Easter weekend is a fantastic time to visit this glorious city. Spring is in the air and the city is coming out of its winter clothes. There is a new happy feeling around. The buildings look brighter and the parks are full of new life and colour. If you’re looking for fun things to do for Easter Weekend in London, look no further!
In this brief guide we’ll help to answer some of your questions. The best place to eat Easter Sunday Lunch. If chocolate’s your thing, the best place to get your Easter Eggs in London. Where to find an Easter Egg hunt in London, or even where to find some great Chocolate Cocktails in London. Where to find the nightlife in London at Easter. What are the best attractions in London for Easter 2019 and much more!
When does Easter fall in 2019?
Easter weekend is from Good Friday on 19th April till Easter Monday on 22nd April
What will the weather be like at Easter in London?
Easter is at the start of Spring in the UK. The weather should be generally pleasant and unlikely to be really cold. There are likely to be rain showers but there is little chance of snow at Easter in London.
Will the shops be open in London at Easter?
Large shops such as department stores are closed on Easter Sunday. Smaller shops can remain open. It’s best is to check directly with the shop or shops you want to visit. For the rest of the Easter weekend in London shops will be open.
Is there an Easter Parade in London?
No there is no parade over Easter weekend in London. But there are Easter Egg hunts at National Trust properties close to London. They are mainly aimed at children but the young at heart could sneak in!
Is getting around London easy over Easter Weekend?
You can walk, cycle, take an Uber or get the underground to easily get around London over Easter. Sometimes there are underground repairs taking place. Check what stations and lines might be closed in advance on the Transport for London website.
Now for the Fun stuff to do in London over Easter 2019
You’ll be spoiled for choice for things to do over Easter in London. Read on to find the best and most fun things to do at Easter 2019.
Let’s start with the chocolate!
It’s a known fact that everyone needs to wake up on Easter Sunday in London to a nice chocolate Easter egg. Whether your taste is posh or plain, make sure you have an egg or three for you and your travel companion(s). You don’t need to go far or spend a fortune. Just find your nearest Waitrose or Tesco Express supermarket and there will be shelves of chocolate eggs.
But if you want something a bit more unique for that special someone then head to one of the fabulous chocolate shops in London. There are many.
One of our favorites is Melt They make and sell a delicious range of beautiful chocolate Easter eggs in London. They also run great fun courses over Easter Weekend in London. You can sign up for a chocolate brownie making course and eat your own produce. Yum! You will need to book ahead.
If you just want to gaze at some amazing Easter Egg creations then head to that incredible London foodie shop Fortnum and Mason. Whilst you’re there just take a look around the stunning food-hall. We bet you’ll be tempted by something even if it’s just a tasty pastry.
Equally amazing is the famous Harrod’s food-hall where, over Easter Weekend in London, there will be the smell of traditional hot cross buns baking. There will be chocolate Easter Eggs of every shape and size. Some with prices as big as the eggs … Look and admire and maybe head back to Waitrose or Tesco supermarket to make your egg purchase!
Other chocolate things you could do in London over Easter Weekend:
- Have a chocolate cocktail at The Chocolate Cocktail Club in Brick Lane!
- Have a fabulous hot chocolate with friendly and fun staff at Dark Sugars Cocoa House also in Brick Lane. Great atmosphere and a chocolate-lovers dream of a venue with funky interior, good music and vibe.
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- Sneak in with the kids – though don’t knock them over – at one of the many Easter Egg Hunts over the Easter Weekend in London. Bear in mind that a lot of egg hunts require you to actually have a kid with you so unless you can borrow a niece or nephew then you may have to just create your own Easter Egg hunt over your Easter Weekend in London. Why not some travel companions from Clink and hide some eggs around the King’s Cross neighbourhood?
- A lot of people ask about the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea in London. The hotel where it was held is currently closed for refurbishment. But if you are keen to go check their website nearer the time to see if they are back in action. It’s fantastic fun and tasty too.
Easter Weekend in London can be spent not only eating but drinking chocolate. What more could you want?
Tips for Easter Weekend in London at the Museums and Art Galleries and other London attractions
Museums and attractions in London over Easter 2019
London’s many museums and art galleries will be open over Easter Weekend and the vast majority are free. The incredible London Science Museum is one. If you really do want to visit the museums and galleries, then we suggest going towards the end of the day when children get tired and crowds thin. The same applies to things like the Coca Cola London Eye and Madame Tussauds which are expensive to visit.
Our London weekend on a budget guide covers a lot of things that you can do for free or on a small budget. If you’re visiting over the Easter weekend in London, make sure to check it out here.
The London Markets
The London Markets are great at any time so if you’re in London over Easter weekend, make sure to pay a visit. Borough Market is a haven for foodies. It’s near London’s tallest building, the Shard. Buy your picnic stuff here and sample the wares of the many stalls and street vendors.
Camden Market which is about 10 minutes on the underground from Clink is great for just about everything from vintage clothes and other vintage finds, food, boutique shops etc. Best of all is the people watching. Just sit at a café and watch life at Easter weekend in London walk by.
The London Parks
For a city, London has an incredible amount of beautiful outdoor spaces that are all free to roam. An easy 30 mins walk or 15 on the underground from Clink you’ll find The Regent’s Park. Head there with a picnic from some goodies you’ve picked up in the morning at fabulous Borough Market is heaven over Easter Weekend.
Take a boat out on the lake for £7.50. Or if you’re an animal lover then the Zoo at Regent’s Park is well worth a visit. It is home to around 750 species and is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Ticket prices at £30 are not cheap so you need to make the most of your day. You can picnic there to save money.
Eating and Drinking over the Easter Weekend in London
After so much exploring you’ll need to eat, and you should set aside some time and money for Easter Brunch or Easter Sunday Lunch in London. As you can imagine, there is every level of dining in a city like London. On Easter Weekend finding the right place to have Easter Sunday lunch in London needs some advance planning.
Our advice is to book ahead if you can as the British love their Easter Sunday roast!
Here are a few of our favorites:
The Pig & Butcher in Islington. Well, the name is enough to suggest it’s not one for vegetarians or vegans in the party. But as one food critic said “it serves food that is worth getting fat for”. Their meat is fantastic, they have tender roast lamb shoulders to share amongst four or a cowboy pork chop between two. It’s not the cheapest, but it is well worth it. Two courses will set you back £25 to £30 plus drinks.
For more Cosy London pubs which will sort you out with a great Easter Sunday Lunch in London have a read of our handy guide
The Crown and Anchor is a down to earth traditional English pub. Their traditional Easter Sunday Lunch in London will give you a taster of a proper English roast with Yorkshire pudding and good homemade gravy. A little bit less pricey at around £20 for two courses. Also if you are vegan or vegetarian or just fancy a meet free Easter Sunday lunch in London then our guide to the best vegan food in London will take you to the right spots.