Why not spend Easter in London this year, and explore everything going on in the city? Whether you’re a family, couple, or flying solo, London has plenty to offer on Easter weekend. We run through the best Easter activities in London in 2020.
When is Easter Weekend 2020?
In 2020, Good Friday is on the 10th April, so the long Easter weekend runs from the 10th to the 13th. Children are on school holidays and a lot of parents are off work during the bank holidays, giving you four days to play with to find the perfect Easter activities.
1. 2020 Easter Parade in London
2019 saw the first Easter parade in London, and after the event proved to be a hit, we can look forward to another day of fun this year. The parade will take place on Easter Sunday – 12th April – starting from St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden at 11am.
Anyone who wants to take part is invited to don their finest and most colourful attire, including big hats and bonnets, and meet in Covent Garden. The parade will cover a 2 mile route with a few scheduled stops on the way at various cafes and pubs.
2. Easter Egg Hunts in London
Both Kensington Palace and Hampton Court will play host to some picturesque Easter egg hunts this Easter in London. Sponsored by Swiss chocolatier Lindt, families are invited to explore the grounds on the lookout for the famous Lindt Gold bunnies. At Kensington, the home of William and Kate, the price of entry includes a visit to the grounds, the chocolate hunt, dress up in Georgian costume and the chance to play Victorian games like croquet and coits. At Hampton Court, guests can take part in the hunt as well as explore the grounds and get lost in the garden maze.
3. The Passion of Jesus Performance
Learn about the origins of the Easter celebration in the Christian faith this Good Friday, by attending the annual Wintershall performance; The Passion of Jesus. This open-air event takes place in Trafalgar Square, and goes on for around 90 minutes, starting at both noon and 3.15pm. It’s completely free, so expect it to be busy, but stewards are on hand to guide you where to sit and there are big screens to facilitate viewing. NB. There is a realistic portrayal of the crucifixion, so parents are advised to exercise caution if bringing little ones.
4. Family Easter Fun at Burgh House
Burgh House in Hampstead is hosting a weekend of Easter activities for families to enjoy. You’ll find storytelling sessions and crafts such as Easter basket decorating, and making cone bunnies and Easter crowns. Designed for children aged 8 and below, tickets are £10 per child and they must be accompanied by an adult.
5. The Royal Choral Society’s Messiah on Good Friday
A true tradition at Easter in London is The Royal Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday. This has taken place every year since Easter 1876, and it continues to attract a full audience at The Royal Albert Hall. This year the choir will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the performance will commence at 2.30pm.
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6. Horniman Easter Fair
In Forest Hill, London, Horniman Museum and Gardens are hosting a fun-filled Easter Fair on Easter weekend. Running from Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th, between 10.30am and 4pm, the fair offers a range of activities from workshops and storytelling to an Easter trail and craft market. There are rides and a bouncy castle, dance sessions and face-painting to enjoy as well.
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These are just a handful of the Easter activities in London to choose from on your Easter break in the capital. London has so much to offer in addition to these seasonal events, from major historic landmarks to world-class shopping and dining. After a day exploring the city, spend your evenings in comfort at one of our boutique Gem Hotels. Over Easter, we have a special offer that includes a welcome drink, complimentary chocolate, a full English breakfast as well as 15% off on Superior rooms and above. Find out more about Easter offers at Gem.