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Top ten Easter 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

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Easter weekend isn’t just the first bank holiday of the year: it’s also a double bank holiday. We get four whole days off between Good Friday on April 15 and Easter Monday on April 18, so the world – or at least London – is our oyster (card).

Thankfully, there’s plenty to do in the capital over the Easter break, from checking out spring flowers to swinging by one of London’s top coffee shops. Hopefully the weather will be glorious and you’ll get mild sunstroke from hanging out in the park for four days straight. But if not, you could check out a free art exhibition, see some top theatre or treat yourself to a proper pub roast on Easter Sunday.

Read on for our top ten things to do in London this Easter – there’s absolutely no way you’ll be bored.

RECOMMENDED: Find more eggcellent things to do in April.

How to spend your Easter weekend in London

  • Things to do
  • City Life

The Easter Bunny doesn’t only deal in chocolate. We have it under good authority that the rarely spotted rabbit has, once again, teamed up with Highbury bar and shop Top Cuvée for an Easter egg hunt that promises to reward participants with, among other things, free wine. Described as ‘bigger, better, funner than ever’, this year’s Easter Sunday hunt will undoubtedly see Top Cuvée dole out some egg-cellent prizes, especially as it’s teaming up with some friends for this year’s event. Others involved in the hunt include Tony’s Chocolonely, Yard Sale Pizza, Jolene, Supa Ya Ramen, Mam Sham, Patty & Bun, Brindisa and many others. So that things don’t get out of hand, this year potential egg hunters will have to register here order to take part, with Top Cuvée limiting the number of teams to 300. That means if you want to get involved, you better get your bunny ears ready and sign up pronto. Happy egg hunting! 

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  • Restaurants
  • British

Sunday lunch. There’s nothing quite like it. An elemental meal, one 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, we’ve got something for every taste (if that taste is for comforting mounds of roast meat, lashings of gravy and carbs that will put you to sleep until Easter Monday). A lot of these places get quite busy, by the way. So you’re always advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Kew

You’ve either been to Kew Gardens multiple times, or you’ve lived in London for years and couldn’t face the journey. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. But with a grand stretch of four days ahead, you have a chance to make the trek to the big botanical gardens. There aren’t many better places to see daffodils, tulips and all the other colourful spring flowers in full bloom. If you’re taking kids, look out for the juicy fruits and a cosy chrysalis sequestered among the blooms on the Hungry Caterpillar Trail

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  • Film
  • Film

The Easter holidays can feel like a poor cousin of Christmas. It’s not a time you normally associate with cosy movie sessions, but Easter films do exist. While there’s  not the canon to match all those Christmas classics, there are a bunch of Good Friday goodies to enjoy. We’ve picked out a few for every taste to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other spiritually enhanced streaming sites. 

 

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