Guide to what’s on in London during Easter 2019 for both adults and families
Find out what’s on in London over the Easter weekend and school holidays, including family events and activities, Easter egg hunts and even adults-only fun.
This year, the Easter weekend takes place in the middle of April with Good Friday on 19th and the Easter Bank Holiday on 22nd. As ever, this religious holiday coincides with at least two weeks of school holidays, so there will be plenty of parents looking for ways to occupy their children. To many people, Easter is associated with chocolate, so expect to see the mighty cocoa bean dominating menus and events over the period. Fortunately, Easter isn’t just for kids, there’s an adults-only guide to offers and events at the bottom.
Here’s Metro Girl’s guide to what’s on in London over the Easter period.
- 30 March – 29 April : George Irvin’s Funfairs
Travelling funfairs will be setting up camp at Crystal Palace Park (30 Mar – 14 Apr), Clapham Common (5 – 28 Apr), Hampton Court (19 – 23 Apr) and Shepherd’s Bush Green (5 – 22 Apr) over the Easter break. Rides include Big Apple Coaster, Dodgems, Bungee Trampolines, Tea Cups, Waltzer, Inflatable Slide and Carousel, among many others. For more information, visit the Irvin Leisure website.
- 6 – 22 April : Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt @ Hampton Court Palace
Hunt for the Lindt gold chocolate bunny in the house and gardens at Hampton Court. Other family activities include a digital adventure around the palace, the magic garden and maze and workshops. Tickets (events inc with general admission): Adults from £21.30, Children from £10.70. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU. Nearest station: Hampton Court (36 minutes from Waterloo). For more information, visit the Historic Royal Palaces website.
- 6 – 22 April : Easter @ Battersea Park Zoo
Take part in a host of Easter-themed activities, including an Easter Egg hunt, hedgehog day, honey bee day, cocoa fun day and a host of other events. Open 10am-4.30pm. Visitors can purchase a £1.50 (including prize) quiz sheet upon entry and follow the trail. General admission: Adults £9.95, Children 2-15 yrs £7.95. Battersea Park Zoo, Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest station: Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Battersea Park Zoo website.
- 6 – 22 April : Easter @ WWT London Wetland Centre
Take part in Dusty’s Giant Easter Duck Hunt, enjoy a spot of pond dipping, a Wild Play session and Animal Track Detectives. 10am-5pm. Tickets: Adults from £11.70, Children 4-16 yrs from £7.93. London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT. Nearest station: Barnes or Barnes Bridge. For more information, visit the London Wetland Centre website.
- 6 – 22 April : Easter @ Kew
Check out the beautiful gardens and attractions of Kew, as well as other activities. Including the Tower of Colour, Sunday Stories, Log Trail, Woodland Walk and Giant Badger Sett. Free to take part with normal admission. Tickets: Adults from £16.50/£18, Children 4-16yrs from £4.50/£6, Under 4s free. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew Gardens. For more information and tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 8 – 22 April : Easter @ National Army Museum
Over the Easter holidays, the museum will offer a variety of family activities, including make your own cap badge, tiny troopers (posters), digital poster design and poster printing. 10am-5.30pm. Free. National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the National Army Museum website.
- 10 – 17 April : Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs-travaganza @ London Eye
Enjoy an Easter experience on the London Eye with Hotel Chocolat. Including fast track entry, Hotel Chocolat tasting guide and Q&A session, 30 minute rotation, soft drink and Hotel Chocolat Easter goodie bag. Tickets: Adults £35, Children £28. London Eye, South Bank, SE1 7PB. Nearest station: Waterloo, Westminster or Lambeth North. For booking, visit the London Eye website.
- 10 – 22 April : Easter @ Battersea Power Station
Enjoy Easter entertainment, workshops and more at Battersea Power Station. Including bubbles and biscuit decorating, storytelling, mobile farm and Easter egg hunt. Events range from free to ticketed. Battersea Power Station, Circus West Village, Battersea, SW11 8AB. Nearest station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For more information, visit the Battersea Power Station website.
- 13 April : Little Imprints – Family Workshop @ Sir John Soane Museum
Children can use plants, architecture models and recycled materials to make their own green planet, or kokedama world. Age 6+. 11am-3pm. Free. Sir John’s Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP. Nearest station: Holborn. For more information, visit the Sir John Soane Museum website.
- 14 April : Alice In Wonderland Easter Family Day
Day of Easter family fun at Dulwich’s Georgian manor Belair House. Including interactive storytelling adventure with games, singing and dancing, crafts, glitter/temporary tattoo bar, goody bag and meet and greet with characters. Sessions at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm. Tickets: Child £15, Accompanying adult £10. Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AB. Nearest station: West Dulwich. For more information and tickets, visit Eventbrite.
- 16 – 29 April : Dino-Easter Egg @ Wembley Park
A giant Dino-Easter eggs will be on show in Wembley Park to celebrate the West End’s upcoming Dinosaur World Live production. Children and dinosaur fans can interact with the 3 metre high egg and dinosaur puppet Tybalt the T-Rex. There will also be a host of family activities over Easter, including guitar lessons, dance training, French playgroup, World music and more. Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley Park, HA9 0QL. Nearest stations: Wembley Central or Wembley Park. For more information, visit the Wembley Park website.
- 19 April : The Passion of Jesus
An estimated 20,000 people gather in Trafalgar Square to watch the Easter story performed by the Wintershall Players. Expect donkeys, dove, a 100-strong cast and a re-enactment of the Crucifixion. Performances at 12pm and 3.15pm. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest stations: Charing Cross, Embankment, Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Wintershall Players website.
- 19 April : Tooting Common Easter Egg Hunt
Easter eggs have been hidden all over Tooting Common. Pick up a map with clues to find the eggs. 11am-1pm. Tooting Bec Lido Pavilion, Tooting Bec Road, Tooting, SW16 1RU. Nearest station: Tooting Bec or Streatham. For more information, visit Eventbrite.
- 19 – 20 April : Family Weekend @ Sadler’s Wells
Puppetry, balloons and fantastical costumes as Spanish company Aracaladanza performs. Prices vary. Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4TN. Nearest station: Angel. For booking, visit the Sadlers Wells website.
- 19 – 22 April : Easter Adventure Quest @ Kenwood House
Hunt for a dragon egg in the grounds of Kenwood House. 10am-4pm. Tickets: £1 per child. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. Nearest station: Hampstead or Highgate. For more information, visit the English Heritage website.
- 19 – 22 April : Maître Choux Easter Éclair Hunt
Maître Choux will be hiding mini eclairs around the King’s Road, with those who find them can redeem them in-store for a dark chocolate éclair. Open 8am-10pm. Maître Choux, 59 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4ND. Nearest station: Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Maître Choux website.
- 19 – 22 April : Easter Architour @ St Kats Docks
A new, technological approach to an Easter egg hunt while taking in the architecture of St Katharine Docks. Use your smart phone to scan codes which give clues to where the eggs are hidden. 11am-4pm. Free. St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway. For more information, visit the St Katharine Docks website.
- 20 April : Feast Of St George
Celebrate the patron saint of England’s feast day with a day of fun and fare in Trafalgar Square. Includes English food, cookery demos from celebrity chefs, stalls, banqueting area, family games and live music. 12pm-6pm. Free. Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Embankment or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- 20 – 21 April : Horniman Easter Fair
Easter Fair featuring a host of activities and events, including storytelling, Easter trails, animal encounters, lindy hopping dance workshops, farmers’ market, family craft activity, face-painting and balloons, tea cup rides, bouncy castle and arts and crafts market. 10.30am-4.30pm. Free entry. Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ. Nearest station: Forest Hill. For more information, visit the Horniman Museum website.
- 21 April : Kids Easter Egg Painting @ Bluebird
Take the kids to an Easter egg painting class. For ages 3 and up (parents required to supervise). From 10.30am. Tickets: £10 per child. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.
Easter fun for adults
- 1 – 22 April : Easter Choctails @ Dirty Martini
Dirty Martini are creating a special limited-edition Easter cocktail menu. Concoctions include Caffè Chocchiato(Absolut vodka, chocolate liqueur, coffee, milk and cream with a chocolate crisp garnish); Coco Loco (Havana Especial rum, Malibu, chocolate, milk and cream, topped with a chocolate cornet and chilli shavings); and Cookie Kiss (Martell VS, crème de cacao, Amaretto, butterscotch, white chocolate liqueur, milk, cream and chocolate bitters, topped with a cookie crumble). Cocktails range from £8-£9, with 2 for £10 on Easter Sunday. Available at branches in Bishopsgate, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Islington, Minories, Monument and St Paul’s. For more information, visit the Dirty Martini website.
- 19 April : Springfest
German beer festival comes to Ally Pally, featuring live music, food and, of course, plenty of beer. 5.30pm-10.30pm. Tickets start from £19.20. Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace or Wood Green. For more information, visit the Springfest website.
- 19 – 21 April : Easter @ Bunga Bunga
The original Bunga Bunga in Battersea are hosting a weekend of festivities over Easter. Featuring the The Wow That’s What I Call Bunga! ’90s Karaoke (Fri 19); Easter La Famiglia Brunch (Sun 21 from 12pm, £19.50pp) and Bank Holiday Sunday Supperclub (Sun 21 at 5pm and 7.30pm, £35pp). Bunga Bunga Battersea, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3BA. Nearest stations: Clapham Junction, Queenstown Road Battersea or Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Bunga Bunga website.
- 19 – 22 April : Easter @ Mr Fogg’s
A weekend of chocolate decadence at Mr Fogg’s Residence. Guests will be able to enjoy the Bacardi Cuatro Five Tier Chocolate Fountain or order a Rum Rabbit Rum cocktail. There will also be an Easter edition of the Tipsy Tea (20-21 April). Easter Tipsy Tea £44pp. Rum cocktails priced @ £14. Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest station: Bond Street or Green Park. For more information, visit Mr Fogg’s website.
For a guide to what else is on in London in April 2019, click here.