10 things to do during the Easter long weekend in London

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10 things to do during the Easter long weekend in London

33130210734_10dd2e1a19_zEaster is a big celebration in the UK. All churches hold Easter services, most have extra ones and special events as well. And for those who are not Christian there are also many chocolate and spring-themed events during the holiday weekend.

Before you go anywhere please take into account that Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays so TFL services will be reduced, as well as running the usual reduced weekend services on Saturday and Sunday. If you prefer to drive, roads can get quite busy as people will be travelling to visit family or going on holidays and many prefer to use their cars instead of the limited public transport. We have a full series of posts about using public transport in London if you would like some tips. There will also be school holidays from March 23rd to April 15th (exact dates vary according to school) so expect to find children, teenagers and stressed parents everywhere!

 

Religious events

  • Doubt at Southwark Cathedral: art installation by British artist Susie MacMurray inspired by Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. The Cathedral will also host other events, including talks and special services. Until Good Friday.
  • St John Passion at Westminster Cathedral: the piece by Bach will be performed by the Cathedral’s choir and orchestra. Tickets £15 to £40. Saturday 21st at 19.30.
  • Holy week concert at Westminster Abbey: the Abbey Choir will be performing St Matthew Passion by Bach. Tickets £12 to £45. Tuesday 27th at 18.30.
  • The passion of Jesus: a reenactment of Jesus’ last days in Trafalgar Square. Entrance is free, but go with time as it is extremely popular. You will be expected to sit on the floor or on the steps, you can bring your own cushion or hire one on the day. It can also be streamed online. Be advised that there will be realistic death and torture scenes. Good Friday at 12 and 3.15.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral: many dedicated services and special events. The cathedral won’t be open for sightseeing during Good Friday. Various days and times.

 

5606923883_fc55b40c58_zNon-religious events

  • A big day out with Peter Rabbit: 8 different activities aimed at children based on Peter Rabbit. All activities free with entrance ticket. Friday 30th to Sunday 15th.
  • Easter Holiday at Horniman: the Horniman museum once again has a full timetable of activities. Most are aimed at children and most are free. Various days and times.
  • Easter family fun at Hampton Court Palace: many family-friendly events all about chocolate. It includes a a chocolate bunny hunt, a tasting session and chocolate cup decoration. All activities free with entrance ticket. Monday 26th to Sunday 15th.
  • Free Easter party at POP Brixton: one for children and one for adults. Easter Sunday 12 to 15 (children) and 15 to 12 (adults).
  • South place cinema presents: screenings of Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory and Chocolat, both with welcome cocktail, a 2-course dinner and popcorn. Tickets £49. Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st at 3.