It’s Easter weekend! If you haven’t already planned out your bumper four-day weekend or you find yourself at a loose end, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of things to do this weekend in London.
From bottomless brunches and special set menus to staycation offers and child-friendly activities, here’s what to do this weekend in London.
30 Things To Do This Weekend In London
Italian Easter Delights at Eataly
Celebrate Easter the Italian way at Eataly this weekend. The Italian marketplace has a bountiful offering, from kids cooking classes to weekend menu specials across their restaurants.
Wander around the ground floor and treat yourself to traditional Italian Easter items, from colomba – the Easter version of the panettone – to classic Italian chocolate eggs filled to the nines with pistachio and hazelnuts, or opt for one of their hampers for the whole family to enjoy over the weekend.
Head upstairs to one of their restaurants where you’ll find limited-edition weekend-only items, from egg and asparagus pizza at Pasta e Pizza to the indulgent sorpresa pasquale alle arachidi, a peanut parfait egg filled with a banana and chocolate ganache cream, served with chocolate sauce and gold leaf at Terra.
The kids can enjoy all the fun too thanks to their children-friendly pizza-making class led by their brilliant school chef Matteo.
135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Aladdin Sane: 50 Years, Southbank Centre
Bowie fans, get excited: this week saw the opening of the Southbank Centre’s latest exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Aladdin Sane.
Marking half a century of Bowie’s iconic album, this exhibition explores the creatives behind the artwork, created by photographer Brian Duffy. Expect the legendary lightning flash portrait on show, alongside a line-up of live music and talks inspired by the album spread across the duration of the exhibit.
Running until 28.05.2023
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Dancing at Lughnasa, National Theatre
It’s 1936, harvest time and the Mundey sisters are battling poverty in the fight to raise seven-year-old Michael and care for their Uncle Jack.
The award-winning drama from the writer of Translations, the National Theatre’s show sees these girls fight, love, dance, yearn and live to survive during the Festival of Lughnasa.
RUNNING 06.04.2023 – 27.05.2023
Easter Chocolate Classes at Le Cordon Bleu London
Up the ante this Easter weekend and take your culinary skills to the next level with a helping hand from Le Cordon Bleu London.
The iconic culinary school has a series of short classes perfect for weekend activities, from Easter baking courses to mastering the art of cake decorating and learning how to work with chocolate.
15 Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2LS
Clueless Immersive Dining, The Refinery x Taste Film
Fall back in love with your favourite nineties film at this month’s Taste Film event. Taking place at Drake & Morgan’s The Refinery, the experience will see Clueless fans tuck into dishes inspired by the film as it plays in front of you.
Expect everything from chicken mousse ballotine and cinnamon pretzels to tequila sunrise cocktails to fuel you through the screening.
Running 07.04.2023 – 08.04.2023
The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 9AN
Akram Khan Company’s Jungle Book Reimagined, Sadler’s Wells
We’ve all seen the Disney movies but this Easter you can see Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel transformed in Akram Khan Company’s performance, Jungle Book Reimagined.
On stage at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, this dance-theatre production sees the journey of Mowgli through the eyes of a climate refugee.
Featuring an original score, ten international dancers and state-of-the-art animation and visuals, this is a compelling must-see production.
Running until 15.04.2023
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenues, EC1R 4TN
Ai Weiwei: Making Sense, The Design Museum
This week saw the Design Museum make way for a new exhibition. Ai Weiwei: Making Sense is the artist’s first exhibition that focuses on design, featuring recent works and commissioned pieces.
Showcased through Weiwei’s renowned multi-disciplinary processes – from art to architecture, design to film, collecting and curating – the retrospective explores “the tension between past and present, hand and machine, precious and worthless, construction and destruction”.
Running until 30.07.2023
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, UK Tour
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been adapted by Joel Horwood and will chart the thrilling adventure between fantasy, myth and friendship. Blending magic with memory, the story follows a man returning to his childhood Sussex farmhouse home and the pond he used to play.
Transported back to his 12th birthday, he reimagines the pond as the ocean, where everything was once possible. He’s plunged back into the magic, forced to reckon with ancient forces that threaten to destroy everything around him.
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford over Easter weekend
Betty Woodman & George Woodman, Charleston Trust
This is the first exhibition in the UK to explore both American ceramic artist Betty Woodman and painter and photographer George Woodman’s work together in one space. The Charleston Trust retrospective brings together everything from vibrant ceramics and abstract paintings to photographs and early collaborations.
Charleston Trust, Firle, West Firle, Lewes, BN8 6LL
Pasta Making with Pasta Evangelists
A match made in heaven; join Pasta Evangelists and the best of British eggs, Clarence Court, on an eggs-tra special pasta masterclass this Easter weekend.
Guests will learn how to select and work with different egg varieties to take their fresh egg pasta making skills to the next level, from mastering the perfect egg-dough to crafting egg yolk fillings.
Tickets cost £65 which includes two-hour pasta masterclass with a private chef, a fresh pasta meal and a Clarence Court goody bag to take home.
Classes are available at 10.00, 13.30 and 18.30 on Easter Sunday and 13.30 on Easter Monday
The Pasta Academy, 62-63 Long Lane, EC1A 9EJ
FOOD & DRINK
Easter-Themed Afternoon Tea at TÎNG
For London’s most adorable afternoon tea, it’s got to be TĪNG’s Easter edition. The Skyline Afternoon Tea features adorable themed treats, including a hand-crafted Easter egg with a white chocolate and passion fruit filling. It’s almost too cute to eat.
LEVEL 35, 31 ST THOMAS STREET, SE1 9QU
Bottomless Brunch at The Piano Works
Take it up a notch this weekend and opt for The Piano Works’ legendary bottomless brunch. It’s been given the Easter treatment, allowing you to enter the world of the Mad Hatter. The experience is complete with Drink Me potions, Eat Me sweet treats and the Piano Works’ talented musicians playing back-to-back bangers chosen by you.
Farringdon & West End
Easter Menus at Lucky Cat
Go all out and head to Lucky Cat this weekend – they will be celebrating Easter weekend in full force, complete with three course set menus for just £29 (Monday – Friday) to DJ sets going into the early hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Have kids in tow? Head over to Gordon Ramsay Restaurants’ Bread Street Kitchen locations where kids can eat free all day, every day from the Ramsay kids menu.
10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1K 6JP
Floral Afternoon Tea at Pan Pacific London
Celebrating the hotel’s Singaporean roots, The Orchid Lounge at Pan Pacific London has launched an afternoon tea inspired by the floral fantasy of the renowned Singaporean landmark Gardens by the Bay. This tea’s patisserie will be inspired by four areas of the floral fantasy, including Dance, Float, Waltz and Drift.
Fancy something a little more seasonal? Head to the hotel’s patisserie SHIOK! for giant Easter eggs, warm hot cross buns and adorable chocolate bunnies.
80 Houndsditch, EC3A 7AB
Brunch at Andaz London Liverpool Street
Alongside all the usual Scandalous brunch activity at Rake’s Café Bar this weekend, they will be giving guests ceramic Easter eggs to get creative and decorate. Opt for bottomless drinks and get little messy as you create a piece you can take home with you.
If you’re after a more child-friendly affair, opt for Andaz’s other restaurant Eastway Brasserie and their Easter brunch – complete with a ceramic egg for painting and delicious child-friendly dishes.
40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Easter Cocktails at Sanderson London Hotel
Mixing up something chocolatey this weekend will be Sanderson’s Long Bar mixologists. Using and taking inspiration Tony Chocolonely chocolates, choose between Tony’s Spring Fling, made with Absolute Vanilla, limoncello, Mozart white, raspberry puree, Monin vanilla syrup and Monin blood orange syrup, and topped with whipped cream, raspberry powder and mint or the Mon Cherry, inspired by the dark almond and sea salt bar, using Woodfood Reserve, Amaretto di Saronno, Frangelico, Monin cherry syrup and Fino Sherry.
50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG
Adorable Buns at Bun House
If there’s one themed treat you have this Easter, make it Bun House’s adorable limited-edition steamed bun range.
Founded by husband and wife duo Z He and Alex Peffly, this Cantonese spot is a firm favourite amongst steamed bun lovers, and their Easter chicken buns are just too cute to miss. Filled with homemade coconut kaya custard filling, a sweet Malaysian jam made with coconut and caramel.
26-27 LISLE STREET, WC2H 7BA
Afternoon Tea at The Lane
Afternoon tea never looked so good. Make The Lane’s regency tea the highlight of your long weekend and you could be sipping on Rare Tea Company tea and Taittinger Champagne, while tucking into Lily Vanilli’s sweet and savoury treats. Expect madeleines topped with lapsang-souchong glazed salmon; puff pastry sausage rolls; sticky toffee puddings; elderflower jelly and more.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF
Ping Pong & Pizza at Bounce
This Easter at Bounce you could be in with the chance of winning the golden (ping pong) ball. Every night between 6-9pm, there will be four opportunities for guests to find the winning golden ball. The prize? Winning the ultimate Bounce experience. A round of drinks for the winning table, pizzas, and a Games Guru (coordinator of games) will be yours to really amp up the fun.
Old Street & Farringdon
Easter Goodies at Donutelier
Satisfy all of those sweet treat cravings with a helping hand from Donutelier who have launched a limited-edition Easter collection. Choose from the likes of the Gianduja Chocolate Eggs – filled with milk chantilly and praline, chocolate hazelnuts crust, chocolate ganache nest and gianduja flakes; Springtime Pistachio-filled with chantilly cream and pistachio varigato, pistachio ganache nest and chocolate eggs; or the Easter Vanilla Dreams – fleur de sel ganache, white chocolate hazelnuts crust, vanilla cream nest, salted caramel and gianduja flakes.
48 – 50 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0BB
For more food and drink inspiration, check out London’s best Easter menus
Spring Festival at Battersea Power Station
From giant flower trails to face painting, bungee trampolines to Hoola hooping classes, Battersea Power Station is going all out this Easter half term. There are so many activities for kids to get stuck into, including gardening workshops, mini sports days, storytelling and dancing and more.
There’ll even be a mobile farm courtesy of Vauxhall City Farm, where little ones can say hi to alpacas, sheep, goats and more furry friends. Fuel up after all the running around at one of the neighbourhood’s restaurants where you’ll find limited-edition sweet treats, from Crosstown’s hot cross bun doughnut to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar’s hot cross choux bun – yum.
BATTERSEA POWER STATION
Superworm, Wakehurst & Kew Garden
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Superworm is headed to Wakehurst and Kew this half term. Let your little ones explore the underworld of Superworm in this special Easter trail, learning along the way how plants and animals work together as a team.
Familiar scenes from the much-loved book and TV special will come to life along the walk as you dig deeper into Kew and the creatures found within. All that’s left to ask is – can you help save Superworm from Wizard Lizard?
Wakehurst & Kew
Easter at Bewilderwood
Let the kids run wild this Easter weekend and book in for a family-friendly trip to Bewilderwood Cheshire. They have a month packed with themed events, from storytelling to crafts and face painting, and even a puzzling park trail where the kids can spot eggs along the way.
Bewilderwood Cheshire, Bickley Moss, Whitchurch, Cheshire, SY13 4JF
Kids Crafts at The Westin London City
Spring has sprung at this London hotel and Londoners all ages are invited down to celebrate the season. Step into their Sensory Garden, a love letter to British wildlife and reconnect with nature through your senses. Over Easter weekend, the little ones can take part at the kids play table, complete with arts and crafts including egg colouring and card making.
60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
The Peter Rabbit Easter Experience
It isn’t Easter without a mention of Peter Rabbit. This spring all the magic of Beatrix Potter’s loveable stories come to life in Covent Garden.
Spread across dates in March and April, the experience will see you helping Miss Potter out on a rescue mission, learn how to drive in a mini ROVER at Mr McGregor’s obstacle course and even a few photo ops with Peter Rabbit himself.
CHESTNUT BAKERY, 24 FLORAL STREET, WC2E 9DS
Sharky & George Party at South Place Hotel
From chocolate egg hunts to face painting, Easter games to party food, South Place Hotel is going all out this Easter. They’ve teamed up with kids party extraordinaire Sharky and George to let your little ones run wild at this Easter-themed event.
3 South Place, EC2M 3AF
Easter egg hunts around the UK
Everywhere you look this weekend, there’ll be an Easter egg hunt. On Sunday 9th April head to Home House for their annual egg hunt where the club’s Easter bunny has left surprises all around Portman Square Garden.
Over at Hampton Court Palace, you can head on the Lindt GOLD BUNNY hunt or head further afield and visit a National Trust park, where you’ll find over 100 Easter egg hunts taking place across their sites.
For child-friendly events, check out our bumper Easter holidays guide.
LAST MINUTE STAYCATION DEALS
Great Northern Hotel
Easter holidays never looked so good. This weekend explore the city through fresh eyes thanks to the Great Northern Hotel’s child-friendly package. Discover King’s Cross and visit Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾ before heading to the hotel for dinner. Children between the age of 5-12 years old dine for free, receive a chocolate Easter egg and enjoy a turn-down service with milk and cookies. Parents will also enjoy truffles on arrival, a complimentary three-course dinner at Rails restaurant and cocktails at Little Bar.
Available to book until 16th April
Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB
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Horwood House Hotel
Escape the city and opt for a magical countryside break with the kids. Complete with Woburn Safari Park and Silverstone Interactive Museum on the doorstep, Horwood House Hotel is the perfect place to experience the best of spring with the little ones.
They’ve launched a special Easter package, complete with free dining for kids under 12, chocolate afternoon tea for all, Easter egg hunts and more.
MURSLEY ROAD, LITTLE HORWOOD, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, MK17 0PH
Whisk the whole family away for an Easter staycation right here in the city. The Athenaeum is celebrating by giving you an extra night when you book two nights. Plus, parents can enjoy an additional £30 food and drink credit to use at The Bar or 116 at The Athenaeum. Plus, kids under 12 eat free. Where do we sign up?!
The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ
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