The best ways to spend the Easter weekend in London

The capital has lots to offer this weekend. We take a look at some of the best things to do

Easter is one of the stranger holidays observed in the UK. It encompasses chocolate, crucifixion and decorating hats, and for some reason it doesn’t have a set date. The job of deciding when Easter will fall has been outsourced to the moon – a fairly haphazard manager – and can therefore jump about anywhere between mid-March and late April, confusing schools and businesses.

It’s amazing that anybody can plan for it at all. Supermarkets don’t seem to know what’s going on: they just hedge their bets by filling their shelves with chocolate eggs from January to June. Schools and universities don’t know where to have their holidays, and if you have one child at one school and another at a different school, you can bet your last chocolate coin that their holidays will fail to coincide.

Nonetheless, Jesus didn’t just get crucified and then rise from the dead and ascend to heaven for nothing; plenty of switched-on calendar-watching organisations have worked out exactly when Easter is coming, and have even managed to convincingly prepare for it. Perhaps to make money; maybe to celebrate Jesus.

In London, there is plenty going on in the name of divine celebration. Here are a few of the best options:


This charity pub-crawl dates back to the year of our lord 2008 AD, and invites Easter revellers to get together and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus through dressing as Jesus and drinking in pubs with biblical names. First pub on the list is The Trinity in Borough. Those Christs, or Jesii (plural of Jesus), hardy enough to make it through the punishing programme will end up in The Silver Cross in Whitehall. So put on your loin cloth, grab your crown of thorns, and line your stomach, because Christathon starts at 2pm on Sunday April 20. Those wishing to join in the fun will be asked for a small donation which will all go to the British Heart foundation.

Hunt eggs

For many, the central attraction of Easter is in locating concealed chocolate eggs. And we don’t blame you.

Egg hunters are spoiled for choice in the capital this year. Check out Kew Garden’s eggstra special offering for children this year – Kew has teamed up with The Roald Dahl Museum and the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical to offer an egg hunt that promises stimulating and chocolaty frivolity in one of the world’s most beautiful gardens.

There are also hunts taking place at Gabriel’s Wharf on the South Bank, Kensington Palace Gardens, and on the beautiful Roof Gardens at 99 Kensington High Street.

Easter eggs basket

Urban food fest

Chocolate eggs not your scene? Well, there is a smorgasbord of alternative food stuffs on offer for the discerning Eastertide reveller this weekend. Out in the chic streets of Shoreditch, the Urban Food Fest offers everything from brilliant burgers to halloumi heaven, and anything in between. Expect the best artisan pizzas, the freshest sushi and the jerkiest chicken. Entertainers and live music means you’ve got something to feast your eyes and ears on while your stomach is getting busy, and best of all, entry is free! Though the food is not.

The Lock Tavern Festival

The Lock Tavern in Camden is home to a four day annual Easter festival that runs from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with live music from fantastic bands and DJs, alongside pop-up food stalls and art shows.

Tickets are 100% free, though booking is recommended and guarantee you a free slice of pizza, just as Jesus would have wanted.

Berwick Street’s record store day

Should good weather prevail, and it looks like it shall, you will be hard pressed to find more fun in London than on Berwick Street this weekend, well, during daylight hours at least.

Berwick Street is the place to go for the capital’s greatest concentration of independent record stores, and has begun an annual street-party over Easter. Live music on small stages turns a corner of Soho into a mini music festival. This weekend’s acts are still secret, but last year’s acts included Frank Turner, Wire and Steve Mason.

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