the park for four days straight won’t involve dashing away from freak rain storms.

But if not, you can still spend your time checking out a free art exhibition, seeing some top theatre or treating yourself to a proper pub roast on Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for something truly special to do over the extra-long April break, read on for our top ten things to do in London this Easter.

RECOMMENDED: Check out our eggcellent guide to Easter in London.

How to spend your Easter weekend in London

  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Covent Garden

Wintershall Players return with their huge (think horses, donkeys, doves and a cast of over 100) open-air re-enactment of 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday, featuring volunteers from in and around London. Huge crowds are expected but big screens will ensure nobody misses any crucial plot twists. 

The big man himself will be played by Peter Bergin, an English teacher from Woking, who'll be subject to a realistic (read, bracingly gory) interpretation of the crucifixion. Parental guidance advised. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art
  • Aldwych
  • Recommended

There's no getting round it, Easter is pretty damn kitsch: bunnies, chicks, pastel colours, blooming daffodils. So why fight it? Somerset House's blockbuster exhibition Cute is a celebration of all things pink, pretty, and downright adorable. It's perfect for an Easter outing: but it'll get busy, so book in advance and pick an early slot for maximum browsing time. 

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  • Restaurants
  • British

Sunday lunch. There’s nothing quite like it. An elemental meal that Londoners take incredibly seriously, debates about what constitutes the ‘perfect’ Sunday roast have been known to last for hours. There is no shortage of top roasts in London. We’ve rounded up the city’s best Sunday meals from a host of homely pubs and restaurants all around town. From snug neighbourhood staples to more bijou gastropubs. A lot of these places get quite busy, by the way. So you’re always advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

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  • Restaurants
  • London Fields
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Each Easter, east London bakery Pophams turns out delectable buns by the trayful, with sophisticated flavours and just the right amount of sticky squidge. Looking for a hot cross bun that's closer to home? Check out Peckham's Toad Bakery if you're down south, St John Bakery in London Bridge and Seven Dials, or check out Crosstown's delicious doughnut version (branches citywide). 

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