Easter in London is a time of transformation. The cold of winter is subsiding, and the glorious rays of spring are warming the nation's capital, with bright sunshine and blossoming flora. For such a cosmopolitan city, London is filled with green spaces and beautiful, scenic parks - the perfect backdrop for an Easter getaway.
From the industrial chic of East London to the opulence and luxury of the West End, for adventurous foodies there is truly something for all tastes over the Easter weekend across the breadth of London.
This food market has been going since the 12th century and is one of the biggest markets in all of London. Originally an old wholesale food market, Borough Market is now one of the best ways to spend an afternoon enjoying the finer things in life, from local stalls selling classic British cheese, oysters and meat to specialist natural wine stores and high-end beer shops. Either grab a space underneath the gorgeous Art Deco style architecture or take something with you for a sun-filled walk across London Bridge with views of Southwark Cathedral.
Brunch at Bistrotheque:
Gone are the days of rough and ready Bethnal Green, today this East London area is a hotspot for some of the finest venues for food and drink, and Bistrotheque might just be the pick of the bunch. The minimalist white factory building sets the tone for a modern spin on classic brunch dishes, including soft-shell crab Eggs Benedict and candied maple pancakes. The incredible cocktail list includes specialist Bloody Marys and a pomegranate Cosmo - perfect for a Sunday brunch before the bank holiday break.
When the sun comes out and the weather starts to warm up, the time is perfect to head for some of London's best entertainment, including outdoor festivals, jazz performances and late-night rooftop venues with live music.
Held on the banks of the Thames, The Underbelly is a pop-up festival promoting the best of British comedy, performance arts, music and international street food in the city. From its opening on the Easter weekend, performances of improvised versions of Jane Austen's famous novels lead the bill, with live bands playing into the evening. The open-air nature of the festival is perfect when the sun is out, with views of the famous London skyline as far as the eye can see.
The Blues Kitchen:
Lovers of live music should head south of the river to Brixton to the legendary Blues Kitchen, a BBQ restaurant with a late license, incredible cocktails, and the best live blues in all of London. During Easter weekend there are multiple acts across the entire three-day event - the perfect way to end an evening with sultry music, dim lights and strong drinks. This busy party venue is something of an institution in Brixton and attracts great crowds over the entire weekend.
It wouldn't be Easter without a visit from the Easter Bunny, but if egg hunts aren't your thing, don't worry - there are plenty of ways to satisfy your sweet tooth over Easter in London.
The Chocolate Cocktail Pop Up Club:
Those looking to indulge in all things chocolate should head to Farringdon for this pop-up cocktail bar with a twist. From edible chocolate 'glasses' to inspired takes on modern cocktails using mint, salted caramel and gingerbread in many of the recipes, this is the ideal spot to relax and enjoy the fun of Easter in London. It isn't all liquor based either, with a fantastic selection of mocktails and chocolate delicacies available too, everyone should find something tasty.
Once Easter Monday rolls around and the weekend is behind you, the best place to unwind is on a walk through Greenwich Park. At this time of year, the sun is out and the cherry trees have started to bloom, providing the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll around some of London's lesser-known parks. The approach to the Georgian villa, the Ranger's House is flanked on either side by glorious bursts of pink and white, which frame the walk beautifully. This green space is vast, providing some of the best walking to be had in all of London - the perfect antidote to a busy Easter weekend.