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How to have a fantastic Easter weekend in London

Estate agents in London celebrate easter

It’s the week before Easter and all through the Capital daffodils are unfurling, spring menus are being written and outdoor seating is being put out as the days grow longer.  What better way to spend one of the first full weekends of spring than out and about in London?

James Pendleton’s team of London estate agents have been looking out for exciting, relaxing, traditional or distinctive Easter events to suit people of all ages.  We’ve put together a list of their top recommendations for ways to spend the Bank Holiday weekend in style.

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Kensington Roof Gardens: Easter at the roof gardens

Our team love the beautiful Kensington Roof Gardens, a secluded green space in the heart of the city.  This weekend the leafy scenery will be speckled with hidden chocolate eggs for children to find from 11:45 am.  Fun is guaranteed all round, especially for the winner of the Easter Egg Hunt, who will take away a giant egg made by Choccywoccydoodah.   The bar at the Roof Gardens will also be providing Easter treats for adults, with a special cocktail available.

Hyde Park: Spring hatchings at Hyde Park

For a family friendly spring event with a healthy dose of learning thrown in, head to Hyde Park’s Education Centre.  From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 14th children are invited to take part in a tour of the natural wonders of one of London’s best loved green spaces.  How do birds build their nests?  What do baby frogs look like?  What does the warmer Spring weather mean for Britain’s wildlife?  All these questions and more will be answered in a fascinating and informative springtime event.

National Trust: Eggsplorers Easter egg trail

The National Trust have paired up with Cadbury’s this year to organise fabulous Easter egg hunts in some of the UK’s most beautiful heritage buildings.  “Eggspedition” participants will be given a journal full of clues to follow around 300 buildings across the UK including London sites such as Morden Hall Park and Ham House and Garden (while their parents find out more about the Capital’s glamorous past).  Once the clues are completed the “eggsplorers” will be given a Cadbury’s Chocolate Egghead.

London Wetland Centre: Giant duck hunt

The London Wetland Centre in Barnes is this year home to some unusual Easter visitors.  Dotted around this nature reserve in the heart of the Capital will be a gaggle of gigantic yellow ducks; find them all and you’ll win a chocolate!               Other child friendly activities at this unique location include (plastic) duck painting workshops and egg rolling races, as well as activities more typical year round at the Wetland Centre including pond dipping.

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The Chocolate Museum: Children’s chocolate making workshop

Tucked away in the vibrant Brixton market, the Chocolate Museum is well worth a visit at any time of year.  Run by experienced French Chocolatier Isabelle Alaya, this is the place to come if tasting, making and learning about the history chocolate sounds like fun.  For Easter, the Chocolate Museum will be running chocolate making workshops for children – a fantastic way for youngsters to learn how their favourite springtime treats are made.  This is playing with your food in the best possible sense.

Clapham Common:  Rabble Easter egg hunt

This one’s for the grown-ups (or more fittingly, the ‘big kids’.  The Easter Sunday Rabble on Clapham Common combines fitness, with chocolate in a guilt free and frankly hilarious sports day for adults.  Event names include ‘Quid-pitch’ and ‘Hung(ov)er Games’, setting the tone for a fun event where fitness fans and…the rest of us can spend a morning having fun in the fresh air before retiring for brunch. The Easter edition of Rabble “promises a game where you’ll hunt for chocolate like you’d hunt for deer: with stealth, strategy and speed.” You have been warned!

Landmark London: Easter afternoon tea

For a more indulgent grown up Easter celebration the Landmark Hotel is laying out a special, decadent afternoon tea with chocolate as its star ingredient.  The luxurious treat will combine the cocoa bean with a range of flavours including orange, pistachio and cranberry.  The hotel is also offering an Easter themed version of a traditional cream tea including oak smoked Scottish salmon and creme fraiche sandwiches, hot buttered scones and pastries.  All afternoon teas will be served in the hotel’s beautiful Winter Garden.

Clapham Common: Craft 100

Another grown-up treat (who says Easter’s just for the kids?) Head to Clapham on Easter weekend and discover the best of London’s independent beer and ale breweries.  Craft 100 in Clapham is a free entry craft beer festival which will lay out a huge range of ales and beers over Easter weekend.  Beer won’t be the only thing on the menu, with edible treats designed to pair nicely with beer also on offer.

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