Your Easter Bank Holiday Days & Nights Sorted

Easter bank holiday is around the corner giving you four glorious days that are yours to do what you want with. From family things to do to brunches and nights out, here’s The Resident’s guide on what’s on this bank holiday in London…

Photo: Little Kyoto

1 Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham
Bussey Rooftop Bar is back, reopening for summer in time for the bank holiday. This south London tropical oasis boasts sweeping views of the capital and is an easy breezy to while away the daylight hours or a balmy evening. The bar serves craft brews, spirits and tropical cocktails, and Share a Slice have a menu of Naples-inspired pizzas to keep the hunger at bay, as well as picky things such as cheesy garlic bread and deep fried burrata, which sounds like a mistake you want to make. Book ahead or risk walking in, and there’s a cover should the weather turn.
Date: From Thursday April 14
Address: Roof B, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane SE15 4ST
Website: busseyrooftopbar.com

2 Easter at The Prince, West Brompton
There’s lots on at The Prince this Easter bank holiday. Famous First Words is back, with an Easter special (April 14, £5). The live singing game show  that tests your knowledge of lyrics rather than your singing abilities will get you and your pals belting out classics and modern day anthems. Then, on Easter Friday, enjoy a free flowing Easter brunch (12pm-2pm, £30) where you can recover from the night before or gear up for the evening with bloody Marys, prosecco, mimosas or craft beer. Alternatively, just enjoy one of west London’s most delightful beer gardens, all day and all night, complete with dancefloor. No booking required. Sister venue Pergola Paddington is hosting similar vibes.
Address: 14 Lillie Road SW6 1TT
Website: theprincelondon.com

3 Easter at Seven Dials Market, Seven Dials
One for the adults and the kids, Seven Dials Market will undergo a festive makeover for the bank holiday, complete with immersive decorations, photo opportunities, the Easter bunny, face-painting and egg hunts for the kids. For the adults, themed cocktails should keep you occupied, as should the 80s hip hop party and DJs playing throughout the weekend.
Date: April 15-18
Time: 11am-12am
Address: Earlham Street WC2H 9LX
Website: sevendialsmarket.com

4 Drag Bingo at Little Kyoto at Neverland, Fulham
Spring-time pop up celebrating Japan’s Sakura season, Little Kyoto is Neverland’s floral pagoda oasis, that comes with a sake bar and Japanese inspired menu. This Easter bank holiday, Little Kyoto is hosting Drag Bingo, a riot of a night filled with games, lip-syncs, dance-offs, and of course, bingo. For food, feast on delicious soft bao buns, the finest sushi and crispy gyozas and try spring-inspired cocktails inspired by spring blossom and Kyoto mule for example.
Dates: Thursday, April 14
Cost: £17 pp; tables of 2-6 people
Address: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2TY
Website: neverlandlondon.com

5 Cellars Present… Peckham Cellars, Peckham
Cellars Presents… is a new, monthly warm weather party night at Peckham Cellars kicking off this Easter bank holiday. Expect food collaborations with south London chefs (this time it’s Sam Tarneberg of Taco Queen) and local selectors on the decks (first up is DJ Miche of Spiritland and King’s Cross’s Supermax). Future foodies lined up include Ruben’s Reubens, Two Hot Asians and Mystic Borek. No booking ahead, just rock up.
Date: Thursday April 14
Time: 7pm – late
Cost: Free entry
Address: 125 Queen’s Road, Peckham SE15 2ND
Website: peckhamcellars.co.uk

6 Spring Dance of the Sea at Sexy Fish London, Berkley Square
For the following two Fridays, the swanky Sexy Fish London is celebrating spring with its latest party series, Spring Dance of the Sea, in partnership with The House of Suntory. These underwater extravaganzas will see you deep dive under the ocean with light displays, DJs, live musicians, dancers and singers. Throughout the evening, there will be performances, food and theatrical cocktails to set you on your way.
Date: Friday April 15
Time: 9pm-late
Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR
Website: sexyfish.com

7 Jazz Brunch at Plaquemine Lock, Islington
Perched on Regents Canal, Plaquemine Lock’s Jazz Brunch is an ode to Southern American cuisine and culture. Transporting people to New Orleans, the Louisiana-inspired pub offers up a brunch menu with a cajun spin, and live jazz to boot. Enjoy southern brunch favourites, including buttermilk fried chicken pancakes, bacon beignets and eggs sardou, as well as creole cocktails and craft beer.
Dates: Saturday, Sunday & Monday April 16-18
Time: 11am-4pm
Address: 139 Graham Street N1 8LB
Website: plaqlock.com

8 Sunday Easter Lunch at Sette at Bvlgari Hotel, Knightbridge
Sette’s Easter feast is an indulgent four-course meal that celebrates Italy’s rich food heritage, and Easter. The meal starts with a sparkling cocktail with notes of peach, hibiscus and berries, before guests get stuck into the likes of an Easter Tortano, a typical Easter bread stuffed with salami, pancetta, provolone and boiled eggs; a choice of freshly-made pastas, succulent mains and the traditional pastiera Napoletana made with ricotta, candied orange and served with vanilla gelato.
Date: Sunday, April 17
Time: 12pm-4pm
Cost: £79pp
Address: Ground Floor, 4 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QA
Website: seettelondon.co.uk

9 Gunpowder, Tower Bridge
Wake up to a slap-up morning meal, Goan-style. Gourmand Bib-awarded Indian restaurant has launched a breakfast menu inspired by the flavours of southern Indian coast. Dishes include a selection of omelettes packed with flavoursome combos; crab with grilled tomatoes, chilli and tomato, chilli coriander and ginger omelette or an omelet served in a aromatic coconut-based curry sauce. There’s also more substantial dishes that is a kind of Indian take on a fry-up, or lighter meals too, such as cardamom pancakes topped with caramelised banana and creme fraiche.
Time: Monday to Saturday 8am-10.30am
Address: 4 Duchess Walk SE1 2SD  
Website: gunpowderrestaurants.com

10 Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear at The V&A, South Kensington
Celebrating the power, artistry and diversity of masculine attire, this exhibition trace how menswear has been fashioned and refashioned over the centuries and how designers, tailors and artists (as well as their clients and sitters) have constructed and performed masculinity to deconstruct it and start again. It features looks from Harris Reed, Gucci, Raf Simons, as well as paintings, photograph, film and performance.
Date: Running to November
Tickets: From £20
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RLb
Website: vam.ac.uk

11 Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the V&A, South Kensington
Another V&A exhibition and a collaboration with the National Trust, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature explores the beloved author’s interest in the natural world. It’s a playful and interactive exhibition that invites visitors to rediscover Potter’s achievements, from storyteller to natural scientist and conservationist. The exhibition features more than 240 personal objects including letters, manuscripts, sketches, coded diaries, and family photographs.
Date: Running until January, 2023
Cost: From £14
Address: Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL
Website: vam.ac.uk

12 Family Easter Events at Sky Garden, City
Grab the kids and hop on up 35 floors  to Sky Pod Bar, where the garden will be filled with Easter bunnies and eggs. Children are invited to take part in a counting activity for the chance to win a prize, and to write their Easter wishes on an egg to hang on the Easter egg tree before collecting a seed packet and sticker to take home. Little ones can get into the spirit of the weekend thanks to face-painters on Easter Sunday and Monday (11.30am-2.30pm), while big kids can pair the unrivalled views with a seasonal serve at the bar. Darwin Brasserie will serve a three-course Easter brunch, while Fenchurch has a five-course tasting menu on for the holiday (April 15-17 £95pp)
Address: 1 Garden Walk EC3M 8AF
Website: skygarden.london

13 Cats and Dogs Exhibition & the Spring Fair at Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Discover more about your furry friends in this interactive family-friendly exhibition that offers a pets-eye view of the world. This immersive exhibition explores the scientific, social and cultural role that cats and dogs play in our world, and invites visitors to go on an exciting, sensory journey, exploring what it’s like to be a cat or a dog. The museum also has its Spring Fair on April 16, which is a day hosted by comedian Jame Allerton filled with craft workshops, the Spring Bonnet parade, music, performances and garden tours.
When: Cats and Dogs runs until October 30; Spring Fair April 16
Price: £9.50/£5 adult/child; group tickets available
Address: 
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ
Website: horniman.ac.uk

14 The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Kew Gardens, Richmond
The much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar arrives at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst for Easter 2022 with a brand-new interactive adventure for curious minds, whatever the age. Based on Eric Carle’s best-selling children’s book, the trail will recreate the journey of the caterpillar from egg to butterfly though a series of 3D installations, including a variety of fruit, a cosy chrysalis, and a bright, beautiful butterfly, each recreating the signature aesthetic of the much-loved book.
Date: April 2-18
Time: All day
Tickets: From £15/£5 adult/child; concessions available
Address: Richmond, TW9 3JR, TW9 2DF, TW9 3AB and TW9 3AF
Website: kew.org

15 Easter at Battersea Power Station, Battersea
Head to Battersea Power Station these holidays for plenty of free half term fun. The Grade II listed power station will be home to a petting zoo with rabbits, chickens, Pygmy goats, lambs and sheep, expertly cared for by The Mini Farm, and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s faces this Easter. Entertain the little ones with an Easter egg hunt in which you will follow clues, spot eggs and rabbits hidden around Circus West Village and stand a chance of winning great prizes. There will also be a maze on The Coaling Jetty too and plenty of outdoor games
Date: April 9-10, 15-18
Time: 10am-6pm
Address: Circus Road West, Nine Elms SW8 5BN
Website: batterseapowerstation.co.uk