Religious observation, a time for family, an extra day off or a ruddy good excuse to ram your face so full of chocolate that you’ll be seeing Milky Way Stars for weeks to come… whatever Easter means to you, it’s virtually guaranteed that London will be ready and waiting to provide you with the bank holiday of your dreams. Here are a few little gems to be getting your chops around, courtesy of Townfish.
1. Little Nan’s Secret Afternoon Tea
If you combine our rumoured favourite drink (a cuppa), with our actual favourite drink (booze) then you won’t be far from the vibe of Little Nan’s afternoon tea. Held in a secret location in Vauxhall, there’ll be scotch eggs, Queen Victoria sponge, Earl Grey and cocktails galore on this most British of afternoons.
3pm, Saturday 4th April
2. Balls to Dating at Bounce
To the tunes of resident DJ Pete Pong (lols), Bounce at121 Holborn will be hosting an Easter spectacular that says a gigantic balls to dating by hitting them at other singletons. Do away with your staid, impersonal speed dates and get showing off the sporting prowess that’ll have you batting the hotties away with a ping -pong paddle in no time.
7.30pm, Sunday 5th April
3. Shaun the Sheep Easter trail
If you had one of those awesome Shaun the sheep backpacks as a kid (just me?), then lets share the love with a new generation. Pack up the kids and head off to Kew Gardens for a lamb-laden trail like no other. Follow Timmy the lamb as he leads you to the treasure, learn to make sound effects using just vegetables (!) and even make your very own Shaun the Sheep chocolate baaaaaa in surroundings full of all the joys of spring.
All day, Sunday 5th April
4. Le Beat Bespoke Weekender
Hey hepcats, if you fancy a real big tickle away from all those clydes then it’s time to razz your berries at the craziest party around. Get hip to the sounds of freakbeat, ska, R&B, boogaloo, psych, blues and garage at the Le Beat Bespoke Weekender as you step back to a more colourful era this Easter weekend. Vinyl fairs, go-go dancers, live music, DJs and trippy visuals abound man.
Thursday 2nd-5th April
5. Easter Seafood Training
For something that seems so easy to cook and prepare, seafood dishes are always deceptively crafty little blighters. As a foodie treat this Easter, learn to finish your fish with true finesse as the Billingsgate fish school guides you through a myriad of dishes comprised of our ocean and river dwelling chums from seafood lasagne to tuna & salmon fishcakes. Can I get a ‘nom’?
Thursday 2nd– Saturday 4th April
6. Hampton Court Palace 500-Year Anniversary
So, if wood is 5 years, silver is 25 and diamond is 60 then what in the name of Thomas Wolsey are you supposed to get for a 500 year anniversary? Help Hampton Court Palace celebrate its half a millennium in existence this Easter with Tudor cooking lessons, Baroque performances, a chilled glass of something bubbly and a stunning son et lumiere in the pomposity of the amazing Privy Gardens.
Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th April
7. Craft Beer Festival
What’s better than one beer? One hundred beers of course! Though Townfish urges you to drink responsibly (but of course), we also urge you to make the journey to Clapham where you’ll get stuck into your favourite brews from keg, cask and bottle with a stomach lined by the most celebrated cheesesteak sandwiches this side of Philly. Let’s face it, what’s not to like?
8. Battersea Park Zoo Easter Egg Hunt
Keeping it South of the river, getting hunting for those eggs with a little help from a veritable smorgasbord of fluffy, scaly and feathered friend. Just purchase a quiz sheet on entry and your little ones will have an absolute howl this Easter.
9. Lost in Wonderland
For a truly East London Easter night of madness, head down the rabbit hole for 15 hours where nothing will be what it is, because everything will be what it isn’t. Join them for the Mad Hatters day party,, join the evening’s bonkers shenanigans or just go hard for the whole event- the McQueen is off to Wonderland… coming?
Sunday April 5th
10. Cirque du Soul
Thursday is totally the start of any self-respecting bank holiday weekend so run away to join the circus and get cracking early. Cirque du Soul (alongside a stellar line-up of Rob Da Bank and Norman Jay) will be taking over Studio 338 for a cirque spectacular. Probably not one for coulrophobics…