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Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square
Power UP is at the Science Museum this Easter
Van Gogh and Britain
Dorothea Tanning
Underbelly Festival
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
Motown the Musical
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
Nobu's Easter Tamago
Easter Architour at St Katharine Docks
Easter at Merchant Square
Easter at Canopy Market
Bun House Chinatown: Bunny Buns
BAO's Easter Chick Baos


The Underbelly Festival arrives at the Southbank and The Passion of Jesus and the Feast of St George come to Trafalgar Square over the Easter weekend.

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Van Gogh and Britain

Discover the influence Van Gogh's early stay in Britain had on the Dutch artist.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 27th March to 11th August 2019


See Van Gogh's Sunflowers in a new light at The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain. The artist's 1888 masterpiece - which has only left the National Gallery three times in its history - is shown at Tate Britain for the first time, alongside the British artwork that it inspired - from flower paintings by Frank Brangwyn and Matthew Smith to Jacob Epstein and David Bomberg. The first exhibition of the artist's work at Tate in over 70 years, the display concentrates on Van Gogh's residence in London, between 1873 and 1876, revealing his enthusiasm for British culture. It shows how he responded to works by John Constable and John Everett Millais, his love of British writers and his passion for British graphic artists and prints. Despite his poverty, he collected around 2,000 engravings, most from English magazines such as the Illustrated London News, prints he returned to in his final months when he painted his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Dore's print of Newgate Prison.


Dorothea Tanning

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 27th February to 9th June 2019


Organised in collaboration with the Reina Sofi≠a in Madrid, Tate Modern presents a major retrospective of Dorothea Tanning's work. Spanning seven decades, it's the first large-scale exhibition on the artist for more than 25 years and the only one to cover her full career. Known for her surrealist works that combine the familiar with the strange, Tanning explored desire and sexuality, and presented the idea that there was more to life than meets the eye. This new exhibition brings together her early enigmatic paintings, ballet designs, disturbing textile sculptures and large-scale late works. Prominent works on display include her self-portrait Birthday 1942 and room-sized installation Chambre 202, Hotel du Pavot 1970-3.


The Passion of Jesus

A free, open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 19th April 2019


Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, all donning period costumes, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.


Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

The private lives of Elizabethans on paintings no bigger than a playing card.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 21st February to 19th May 2019


Small is beautiful and nowhere more so than at this National Portrait Gallery display, the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. Showcasing the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver, Elizabethan Treasures includes portraits of Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake. Regarded as an art form at which the English excelled, these exquisite miniatures contain clues about identity, society and visual culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Used as a means of showing favour, loyalty and expressing close relationships the small paintings could be worn as a necklace, pinned to clothing or secretly concealed as a token of friendship, patronage or love.


Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Patriotic celebrations for the feast day of England's patron saint.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 20th April 2019


The official Mayor of London's St George's Day celebrations fill Trafalgar Square with tea, cake and live entertainment on Saturday 20th April 2019. It's all part of the patriotic celebrations on the Saturday closest to 23rd April, the actual feast day of England's dragon-slaying patron saint. The square is decorated in red and white for the festival with stalls selling traditional English food - including Britain's favourite dish: chicken tikka masala - while live music is played by pop and folk groups.


Underbelly Festival

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 5th April to 29th September 2019


The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2019, presenting over 70 shows for five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows. In a temporary theatre - surrounded by street food and one of London's biggest outdoor bars - you'll find London's largest programme of affordable circus, cabaret and fringe theatre. Festival highlights this year include a month long residency by Gravity & Other Myths who bring their stripped back circus show to the South Bank. Join Bernie Dieter at the Little Death Club for some debauched kabarett, see drag extravaganza Yummy and listen to a new Podcast Live season with A Gay and A Non Gay and Hoovering Podcast on the lineup. Take the children to see stage adaptations of MONSTERSAURUS!, Shark In The Park and Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, as well as The Gruffalo, The Witch, and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson at the biggest ever Family Fest running throughout the Easter holidays.


Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 13th April to 27th October 2019


Luminous glass artworks by Dale Chihuly - whose giant glass Chandelier greets you as you enter the V&A - go on display in Kew Gardens. Turning the gardens into an outdoor gallery, the glass pieces are placed across the grounds, in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and, for the first time, in the Temperate House where a work has been specially designed for the space. Featuring pieces never seen before in the UK, the display includes the vibrant blue masterpiece Sapphire Star which welcomes you as you walk through Victoria Gate. At weekends and during the school holidays, the Chihuly Family Trail booklet helps children and their families explore the exhibition while exclusive night-time events allow you to these installations illuminated by an entirely different light.


Power UP

The gaming extravaganza brings video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 06th - 22nd April 2019


This Easter the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its fourth year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 160 systems and hundreds of games, including video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there's something for everyone. With PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sitting alongside SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and BBC Micro - the original educational computer - visitors will be able to see how technology has evolved, with PlayStation VR providing a glimpse into the possibilities of the future.


Easter Architour at St Katharine Docks

Find the Egg Tokens, win a prize and learn about the architecture of the docks.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 19th - 22nd April 2019


Explore the architectural history of St Katharine Docks, central London's only marina, this Easter on an egg hunt that highlights the engineering achievements at the docks. Built by renowned Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, in 1828, St Katharine Docks reveals its treasures in an Easter Architour that highlights its innovative design features. Use your smart phone to scan the codes which give clues as to where a stash of Egg Tokens are hidden. The trail takes in architectural landmarks like the Haven Building, Marble Quay, Ivory House, Commodity Quay, International House and the Coronarium - the chapel built to house an acrylic sculpture designed for, but never used, in the 1960's Kubrick film, 2001. Solve all the clues to win a prize and combine your visit with a meal at one of the restaurants in the docks; we like Dokke, a real hidden gem amid all the chain restaurants and tourist taverns.


Easter at Merchant Square

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Hop and an Egg Hunt by the canal.

Merchant Square, , London, W2 1JS

Tube: Edgware Road Station , Paddington Station


Dates: 17th - 18th April 2019


Take your colony to Merchant Square for a free outdoor screening of the family friendly movie 'Hop' and a free Easter Egg Hunt. Taking place on consecutive days, the Easter themed al fresco feature length animation is screened on the lawn next to the Paddington Basin canal. The next day, the Easter Egg Hunt means there are chocolate bunnies hidden all over the Floating Pocket Park and surrounding areas. Some of the bunnies will have special four digit codes that correspond to a special prize. Hop around Merchant Square to find these bunnies in restaurants, bars, office receptions, pontoon, gym and some other hiding places canal side. Find a special coded bunny and you could win restaurant vouchers, train tickets, paddleboarding lessons and a go on a GoBoat. The nearby self-drive boating experience is also hosting its own Easter Egg Hunt, challenging you and your crew to spot the giant Easter eggs along the canal.


Easter at Canopy Market

A petting farm, Easter egg hunt and circus street performers come to Canopy Market.

Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, Covent Garden, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 19th - 22nd April 2019


A petting farm and Easter egg hunt comes to†Canopy Market in King's Cross this Easter, adding to the market's regular fixtures of food, craft beer, drinks and live music. Bringing the countryside to town, Vauxhall City Farm is popping up under the canopy with baby chicks, ducklings and rabbits you can feed, stroke and learn about. A family friendly day out, there'll be face painting where both children and adults can be transformed into their favourite animal or superhero. Explore the area and hunt for hidden eggs using a special market-themed map, created by illustrators and artists from the KX Knowledge Quarter. While you're here try a V&A-led art and design workshop and enjoy circus street performances, acrobats, dancers and freerunners put on by The Roundhouse in Camden.


Easter Chocolate Market at Duke of York Square

The square transforms into a chocolate lover's paradise.

Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 13th April 2019


This Easter, Duke of York Square transforms into a chocolate lover's paradise. On Saturday 13th April, the popular Fine Food Market will be joined by the celebrated Easter Chocolate Market, welcoming London's finest chocolatiers to sell their wares. The likes of Lavolio, Diana David, Susie Keane, Bad Brownies and Sir Hans Sloane will be in attendance. There will also be more unique dishes like chocolate sushi from Aki Maki, chocolate flavoured Vietnamese spring rolls from Rao Deli, and chocolate Guinness cake by Nick Fu.


BAO's Easter Chick Baos

They gave us piggie buns for New Year, now BAO buns get an Easter makeover.

31 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JN

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station


Taiwanese cult favourite BAO is celebrating Easter with the cutest savoury steamed buns. Their limited edition Easter Chick Bao are yellow and white buns†with red beaks and two black dot eyes†filled with fried chicken. The chicks cost £6 a pop and are available on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday (21st and 22nd April) at both branches of BAO - BAO Soho at 53 Lexington Street, and BAO Fitzrovia†on Windmill Street. The larger of the two restaurants, BAO Fitzrovia has space for 26 in†the light filled ground floor dining room and a basement†space that's almost an extension of the kitchen.


Bun House Chinatown: Bunny Buns

Chow down on these cute dark chocolate steamed bunny buns at the brand new Bun House.

26-27 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


On 16th April, Chinese cafe and Instagram favourite†Bun House adds a second, larger restaurant to the Greek Street original with this two floor venue on Lisle Street, in the heart of Chinatown. Prepare to see their cute, seasonal Easter Bunny buns filling your Insta feed. Known for their creative takes on the traditional Chinese steamed bun, Bun House will serve up a fluffy steamed bun, injected with orange-spiked dark chocolate and served in true Easter bunny style, complete with bunny ears and fluffy tail. Available throughout their opening fortnight, you can get their hands on the bunny buns for a mere £2.80. Hop to it.


William Curley at The Gherkin

The master chocolatier presents a chocolate-inspired tasting menu and chocolate masterclasses.

Helix and Iris, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station


Dates: 01st - 21st April 2019


Master chocolatier William Curley takes over The Gherkin this April with special Easter chocolate masterclasses and a chocolate-inspired tasting menu. Four-times winner of Britain's Best Chocolatier and the youngest ever patissier in the history of The Savoy, Curley is one of the world's best chocolatiers and this brings the exciting opportunity to sample his creations in one of London's most iconic landmarks. The four-course tasting menu, served in the brand-new Helix restaurant, which sits on the 39th floor, brings together dishes such as cauliflower and Berkshire Blue soup topped with cacao nibs; Rhug Estate venison loin with heritage carrots, spring greens and game chocolate sauce; and the show-stopping Willy's chocolate mousse, brandy snap and Bailey's cream, followed by Curley's chocolate espresso martini cocktails and even more chocolates to take home. Running on Friday 12th April, the masterclasses will see Curley lead participants through the fascinating world of chocolate making. A morning session is aimed at families while the afternoon is dedicated to adults.


Nobu's Easter Tamago

Nobu serves a special Easter egg treat which oozes apricot coulis.

COMO Metropolitan , 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1LB

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station


This Easter eat out in style at Nobu†and Nobu Berkeley Street where a limited-edition chocolate Easter Tamago adds a†special treat to your meal.†Served throughout the Easter period, from 1st to 21st April, the†Tamago (£12.50 each) - meaning 'egg' in Japanese - oozes apricot coulis out of the gold chocolate shell. When you cut it open you'll discover a rich hazelnut sponge and a bitter caramel ice cream. Inspired by the Japanese ritual 'Takekiri-e' in Kyoto, this luxury Easter dessert has a slash across it, symbolic of the bamboo cutting ceremony which honours the temple guardian of the sacred waters of the Kurama mountains which, legend has it, prevents disasters. An indulgent dessert to bring you luck.


Motown The Musical

Last chance to see the rags-to-riches musical before it ends on 20th April 2019.

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 11th February - 20th April 2019


Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End in 2016, staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the nostalgic musical explores thr success of Gordy's record label and how he launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and many more. Audiences are treated to more than 50 Motown tracks such as My Girl, Dancing In The Street, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

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