Things To Do This Easter Weekend In London: 31 March-1 April 2018

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Things to do this weekend is sponsored by The Postal Museum.

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At Morden Hall Park's Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt you'll search the park for clues about different animals that will lead you to Bunny's secret stash of chocolate.

BANK HOLIDAY: To make the most of the long weekend, check out our guide to spending the bank holiday weekend in London. From walk and cycle routes, to little-known attractions you probably haven't been to, we've plenty of ideas, whatever the weather and whatever your budget.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: This is just one weekend in a fortnight (at least) of school holidays. If you're looking for ways to keep the kids amused, take a look at our guide to Easter holiday events. From exhibitions to afternoon tea, and lambs to butterflies, it's all in there.

CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT: If you've been meaning to get down to a National Trust property, do it this weekend when you can join a Cadbury Easter egg hunt and be rewarded with free chocolate. Participating London properties include Morden Park Hall, Sutton House, Eastbury Manor, and Ham House and Gardens. Included in admission, book ahead, 29 March-2 April

A BIG DAY OUT WITH PETER RABBIT: Build warrens, get crafty and listen to stories inspired by Beatrix Potter childhood faves at this botanical bunny adventure. Kew Gardens, included in admission, book ahead, 30 March-15 April

EASTER CANOPY MARKET: Bring your offspring to this covered market for an Easter egg hunt (if you can drag them away from the sheep show). Have your face painted, drop in to workshops with the House of Illustration and tuck into tasty hot cross buns and Easter Simnel cake courtesy of Bread Ahead. West Handyside Canopy (King's Cross), free entry, just turn up, noon-6pm, 30 March-1 April

THE BEST PLACE TO BUY FROM DESIGNER MAKERS: The London Artisan is a curated marketplace in the heart of east London where you can buy from 50 independent contemporary designer makers. The event showcases a wide selection of jewellery, ceramics, print, clothing and homewares (live music on Sunday). The Old Truman Brewery, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 31 March-1 April (sponsor)

GREENWICH VEGAN FEAST: Feast on falafels from the Falafel Queen, flavoursome homemade Ethiopian dishes or gourmet vegan burgers at this animal-free food market. Cutty Sark Gardens (Greenwich), free entry, just turn up, 11am-4.30pm, 31 March-1 April

GOLDEN SURPRISE: Travel with Addison Lee this Easter, and it might turn into your lucky weekend. The global transport provider has hidden a golden egg in 10 of its London vehicles. If you find one on your ride, get your selfie face on and share a snap with @AddisonLeeCabs on Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #EggsplorewithAddLee — your snap could win you flights to New York. More information and T&Cs here. Eggs hidden 29 March-2 April (winner drawn on 4 April).


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Easter pirate fun at The Postal Museum: Book now, me hearties

Calling all parents! Looking for imaginative family activities over the Easter holidays? The Postal Museum in Clerkenwell should be your first port of call. Book now for a flotilla of fun and fascinating workshops.

3 April: STORYTELLING. Meet the mermaids who dream of a life on land, having read snippets from this other world.
5 April: CREATIVE PLAY. Create a message in a bottle to send across the ocean.
7 April: STORYTELLING. Meet Captain William Rogers, and hear how he fought off pirates to save the mail.
7 April: TREASURE HUNT. Collect the pirate treasure map and track down the chocolatey booty.
10 April: CRAFTING. Visit the new Voices From the Deep exhibition, then create your own treasures from clay.
12 April: CRAFTING. Make a keyring, magnet or badge inspired by the sea life of stamps.

Events are inspired by the Voices From the Deep exhibition, which explores salvaged letters that spent 70 years on the sea bed.

For event times and booking information, see The Postal Museum’s Easter Holidays website.


Saturday 31 March

Expect creative workshops and live music from brilliant local musicians at Balham Easter Market.

EASTER BRUNCH SERIES: Book in a brunch at Granary Square Brasserie over these three days and you can tuck into eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes while top female DJs mix a banging soundtrack. The line-up includes internationally renowned Goldierocks, pop royalty Leah Weller and Ibiza favourite Miss Mavrik. Granary Square (King's Cross), various prices, book ahead, 11am-4pm, until 2 April

SEVEN NOSES OF SOHO: Legend has it that if you manage to find all seven noses of Soho, infinite wealth will be yours. Worth a try, right? Join Discovering London guide Peter Berthoud for this guided walk visiting all seven — plus a grand eighth nose, and a ghost nose. Meet at Covent Garden station, £13, book ahead, 1oam-noon

FENWICK EASTER ACTIVITIES: Swing by Fenwick at 1pm or 3pm for an in-store Easter egg hunt or drop by anytime to let the little ones have their face painted. Fenwick (Bond Street), free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm

GABRIEL'S WHARF EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA: Kids can hunt for chocolate treats and do crafts while adults scavenge for a £50 voucher at the Gabriel's Wharf Easter Extravaganza. We won't judge if you spend the voucher on chocolate. Gabriel's Wharf (South Bank), free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

ANIMAL EASTER TRAIL: Take your little nippers to the Royal Air Force Museum for a fun animal Easter trail, which ends in a delicious chocolate prize. Royal Air Force Museum (Hendon), £3, just turn up, 11am-4.15pm, until 6 April

BALHAM EASTER MARKET: This craft fair has a kids corner, so you can enjoy a stress-free browse of all the handmade goodies on offer while your youngsters are distracted with shiny crafts and fun games. Balham Bowls Club, free, just turn up, noon-5pm

ODDITIES OF STRAND: If the seven noses of Soho walking tour didn't tickle your fancy, how about discovering the oddities of Strand instead? Walk along the former beach seeing sights including the spot where an elephant was executed, the city's largest clock face, and a back-to-front church. Meet at Covent Garden station, £13, book ahead, 2pm-4pm

Sunday 1 April

Pop Brixton's party will see Fun DMC appear at Pop for the very first time with their infamous Hip Hop party for kids.

POP BRIXTON: An Easter all-dayer with a hip hop twist is kicking off in Brixton today. Cool kids can join the graffiti train, put jigsaw puzzles together and give break dancing a go. Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 12pm-3pm

EASTER SUNDAY JAZZ: Jazz up your Easter Sunday with tickets to this show from Miss Amy Baker, who will be delving into the songbooks of two of her musical heroines: Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. Hideaway Jazz Club (Streatham), £10, book ahead, 2pm-4.30pm

RAF FOUNDATION DAY: The Royal Air Force turns 100 today. It's celebrating with stories from the past, theatrical reenactments and a baton relay at 5pm. Oh, and hopefully some birthday cake. RAF Museum (Hendon), free, just turn up, 1pm-5pm

SOCIAL SKETCH UP: You don't have to be a pro with a pencil to have fun designing Easter bonnets, sticking and pasting flower power collages and creating your own spring-themed zine at this crafty Easter Sunday special. Drink Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 2.30-4.30pm

APRIL FOOLS COMEDY SPECIAL: Top off your Easter Sunday with an evening of fantastic comedy and tasty Mediterranean grub. The Grove Bar & Restaurant (Hammersmith), book ahead, 6pm-8pm

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