It has often been said that London gets some of its nicest weather during the spring. The crisp, clear days are just the right temperature to encourage walking and exploration of the city, without getting too hot and bothered, or wet and windy. This is just one of the reasons Easter is one of the best times of year if you are thinking of planning a trip to the city, particularly with your family. Each year, dozens of annual events take place over Easter, as well as several one off events that take place annually, so a trip to London over the Easter Weekend can prove to be a unique experience, and, if you have made a hotel booking in Heathrow, the excellent transport links between the airport and the centre of the city means that that travelling to and from these events will never be an issue.
One of the first activities to spring to mind when you think of Easter is the classic Easter Egg hunt. These hunts are perfect for children and each year, London has a number of different egg hunts to choose from. Standout examples from 2014 include the hunt that took place at Kew Gardens, which was part of a huge chocolaty celebration of Easter that the Gardens put on with the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical. It gave children the chance not only to hunt for eggs but also to design their own Willy Wonka style chocolate bar. The V&A Museum of Childhood also put on a brilliant egg hunt this year, and visiting families were also able to visit their new exhibition on the life and works of children’s author Jaqueline Wilson.
For those wanting to experience something a little different over the Easter period in London, then the BalletLORENT annual family weekend, which takes place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. This event is perfect for those wishing for a first taste of what ballet has to offer, with last year’s production of Rapunzel being written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. There are also family dance workshops throughout the weekend, so you’ll be able to see if your pirouettes match the professionals’.
The annual Feast of St. George was again held at Trafalgar Square this year on April 20th and again proved to be a brilliant day out for all of the family. A traditionally English feast, the day’s event included live music and entertainment, including Morris dancers, puppet shows, and storytelling sessions, and food was also, not surprisingly, a huge part of the feast, with free tastings, street food stalls, and high class cooking demonstrations.
If you are visiting London over the Easter weekend, but you are looking for less family oriented activities, then the Lock tavern Festival in Camden may be just what you’re after. The event is spread over four nights of live DJs, art exhibitions and pop up food stalls. One of the best things about this event is that all four nights are completely free.