Lead image: Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace
1 Fenton House and Garden Cadbury Egg Hunt, Hampstead
Explore Fenton’s magical walled garden on a hunt with a difference to win a delicious Cadbury chocolate prize. Inspired by Hampstead’s love of wildlife and Fenton’s own collection, this quest takes you through a sunken garden, ancient orchard, kitchen garden and along hidden paths. Seek out creatures all shapes and sizes and find out what makes each breed so special on this self-guided hunt. 11am-5pm. Meet at the Golden Gate. Hunt tickets are £3 and the entrance fee is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
Hampstead Grove, Hampstead NW3 6SP; nationaltrust.org.uk
2 Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court Palace
This Easter, take the family back in time and join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII. Every bunny found reveals a new story from Hampton Court’s history, with successful hunters offered the chance to claim a delicious chocolatey prize. While you’re there, lose yourself in the famous maze and meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden. 10am-6pm. The hunt is included in Hampton Court Palace admission (from £21.30 for adults and £10.70 for children).
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU; hrp.org.uk
3 Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Easter Egg Search
If you want something other than your run-of-the-mill garden Easter egg hunt, head to Battersea Park Zoo to find the eggs hidden among the animal enclosures. Search the capuchin monkeys, donkeys and meerkats for the brightly coloured eggs. Buy a quiz sheet for £1.50 on entry to help you work out where they are. When completed, hand in your sheet to the zoo shop to collect your prize. The entrance fee is £9.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
4 The Royal Mews Easter Egg Hunt, Buckingham Palace
On Easter Monday, head for the Palace’s Royal Mews, where Rex the corgi and royal horses Majesty and Scout have been up to no good, hiding pictures of themselves among the carriages. Kids can dress up as a footman in specially created livery, learn how to harness a horse and find out what it feels like to ride in a royal carriage before hunting down the pictures and claiming an Easter egg prize to take home (11am-3pm). Entrance tickets from £12 for adults and £6.80 for children.
Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster SW1W 1QH; rct.uk
5 Fenwick Egg Hunt, Mayfair, Brent Cross & Kingston
Fenwick is hosting an array of egg-citing kids activities, competitions and in-store offers for the whole family from 5-22 April. But the Lindt Bunny Hunt takes place on 18 April in the Toy Department, where kids can seek out the golden bunnies for their chance to win a hamper of Lindt chocolate worth £50! All participants will also receive a free Lindt bunny, while stocks last. Happy hunting!
63 New Bond Street W1A 3BS; fenwick.co.uk
6 WWT Giant Easter Duck Hunt, Barnes
Follow the Giant Easter Duck Hunt around the WWT London Wetland Centre to discover where the giant yellow ducks are hiding. Follow special activity cards to find where the cheeky ducks are hiding, while learning all about the wetland wildlife the team helps to look after. Successful duck hunters will win a tasty prize. The trail costs £1 in addition to the admission fee (starting at £13 for adults and £7.90 for children). There will be plenty of other fun activities throughout the Easter holidays too, such as Pond Dipping (10.30am-11am, 1.30pm-2pm & 3.30pm-4pm), Animal Track Detectives, where kids can explore animal tracks and make their own footprint necklace (11.15am-12.15pm & 2.15pm-3.15pm, £1 per child), and the chance to build a giant birds nest (11.30am-12.15am & 2.30pm-3.15pm).
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT; wwt.org.uk
7 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House, Richmond
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Ham House and Garden is an Easter egg hunt with a twist. The great bird of the sky has lost his feathers all around the garden – find all 10 of the feathers of the birds that live around the garden and you can claim a chocolate egg reward. There will be extra fun activities across the house and gardens, including more feathers to hunt down inside Ham House, a traditional egg and spoon race, the chance to dress up as the great bird, complete with wings, in the Back Parlour, and arts and crafts fun in the Education Room, where you can add a feather to the great bird in the sky. 10am-5pm (last trail sold at 4.30pm), £3 per trail in addition to admission prices (from £12.50 for adults and £6.25 for kids).
Ham Street, Richmond TW10 7RS; nationaltrust.org.uk
8 Yoshi’s Easter Egg Hunt at KidZanie, Shepherd’s Bush
To celebrate the launch of Yoshi’s Crafted World on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has teamed up with KidZania at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush to create a Yoshi-themed Easter Egg Hunt. Those taking part will also be able to get hands on with Yoshi’s Crafted World on Nintendo Switch, which will be available to play as part of the Easter Egg Hunt activities. Those who complete the hunt will get 10 kidZo’s (KidZania’s own currency), a special Yoshi’s Easter Egg Hunt certificate and the chance to prizes such as a Nintendo Switch, a copy of Yoshi’s Crafted World, a Nintendo Switch Online 12 month Family Membership and a KidZania family ticket. Tickets from £34.20 for entry.
Westfield London Shopping Centre, Adriel Way W12 7GA; kidzania.co.uk
9 Battersea Power Station’s Easter Egg-sperience
Battersea Power Station is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt & Eggshibition from 19-22 April, where the kids can hunt for eggs and learn about the animals that lay them, all while playing games and winning prizes. Head to The Hatch in the Piazza to collect your map. And there’s plenty more Easter holiday fun, including the Mobile Farm with kids entertainers Sharky & George, full of chickens, duck, ferrets and even llamas (19-21 April, 11am-5pm, free but tickets should be reserved here). Sharky & George will also be leading their own Easter egg hunts, and the Easter bunny will be on hand to give out goodies.
Circus West Village, Battersea SW11 8EZ; batterseapowerstation.co.uk
10 Great Easter Treasure Trail at The O2
The O2’s – or should that be O3? – Great Easter Treasure Trail is a great way to explore the iconic entertainment centre on Greenwich Peninsula. Collect all five stamps from some of The O2’s biggest attractions and you’ll be rewarded with a Nestlé Easter egg for your effort. The trail will take kids on a full loop of The O2 visiting the ICON Outlet, Up at The O2, Hollywood Bowl, Oxygen Freejumping and Sky Studios, which are all packed with things to do to help you create a day to remember. Collect your stamp card at the main entrance of The O2 from 10am-3pm during the Easter holidays.
Peninsula Square, North Greenwich SE10 0DX; theo2.co.uk
11 Canning Town Easter Challenge
Canning Town’s new Italian restaurant, Zzetta, and Saint Matthias Church have teamed up with other local establishments to host their first ever Canning Town Easter Challenge. Participants will find 10 eggs hidden in various locations with the help of a map, which is available from various establishments across Canning Town (and pictured below). When you find an egg, take a selfie with it and post it to Instagram, tagging @easter.challenge @zzetta_pizza and @churchE16. Victorious participants will get a free pizza, or, if you’re feeling generous, you can donate your pizza to someone who needs it more than you.
Follow @easter.challenge on Instagram
12 London’s Highest Easter Egg Hunt at The Shard
Visitors to The View from The Shard this Easter holidays can take part in London’s highest Easter Egg Hunt some 800ft above London! All kids need to do to take part is look out for six giant Easter Eggs that have been strategically placed in key locations around London’s skyline, marking their findings on a worksheet that provides facts and stats on the significance of some of these historical sites. Family-friendly games and Easter-themed entertainment, including regular visits from The View from The Shard’s very own Easter Bunny, will also be part of the fun during the Easter holidays. Family tickets are available from £50 for two adults and two children.
13 Easter Egg ‘Architour’ at St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks, central London’s only marina, is hosting its annual Easter Egg hunt with a technological twist. Exploring the engineering and architectural history of the area, the SKD Easter Architour will harness modern-day technologies to provide a unique Easter Egg hunt experience. The clues, accessed by scanning a code with your phone, will take you on an educational tour of architectural landmarks such as the Haven Building, Marble Quay, Ivory House and the Coronarium. Find the Egg Tokens and claim your prize! 11am-4pm daily.
14 GoBoat Easter Egg Hunt, Paddington
Self-drive boating company GoBoat is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for all bookings made during the Easter school holidays. You and your group of up to eight people will be given a map to help you spot the giant Easter Eggs along the canal. To claim your prize, simply photograph as many as you can (there are 12 to find). The friendly crew will be on hand to help you navigate your way, and why not pack a picnic to munch on board? No boating experience is necessary and life jackets are provided for all children and babies. Tickets from £59 per hour for eight. Daily departures from 9am until 6pm.
Merchant Square, Paddington W2 1AS; goboat.co.uk
15 Maître Choux’s Easter Eclair Hunt, Chelsea
Maître Choux is hosting an Easter Eclair hunt around the King’s Road. Hunt out the mini éclairs secretly placed all the way down the Kings Road. Those lucky enough to find them can redeem them in store at Maître Choux for a decadent Dark Chocolate Eclair, filled with an intense and creamy dark chocolate. Why not hang around and pair it with an indulgent hot chocolate, made with three kinds of chocolate including, manjari, guanja and jivara and a touch of cinnamon?
59 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4ND; maitrechoux.com