London is the perfect city to spend the Easter holidays, whether you’re in town with family, friends or your loved ones – there’s something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
The team at London & Partners, the organisation behind visitlondon.com, have picked just a few of this years’ Easter highlights…
Get egg-cited about the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is set to open on the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony, 27th July 2013 and will be a park like no other. For a limited time, visitors can visit the London 2012 site for an exclusive behind the scenes tour and a chance to take a trip up the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit viewing platform… booking is now open for the Park In Progress Tours at Easter.
Alternatively, you can join a Blue Badge tourist guide for a nostalgic walk around the north side of the Park during the Easter holidays, with fabulous views of the venues including the Velodrome and the Basketball Arena. The walk finishes with views of the Aquatics Centre and Britain’s largest public artwork, ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Easter egg hunts and fun for the little ones
Easter egg hunts and special activities will be available throughout London’s top attractions. The V&A Museum of Childhood has bunny stories, crafts, games and of course an Easter egg hunt. More egg hunts will be taking place across the capital including the historic Cutty Sark in Greenwich and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, which will be offering a delicious chocolate treat from the Easter Bunny to the lucky participants on Easter Sunday.
Spend time with the family
Bring the family and go back in time with a unique look at the Royal Albert Hall through the eyes of the Victorians! Join two Victorian characters for a fascinating journey through this impressive building, using its rich history to explore the Victorian age.
For more high-octane action, the Thames Rib Experience will be providing their Family Offer of £98 – a saving of £18 for two adults and two children on the Canary Wharf 50 minute speed boat experience.
Sporting spectators can also join in the fun and atmosphere of the famous BNY Mellon Boat Race on Easter Sunday, where the Oxford and Cambridge rowing teams battle it out once again.
Take a breather and recharge with The Stupendous Afternoon Tea at The Mercer Street Hotel, Covent Garden, with sweet treats including brownies and fondue. Families can celebrate Easter together, before heading off to watch Matilda the Musical – and the children will also receive a complimentary copy of Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic novel for just £13.95 for children and £29.50 for adults.
For a relaxing cultural Easter break, head to the Barbican for a musical concert with the likes of Sinéad O’Connor (27 March) or Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda (27-28 March). For a touch of drama, St. James Theatre will be running The Thrill of Love (27 March - 4 May) by Amanda Whittington concentrating on Ruth Ellis, and the events that drove her to murder.
For art lovers look no further than the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery, which will be playing host to a fascinating exhibition, Light Show (30 January – 28 April), exploring the nature of light, with sculptures and installations which use light as a medium.
For more inspiration on how to spend your Easter break in the capital, head to www.visitlondon.com/easter