With Easter Weekend in London quickly approaching, it’s time to figure out how to spend it if you’re visiting London during the holiday. The fact that it’s an extra long weekend means there is tons happening all over the city, whether you want it to be child-friendly or you just want to party your face off. There is something for everyone to enjoy during Easter Weekend in London.
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When is Easter Weekend?
In 2023, Easter is on April 9th. Easter weekend in London is from April 7th – April 10th as the 7th (Friday) and 10th (Monday) are bank holidays. That means that Londoners do not have to work on Easter weekend if they’re working in a job that operates at regular Monday-Friday office hours. If they work in hospitality or public transport, they might have to.
What’s open in London during Easter weekend?
Most things are open until Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday, many businesses will observe limited hours. Expect supermarkets and large stores to be completely closed.
You’ll be able to find restaurants to eat in on Easter Sunday in London quite easily, but book in advance as some will have special menus and the best restaurants will book up early.
Opening times for each London tourist attraction will vary so check its website for clarification.
Will public transportation run on Easter Weekend in London?
Sunday timetables usually apply to public transport on bank holidays, and many lines will have reduced service due to planned maintenance work. So just give yourself plenty of time to get wherever you’re trying to go.
If you have something scheduled on Easter Weekend in London and you want to see how long it will take you to get there with the bank holidays hours, use Google Maps or Citymapper and adjust your travel time for the day and time you need to arrive. Both of those apps will account for any planned maintenance work happening.
If you need to get to or from the airport or anywhere in London you might want to consider pre-booking a taxi. We recommend doing that with Welcome Pickup.
Things to do on Easter Weekend in London:
Where to celebrate Easter in London (in a religious capacity):
- Head to Trafalgar Square to enjoy a free performance of The Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. There will be two live performances, at noon and 3:15pm.
- Attend an Easter weekend service at Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral or St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Image Credit: Hampton Court Palace
Kid-friendly things to do on Easter Weekend in London:
- The Horniman Museum will have a Spring Fair on Saturday where you can make a badge, watch a bubble perfomance and attend the Easter bonnet parade.
- Participate in the Easter egg hunt at Hampton Court Palace with the Lindt Gold Bunny.
- Indulge in a fun Easter-themed afternoon tea at the Rosewood London.
- Enjoy a Sunday roast on Easter Sunday. Most pubs will be opening, serving Sunday roast if not a special Easter menu. Book in advance!
- Get tickets for The Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure, an outdoor interactive experience right in Covent Garden. Expect fun kid-focused Easter activities and a visit from Peter Rabbit himself.
- Join a fun London-wide scavenger hunt that’s Easter-themed with the BucketRace’s Easter Scavenger Hunt.
Image Credit: Kew Gardens (Lake and Crossing)
Other fun things to do on Easter Weekend in London:
- Learn about the rebels of Covent Garden on this unique and interesting walking tour.
- Book an East End food tour to eat well and get to know the history of the eclectic East End of London. If you’re vegan, book onto the city’s only vegan food tour instead.
- Go for a walk through one of the many parks in London. Enjoy wildlife sightings at Richmond Park or people watch in Hyde Park.
- Enjoy a day at the Southbank Centre which has several shows that are free during the month of April.
- Tuck into a tasty 3-course brunch with two hours of delicious bottomless rum punch or Prosecco and reggae beats in the background at Cottons Tropical Bottomless Brunch.
- Have a big night out at Proud’s Embankment and catch one of their shows (book in advance).
- Get tickets to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a 360º digital art exhibition in London celebrating Vincent van Gogh.
For more ideas have a read of Top Things to Do in London in April.
Easter Weekend in London is bound to be jam-packed with some amazing events. From Easter egg hunts to bottomless brunches, to church services, and shows, there is something designed for everyone.
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