Cosmopolitan, historic, exciting and mysterious, London has it all and Easter 2017 is as good a time as any to start exploring as a host of venues put on special events to mark the holiday, suiting any family, couple or individual. Meanwhile, make an enquiry with A Place Like Home for premium vacation rentals throughout central London.
Easter Egg Hunts for the Family
Alternatively, who doesn’t enjoy an Easter egg hunt? The National Trust has Easter egg hunts for all the family at several of its properties in the capital over the Easter period, including Sutton House, Fenton House and Ham House, which will give the kids something to do while the grownups enjoy the chance to explore these wonderful estates. Just go on the National Trust website to find the nearest one to you or to see which one most takes your fancy. At Battersea Park Zoo you can spot the eggs hidden amongst the animals whereas WWT London Wetland Centre have an Easter Giant Duck Trail around their beautiful nature reserve to look for lost ducklings.
For those who would like to have a go at making their own eggs, My Chocolate are running workshops on making and decorating quirky Easter creations using dark chocolate ganache, milk chocolate fudge and bowls of melted chocolate. Yummy! While on a chocolate theme, for those who wish to indulge in style, why not try Hotel Café Royal’s Simnel cake, Easter-themed petit gâteau, hot cross buns and homemade Easter eggs, or, for an especially unique experience, chocolate and truffle tasting aboard The London Eye with a Hotel Chocolat ambassador.
Tall Ships Regatta
After all that chocolate it might be a good idea to work some of it off, perhaps with a stroll around Greenwich, which will be hosting the Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta over the Easter Weekend with a fleet of around 40 large Tall Ships preparing to set sail from Greenwich to Quebec, Canada.
Or you could try out one of London’s many wonderful, guided walking tours. Some of those include such diverse themes as Shakespeare in The City, Jack the Ripper, Victorian Covent Garden, Heretics and Horrors, Wonders of Whitehall and Oliver Twist. These walking tours are a great way to learn about some of London’s history, its streets and secrets. Great for all the family, they’ll only take a couple of hours of your time, and are hosted by extremely entertaining, expert guides.
Be aware that most shops will be closed on Easter Sunday so this might be a good day to consider a walk along the south bank of the River Thames from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. On a bright spring day you’ll have fantastic views across the river of many of London’s greatest landmarks, such as The Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral, an eclectic mix of street entertainers and many other attractions, including The London Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, HMS Belfast and the full size replica of Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde. This is an inexpensive and relaxed way of getting a feel for all that London has to offer and you can find something nice to eat at Southbank Centre Market which offers a delicious range of street food and fresh, quality produce for all tastes. If the weather is not as clement then why not duck into The Tate Modern, The London Aquarium, or The Clink Prison Museum which are all open over Easter, and well worth the visit.
Also along the south bank, The Royal Festival Hall is offering a range of events for all the family over the Easter period, many of them a part of its Urban Festival which celebrates art and artists inspired by the city. Kids can learn some dancehall moves in a free afternoon social dance, or craft with professional artists to create a spectacular city of the future entirely out of cardboard. The whole family can enjoy pop-up performances by outstanding youth choirs from around the world while adults who appreciate a bit more ‘edge’ can experience MC and DJ Jay Jay Revlon as he leads a Vogue Fem workshop before hosting a party featuring special vogue performances.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. With so many other museums, galleries, theatres and attractions hosting special events this Easter, London is definitely the place to be!