Easter is approaching fast (Easter Sunday, by the way, is 1st April), and for anyone planning a family visit to London during the break, it’s worth planning ahead. The shift in weather puts a spring in everyone’s step, and suddenly Londoners – as well as the flowers – come back to life. Tourist hotspots get busy again, and the very best experiences are hugely popular.
So here is a quick guide to what’s on offer in the capital, as well as a couple of well-kept secrets.
The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt – Hampton Court Palace – 30th March to 15th April
Right on the doorstep of our luxury apartments, Hampton Court Palace’s egg hunt is an institution in itself.
Henry VIII’s former home is spectacular enough in itself, but packed with hidden chocolate treats it becomes a magical playground for the kids. The fun extends into the fabulous gardens, and other activities are on offer too, meaning you really can spend the whole day there and still want to come back.
These are hot tickets so do buy in advance – you can find out more and buy yours here.
The Passion of Jesus – Trafalgar Square – Good Friday
You won’t have to be religious to enjoy this, and it sounds like quite a spectacle. It’s very much a family experience – and thousands attend every year. Best of all, it’s free – and what a way to see central London. Performances take place at 12pm and 3.15pm, and last approximately 90 minutes. Find out more here.
The Horniman Museum Easter Fair – Forest Hill – Easter Saturday and Sunday
The Horniman Museum is a bona-fide hidden gem that never disappoints. It’s a beautiful and eccentric museum, with wonderful gardens and unusual collections. The Easter Fair won’t let you down either, sure to be packed with seasonal goodies. Incredibly, entry is always free, and it’s open from 10am to 5.30pm.
The Peter Rabbit Trail – Kew Gardens – 30th March to 15th April
Kew Gardens is another spectacular destination in close proximity to Craven House. It’s London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site, and really comes into its own at Easter. The trail includes games, learning about the vegetables Peter Rabbit loves, and insight into Beatrix Potter’s connections with Kew.
Normal garden admission gets you into this event too, but it will be extra busy over Easter. So book online here – which is cheaper, too.
Fortnum & Mason Easter Egg Bar – Piccadilly Street – Throughout Easter
Fortnum & Mason is, to put it simply, one of the finest shops in the world, and a must-see for London visitors. But in the lead-up to Easter, it opens a special Easter egg chocolate bar that sells some of the very best chocolate treats in the world. For chocoholics (aka children) nothing really compares. Allow yourself plenty of time though – it’s not only enormous, but it gets incredibly busy. It feels more like a museum to be honest, but one where you get to touch everything!
Looking for accommodation in London over Easter? Take a peek at Craven House
My luxury apartments on the edge of Hampton Court Palace are perfectly sized for family visits to the capital. And despite the luxury, they’re far more cost effective than booking multiple hotel rooms.