Easter Events Around London

By M@ Last edited 117 months ago
Easter Events Around London

Unhappy easter. covent garden, April 2007, by i,max in the Londonist Flickr pool.
Eggs, chocolate, bunnies, and a tortured carpenter coming back from the dead. What's not to like about Easter? Well, apart from those slap-worthy 'eggstraviganza'-type puns that normally bedeck any article about the holiday. So here's a (mostly) groan-free guide to the best chocovolagomorphic events around town.

Chocolates and sweets and buns and things

Visit the Enchanted Easter Garden beside the London Eye to hear tales of historical London, where the streets are paved with liquorice and the Thames was a chocolate river (not so enchanting if you're a salmon). They also want you to send in photos showing London landmarks made from sweets. For a real tradition, you could head to the Widow's Son pub tomorrow (2pm) to witness the centuries old bun ceremony. Every good Friday, a Royal Navy sailor adds a hot cross bun to the bulging collection, which hangs from the ceiling in a net. Look but don't touch. Sticking with (or to) buns, the Museum of London tells the tale of the Old Chelsea Bun House at various times over the weekend. Sister institution the Museum of London Docklands hosts chocolate tastings on Sunday and Monday.

Easter trails are legion. The biggest appears to be organised by Swedish restaurant Fika, who've hidden a thousand ovoids across London. Many of London's posh homes and gardens have trails planned. To name a few, Sutton House, Kenwood House, Ham House (oo, ham and eggs), and Osterley Park. There's also chocolatey fun to be had at the Household Cavalry Musuem, Imperial War Museum and Covent Garden.

Bunnies and real eggs and other wonders of Nature

The Wetland Centre in Barnes has plenty of spring activities to keep the kids happy over the Easter hols. Pop along tomorrow for the final day of egg watching or help build a flying machine to transport ducklings (why?). Meanwhile, Battersea Park Zoo has an egg trail with a difference. All their eggs are guarded by animals. We've never been to the zoo, but we hope their menagerie does not include polar bears or lions. Finally, the most imaginative event of the weekend must go to Brockwell Park, where huge, multi-coloured origami rabbits will be unleashed on Sunday, followed by an Easter trail.

Christ is risen

And to celebrate, why not also confuse your tenses? Better yet, head to the Handel House Museum in Mayfair on Sunday for performance of Messiah, and another egg hunt. Fans of blasphemy can enjoy a free screening of The Life of Brian at the Roxy on 12 April, 8pm (it's not on their web site yet, but we're reliably informed). There's probably one or two things happening in London's churches as well, we suspect.

Last Updated 09 April 2009