With its promise of four whole days away from lectures, the Easter weekend is an ideal opportunity to get out and enjoy everything that London has to offer.
Naturally, there will be a wide range of special events and things to do across the city, and we’ve picked out five of our favourites that could provide just the sort of day out you’re looking for.
1. London’s chocolate shops
It just wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate, and London’s chocolatiers will be well aware of this. If you’re loco for cocoa, then luckily there are plenty of options within easy reach of our accommodation.
Paul A Young’s Fine Chocolates is run by a former protégé of Marco Pierre White, and this Michelin-starred background is evident in the quality of the confectionery available at his Islington store. Alternatively, head into Piccadilly and you will find Prestat, known to be a firm favourite with the Queen.
If your tastes are a little wackier, Montezuma’s at Liverpool Street Station has developed a reputation for successful experiments with flavours, and is just a short walk from Pure City.
2. Feast of St George (April 21st)
Staying with food, Trafalgar Square is keeping things traditional with the annual Feast of St George. You will not find a more quintessentially English day out in London over Easter, with live music, dancing and other entertainment providing the perfect backdrop to some fine British food.
The trend for street food will be evident again this year, with stalls throughout the square tempting you in to try their culinary creations. Many also perform live cookery demos for you to try and replicate at home.
3. Udderbelly Festival
One of the country’s favourite pop-up comedy venues, Udderbelly will already be in full swing by the time Easter rolls around, and it will certainly be worth heading over to the Southbank Centre to check it out.
Highlights over Easter weekend include the Best of the Comedy Store, which showcases some of the best acts to appear at one of London’s premier comedy clubs. You can also take a trip to Comedy in the Dark, an inventive idea that has earned rave reviews.
Established comics such as Susan Calman and Tony Law will also be performing their shows, and each performance across the festival is likely to come in at between £12-20.
4. Every Street in Soho (April 21st)
With its eclectic past and trendy present, Soho is one of the most intriguing areas of London, and those eager to learn more have a great opportunity to do so with this Easter Monday walking tour.
The experience will deliver exactly what it promises, with 119 Soho streets to be visited throughout the day. Beginning at Oxford Circus, you will be taken on a journey through Soho’s fascinating history with plenty of pub stops along the way.
5. Record Store Day (April 19th)
Fans of live music will doubtless appreciate the philosophy behind Record Store Day. Set in the heart of Soho, this event pays homage to London’s independent music stores, and features live bands throughout the day.
While the line-up remains unconfirmed, revellers can expect a whole host of DJs, various smaller stages and stalls selling clothes and original artwork around Soho, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.