Easter in London
Easter in London is a season to savour. New shows and exhibitions pop up, and classic attractions throw open their doors to welcome visitors, young and old. If you are looking forward to bringing the family to the capital over the Easter break, these events and experiences are made for sharing – whatever the weather.
Make the most of sunny days
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
Chocolate lovers could strike gold this Easter by following the trail and solving the clues hidden around two of the capital’s finest Historic Royal Palaces. At the famous home of Henry VIII and the present-day residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, families can explore the magnificent estates in search of treasures – edible and otherwise.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE & KENSINGTON PALACE
6-22 April 2019
Princess Diana Memorial Playground
Hoist the mainsail, climb the rigging and walk the plank at this Peter Pan-inspired play area tucked between the trees next to Kensington Palace where Diana, Princess of Wales lived. As well as a pirate ship, beach and tipis to keep the little ones busy, there is also a café to refuel afterwards.
KENSINGTON GARDENS, HYDE PARK
The beautifully-preserved 19th-century Cutty Sark, once one of the world’s fastest ships, has dropped anchor permanently in Greenwich and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Today, visitors can take the wheel, squeeze into the crew’s bunk beds and meet characters from the ship’s past – from Captain Woodget to Nannie the Witch. Then, push the boat out with afternoon tea beneath the striking copper-plated hull – after all, this historic ship was one of Britain’s last tea clippers.
Escape the urban jungle and head to the treetops to experience the city from a whole new perspective. Just across the Thames from Chelsea, Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior challenge welcomes adventurers of all ages. Navigate canopy-level bridges, high wires and zip lines – putting balance and bravery to the test.
Don’t let April showers stop play...
Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
Admire the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾. Venture into the Forbidden Forest. Go Galleon counting in Gringotts Wizarding Bank, opening in time for Easter, and step inside the Lestrange vault which is also new for 2019. This behind-the-spells tour invites visitors into the fantastical world of the Harry Potter films. With hand-crafted props, straight-from-the-set costumes and the chance to sample Butterbeer, it’s pure magic.
WARNER BROS. STUDIO, WATFORD
Snorkel with Sharks
Take the plunge for a face to fin experience with some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. On a 15-minute snorkel guests have the exclusive opportunity to swim with the aquarium’s star shark breeds including Sand Tiger Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks and Black Tip Reef Sharks. Four people can dive together, making this a jaw-dropping challenge for all the family.
SEA LIFE LONDON, SOUTH BANK
Where is Peter Rabbit?
Beatrix Potter’s rebellious rabbit has been enthralling children for well over a century. The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the best-selling books of all time and the 2018 animated film it inspired grossed over $350 million worldwide. Now Peter and his friends take to the stage as enchanting puppets, with a fabulous score of songs that reimagines Potter’s original tales.
THEATRE ROYAL, HAYMARKET
5-28 April 2019
Find the key, beat the boss, smash the high score. Celebrate 40 years of video gaming this Easter with this hands-on, interactive event at the Science Museum. Whether you want to go retro with Pacman and Pong, take to the track for a multiplayer Mario Kart showdown or look to the future with some of the latest virtual reality kit, this is a captivating chance to bring your ‘A’ game on 160 classic consoles.
SCIENCE MUSEUM, SOUTH KENSINGTON
6-22 April 2019
Little School of Biscuiteers
Perfect for budding bakers, London’s Biscuiteers boutiques invite you to create your own Easter treats. Learn to decorate all sorts of biscuit shapes with icing and piping lessons in the DIY icing café. The boutiques can even host private parties. This for-all-the-family activity tastes as good as it looks.
NOTTING HILL & BATTERSEA
Shrek’s Adventure! London
The adventure begins as you board a bus – yet this is no ordinary double-decker. Soar through the skies on a 4D flying coach to Far Far Away for a voyage into the fairy tale realm of DreamWorks. Meet the Muffin Man, listen for wisecracking Donkey and walk through Shrek’s swamp, looking for the ogre himself. For aspiring Kung Fu Pandas, there is martial arts training and the cast of Madagascar provide plenty of circus fun.
SHREK’S ADVENTURE, SOUTH BANK
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