As London shrugs off its winter layers and advances merrily into the spring sunshine, we can’t wait to share with you our top suggestions for things to do over the Easter break. Easter Sunday falls on April 21, however, there are lots of things happening throughout London from Good Friday throughout the weekend. Our centrally located, luxury hotels are perfect for exploring the city whilst being just a skip and a hop away from your comfortable bed.

Read on for our top suggestions – from traditional Sunday roasts to Easter Egg hunts to where to find the best chocolate in London: it’s all here!

Enjoy a traditional British Easter Sunday lunch

At just a twenty-minute walk from The Tower Hotel, we suggest walking across the iconic Tower Bridge, where you can enjoy fantastic views of London, and head to Borough Market to Roast – ideal for a traditional, British sunday lunch experience. Set above the bustling market, which is a favorit amongst Londoners and visitors alike, you’ll dig in to what we think is one of the best roasts in London – using only the best produce from British farmers.

Breathe in that spring air!

Just around the corner from The Royal Horseguards Hotel, you’ll come across the delightful St James’s Park – which makes for a perfect spring day stroll. Originally founded as a deer park for the royal occupants of St James’s Palace, the park offers enviable views of Buckingham Palace from the picturesque bridge on its central lake. Watch out for the pelicans – these aquatic birds have been living here quite happily since they were introduced in the 17th century.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Indulgence

We’re sure you’ll be indulging in chocolate this Easter break – but do you know where to find the chocolatier in London? Moments from The Grosvenor Hotel, head to the iconic Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, not only for its wondrous selection of old-fashioned shops – but also because it is the home of the illustrious Charbonnel et Walker confectioners. Succumb to the boutique’s vintage charm – their iconic, round chocolate boxes make excellent gifts (we recommend the pink champagne truffles).

Welcome in Spring at Kew Gardens

Shake off that winter blues and step into the spring sunshine at Kew Gardens, which houses the world’s largest collection of plant specimens, and is one of the most important centres of research in botany. The collection of historic gardens and beautiful Victorian greenhouses have been accredited UNESCO World Heritage Site status and definitively warrant a visit. Currently, the gardens play host to an art exhibition by one of the world’s foremost botanical painters as well as a breathtaking orchid display and family friendly story-time on sundays. Specially for Easter, Kew Gardens are also putting on an Easter trail-  among spring daffodils and crocuses, naturally.

Family-friendly Easter fun

Head to London’s South Bank and stroll along it’s leafy pedestrianised boulevard, right on the banks of the river Thames. Enjoy fantastic views of London and enjoy street food markets, street performers and a bustling second-hand book stall. Known as London’s Cultural Quarter, the South Bank is home to a multitude of cultural institutions, including the Southbank Centre, Europe’s foremost cultural centre, which this Easter is proposing a range of free family shows and activities including DJs music and dances.

Celebrating Easter?

If you are celebrating Easter – we suggest heading to Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, which will play host to a spectacular performance of The Passion of Jesus, featuring over 100 performers.

Raining? Knowing our fair city, it might well be. In that instance, resort to sitting in on an Easter weekend service at one of London’s spectacular churches or cathedrals. Choose from Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields or Southwark Cathedral.

Join an Easter egg hunt!

Delight the kids with an Easter egg hunt – Hampton Court Palace is hosting one which combines fun and games with learning about London’s fascinating history. London Zoo is also hosting an Easter-themed adventure, check the website for more details.

Eye spy, with my little eye

Enjoy fantastic views of London from an iconic part of the London skyline – the London Eye. Just because it’s easter, we recommend indulging in the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience, which includes a chocolate and truffle tasting with a Hotel Chocolat ambassador, two glasses of Prosecco and a Hotel Chocolat goodie bag – all this whilst you enjoy two 30-minute rotations, enjoying London from 360 degrees.

Vibrant theatre for everyone

London is known throughout the world for its long history of theatre and hosts one of the most vibrant scenes in the world. Whether you take the family to see a smash-hit West-End musical such as The Lion King or School of Rock, a Shakespearean classic at Shakespeare’s Globe, or whether you enjoy some avantgarde performances at the new Bridge Theatre or National Theatre – there is something here for everyone.

Transport and Opening Times

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays. Most attractions will be 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.

Make sure you ask your concierge for more information or suggestions on what’s on in the capital. Have a fantastic Easter break with us!