It’s the first bank holiday since the Christmas period and we couldn’t be more ready for it. With four days off and hopefully the worst of the weather behind us, Easter is the perfect time to catch up with friends and family, and enjoy some quality me-time! As ever, there’s no shortage of things to do in the capital – here are our tips to help you make the most of your Easter weekend in London.
Good Friday is traditionally a time to abstain from meat and opt for fish instead. Luckily in London this isn’t a punishment but a chance to make the most of the city’s seafood scene.
There’s no need to settle for soggy fish and chips. The open-plan Galley restaurant in Islington has a spectacular array of seafood on offer, from Cornish mussels to Scottish scallops and a whole lot more in between.
Alternatively, take a trip to Borough Market for the Wright Brothers’ seafood restaurant where the world really is your oyster. Their daily oyster specials and classic combinations showcase some of the best seafood in town.
If you’d prefer a more chilled night in front of the TV, try some of the capital’s best fish and chips. Fishers on Fulham High Street is said to be one of the best in London, although Hook in Camden gives it a run for its money with its ‘new take’ on the classic dish, using panko breadcrumbs and hand-crafted herbs and spices.
Want to do fish supper on a budget? Impress your friends by cooking up a storm in the kitchen. London is blessed with some fantastic fishmongers providing top quality produce at great prices. Sopers in Nunhead stocks fish from Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk, or there’s The Chelsea Fishmonger whose fish is from the Cornish market at Newlyn and Billingsgate itself.
Put a spring in your step
While you might have been hibernating for the last few months (and with good reason too, considering the weather), Good Friday is your chance to get back out there and banish the winter blues.
For a day-long party head to Alexandra Palace for Springfest – the UK’s largest beer festival. With live music – including a traditional Oompah band – throughout the day and beer served directly to the table, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and sample some of London’s best street food.
If you’d rather take it easy this Easter weekend in London, head out in your own time to some of London’s best beauty spots and enjoy the colourful blooms that are beginning to emerge.
The National Trust has some easy to follow routes, including a 4.5 walk from Richmond town centre to Ham House and Garden. Alternatively, there’s the stunning Osterley House in Surrey where you can stroll among the daffodils scattered around the grounds of this Georgian country estate.
Get your sugar rush
Forgotten to buy Easter eggs? Choccywoccydoodah in Covent Garden will sort you out. With samples of their special collection and a Bar du Chocolat, there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix!
If you’re feeling fancy, why not treat yourself at the Easter Egg Chocolate Bar at Fortnum and Mason? While the £90 Colossal Egg – which weighs 1.4kg – might be out of your price range, it’s worth popping along just to marvel at the colourful creations on display.
Anyone looking for a reason to celebrate the joys of Easter is sure to be thrilled by the afternoon tea menu at Sketch in Mayfair. There are Oxfordshire duck egg and mayonnaise sandwiches, Iranian pistachio éclairs and hot cross buns on the menu to make it an extra special Easter weekend in London.
Follow the treasure during Easter weekend in London
Who said Easter egg hunts were just for the kids?
London is hosting some great treasure hunts across the Easter weekend. From the free Fantasy High Street trail at London Bridge to the Bunny Hop and Seek Trail at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising there’s something for everyone.
For a day trip, Hampton Court Palace is running a Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt with chocolate-based activities for all the family. What’s not to like?
Whether you’re religious or not, there is no denying that the free performance of the Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square is one of the best things to see during the Easter weekend in London.
Each year up to 20,000 people flock to watch 100 actors and animals portray Jesus in his final days. Performances take place at 12 noon and 3.15pm and are held in the square itself.
Whilst you’re in London’s cultural centre, take the opportunity to visit the nearby National Gallery to catch the last few days of Reflections: Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites before it closes at the beginning of April.
In our opinion, just having four days off work is enough of a reason to celebrate but hopefully you’ve been inspired to emerge from your chocolate slumber and make this a memorable Easter weekend in London.