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Easter Weekend in London

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The season of slumber is officially over: the sun has made an appearance, and flowers are in bloom, what a perfect excuse to visit the greenest city in the world! Head to London over the Easter weekend, take in all the best new events, exhibitions and Easter happenings in the capital.

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Every year Easter, commencing on the 18th of April treats us all to an almighty four days of holiday – not to mention a shipment of chocolate eggs! This is the perfect opportunity to get out and about in the capital. Whether you plan to paint hard-boiled eggs, party all weekend or pursue the Easter Bunny for cocoa-based satisfaction, get cracking with your Easter plans.

Take the kids to the beautiful Kew gardens this weekend – based just outside of the city, for the biggest egg hunt ever! From the 20th of April Kew Gardens will team up with The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, to make 2014 the chocolatiest Easter ever!  The Easter egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew’s Easter festival. Taking place on Sunday from 9.30am-12.30pm; free with admission, when kids can forage for fair trade and organic chocolate eggs hidden across the Gardens. Throughout the fortnight there’s plenty more for kids to enjoy from a Create your own Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar workshop (11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm daily. £3 per bar, £5 for two) to visiting the Inventing Room and to come up with crazy recipes for Willy Wonka’s everlasting gobstopper (11am-4pm, free with admission).

This is the perfect opportunity to also teach your little ones about the plant origins of your favourite sweets and desserts on the Sweetie Train! Take a rest in the Television Room, listen to some of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes or pay your respects to the cacao plant and have your photo taken in the Glass Elevator! Face painters will also be on hand to treat your brood to a very special Easter themed makeover.

The London Wetlands will be hosting their own very special Easter event, pop in and meet the centre’s resident family of farmyard ducks, try to resist going all gooey as the downy ducklings waddle about after their mother! Kids can discover how these cute characters develop from eggs and join in Easter art sessions to create a duckling puzzle and decorate their own very special egg. Spot the bugs and buds that are springing to life or take part in a spot of pond dipping!

If size matters with your Easter treats this weekend then stop by London famous Covent Garden, where they will be playing host to the biggest Egg Hunt – an event that will break the Guinness World Record! Witness 101 giant and specially crafted Easter eggs in a unique event which aims to raise funds, awareness for charity Action for Children.

Measuring two and a half feet, each one of the 101 fibreglass eggs in the Big Egg Hunt London event have been designed by a leading artist, fashion designer, jeweller or architect. Last year, the pièce de résistance in the collection was the stunning 127 carat emerald and gold pendant designed by legendary Faberge jewellery house, titled Le Collier Plume d’Or. This year, eggs have been kept a secret to the event, to make the surprise that much more special.

Now that you may have consumed your body weight in chocolate treats, your taste buds might be crying to a change of scene, why not try one of Les Routiers best listed establishments – The Delhi Brasserie

Delhi-Brasserie-front-350x295For over twenty years, the Delhi Brasserie has served top-quality Indian cuisine to the discerning diner in the heart of the most fashionable part of London’s trendy Soho. Situated on famous Frith Street, just two doors down from the cult celebrity haunt of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, just over the road from Soho coffee house institution, Bar Italia, the Delhi Brasserie is perfectly located with many of London’s most popular attractions all just a few minutes’ walk away. Ronnie Scott himself used to enjoy the Delhi Brasserie on a regular basis and was the guest of honour at the opening in May 1985. Since then, the visitor book has boasted such luminaries as Twiggy, Howard Schuman, Lenny Henry, Elaine Paige and many, many others. Elegantly furnished and superbly located, this popular Indian restaurant in the heart of Soho serves all the usual Indian fare from tandooris, madras to vindaloo.

 So whether you plan to paint hard-boiled eggs, visit a famous site or pursue the Easter Bunny, London has it all, it will keep the whole family amused over the first bank holiday weekend of 2014!

April 4, 2014 | Les Routiers UK

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