Whether a christian or not, the easter weekend is a time for celebration and family, giving tourists and visitors in London a chance to explore a wide range of entertainment, celebrations and unique attractions. With such a large city, it is easy to get lost in the maze of boroughs, markets and high streets, so if you’re staying at the Barbican Centre hotels and really want to make the most of the easter weekends festive goings on, we’ve compiled a compendium of some of the most anticipated events in the city. Whoever your visiting with, these events will cater to all tastes and interests, ensuring that you really get into the Easter weekend spirit.


Sadler’s Wells Easter weekend

For those uninitiated to the world of dance, the Sadler’s Wells family weekend on the 19th and 20th of April give children and adults alike a chance to see some accessible dance which will have all ages encapsulated. With the spanish dance company Arcaladanza bringing their family friendly dance show to the Sadler’s Wells dance theatre in Islington.

Horniman Museum easter weekend

With easter egg hunts, food markets and arts and crafts workshops, the Horniman Museum is embracing the festive season with a weekend long extravaganza within its vividly ornate walls. ALongside the beautiful exhibitions, the family fun will give you whole afternoons worth of fun in the rustic Dulwich village area of South East London.

The Passion at Trafalgar Square

Join the spectacle on Easter Sunday and visit Trafalgar Square for their annual staging of the last day of Jesus. With fully costumed actors and music, this atmospheric afternoon in the centre of the city brings thousands of spectators en masse to see one of the most powerful moments in the Bible brought to life.

Brockes Passion

For those classical music enthusiasts staying at the Barbican Rooms by Montcalm over the easter weekend, you won’t have to travel far to find a much anticipated revival of one of Handel’s most famous works. Brockes passion will be performed from 3pm on the 19th of April and will draw you right into the crux of the easter story.

London Wetlands Centre easter egg hunt

Based in Barnes in south west London, the Wetland’s Centre celebrates the easter weekend by inviting children on an easter duck trail, teaching them about wildlife and conservation in the process. WIth spring setting in and the easter holidays in full swing, this is the perfect time to learn about bird migration during the warmer months and have some fun in the process!

London zoo easter trail

Head on down to London Zoo to follow an exotic easter trail around one of the oldest zoos in the world. With so much to learn about the diverse animals living at London Zoo, this is the perfect way to spend a family afternoon in London.

Lauderdale House’s Great Egg Roll

Based in the leafy Highgate area, this education centre promises easter fun for all ages with its egg decorating and egg hill rolling competition, giving you a chance to get hands on when it comes to the easter celebrations.

Easter chair heaving

This ancient tradition sees the Blackheath Morris Men decorate an ornate chair and heave a lady into the air on easter Monday. Dating back hundreds of years, this unique British tradition takes place next to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and is definitely one of the quirkier events taking place over the weekend.