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Things to do over the Easter holidays Tuesday, 7th March 2023

The Easter holidays are just around the corner so we’ve put together some ideas to suit all ages and budgets, whether you’re staying in the capital or further afield.

Spending Easter in London?

Take the kids on an egg-cellent adventure

Richmond is a perfect base for a family day out. Enjoy an egg hunt at Ham House and Garden, an 11-minute drive from our Richmond serviced apartments. Young ones can also take part in hoopla and wheelbarrow races, and learn about life in the 17th century.

At Hampton Court Palace, discover the fascinating stories of the royal residence and take to the 60-acre grounds to find the hidden Lindt gold bunny statues. Once the kids have collected their chocolate reward, head over the bridge to Canela Café, a dog-friendly cosy spot for a delicious coffee. 

Learn about our natural world

Immerse yourself in our natural world with the BBC Earth Experience, showing from 30th March at The Daikin Centre, less than 10 minutes’ from our Earl’s Court-West Brompton serviced apartments. Explore the extraordinary biodiversity of our planet on an epic scale, with bespoke narration from David Attenborough. After, head to The Hoarder for a warm beverage and a snack.

Easter services and performances

A 15-minute walk from our Vincent Square serviced apartments will get you to the iconic Westminster Abbey. Admire the beautiful Gothic architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As an active place of worship, there will be services during Holy Week and Easter weekend.

On Good Friday, you can watch a free performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square, a poignant open-air portrayal of Jesus’ final days. It’s worth noting that the performance portrays the crucifixion so parental guidance is advised.

If you’re staying in Kensington, why not enjoy a traditional Good Friday performance of Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall? The Royal Choral Society has been performing the masterpiece since 1872!

View a West End show

The West End has plenty of family-friendly shows on: see the magical world of Arendelle come to life in Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, or enjoy a fun-filled time-travelling musical with Back to The Future at the Adelphi Theatre. For something a little more grown-up, head to the Prince of Wales Theatre to see the raucous Book of Mormon.

It wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate…

…and London has some incredible chocolate shops! In Chelsea, Rococo Chocolates is renowned for its handmade, award-winning delights. Towards Marylebone, visit Charbonnel et Walker’s flagship Bond Street store, established 1875, to pick up an iconic box of luxury truffles. At London Chocolate, near Hyde Park, you can visit the bean-to-bar factory onsite to learn more about chocolate production, sustainability and the ethical pricing of cacao.

Looking to spend Easter outside the capital?

Take the family to Southampton for an Easter mini-break. This bustling coastal city is drenched in history - visit an interactive model of the Titanic at the SeaCity Museum or view vintage aircraft, like the iconic Spitfire, at Solent Sky Museum. The landscapes of the New Forest and South Downs National Park are home to stunning walking routes boasting breath-taking views of the coast and countryside. Family theme park Paultons, home to Peppa Pig World, is less than 20 minutes’ drive from our serviced apartments in the city.

Our serviced apartments in Slough are a mere 15-minutes drive from Windsor Castle, which has been home to 40 monarchs since its founding in the 11th century. While there, enjoy some retail therapy at Windsor Royal Station, housing a variety of shops in an 1850s rail station. Then head to Dr Chocs to design and make your own Easter treats!

St Albans is where the hot cross bun is said to have originated so after a visit to the Cathedral, head to the Abbot’s Kitchen café to enjoy this delicious spicy Easter cake. At Willow’s Activity Farm there’s plenty to occupy the young ones including an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Grotto, arts and crafts, and the chance to meet adorable animals.

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