Things To Do In London Over Easter Weekend 2024

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Things To Do In London Over Easter Weekend 2024
The Passion of Jesus takes place in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Photo: Wintershall

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Easter weekend is a bank holiday weekend — the best kind of bank holiday weekend in fact, spanning four days. Browse our recommendations for things to do in London on a bank holiday, from guided walks to little-known parks to sporting pursuits.

EASTER HOLIDAYS: Kids off school and in need of entertainment? Take a look at our guide to Easter holiday events in London, covering exhibitions, shows and more for all ages. We know the pennies don't stretch as far as they used to, so we've included some free, family-friendly things to do too.

DAY TRIPS AND WEEKEND BREAKS: If you want to escape London for a day (or longer), we can help. Have a scroll through our Beyond London section for day trip ideas in the counties surrounding London, to weekends away in the rest of the UK and beyond. From quaint villages to seaside resorts, and castles to model villages, it's all in there.

CHURCH SERVICES: Celebrate Easter in the traditional way, by attending a service at one of London's churches. There are literally thousands to choose from — although you might consider a biggie like St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey or Southwark Cathedral.

CHOCOLATE SHOPS: For last minute shopping, hit up London's best chocolate shops — and if you end up buying an Easter treat for yourself, we won't tell anyone.

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.

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.

© Historic Royal Palaces.

LINDT GOLD BUNNY HUNT: Hampton Court Palace hosts an Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt. Follow the clues to find the bunny statues, and match each one with the name of an important person from the palace's history. Aimed at ages 3-12 and their families. 23 March-14 April

ST MATTHEW PASSION: As always on Good Friday, Barbican hosts a  performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, performed by the Academy of Ancient Music. 29 March

MESSIAH ON GOOD FRIDAY: For the 148th time, the Royal Choral Society performs Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall on Good Friday — a tradition that's only ever been interrupted by the Blitz and Covid. 150 singers are conducted by the choir's Music Director Richard Cooke, and accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a quartet of soloists. 29 March

PASSION OF JESUS: Every Good Friday, Trafalgar Square is packed out with thousands of people gathering to watch The Passion of Jesus, a free retelling of the Easter story, with 100 actors taking part. Everyone's welcome, but it involves — spoiler — a crucifixion scene, so may not be suitable for younger kiddies. FREE, 29 March

A pretty window with a fortnum hamper in it
There are Easter eggs to be found and a Fortnum's hamper to be won at St Katherine Docks

EASTER EGG HUNT: St Katherine Docks is being extra generous — putting on an Easter egg hunt not once, but three times over the holidays. scout the docks to find reusable eggs filled with treats. Adults will want to enter the prize draw for a luxury Fortnum & Mason Easter hamper. FREE, 29-31 March

SPRING FAIR: The gardens of Forest Hill's Horniman Museum are taken over by stalls and entertainment for its annual Spring Fair. Enjoy live music, an Easter bonnet parade, child-friendly craft workshops, food stalls and more. 30 March

EASTER FAMILY DISCO: Kids buzzing from too much chocolate? Take them along to Big Penny Social in Walthamstow for the Easter family disco. Dance to family-friendly tunes as you enjoy games and singalongs, and then take part in the egg hunt. 31 March

EASTER TRAIL: Count chickens, solve riddles and hunt out the giant bunny at an Easter trail in Highgate's Waterlow Park, organised by the neighbouring Lauderdale House. You're provided with a treasure map and series of clues, and the first 100 people to finish receive a small chocolate prize. FREE, 31 March

CHAIR LIFT: The Blackheath Morris Men are doing the rounds in Greenwich once again — dancing outside various landmarks (many of them pubs) and performing the ancient ritual of chair-lifting. FREE, 1 April

Last Updated 19 March 2024

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