The Easter Holidays are almost upon us, and – despite Nestle’s best attempts to sabotage proceedings (putting their non-cadbury chocolate in the Cadbury’s creme egg) – that means one thing: time off and days out.
When, where and how much are probably the questions that first spring to mind. So it’s time for an ABC Selfstore guide to the best, most interesting and exciting events and attractions in London during Easter 2015…
Your Home, Ideally
Masterchef favourite Greg Wallace is among the celebrity experts on hand at one of London’s most iconic annual events to help explain the latest in Housewares in his pop-up restaurant. And whilst gadget specialist Suzi Perry and Gardener Alan Titchmarsh may only have put in an appearance for the opening day – there’ll be plenty of less well known, but equally expert people on hand to guide you through the latest products and technology on offer.
The Ideal Home Show is on at London Olympia until April 6th. It’s great value – entry for children under 15 is free. Weekday Adult tickets cost £12.00 or £10 for the over 60s. Weekend tickets rise to £14.00 for adults and £12.00 for over 60s. Just be sure to budget for some of that lovely food from Mr Wallace’s pop-up restaurant.
Easter is a Christian festival – so no list of London’s best events and things to do would be complete without a respectful nod to God. Whether you hold the faith or not, the Wintershall Players performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday 3rd April is a Free and hugely popular event. The cast of 78 people, 2 horses and a donkey will give two performances, the first at Midday and the second at 3.15pm. It’s worth baggsying your place on the square early to get a great view.
Easter Egg Hunts
There’s not much kids like more than an Easter Egg hunt. Whether it’s the adventure of following clues, the promise of a chocolatey reward, or simply the excitement of exploring a different environment – the Easter egg hunt is a favourite event. London has plenty of them to choose from too.
Our fave for something a bit different is the London Wetland Centre – an attraction with a difference. Describing itself as an urban oasis – it’s a nature reserve that’s a stones throw from the heart of London. There’s Lakes, Ponds and Garden to enjoy and, now it’s officially spring, new babies and buds – so there’s plenty to see from a botanical wildlife perspective. There’s also the Giant Easter Duck Hunt – where children of all ages can help the centre’s staff locate their ‘missing ducklings’ – and win a chocolaty reward.
Ultimate Easter Chocolate?
If chocolate maketh your easter, don’t dwell on Nestle’s messing with the creme egg. Instead, get yourself down to Artisan du Chocolat – they have boutiques in Chelsea, Notting Hill and a concession in Selfridges. They’re a bit different to your average chocolate shop, because they make their chocolate themselves, from ground cocoa beans.
In fact – do dwell on what Nestle have done – because AdC have the perfect counterfoil… the Creme de la Creme Egg.
Eggs (and Bacon, Sausage, Tomato, Mushrooms…)
If chocolate eggs aren’t your thing, but you are determined to relax and unwind over Easter, then how about starting your day in London with a hearty breakfast?
Simpsons in the Strand has a 187 year history of serving the most important meal of the day to London’s discerning clientele. Their 10 Deadly Sins fuller-than-full English might not sound the most celebratory dish for Easter – but it will certainly set you up for the day. Better get there quick though. If the reports are accurate then – like the Creme Egg – this London institution might not be around all that much longer.
Family and Food
Sticking with the food theme (Easter is, after all, a time of families coming together) then how about Sunday Lunch.
Of course you could just stay at the same table in Simpson’s (they do a famous rib of beef – carved for you at the table), but if you’ve had their breakfast, you probably won’t need another meal for at least the rest of the day.
Using fresh, seasonal produce and a changing menu Cafe in the Crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral has developed a reputation for serving a cracking Sunday Lunch. And as it’s at one London’s most iconic places of worship, you could even combine your visit with an Easter Day Service.