The Easter holiday weekend is the perfect time to see London as the city awakens from a long, cold winter and enjoys its first big holiday since Christmas.
Whether it’s exploring the grounds of a stately home on an Easter egg hunt or staying indoors for a comforting Sunday lunch and indulging in an Easter egg with the family, we have compiled some of the best things to do this Easter weekend.
What does Easter mean to you? Is it a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus? Does it mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring and new beginnings? For many, Easter is an excuse to eat their weight in chocolate or go on an Easter egg hunt with the children. Many are just grateful for a long weekend to recharge their batteries.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending your Easter weekend in London this year, there is plenty for everyone to do…
Best Easter Egg hunts
• Lindt is once again hosting ‘the UK’s biggest Easter egg hunt’ in partnership with children’s charity Action for Children. 101 giant eggs which have been individually designed by artists and will be hidden around the country for you to find.
• Ham House provides one of the most picturesque backdrops for an Easter egg hunt by the River Thames. The children will enjoy scavenging for chocolate treats while you can stroll through the landscaped gardens. Before you go don’t miss the chance to see the Anna Karenina Costume Exhibition which runs until 4 April.
• Chocolate lovers need look no further than the magnificent Kew Gardens, which is hosting an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday as well as chocolate workshops and classes. Learn all about the origins of chocolate and how the cacao bean made its way from the ancient Mayans to fashionable chocolate houses in Europe and make your own chocolate treats.
• The National Trust is organising a host of family friendly Easter egg hunts scattered across the city in historic houses and grounds
Take the family along to 17th century Fenton House where clues will lead hunters to edible treasure, explore the grounds at Osterley Park and House or pay a visit to London’s oldest private residence, Sutton House.
Easter egg treats
One of the best ways to break your fast after lent is to pick up one of Fortnum and Mason’s hand-poured Easter eggs or one of their luxury Easter hampers and head for one of London’s green parks, weather allowing.
If you’re looking to push the boat out, Hotel Chocolat has created something of a chocolate lovers dream. Their £70 Half and Half Ostrich Easter Egg is filled with an array of exquisite chocolates, including tempting truffles, pralines and its popular Gianduja (an almond and hazelnut praline).
But of course the most decadent egg you could treat yourself to isn’t edible at all. Fabergé has opened up an exclusive store on Bond Street where pieces could set you back as much as £1.78 million.
Fabergé is known for its exquisitely decorated Imperial Easter Eggs which were made exclusively for the Russian Imperial family. Prized by collectors, only 50 have ever been created and the collection has not added to since the Bolshevik Revolution.
Easter Sunday lunch in London
The great British Sunday lunch is a tradition that should be faithfully upheld, especially on Easter Sunday. Try to resist tucking into all your Easter chocolates: you will want to leave room for the gastronomic delight that is the Sunday lunch in The Brasserie at The Grosvenor Hotel. A juicy carved rib of beef and crisp Yorkshire pudding are a match made in heaven and come with all the trimmings you love.
The Best Sunday Roast blog, which is dedicated entirely to the art of a good Sunday lunch, had praise for the Swann Inn at the Globe. Their pork belly with homemade apple sauce was declared a success and the reviewer waxed lyrical about the roast potatoes which were ‘cooked to perfection – seasoned, crispy on the outside and fluffy inside’.
Best Easter Sunday service
It’s easy to think of Easter as just one big chocolate fest. The traditional Christian thing to do on Easter of course is to go to a Sunday service. Mark the occasion at one of London’s oldest places of worship like Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral or St Martin-in-the-Fields.
• An Easter play
If the weather holds up, and outdoor performance of The Passion of Christ is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Trafalgar square will come to a standstill as the play, along with its cast of horses, donkeys and doves take centre stage.
• The Boat Race
Held every spring, two of Britain’s most illustrious university racing teams paddle their way along the River Thames for this hugely competitive race. Why not head down to see if either team can beat the record of 16 minutes, 19 seconds set by Cambridge University in 1998?
Where to stay: Make the most of your Easter weekend with a special offer from us. Our London Spring Breaks deal allows you to stay at one of our luxury hotels for just £94 near all the city centre attractions.
How will you be spending your Easter weekend this year?