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From egg hunts and bonnet parades to chocolate scoffing and weekend strolls – Easter is full of reasons to get egg-cited. Here are just a few eggs-amples of some of the most egg-cellent places to visit. Oh, and please excuse the eggy puns, we just couldn’t help it.
1 Hope and Greenwood
Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a satisfying dose of sugary goodness. Get your fix at this nostalgic emporium of confectionery, packed full of chocolate, fudge, sherbet and truffles to name but a few.
1 Russell Street, WC2B 5JD
hopeandgreenwood.co.uk / 020 7240 3314
2 Your local library
Whether you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, after somewhere to visit on a rainy day or just want a new book to get stuck into over your hot cross bun, your local library is the place to be. With a range of school holiday activities and bundles of top notch entertainment for hire, why wouldn’t you pay a visit? Locations across the borough.
In addition, as part of Cityread London this spring, Camden libraries have a number of Dicken's themed activities for children and families to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author's birth.
Join us for the following family friendly events, exploring Charles Dickens and Victorian London:
- Wednesday 4 April, 2.30 to 3.30pm at Kentish Town library
- Thursday 5 April, 11.30 to 12.30pm at Queen’s Crescent library
- Thursday 5 April, 2.30 to 3.30pm at West Hampstead Library
- Tuesday 10 April, 2.30 to 3.30pm at Holborn library
- Wed 11 April, 2.30 to 3.30pm at Kilburn library centre
- Friday 13 April, 11.30am to12.30pm, at Camden town library.
(Under 8s must be accompanied.)
Saturday 14 April, 10.30am to 3.30pm, at Swiss Cottage library - come and join a family friendly session making some Dickens characters, a mask, or get digital. Finish off with a procession and a flash mob reading from Oliver Twist.
For more information, camden.gov.uk/libraries / 020 7974 4444
3 Camden Bar and Kitchen
A long weekend provides a great excuse to indulge in a top notch breakfast. This bohemian gem is the perfect place to grab a morning bite before a trip to the nearby market, or just to hole up and watch the world go by.
102 Camden High Street, NW1 0LU
camdenbarandkitchen.com / 020 7485 2744
4 Swiss Cottage leisure centre
This architectural masterpiece caters for every age, taste and ability and can provide some much-needed entertainment for the little ones over the school holidays. Complete with two huge pools, a climbing wall, a state-of-the-art gym and a rascals adventure zone for the under 12s, it could come in handy if you’re at a loose end.
Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF
Free swimming is also available for under 16s living here
There is even free swimming to people who are 16 years or under and live in Camden, from 9am to 10am, Monday to Saturday during the Easter holidays. To take part you simply need to be a member, joining is easy at the participating leisure centres: Kentish Town sports centre, Oasis sports centre and Swiss Cottage leisure centre.
Intensive swim courses too - Kentish Town sports centre and Swiss Cottage leisure centre run intensive swimming courses during the Easter break. Courses start at £16 for four days. Book at sportscourses.org.
For details about all the leisure centres in Camden: camden.gov.uk/sport / 020 7974 2012
5 Kentish Town City Farm
This time of year goes hand in hand with bunnies, chicks and fluffy baby lambs – and you’re guaranteed to encounter them all here. While you’re there why not try your hand at egg decorating, pony grooming or hunting down those good old fashioned Easter eggs.
1 Cressfield Close, (off Grafton Lane), NW5 4BN
ktcityfarm.org.uk / 020 7916 5421
6 Waterlow Park
As winter makes way for spring why not head to this sprawling green space to work off the Easter abundance? Admire the daffodils, take a stroll around the shrub beds or enter into the spirit of things by partaking in the annual egg roll at Lauderdale House.
Dartmouth Park Hill, N19 5JF
7 Euphorium Bakery
The humble hot cross bun comes into its own at this time of year. What better excuse to get down to your local bakery to stock up? This charming little shop oozes character and stocks a wonderful array of baked delights from baguettes and croissants to tarts and iced buns.
45 Southend Road, NW3 2QB
euphoriumbakery.com / 020 7794 2344
8 The Charles Dickens Museum
This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author who gave us classics like Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Nicholas Nickleby. As well as taking part in all the Dicken's themed activities in Camden libraries mentioned above, you can also pay a visit to his only surviving residence before 10 April, when the museum will close for eight months for refurbishment.
48 Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX
dickensmuseum.com / 020 7405 2127
9 St George’s Church
This is one of the most elegant churches the city has to offer. Over the Easter weekend they’re running a programme of religious services and there’s an an excellent programme of free classical music concerts on offer for the rest of the year. Check the website for details.
Bloomsbury Way, WC1
stgeorgesbloomsbury.org.uk / 020 7242 1979
10 The Renoir Cinema
Grab a few hours to yourself at this classic two-screen cinema. Tailored to the more discerning film fan, expect a programme of eclectic art house and foreign movies on its two screens.
Brunswick Centre, WC1N 1AW
11 The Camden Arts Centre
This exciting north London arts centre is home to contemporary exhibitions and a bundle of free events. Over Easter weekend they’re hosting a range of arty activities for families. Or if you’re after something for the kids to do by themselves, check out their children’s courses – taking inspiration from the gallery and led by artists.
Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG
camdenartscentre.org / 020 7472 5500