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Top ten Easter activities in London

You can't chase the Easter bunny all weekend long – here's our top ten things to do over the Easter break in London

Don't just sit inside and drench yourself in chocolate for four days, get out and about this Easter and make the most of all the great things to do in London. The Easter weekend also marks the first bank holiday of 2017 – where we're treated to not one, but two whole days off work (Friday April 14 – Monday April 17 2017). Of course, feel free to munch plenty of chocolate on, or before, or after, Easter Sunday (Sunday April 16), but take a look at our top ten events below for some cultural inspiration too. 

RECOMMENDED: Crack open the full guide to Easter in London and then check back soon as we'll be updating this page as events are announced

Cracking Easter activities in London

Abseil down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Dangle down the side of Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit this Easter for a freefall abseil and see views over London for up to 20 miles. If you'd rather avoid the heights, try whizzing through the twists and turns of the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide in just 40 seconds. 

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ArcelorMittal Orbit , Stratford Saturday April 1 2017 - Sunday April 16 2017

Easter Chocolate Workshop

Make weird and wacky chocolate creations this Easter at My Chocolate’s special workshop for cocoa loves. After a quick (and tasty) chocolate history lesson, you can dip and decorate your quirky Easter creations using dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate fudge and bowls of melted chocolate. Sounds like our kind of workshop.

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My Chocolate , De Beauvoir Town Thursday April 13 2017 - Saturday April 15 2017

The Japanese House at the Barbican

Explore how architecture and family life in Japan changed after 1945 with this new exhibition at the Barbican. The legacy of WW2 and the changing face of Japanese society wrought huge changes in the way the nation lived, and the way Japanese design principles influenced the West over the last 70 years.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Sunday June 25 2017

All About the Lea

Immerse yourself in the history of London’s second river in this retrospective exhibition showing photo journalist Peter Marshall’s photographic homage to the River Lea. See scenes spanning four decades which chart the river’s transition from a bustling industrial zone into decline and a forgotten backwater through to the present day. 

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Cody Dock , Canning Town Until Sunday April 23 2017

Beanz Meanz Heinz Pop-up Bar

It's been 50 years since the iconic advertising slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ was first penned and to celebrate this beany birthday Selfridges is hosting a pop-up Heinz Beanz cafe for four weeks. Not only can tuck into tasty dishes putting a modern twist in the lunch-time staple, you'll also be able to buy limited edition Heinz Beanz cans. 

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Monday March 27 2017 - Thursday April 27 2017

David Hockney at Tate Britain

Some paintings are like celebrities. You’ve read about them, studied them from afar, obsessed over them for years, but never actually seen them in the flesh. So when you actually come face to face with one, you get all wobbly-kneed and fluttery-eyed. That’s how some of the works in this massive David Hockney retrospective make you feel. 

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday May 29 2017

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