The first bank holiday weekend of the year is just around the corner, providing the perfect opportunity to discover, and rediscover, what London has to offer.
The capital has a whole host of activities, shows and special offers just for Easter weekend. Here are some of LHI’s favourites…
Easter activities at The Ritz
The Ritz’s Easter celebrations start on Easter Saturday with a chance for children to meet head pastry chef Lewis Wilson so they can create their very own chocolate egg.
They will get a special chef’s apron and hat as a memento of their experience. Guests staying on Easter Sunday will all get an Easter Egg along with a breakfast of hot cross buns, and there’s an annual egg hunt in the William Kent House garden. Even The Ritz’s afternoon tea is getting the Easter treatment, with an Easter egg for every child.
Buying the Claridge’s iconic Easter egg
Every year, Claridge’s creates a special limited edition egg.
This year, the hotel’s black-and-white marble lobby has inspired head pastry chef Ross Sneddon to create stunning Art Deco style eggs using dark, milk and white chocolate. Wrapped with a big black satin bow, it makes the perfect Easter gift. Just like The Ritz, Claridge’s is tweaking its afternoon tea menu, to include hot cross buns and Simnel cake.
The Zetter’s Easter egg hunt
The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell has put together a package to help guests get the most out of the Easter weekend.
There’s a 25% room discount, free stays for children, a full cooked breakfast and an in-room Easter egg hunt. For a traditional Easter, St James Church in Clerkenwell has evenings of Easter readings by candlelight and an Easter bonnet parade along with its Easter Sunday service.
Easter at the Roof Gardens
There’s no need to get stuck in a traffic jam heading out of the city to enjoy an Easter egg hunt in a gorgeous garden.
The Roof Gardens bar above Kensington High Street is organising a hunt, under the supervision of the Easter Bunny. One lucky winner will receive a huge Easter egg made by the chocolatiers at Choccywoccydoodah. That means parents can relax and sip a cocktail while taking in the view.
A chocolate tour of London
London boasts some of the most incredible chocolatiers in the world.
To make the most of them, why not sign up for a two-hour tour of Mayfair, visiting some of the finest chocolate shops on the planet. You’ll be able to learn more about the history of chocolate as well as sampling a delicious selection of chocolates and truffles along the way. The walk, which lasts around two hours in total, is being organised by tourguides.org.uk.
Three nights for two
Ten Manchester Street is making it easy to take advantage of extra time off work by offering a three-night stay for the price of two nights.
Guests will also take home a delicious Rococo Easter egg. The 45 room boutique hotel sits beside some of the capital’s best-loved attractions, including Madame Tussauds, Regent’s Park and the British Museum.
Head to the country
You don’t have to travel too far out of London for a true country experience.
A 2 day fair in Broxbourne features animal shows, ferret racing, birds of prey displays, a dog show and the chance for children to bottle feed new-born lambs. The event takes place April 5th-6th at River Lee Country Park.
Easter Delight at The Landmark
The elegant Landmark hotel has put together a special Easter package.
It includes a bottle of chilled Champagne waiting for your arrival and a surprise chocolate Easter treat created by the hotel chefs. The offer, which is available until April 12, also includes a traditional English breakfast and access to the spa and health club. An overnight stay with this package starts at £280.
An oasis for wildlife just 10 minutes from Hammersmith, the London Wetland Centre is hosting a giant duck hunt over Easter.
Some of the wetland centre’s ducklings have gone missing and help is needed to find them. Visitors can follow the Easter duck trail to find out where they’re hiding and win a chocolate treat. You can also join in egg and spoon races, decorate your own duckling to take home or make an Easter card.
Buying artisan Easter eggs
The Easter eggs in London’s chocolatiers are a cut above the average.
This year, there’s no need to simply pop to the supermarket for an egg like anyone elses. Instead, try Artisan Du Chocolat, which has four shops across the capital, including a concession in Selfridges. The Easter collection takes its inspiration from nature, with bunnies, ducklings and rainbow-coloured eggs.
As you can see, Easter is a delicious treat of a time to visit London!
Photo credits: Susanne Nilsson, The Ritz London, Claridge’s, The Zetter Hotel, Kensington Roof Gardens, Seth Bauer, Ten Manchester Street, Oakleigh Fairs, The Landmark, London Wetlands Centre, Artisan du Chocolat.