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Things to do on Easter weekend 2018 in London

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From London Easter egg hunts and interactive family attractions, to a spectacular Good Friday performance and traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities and opening times in London. Read More


Keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with our roundup of the best things to do during Easter 2018 in London.

From Easter egg hunts and special Easter events for kids and grownups, to the best chocolate shops and Easter opening hours in London, plan a fun-filled Easter break in the capital. Find things to do in London on Easter SundayGood Friday events and Easter Monday activities with our London Easter ideas below.

Easter weekend 2018 events in London

  • Watch a spectacular free performance of The Passion of Jesus, featuring 100 performers, in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. 30 Mar
  • Join an Easter weekend service at one of London’s churches or cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral. 30 Mar-1 Apr
  • Get a taste of Stuttgart-style hospitality during Alexandra Palace’s Springfest, with German beer, food and oompah bands. 30 Mar
  • Look for seasonal goodies at the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Easter Fair, plus enjoy song and puppetry with family show The Ugly Duckling. 31 Mar-1 Apr

London Easter egg hunts and trails

  • Hunt down Lindt chocolate bunnies and learn some chocolate-themed history about the palace’s past at Hampton Court Palace. 26 Mar-15 Apr
  • Venture on the Superpowers Trail to learn fascinating facts about animals with special skills at ZSL London Zoo30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Follow the Peter Rabbit trail among spring daffodils and crocuses at Kew Gardens, stopping off for lots of fun activities along the way. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Scour the WWT London Wetland Centre nature reserve for gigantic ducks on Dusty's Giant Easter Duck Hunt. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Keep an eye out for bunnies on packaging during the self-guided Bunny Hop and Seek trail at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Find clues and tackle fun tasks along the river Thames with Fantasy High Street’s trail at London Bridge City. 31 Mar 
  • Follow the E15 Easter Trail and crack puzzles around Stratford in east London, to win a chocolate egg. 31 Mar 
  • Embark on an Easter Egg-stravaganza at Highgate’s Lauderdale House on Easter Sunday, including an Easter egg hunt, egg decorating and an egg-rolling competition. 1 Apr

Easter chocolate in London

London Easter Sunday lunch

Spring blooms and baby animals

Family attractions and activities for kids in London

  • Come face-to-face with the Amazon’s weird, wonderful and scary creatures at SEA LIFE London’s new immersive Rainforest Adventure. From 24 Mar
  • Be amazed by the colourful butterflies on show as the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies attraction returns this Easter. 29 Mar-16 Sep
  • Meet Queen Mary II and indulge in lots of fun activities to delve into her past at Kensington Palace30 Mar-6 Apr
  • Step into Harry Potter's Forbidden Forest and meet its mystical creatures at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, plus see the real Goblet of Fire (30 Mar-23 Sep).
  • Become a pilot, doctor or TV presenter in KidZania’s child-size city.
  • Find out more about the lovable Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends with the V&A’s exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a ClassicUntil 8 Apr
  • Travel back 67 million years as you rub shoulders with fearsome beasts at Dinosaurs in the Wild on Greenwich Peninsula. Until 31 Jul
  • Get a closer look at your favourite superheroes with comics, artwork and objects in the DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes at The O2. Until 9 Sep 
  • Look out for Easter family fun at more of London’s top attractions and family-friendly museums, as many put on special activities for children during the school holidays and Easter weekend.
  • For more things to do with the kids at Easter in London, take a look at our guide to 101 family-friendly activities.

Easter weekend shows in London

More Easter holiday ideas in London

  • Get up close to wildlife, from bumble bees to frogs and hedgehogs, at Battersea Park Children's Zoo during the Easter holidays. Various dates from 30 Mar to 12 Apr
  • Be inspired by the 19th-century engineering behind London’s Underground network with tunnelling-themed activities at the London Transport Museum. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Watch a baby dragon emerge from its egg and help to feed it, as puppetry and special effects combine at Shrek’s Adventure! London30 Mar-23 Apr
  • Gather at Kew Palace to find dragons among pretty Kew Gardens, marking the reopening of the Great Pagoda. From 30 Mar
  • Explore how nature transforms itself with craft activities, such as making butterfly tote bags, at The Geffrye Museum of the Home. 4-6 Apr
  • Help to create an incredible underwater scene beneath the hull of Cutty Sark with the Shimmering Sea Big Build. 4-8 Apr 
  • Find out what being a child was like during the Second World War by meeting an evacuee at IWM London. 5-6 Apr
  • Join characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3 and Frozen with Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at the SSE Arena, Wembley. 4-8 Apr

A baby dragon emerges from its egg during Shrek's Adventure! London's Easter experience. Image courtesy of Shrek's Adventure! London

Easter opening hours and transport in London

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays. Most attractions are open over the Easter bank holiday, but check with individual venues in advance; particularly to find what is open on Easter Sunday in London. Shops are closed on Easter Sunday, except small shops which may open for a few hours. Public transport services, including the London Underground, may be reduced between Good Friday and Easter Monday, so plan your journey in advance on the TfL website.

Find more things to do at Easter and in spring in London, and browse our guide to what's on for more activities and events during your visit.

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