Spring. You can feel it coming like a tiny glimmer of hope, the sun starts to come out from hiding, the flowers start to bloom, the cold weather slightly dissipates and there’s only one thing left to say: Spring has finally sprung! After what always feels like the longest winter of our lives it’s time to finally put the heavy coats, boots and scarfs away, grab the sunglasses and get outside to enjoy the slightly warmer weather and activities on Easter bank holiday weekend!
Easter in London
Easter weekend is always a whirlwind of excitement and London as usual always offers a little something for everyone. If you’re new in town it’s a great time to get out of the house and experience London in its element. We’ve rounded up seven fun-filled Easter weekend activities to get excited about this spring.
Visit a Chocolate Shop
To some Easter means one thing and one thing only, and that’s….Chocolate! This Easter weekend why not visit one of London’s top chocolate shops and indulge in some of the richest cocoa bean goodness. Dark Sugars is one of these locations, found in Brick Lane, people say that you can smell it before you see it as the Ghanaian cocoa bean aroma drifts out the shop doors. If you have a sweet tooth and a craving for chocolate in all forms and flavours then this place is a must-see.
Picnic In Hyde Park
When the sun decides to finally show its face again there’s no better plan than to grab some friends, pack some food and head to Hyde Park for a picnic. This is a great cost-friendly option for Easter weekend in a stunning location. Hyde Park has such a wide variety of different areas to relax in and enjoy. You can choose to either have a lazy day on the grass soaking up the atmosphere or if you fancy something more physical there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from hiring a rowboat to go along the river or taking a walk and exploring the gardens. No matter how you choose to spend your day, a trip to Hyde Park will never disappoint.
Easter weekend is all about relaxing and indulging so why not go the whole hog and treat yourself to afternoon tea at one of the best locations in London, the British Museum. The airy Great Court restaurant sits under the museum’s famous glass ceiling and is surrounded by huge collections of artefacts from all over the world. From finger sandwiches and a variety of scones to aromatic loose-leaf and flowering teas. The afternoon tea menu at the museum includes all the traditional delicacies you could ever wish for!
Backyard Comedy Club
If you’ve been there done that with the sightseeing and visiting famous attractions and fancy ditching the chocolate hunting and family gathering time for something different, perhaps a night of giggling and laughing your head off? Then the Backyard Comedy Club is the place for you. This spot in Bethnal Green is the largest comedy club in London and hosts some of the biggest names in comedy in the UK circuit and the best up and coming talent. New Act night is free if booked in advance and all other evenings start ranging from £7-£10 and up.
An oldie but still a goodie, if you’re new to London and want to get a headstart on ticking off that bucket list then grabbing a ticket for a tour to view the famous sights of London on the open-top sightseeing bus is a must-do. Put google maps away, hop on board, sit back and relax and enjoy learning about London’s rich cultures and facts whilst passing the famous landmarks and attractions. This is a great way to take in the London atmosphere and avoid multiple journeys on the always crowded tube.
Explore Kew Gardens
If you’re a proud plant parent and into all things botanical then a trip to the Kew Gardens should definitely be on your to-do list this bank holiday weekend. Founded in 1840 The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical gardens in the world. You will find more than 50,000 different plants in its living collection and it offers 300 acres of green goodness that consists of several glasshouses, galleries, restaurants, a pond, plenty of sculptures and even a treetop walkway! There is so much to explore that even a single day trip might not be enough to absorb and discover all its corners. A highlight for many people is the famous Palm glasshouse, it’s considered to be the most important surviving Victorian iron glass structure in the world.
Go for a Sunday Roast
At the end of the day, if none of the above options tickled your fancy or you have a group of friends with different tastes who are undecided, nothing can beat a classic Sunday roast!
It’s one of Britain’s most celebrated food traditions with a centrepiece of roast meat (beef, lamb, chicken or pork) being the most common. Served with a portion of roast potatoes and an assortment of roasted vegetables. Top it off with a heavy drizzle of gravy and don’t forget the Yorkshire puddings! There’s also no need to worry about veggie and vegan options as there are plenty of spots in London that cater for vegetarians and vegans and serve up the best veggie roast you will ever taste. Substituting the meat for a hearty nut roast or mock beef wellington, everyone is guaranteed to be a happy camper when choosing this option for your bank holiday outing.
Some of the top Sunday roast spots include The Pig and Butcher in Liverpool Road, Bobbin in Clapham Common and if you are wanting a fully vegan spot then the Manna in Primrose Hill and Cafe Van Gogh in Brixton are great locations.
So there you have it...
Seven fun activities to keep you and your mates busy during the upcoming Easter bank holiday weekend. Whether you prefer a classic relaxing day in the park with some friends and good food, or you fancy mixing it up a little and trying something new, London will always have you covered with new fun-filled activities for everyone’s tastes and desires.