Easter in London: The City's Best Annual Events

There's always plenty to do at Easter in London. Most planned activities take place over the Bank Holiday weekend but events often take place over a two week period (to coincide with the Easter school holidays).

Easter is a Christian festival which gives the UK two bank holidays: Good Friday and Easter Monday. UK schoolchildren get two weeks off so expect the major London attractions to be busier. Most people celebrate Easter by eating far too many chocolate Easter eggs but here are some other ways to enjoy this springtime holiday.

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Church Services

London, St Paul's Cathedral.
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Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Easter is a religious event, although it may be hard to see that these days. You could attend an Easter Service at one of the landmark places of worship such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral or Southwark Cathedral. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square usually has a line up of events featuring live choral and orchestral music during holy week.

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Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolate Easter Eggs
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78 Strand, London WC2R 0DE, UK
+44 20 7836 8503

What do we want? Chocolate! When do we want it? Now! OK, you can't get away from the chocolate Easter eggs every year. Hotel Chocolat produces Extra Thick Chocolate Easter Eggs which are simply yummy. Department store, Liberty always has an impressive selection of chocolate Easter eggs on sale. You could also check out one of London's independent chocolate shops like Melt, Paul A. Young, Melange and Rococo

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Hot Cross Bun Ceremony

Hot cross buns
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75 Devons Rd, London E3 3PJ, UK
+44 20 3069 7426

The Widow's Son pub in Bromley-by-Bow in east London holds a bizarre Easter Bun ceremony on Good Friday. Every year a sailor adds a hot cross bun to the existing collection in honor of a widow that baked a bun for her only son who died at sea. You might like to try this Bow walking tour while in the area. Here's a report of the annual event on Spitalfields Life.

The Widow's Son, 75 Devons Road, Bow Common, London E3 3PJ

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London Harness Horse Parade

London Harness Horse Parade
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The London Harness Horse Parade is an annual event that takes place every Easter Monday. It is a wonderful opportunity to see working horses including the Friesian horses from Harrods. The London Harness Horse Parade is actually held in West Sussex, a short train ride south of London. Find out all the details on the London Harness Horse Parade Visitor Information.

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Family Activities at London Attractions

Tate Modern
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Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, UK
+44 20 7942 2000

All of London's major attractions have special events for children over the Easter holiday. Some may have egg hunts or egg decorating activities, which are fun pastimes. Try the V&A, the National Gallery, Tate Modern and the British Museum, to name a few. 

With The London Pass, you can pack in loads of sightseeing without spending a fortune. Whether you are taking the whole family or plan to visit multiple sights on your own, the pass gives you the freedom to try hundreds of activities for a set price.

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London Walking Tours

London tourists
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Now the weather is better(!) why not try a walking tour of London? You could join a guided tour or download a tour if you prefer to be independent. The City of London—the financial district—is a good choice over the Easter weekend as it will be quiet as many of the offices are closed. It is full of historical architecture. 

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Things to Do in London at Easter