Here's a taster of some of the events in London over Easter weekend 2019. We'll publish our usual weekend round-up closer to the time, when plenty more events have been announced, so keep an eye out.
ADVENTURE QUEST: Let the kids go hunting for dragon eggs in the grounds of English Heritage property Kenwood House. Crack the clues and follow the trail through the grounds — everyone who finds an egg gets a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat. Kenwood House, £1 per child, just turn up, 19-22 April
DAY TRIPS: If you want to escape London for a day (or longer), we can help. We've put together a map of London day trip ideas. From quaint villages to seaside resorts, and castles to model villages, it's all in there.
BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: We've compiled a guide of things to do in London over any bank holiday weekend, whatever the weather. From little-known cultural gems to exploring the great outdoors, we've got plenty of ideas and inspiration.
CHOCOLATE SHOPS: For last minute shopping, hit up London's best chocolate shops.
FAMILY EVENTS: For more ideas of things to do with children, peruse our guide to things to do in the Easter holidays.
PUBS: If you want nothing more than to kick back, pint in hand, and watch the world go by, take a look at our guide to the best pubs in London. You can search by area or facilities, so have a play — you might just find your new favourite boozer.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: A few of our favourite current exhibitions in London. Be warned that museums and galleries are likely to be very busy this weekend, so advance booking is advised where possible. It's also worth checking opening hours before you, go, as they may differ from normal due to the bank holiday:
- WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our favourite exhibitions every year, and the current installation is no exception.
- THE SUN: That's the star, not the newspaper. Find out about humans' relationship with the sun throughout history, and its healthcare properties... or just kick back in a deckchair and sunbathe.
- ELIZABETHAN TREASURES: It's the first time we've been handed a magnifying glass on the way into an exhibition, but the tiny scale of the works on show didn't stop us enjoying Elizabethan Treasures at National Portrait Gallery.
Things to do in London on Good Friday, 19 April
THE PASSION OF JESUS: One of London's annual traditions is the Wintershall Players' free open-air performance of The Passion Of Jesus, taking place in Trafalgar Square every Good Friday. It tells the story of the last few days of Jesus's life and it's very popular — thousands of people usually turn up to watch so it's well worth getting there early to get a good view. We chatted with the guy who plays Jesus last year. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 12pm/3.15pm
THE RAILWAY CHILDREN: Classic children's book The Railway Children is brought to life by an expert storyteller in free family-friendly performances. Hear the tale of three children who move to Yorkshire with their mother after their father is taken away. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm
MESSIAH: The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876, and the tradition isn't about to stop now. The choir is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a quartet of soloists. Royal Albert Hall, £19.35-£48.38, book ahead, 2.30pm
BROCKES PASSION: On the 300th anniversary of its premiere, the Academy of Ancient Music and director Richard Egarr realise a long-held ambition to perform Handel’s Passion, written to reflect the emotions of the Easter story. Barbican, £10-£50, book ahead, 3pm
Things to do in London on Easter Saturday 20 April
EASTER FAIR: Taking place over two days, Horniman Museum's Easter Fair brings stalls to the museum's gardens, along with an Easter trail, craft workshops, storytelling and more. Why not combine it with a trip to the current Brick Wonders exhibition. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free entry to fair, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm, 20-21 April
MOOMINS: Every Saturday, Barbican Cinema runs Family Film Club, showing a kids' film for a bargain prices. Kids have to be accompanied by adults, and adults have to be accompanied by kids. This week's film is Moomins and the Comet Chase, in which Moominvalley is covered in a cloud of grey dust which turns everything red. Barbican Cinema, £3.50, book ahead, 11am
CLASSIC CARS: Motor vehicles of various vintages park up in Waterloo to wallow in the admiration of classic car fans. Wander among them, taking in their beauty — and take a snap or two for the 'gram. Lower Marsh (Waterloo), free entry, just turn up, 12pm-4pm
Things to do in London on Easter Sunday 21 April
SUNDAY LUNCH: A special weekend deserves a special meal, right? So tuck into one of London's best Sunday roasts, with all the trimmings. Fluffy spuds, crispy Yorkshires and oodles of gravy is the way we like it. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for too — check out these options.
EGG ROLL: A sell-out event every year, Lauderdale House's Great Egg Roll is an absolute hoot for kids. Take them along to decorate their eggs, before taking part in the egg roll, a race to see whose egg rolls furthest. Prizes for best rolling and best decorated egg, and there's an egg hunt too. Lauderdale House (Highgate), £8.50/£6.50, book ahead, 11am
HARRY POTTER MARATHON: Are you enough of a hardcore Potter fan to watch the films in a marathon session lasting almost 24 hours? If so, book yourself in for this event at the Prince Charles Cinema, where all eight films are screened in order. Prince Charles Cinema (Leicester Square), £32.50, book ahead, 8.30pm (until 5.25pm tomorrow)
Things to do in London on Easter Monday 22 April
EASTER CHAIR HEAVING: The bizarre annual event of Easter Chair Heaving by the Blackheath Morris Men is excellently explained by IanVisits, who witnessed the spectacle in 2009. The Morris men take to the streets of Greenwich, dancing, but also carrying a decorated chair with a young lady in it. Keep an eye here for details of this year's event.