What we're reading:
- The story behind Trafalgar Square's latest fourth plinth installation.
- Sadiq Khan: open more markets to beat food poverty in London.
- Emerging designers shortlisted to transform Nine Elms underpass.
- Why Idris Elba's new TV series is a love letter to east London.
- Royal Parks are next target on Japan's cherry blossom diplomacy project.
Things to do:
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Visit an outdoor photography exhibit that lets you explore the big wide world without ever leaving the Big Smoke. 140 winning images from the International Travel Photographer of the Year Awards are now on display at London Bridge City, so take a stroll along the Thames and discover Japanese snow monkeys, the riverbeds of Utah, and mysterious death rituals from Indonesia. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, all day, until 29 April
IDEAL HOME SHOW: Get inspired to turn your humble abode into the Pinterest-worthy sanctuary of your dreams on the last day of the Ideal Home Show. Don't miss early-noughties icon Laurence Llewellyn Bowen waxing poetic over paisley at his pattern masterclass. Olympia London (Hammersmith), £18, book ahead, 10am-5pm
TEA TIME: The whole family can get crafty at Chiswick House's Georgian tea party-inspired activity day. Create vibrant teapot decorations inspired by the nation's favourite beverage, to be proudly displayed at the Palladian villa's summer garden party. Free entry for kids. Chiswick House, £8, just turn up, 10am-5pm
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH: Banish your bank holiday hangover with a little (or a lotta) hair of the dog. Drink, Shop & Do are offering a cracking Easter brunch. Choose between endless fizz or bottomless Bloody Marys to wash down a feast of sinfully fabulous bagels. If you haven't already OD'd on chocolate, they'll even throw in an Easter egg. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £26, book ahead, 10.30am-6pm
GAME ON: From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario Kart, there's something for every kind of gamer at Power UP, the Science Museum's interactive gaming bonanza. Get nostalgic by revisiting the games of your childhood and then look into the future with the latest virtual reality experiences. Science Museum (South Kensington), £10, book ahead, 11am-5.45pm, until 15 April
EPPING EGGSTRAVAGANZA: Escape the hustle and bustle for a day of family fun in Epping Forest. Kids can keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny as they decorate hard-boiled eggs, partake in an egg rolling race or complete the nature trail in pursuit of a chocolate prize. The View (Epping Forest), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm
BEAT IT: Back by popular demand, At Your Beat's open day gives you a chance to try a banging selection of dance classes for free at two of their studios. There's FitBEAT Reggaeton for all you Despacito devotees, BoxBEAT to unleash your inner rage and much more. At Your Beat (The Castle Centre, Elephant & Castle/The White Space, Leicester Square), free, book ahead, 1pm-6pm
BEER FESTIVAL: Come sunshine or rain, the show will go on at Wild Card Brewery's annual Easter beer festival. Sample over 30 varieties of kegged, cask and bottled beer from Britain's best breweries and tuck into Caribbean BBQ street food. Wild Card Brewery (Walthamstow), free, just turn up, 5pm-12am
CANDLES AND HANDEL: Bask in the beauty of Handel's Messiah, performed in an ethereal glow by the critically acclaimed Belmont Ensemble of London. Part of St Martin-in-the-Field's Concerts by Candlelight series. St Martin-in-the-Field (Trafalgar Square), £29, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY: Round off the long weekend with film score composer Joshua Abrams and his musical ensemble Natural Information Society. The group uses traditional & electric instrumentation to build an intricately psychedelic environment that incorporates the hypnotic beats of the Gnawan guimbri. OSLO (Hackney), £11, book ahead, 8pm
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).
Good cause of the day
Satisfy your sweet tooth while helping to fund the National Trust's vital conservation work. Head to Homerton's hidden gem Sutton House for a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt where you can explore the intricate, oak-panelled rooms of the Tudor manor house while the youngsters search for their goodies.
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