Choco-tastic guide to what’s on in London this Easter 2015
Easter Holidays means different things to people – chocolate, bunnies, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and two bank holidays. However, to many parents and guardians it also means – eek, how do we keep the children entertained for two weeks?
My monthly ‘what’s on guides’ include many activities on in London during April, however for those looking for more family and Easter-centric ideas of what’s on during the holidays, I’ve put together listings of things to keep you occupied. However, it’s not all for the kids, with a special section at the bottom with adults-only Easter fun.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.
- 27 March – 12 April : Clapham Common Easter Funfair
A host of funfair rides will be descending on Clapham Common, including Big Apple Coaster, Dodgems, Bungee Trampolines, Tea Cups, Waltzer, Inflatable Slide and Carousel, among many others. 12-9pm. Wristbands: £8.99 for riders over 1metre tall, £6.99 for those under 1metre, which includes free rides within three-hour slots. Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9AR. Nearest station: Clapham Common, Clapham South or Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Irving Leisure website.
- 28 March – 5 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Battersea Park Zoo
Find out what zoo animals will be holding Easter eggs? Visitors can purchase a £1 (including prize) quiz sheet upon entry and follow the trail. General admission: Adults £8.95, Children 2-15 yrs £6.95. Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest station: Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Battersea Park Zoo website.
- 28 March – 10 April : Spring Holidays @ Museum Of Childhood
Various activities are taking place over the Easter holidays, including make your own paper houses and story workshops. Admission is free. Museum Of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green. For more information, visit the Museum Of Childhood website.
- 28 March – 12 April : Shaun The Sheep @ Kew Gardens
Aardman’s famous woolly character Shaun The Sheep is the theme of this year’s Easter activities at Kew Gardens. As well as visits from real sheep, there will also be springtime trail, welly wanging, face-painting, chocolate workshops and an Easter Egg hunt on 5 April. Tickets (general entrance): Adults £15, Children 16 and under free. Activities vary in cost from free to £5. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest tube: Kew Gardens. For more information and tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 28 March – 12 April : Death By Chocolate @ London Dungeon
If you dare, risk ‘death by chocolate’ with the deadly Miss Edmonds at her toxic sweet shop. Every guest on the first tour of the Easter holiday period will receive a limited edition box of Miss Edmonds Violent Screams. Tickets: Adults £20.50 (online), Children £16.50 (online), more on the door. London Dungeon, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Nearest tube/train: Waterloo or Westminster. For more information and tickets, visit the London Dungeon website. For Metro Girl’s review of London Dungeon, click here.
- 28 March – 12 April : Easter @ WWT London Wetland Centre
The London Wetland Centre are hosting several activities over Easter including a giant Easter duck hunt and decorate a duckling. Some activities include a £1 donation. General admission tickets: Adult £11.48, 4-16 years £6.30, family tickets £32. London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT. Nearest train station: Barnes or Barnes Bridge. For more information, visit the London Wetland Centre website.
- 28 March – 25 May : Shaun In The City Art Trail
Fifty 5ft tall sculptures of Shaun The Sheep will be cropping up around London for two months. High profile artists, designers and celebrities have customised the giant sculptures, which will be scattered across the capital, in locations such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Chinatown, The View from The Shard and The Tower of London. For more information, visit the Shaun In The City website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on Shaun In The City, click here.
- 3 April : The Passion of Jesus
The Wintershall Players put on a production of The Passion Of Jesus on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square. There will be two performances at 12pm and 3.15pm. Free. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Greater London Authority website.
- 3 – 4 April : Family Weekend @ Sadler’s Wells
Two day festival featuring performances, workshops and games. Tickets £7-£12 (must be booked in advance). Lilian Bayllis studio, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R. Nearest tube; Angel. For more information and booking, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.
- 3 – 6 April : Easter @ Design Museum
Over Easter Weekend, the Design Musuem will be hosting an Easter bunny hunt for families, hidden amongst the Designs Of The Year and Collection Lab and also a design-an-egg competition. Tickets (general entrance): Adult £13, Children free. Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD. Nearest tube: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For tickets, visit the Design Museum website.
- 3 – 6 April : Easter Trail @ Kensington Palace
Egg hunt through the Palace featuring paw prints of four-legged companions of former royal residents. Trail included in admission price: Adults £17.50, Children free. Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, W8 4PX. Nearest station: High Street Kensington. For more information, visit the Historic Royal Palaces website.
- 3 – 6 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Cutty Sark
Eggs have been hidden around the historic clipper. Activities are free with general entrance tickets. Adults £13.50, Children 15 and under: £7, Under 5s: Free. 10am-5pm. Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT. Nearest rail/DLR: Cutty Sark or Greenwich. For more information, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.
- 4 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Gabriel’s Wharf
An exciting Easter Egg hunt for children will be dotted around Gabriel’s Wharf. There will also be a free Easter crafts workshop. Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, Southbank, SE1 9PP. Nearest station: Waterloo, Blackfriars or Southwark. For more information, visit the Southbank London website.
- 4 April : Easter Bunting Workshop @ House Of Vans
Get crafty and design and print your own bunting. Experts will be on hand to show you how to screen-print and trim your bunting on sewing machines. Suitable for all ages. 12-6pm. Free. House Of Vans, Arches 228 – 232, Station Approach Road, SE1 8SW. Nearest station: Waterloo. For more information, visit the House Of Vans website.
- 4 April : BKD: Easter Egg Decorating @ Hoxton Hotel
Bring your kids down to the Hoxton as BKD host a special Easter egg decorating class where the little ones will be able to decorate their Oreo truffle eggs using Oreo truffles, chocolate, sprinkles and icing. Aprons and decorating equipment supplied. 11am-12.30pm. £25. The Hoxton Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU. Nearest station: Old Street. For more information and booking, visit the Hoxton website.
- 5 April : Terrace Chapters @ The Royal Horseguards Hotel
An Easter egg hunt for children, while parents can relax with champagne on the terrace overlooking the Thames. Only 30 places to email ASAP for your place. The Terrace, The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Court, SW1A 2EJ. Nearest station: Charing Cross or Embankment. For more information on how to secure your place, read Metro Girl’s blog post on the day.
- 5 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Kensington Roof Gardens
The roof Gardens in Kensington will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in partnership with Choccywoccydoodah in the gardens (11.45am). The bar will be serving alcohol from 12pm if you want something a bit stronger than tea or coffee. Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street (entrance on Derry Street), Kensington, W8 5SA. Nearest tube: High Street Kensington. For more information and booking, visit the Roof Gardens website.
- 5 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Brixton Windmill
The kids can hunt for Easter eggs and make an Easter bonnet in the gardens of one of London’s only surviving windmills. £1 per child. The Windmill will also be open for tours on 4 and 5 April (book in advance). Windmill Gardens (west end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill), Brixton, SW2 5EU. Nearest tube: Brixton. for more information, visit the Brixton Windmill website.
Easter fun for adults only
- 2 – 4 April : Easter Tipsy Tea Party @ Mr Fogg’s
A twist on their Mr Fogg’s Tipsy Tea, featuring hot cross buns, finger sandwiches and chocolate eggs, paired with Mr Foggs signature Tanqueray Ten Gin and Ruinart champagne teas. Tipsy tea available from 3pm (2 April) and 2pm (3-4 April). Starts from £38pp. Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest tube: Green Park. For more information, visit the Mr Fogg’s website.
- 2 – 5 April : The Hunt For The Missing Moonshine @ Barts
Uncle Bart has hidden golden eggs and several gifts around his secret speakeasy. During Easter Week, there will also be entertainment from Michael Moore, Tom Wardle, John Cervante and Ben Treacher. Open 6pm-late. Barts, Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3DW. Nearest station: Sloane Square or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Barts website.
- 5 April : Balls To Dating @ Bounce
An anti-dating ping pong party for single Londoners hosted by dating site DoingSomething at Holborn’s funky ping pong bar and restaurant. Guests will be encouraged to confess their most awkward internet dates. Tickets: £10/£12. 7.30pm-2am. Bounce, 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD. Nearest tube: Chancery Lane. For more information and booking, visit the Bounce website. For Metro Girl’s review of Bounce, click here.
- 5 April : Easter Frat Party @ Beaver Lodge
The cabin is transformed into an all-American frat house, featuring beer pong and late-night revelry. Guests are encouraged to dress like a frat bro or sorority sister. 9pm-3am. Beaver Lodge, 266 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9EL. Nearest station: West Brompton or Fulham Broadway. For more information, visit the Beaver Lodge website.
- April onwards : Spring menu @ Basement Sate
Soho’s dessert and cocktail bar are launching a Spring menu this Easter, using flavours from the new season and plenty of chocolate-based treats. Includes ‘Break an Egg’ (Lime & passion fruit curd, coconut mousse & crumble, passion fruit jelly, coconut shave) and ‘Kinder Surprise’ (Brownie, milk chocolate, tonka whipped cream, caramelised hazelnuts, praline foam, caramelia pearls). Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 8HN. Nearest station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Basement Sate website.
- Throughout April : Hot Cross Bunny @ Bunnychow
South African street food eaterie Bunnychow are launching a special Easter dish. Their own take on the hot cross bun will feature a hollowed out raisin soaked bun with orange rind, with a choice of raspberry jam or warm chocolate filling and clotted cream. Bunnychow, 74 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TE. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Bunnychow website. Read Metro Girl’s review of Bunnychow here.
Also remember the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Science Museum, and Natural History Museum are all free at any time.
Posted on 28 Mar 2015, in Activities, Entertainment, Festivals, Grub, London, Tourist Attractions and tagged Easter, Easter Holidays, Families, London, nightlife, school holidays, Things to do in London, What's On Guide. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.