Top 5 Easter Events in London

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During the Easter London really comes alive and has much more to offer than chocolate eggs. Whether you’re looking to indulge in sweet foods or celebrate the resurrection of Christ in a more traditional manner, there’s bound to be something of interest. If you’re visiting London during the Easter holiday these five events are definitely worth looking up.

The London Chocolate Tour

Starting at Green Park Station, the London Chocolate Tour will take visitors on a two hour guided trip through Mayfair to some of the most highly regarded chocolatiers in the city. While you’ll get to sample your fair share of tasty treats, you’ll also learn about the history of chocolate trade in Europe, and may even get to take part in some chocolate making yourself. Note that booking is essential and attendees must be aged 13 or over.

The Roof Gardens

Easter is a notoriously busy time. Those who’d prefer to relax in the quiet should definitely stop by The Roof Gardens near Kensington High Street. Parents can chill out in the sunshine (if the weather holds out) while the kids take part in one of the city’s biggest Easter egg hunts. Chocolate will be supplied by boutique chocolatier Choccywoccydoodah and there will be an Easter bunny on call to take care of the little ones.

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The London Dungeons

The London Dungeons may not be the obvious choice for Easter, but it’ll certainly provide an interesting show. Death by Chocolate is the name of the Easter event that will take place for two weeks from the end of March. This exhibition focuses on the story of the notorious Victorian prisoner (and sweet shop owner) Miss Edmunds. You’ll even get to taste some of her nice colourful confectionary…

The Easter Country Fair

It doesn’t get more British than this! The Easter Country Fair will have something for everyone. Held across Easter weekend at River Lee Country Park, it will feature plenty of traditional outdoor and indoor activities, including a bird of prey race, a motocross stunt show, a goat show and a ferret race. There will also be a petting zoo for the kids and a medieval village where guests can do a little role playing. Marquees will be set up throughout the park selling crafts, chocolate and cold beverages. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Syngenta Photography Exhibition

Between March and April the Syngenta Photography Exhibition at the Somerset House will be showcasing some of the best thought provoking photography London has to offer. The works are comprised of six professional commissions and 40 competition winners from across the globe and the theme focuses on “normality that often gets ignored”. If you’re looking for a creative and inspirational way to spend Easter it comes highly recommended.
If you ever feel yourself getting tired of all the sugar and sweets, why not celebrate in a less conventional way? London Helicopter will take you on a journey you’ll never forget and could be the perfect way to enjoy the Easter holiday.

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Prepare For Easter By Visiting These London Chocolatiers

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Easter is one of the biggest celebrations in the UK. Each year supermarket shelves are filled with chocolate eggs branded with virtually every confectionary name known to man. But since it’s a one-off event, surely it makes more sense to get a one off Easter egg? Rather than stick to Mars, Galaxy and Cadburys this year, consider visiting one of London’s chocolatiers and buying something extra special.
London has no shortage of charming sweet shops, but only a few of them are genuinely worth checking out. If you’re looking for something in time for Easter, these five will definitely make your mouth water.

Artisan Du Chocolat

Artisan Du Chocolat take their craft very seriously. All of their products are produced from ground beans ensuring they have complete control over the taste from the very beginning. With flower designs and bright bold colouring their spring and summer range of chocolates is perfect for Easter. They even have a vast range of treats made for special diets. You can find London’s branch of this boutique store in Selfridges.

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Montezuma’s

Located in Spitalfields, Montezuma’s is one of the most prized chocolatier’s in the East End. What’s great about this fine establishment is that everything in store is created ethically. Not only are all of the products produced with fair trade produce, they also do their utmost to ensure their carbon footprint is as low as it can be. This store sells virtually every combination of chocolate bar you can think of: chocolate and chili, chocolate and sea salt, and even chocolate fused with hard boiled mango chutney.

Philip Neal

This Chiswick boutique specialises in shaped chocolate – most notably the Buddha. All of their chocolates are made from pure natural ingredients and never contain processed additives. Besides the additional flavours, all of the chocolate is made from only a mixture of soya, cacao solid, natural vanilla, cane sugar and pure cacao butter. The store was founded in 1999 by Philip Neal himself and has since gone on to earn a reputation as one of the best chocolatiers in the UK.

DeRosier

This brand new chocolatier is based in a residential area in Southfields. It’s quickly built up a strong reputation for providing the best hot chocolate in town. Here you can find a vast array of hot chocolate drinks for less than three pounds – also making it one of the cheapest in the area. All of the drinks are made from single-origin chocolate that’s scoped directed out of the pot and melted into the milk. They also have a small selection of highly covetable cakes and bars.

Choccywoccydoodah

As you can probably tell from the name, this Soho based cafe/store is a little more whimsical than the others; however, it’s no less tasty. Here you can purchase everything from life-sized chocolate skulls and flowers to bags of chocolate popcorn. If you’re looking for something a little more inventive for some children, Choccywoccydoodah is the perfect place.

All of these chocolatiers will no doubt have plenty of delicious chocolates that have been specifically designed for the Easter period. Whether you’re looking for a memorable treat for a loved one, or simply want to engage in a little luxury yourself, they come highly recommended.

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Worried that the chocolate rush won’t quite cut it? Consider taking a ride on the London Helicopter this Easter instead.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit London This Spring

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The start of the New Year is often a dull affair. After the festivities and parties have died down most of us our left waiting in the rain and longing for sunshine. Luckily, London really comes alive during the springtime, making it a wonderfully picturesque city.

If you’re planning a visit to the capital, the spring could be the perfect time; accommodation is cheaper, you’ll miss the tourist rush, and the weather usually takes a turn for the better. Here are a few other reasons why.

St Patrick’s Day

The Irish really know how to party. St Patrick’s Day is one of their biggest and best celebrations, and if you can’t make it to Ireland, London is the next best place. On March 15th Trafalgar Square will be filled with people singing, dancing and enjoying authentic Irish cuisine.

London Marathon

On April 26th the London Marathon will take place. Starting in Greenwich Park, over 30,000 athletes will run 26.4 miles through London. The atmosphere on the streets is simply electric, so if you’re around make sure you show your support.

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The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks of London are simply breathtaking around the springtime. When the flowers start to emerge and the grass begins to grow there’s nothing like taking in the sun and enjoying a nice picnic.

Inventing Impressionism

Inventing Impressionism is one of the most hyped art shows of the year and will open in London’s National Gallery during the spring. Here you can view crucial paintings from the golden years of 1865-1905 and discover with your own eyes how this magnificent art style evolved.

Futurefest

On March 15th and 16th the Futurefest will take place on Vinopolis Bankside. This is a one-off event that has some very prestigious guest speakers, such as whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

During the winter months the Globe Theatre shuts down for business. In March, however, regular shows once again start to take place. This historic theatre is situated on Embankment and is just moments away from the London Eye and Tate Modern – two of London’s most prized attractions.

Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge goat race is perhaps one of the strangest events on this list. Here two of the UK’s most coveted universities will compete against each other in the most unusual way. Expect lots of booze and goat-related madness.

London Craft Week

London Craft Week will begin on May 6th and will occur in various venues. For seven days art galleries and museums around the city will be holding craft making workshops and trying to encourage participants to take up new hands-on hobbies.

London Pet Show

This is without a doubt the biggest pet show in the UK and will be held at the ExCel Arena. The weekend will be filled with pet performances and plenty of showmanship from some of the best trained animals in the world. There will also be breeders and trainers on call and ready to give advice to those looking to get involved.

The London Helicopter

If you’re truly looking for a unique activity for the spring, then the London Helicopter could be just what you need. London may look great from the streets, but nothing beats the view from up above.

Don’t wait until the summer to visit London. As you can see from these 10 events, the spring has just as much to offer.

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