From special Peter Rabbit selfies to decadent Easter-inspired afternoon teas, it’s easy to keep the whole family entertained in London this Easter. Make the most of the four-day weekend with our guide to what’s going on in the capital.
Go chocolate crazy
Tucked away in Hampstead is the lovely 17th-century Fenton House and Garden whose annual Cadbury Egg Hunt comes with a twist. The name’s a misnomer, as your mission is to find not eggs but all kinds of ceramic dogs hidden in the ancient orchard and sunken garden, with a tasty Cadbury chocolate reward for every completed trail. From 30 March – 2 April, with staggered entrance times.
On the banks of the Thames southwest of central London, the royal palace of Hampton Court will host its annual Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt from 24 March – 14 April. Follow the Easter trail through the palace and gardens to find where the Lindt Gold Bunnies are hiding, with new stories and the chance to claim a delicious chocolate treat with every bunny found.
Book a table at the swanky Sanderson hotel in London’s West End, and enjoy an Easter weekend reinvention of its Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. This outlandish take on the traditional British ritual has recently been refreshed, so expect an array of new Alice-themed treats – a mocha chessboard gateau, the Mad March Hare’s vanilla pocket watch macaroon – alongside your special Easter cake. From 30 March – 2 April.
Colourful, glitzy and exquisitely styled, Fortnum & Mason‘s Easter egg displays are always pure joy. From speckled goose eggs and white chocolate chicks to six golden praline eggs in a classic cardboard egg box, there’s an amazing variety of chocolate confections you won’t see anywhere else.
Easter fun at London attractions
Head to Kew Gardens from 30 March – 15 April, and enjoy a Big Day out with Peter Rabbit. The family-friendly Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit-themed festival includes an interactive trail and activity workshops, as well as outdoor games and a chance to visit Mr McGregor’s potting shed. Make your own fuzzy bunny ears and snap yourself at the special Peter Rabbit selfie boards, before settling down for some stories inspired by Potter’s best-loved characters.
A brand new feature will open at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter just in time for Easter. Launching on Good Friday, 30 March, The Goblet of Fire returns to the Great Hall for the first time since the end of filming, with new props and costumes from the Triwizard Tournament, and live demonstrations showing how the pieces of parchment were propelled out to unveil the Triwizard champions. The Goblet of Fire will run from 30 March – 23 September, and tickets must be booked in advance.
If you’re looking for kids’ activities during the school holidays, the V&A is a reliably excellent destination. The world’s leading art and design museum runs a series of free drop-ins under the banner of Digital Kids, where children aged 5+ can get creative with technology and enjoy live pop-up performances with a sea-faring theme. From 30 March – 3 April.
Easter marks the return of the Family Weekend at Sadler’s Wells in Clerkenwell, one of the most prestigious dance venues in the world. An imaginative adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin by balletLORENT is one of the main shows, alongside dance workshops for both parents and children and play sessions with the performers. A mile-and-a-half down the road, the English National Ballet presents My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre near Aldwych from 29 March – 7 April. Created especially for children, the ballet features second year students from the English National Ballet School.
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