Bank holiday weekends are the perfect time to plan a little break. Don’t waste those extra few days off at Easter, but instead why not make plans to do something special? A weekend in London will put you right in the middle of all sorts of Easter events for all the family. Think playing with ducklings, going on Easter treasure hunts and eating plenty of chocolate Easter eggs. Whatever you’re looking for, here are some ideas to make your Easter weekend especially enjoyable:
For the chocolate
So chocolate eggs may have very little to do with the religious significance of Easter, but they’re delicious, and have become a very established part of the tradition. This Easter, Kew Gardens has a special History of Chocolate exhibition between the 29th March and 14th April, so any chocolate lovers should snap up a room at our Kew hotel and takes them self around it. On Easter Sunday, there’s an Easter egg hunt planned, which is ideal for the children, or just the young at heart. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the Aztecs’ use of cacao, and the importation by the Spanish Conquistadors and you’ll get to eat lots of scrumptious chocolate too.
For the thrills
Between 29th March and 14th April, Clapham Common will be overtaken by an Easter Funfair. With dodgems, walzers, carousels and white-knuckle rides there’ll be something for everyone, adrenaline-addict or not. A wristband system means the kids can do as many rides as they like without it costing an arm and a leg, and the lovely setting means you can squeeze in a nice walk in the park too. Why not boil some eggs yourself and set up your own little Easter egg hunt on the Common?
For the cute factor
Everyone knows that Easter is all about cute baby things. So this weekend is a great time to visit somewhere that plays home to a lot of them. Hounslow Urban Farm is one of London’s biggest community farms, and it’s having a Baby Boom Easter Egg-travaganza, from 29th March until 14th April. Bottle feed lambs, watch piglets race and get involved with the Easter egg hunt. The farm hosts owl flying displays and animal handling sessions, so it’s a great place to get up close to all sorts of critters.
For the tradition
We shouldn’t forget that Easter is actually one of the most important periods on the Christian calendar. Whether you’re religious or not, Holy Week is a lovely time to go to a church service or two, particularly since many churches have special concerts to celebrate the end of Lent. If you’ve booked a room in one of our London hotels for the weekend, why not go to a service at St.-Martin-in-the-field on Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey or even St. Paul’s Cathedral?