Easter is a great holiday, as it comes when we’re all in need of a break and doesn’t require the same preparation as the likes of Christmas. The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get away and enjoy yourself, with London representing the ideal destination for family or couples trips. Book into one of the serviced apartments in central London for maximum access to the city and a full calendar of events.
With no work the next day, get your Easter weekend off to a banging start by partying the night away with Idris Elba. He may be best known as an actor, but he was a DJ first and knows his way around a set of decks. Since Easter is all about the eggs, head to the famous warehouse-style club Egg London to join Elba and a special yet-to-be-announced guest.
There will be two opportunities to see the re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The first begins at 12 noon and the second 3.15pm. With more than 100 actors involved and a wide selection of animals, including doves and horses, it’s a large-scale event. The Passion always draws big crowds, but the TV screens help to ensure that everyone can see what’s going on.
A statue of Sir Hans Sloane, one of the pioneers of milk chocolate, overlooks the Duke of York Square, making it a highly appropriate place to hold a chocolate market. Spend Easter Saturday tasting and buying delicious confections from the likes of Amelia Rope and Diana David, with the latter’s cranberry and orange slabs coming particularly well recommended. Stalls will be open between 10am and 4pm.
No, that isn’t a typo, it’s goats not boats battling out to win the coveted title of Goat Race champion at Spitalfields City Farm. The two animals are kitted out to represent Oxford and Cambridge for a race around the site, putting the age-old rivalry to the test once more. While the race gets going any time between 2pm and 5pm, there’s plenty to do for the rest of the day at the great family-friendly event.
Stretching out across the entire Easter weekend, there is plenty of fun to be had at the Epping Ongar Railway. Before heading off to see how many eggs they can find at the organised hunt, kids can have their faces painted in seasonal designs to turn them into an Easter bunny or chick. The children that find all the eggs will be rewarded with a prize.
While there are plenty of affordable Easter treats inside the shop, including chocolate bunnies and nest lollies, it’s the display in the window at Choccywoccydoodah that will amaze. Think unicorns and dragons incorporated into the designs of these entirely over-the-top Easter eggs. Gaze as long as you like at these incredible creations, but be sure to step inside to treat you and your loved ones to a little bit of indulgence this Easter weekend.