Things To Do In London This Easter Weekend: 26-28 March 2016

Things To Do In London This Easter Weekend is sponsored by Up at The O2, which has organised some special activities for this bank holiday weekend. Scroll down for more information and to book tickets.

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We're going on a duck hunt this weekend... (see below)

FIND YOUR LONDON: It's the closing weekend of this vibrant collection of capital-wide activities. Find Your London Festival celebrates the great outdoors in the city, with 100 events — loads of them free — ranging from yoga, cycle trails, treasure hunts and beekeeping, plus lots more. Use their interactive map to pick your day out, according to your mood. Choose from Active, Curious, Playful, Relaxed or Inspired. See website for details, until Monday 28 March (Sponsored listing)

LAND OF THE LIONS: London Zoo's sparkling new £5.2m lion enclosure, Land Of The Lions, opens this Friday. It's a spectacular replica village where you can watch the four resident lions from suspended walkways. We loved it when we went. £24.25/£17.60, prebook, 10am-5.30pm

CUTTY SARK EGG HUNT: The chickens over at the Cutty Sark have been laying eggs in some strange places around the ship, spot them all and be in with a chance to win a family trip to Camp Bestival 2016. Entry to the egg hunt is free with your Cutty Sark ticket. £12.15/£10.35 (Entry to the ship), just turn up, 10am-5pm

GIANT DUCK HUNT: Yes, you're reading this right. An Easter Giant Duck Hunt takes place at London Wetland Centre this weekend, as part of Find Your London Festival. Some of the centre's ducklings have gone missing and it's up to you to track them down. Follow the trail through nature to find where they're hiding and win a prize. £1 (with admission to the centre: £13.10/£7.20), just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm (Sponsored listing)

MUSEUM OF BRANDS: The step-back-in-time museum throws opens its doors this weekend at its (brand) new base in Notting Hill. We've been and had fun, so take your own nostalgic trip this weekend. £7.50/£5, prebook, 10am-6pm (Sunday: 11am-5pm)

Saturday 26 March

Some bunny's been naughty... Image: Alex Buchannan

TATTY DEVINE WORKSHOP: Give a spring twist to your jewellery collection by making your own with Tatty Devine. The Vogue favourites will talk you through making a bespoke pastel posy necklace, with drinks and snacks too. Perfect spring fashion. £65, prebook, 10am

FREE FILM: And the most Eastery film of all? Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, of course. See it for free on the big screen in General Gordon Square in Woolwich as part of Find Your London Festival. Grab your family, some blankets and maybe an Easter picnic and get cosy for this cinema classic. Free, just turn up, 11am (Sponsored listing)

CIDER BOX: Celebrate the coming of summer at the Queen Of Hoxton with Here Comes the Sun. Artisan cider, tasting sessions, complimentary cheese, music — should we go on? Your ticket price includes four halves of cider, a plate of tasty food and free cheese. £15, prebook, 12pm-7pm

FAMILY EASTER FUN: Everyone's welcome at Gabriel's Wharf this Saturday for a day jammed with activities. Kids (and bigger kids) can get stuck into craft sessions, decorate Easter eggs, make a basket and join the egg hunt. There's a scavenger hunt for adults too. Free, just turn up, 12pm-3pm (craft times)

WHO BUNNY DUNNIT: You're never too old for Easter eggs, so join this adults-only hunt in east London. Unravel the clues, sort out some badly-behaved bunnies and discover who's been causing chaos on Brick Lane. Grab your team, one smartphone and compete to win chocolate eggs and prizes. £15, prebook, 1pm/4pm, until Sunday 27 March

CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: The whole family can get their hands stuck into chocolate at this workshop. Decorate Easter eggs, personalise them or even make something completely different. Perfect for presents... if they can last that long without being eaten. £16.64-£29, prebook, 1.30pm-3pm

BIG DRAW AT TATE: Tiz (a cat) and Ott (a donkey) take over Tate Britain's gallery shop with their colourful drawing adventure with acclaimed illustrator Bridget Marzo. She'll teach you how to draw animal portraits and spark your imagination to get creating your own creatures. Free, just turn up, 3pm

MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY: It's a very merry un-birthday to one and all at this Fancy Dress Mad Hatter's Tea Party. You'll be greeted by a Mad Tea Specialist and a Crazy Baker, who'll guide you though a menu of Eat Me and Drink Me, including rare teas, unique desserts and prize-winning games. £32, prebook, 5pm

RETRO GAMES: Were you Sonic or Alex the Kid? Return to the era of Sega gaming at this night of Easter Retrotainment in Mayfair. Think eggs plus 80s, 3D gaming, competitions, DJs for your most retro Easter yet. £7.50, prebook, 5pm-11pm

CINEMA: As a fundraiser for Good Chance Calais and Médicins Sans Frontières, Battersea Arts Centre presents The Paper Cinema's Odyssey. Through raging storms and supernatural forces, immerse yourself in the journey of one man attempting to reach home. This epic voyage has captivated worldwide audiences with its blend of puppetry, projection and a live score. £15-£100, prebook, 7.30pm

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Try urban mountaineering at The O2 this Easter

Since opening in 2012, Up at The O2 has seen over 300,000 people walk across the roof of London's largest music venue. Paying homage to Greenwich Mean Time, the summit of the walkway is 52m high (for the weeks in the year) and there are 12 masts supporting the roof (months in the year). Cool, huh?

Try this unique climbing experience while enjoying spectacular views of Canary Wharf and south east London from up high. You can climb during the day, at sunset or twilight.

And this Easter Saturday, climbers will enjoy special Shakespeare performances on the viewing platform to celebrate 400 years of the Bard. Children will receive a free activity booklet to be completed at the summit. Nice little Easter egg, that.

Book your tickets now.

You will burn around 450 calories when scaling Up at The O2, equivalent to running for 3.5 miles! So you can treat yourself to an extra Easter egg

Book now: Tickets for climbing sessions cost £28-£35 and you can choose from Original Climb, Sunset Climb and Twilight Climb. Sessions take place from 10am-8.30pm. The O2 is at Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX.

Things To Do In London This Easter Weekend is sponsored by Up at The O2.


Sunday 27 March

See the goats go head-to-head this Sunday. Image: Facebook

EASTER EGG HUNT: If you're near Shad Thames this Sunday, drop by the Design Museum for an Easter Egg Hunt. The museum's currently celebrating Cycle Revolution, so it's choc-full of fascinating bike-related exhibits, family trails and a wheel-powered mini cinema. Entry to the museum is 20% off if you show your Find Your London Festival flyer. Free (with entry to the museum), just turn up, 10am-5.45pm (Sponsored listing)

BACK TO CHILDHOOD: Drop into the Museum Of Childhood for loads of Easter fun. Little ones will be entranced watching back-to-back screenings of The Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor The Engine. Older kids can get stuck in to making their own versions of the characters. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

BOAT RACES: Activities start from midday at Bishop's Park, Fulham and the Adnams Fan Park in Furnivall Gardens and include coverage of the races on the big screens. Timetable here. If you want to try and watch from the riverside, get there early! Also, watch out, there are rather inconvenient engineering works on the trains in the South West London area (stay home and watch on BBC1?) 12pm-4pm

STORYTELLING: Kenwood House invites you to discover stories about the building and its art collection this weekend. Through narrative and live interpretation, volunteers reveal the history of this fascinating place. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2pm/3pm

ROMAN LONDON: Take a walk back in time with the Museum of London. Stroll to the Roman Wall, the site of the amphitheatre, through the eastern city to the site of Roman London's greatest monument, the forum and the basilica. £12.50/£10, prebook, 2pm

AFTERNOON POETRY: Keats House provide a perfect way to relax on Easter day with award-winning Rebecca Goss and Deanna Rodger's beautiful verses. There's also an open mic if budding writers would like to get involved. Free, prebook, 2pm-4pm

TEA TIME: The award-winning and downright eccentric Little Nans has popped up for 10 weeks in Shoreditch, offering afternoon tea with a 90s soundtrack at Red Gallery. Scones, teapot cocktails, talk of the Backstreet Boys and a bit of girl power, Spice Girls-style. £25, prebook (vegetarian available), 2pm-4pm

TAKE ON TEXTILES: Get creative making your own printed textiles with Susannah at this Vintage Textile Printing Workshop. Use vintage Indian blocks to produce bespoke pieces in your own designs. All materials are provided, so just bring loads of creativity. Kids welcome too. £35, prebook, 2pm-5pm

BANK HOLIDAY PARTY: If there's no work tomorrow, what are you waiting for? Throw yourself into this spring party at Golden Bee, Shoreditch. Cocktails on the rooftop with scrumptious Wingman's food and music through until 3am. You're welcome. £15-£20, prebook, 5pm-3am

COMEDY: Downstairs At The King's Head there are some funny goings-on tonight. This Crouch End comedy venue flings its doors wide for Comedy Variety Cabaret, featuring Bennett Arron, Gareth Richards, Jessica Fostekew and more. The popular show's been running since 1981, so you're in good comic company. £7/£5, prebook, 8.30pm

Monday 28 March

ROOFTOP EGG HUNT: If you've still not had enough of eggs, take things sky-high at Kensington Roof Gardens. In aid of Starlight, little ones can hunt through the beautiful rooftop greenery for chocolate, before enjoying a barbecue and games too. Adults have a chance to relax with tea (or something stronger) high above the Kensington Streets. £3, just turn up, 10am

ROALD DAHL'S WORLD: Discover everything about The Wondercrump World Of Roald Dahl at this Southbank exhibition. Step into interactive installations, meet familiar characters and giggle your way round this magical journey. There are loads of things to do down on Southbank this Monday. £10/£8, prebook, 10am

POETRY SEARCH: Take up the trail round King's Cross this Monday. Search for 11 poems and complete the worksheet to win a prize, starting at the Visitors Centre. There are also loads more things to do today around the city as part of Find Your London Festival. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm (Sponsored listing)

PUPPET MAKING: Join illustrator Frances Barry to make your own dragon and unicorn puppets at the Museum of Childhood. Be inspired by stories from the Clangers and Bagpuss or go wild and create your own new character. £5, prebook, 10.15am/11.45am/1.45pm/3.45pm

EASTER LUNCH: Relax into your Bank Holiday at Claudia's apartment. She'll cook up a sumptuous Easter feast, based on her German heritage, including delicious meat and fish courses, pastries and desserts. Bring your own booze, meet new people and enjoy the warm welcome of her hospitality. £32, prebook, 1pm

RAILWAY CHILDREN: Enjoy a new version of a classic at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley. This special screening of the theatrical spectacular, with a live steam engine, will be streamed from its performance at The National Railway Museum in Yorkshire. £9-£13, prebook, 3pm

EASTER FESTIVAL: Take it to the Troxy tonight for their Afrobeats Easter Festival. Tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now for this night of music from Wandecoal, Kiss Daniel, Maleek Berry, Patroranking and more. £25, prebook, 6pm

FREE COMEDY: Theatre Royal, Stratford East, presents a night of free, fabulous comedy to end your bank holiday hilariously. Shows take place in the bar, so grab a tipple and enjoy the silliness. Free, just turn up, 8pm

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Helen Graves

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