Top 10 Easter activities in London

London is one of my favorite cities in the world. The city has something to offer for everyone, be it related to trade, entertainment, food, music, art & culture etc. However, I have never been able to experience the charm of London during Easter. This year, Lady Luck decided to bestow her favors on me and I will be in London during Easter from 25th March to 28th March. I got down to making a list of things I must do during this 4 day period.

 

 

  • Easter Fairs across London: There are plenty of fairs set up across London that are ideal for family days out during the Easter holidays. The most popular one amongst the Easter Fairs is the Finsbury Park Easter Fair that takes place from 24th March to 10th April 2016. Close to Finsbury Park Station in North London, the fair offers the widest range of rides and attractions. Other popular Easter fairs are at Shepherd’s Bush Green, Hampton Court and Clapham Common.
  • Zippos Circus on Blackheath: Zippos Circus is one of the UK’s largest and most popular travelling circuses and has been touring the country for over 25 years. The acts include everything from jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers,drummers, death-defying stunt men and clowns.
  • The Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square: The Passion of Jesus is a full-scale re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The show is performed by the Wintershall Players and takes place at Trafalgar Square on Good Friday (which falls on 25th March 2016). The show is returning for its seventh year and is witnessed by tens of thousands of spectators.
  • Eggscellent Adventure at Bank of England Museum: The Bank of England Museum designs an event that involves following a treasure trail to find a giant golden egg and three chicks. This event is ideal for a family outing during Easter.
  • The Boat Races: The traditional Boat Races between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge will take place on Sunday, 27th March 2016. The traditional rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge began in 1829 for chaps and 1927 for ladies, and it now attracts around 250,000 spectators to south-west London every year.
  • The Good Friday Meeting: The Good Friday Meeting is an open track cycling event that has been taking place for more than a century and features international elite, professional and club level cyclists. The event will be held at the Lee Valley Velopark inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 25th March 2016.
  • Easter Trail at Kensington Palace: Kensington Palace plays host to an egg hunt with a difference. Hidden within the palace lie a series of glorious Easter eggs waiting to be discovered by the most eagle-eyed of visitors, with each egg providing a vital clue to a story from the palace’s past – not just of the monarchs, consorts and princesses that called Kensington home, but of the four-legged courtiers that became their closest companions.
  • Land of the Lions: The London Zoo in Regent’s Park will open the new enclosure for its endangered Asiatic Lions on 25th March 2016. The enclosure, construction for which began in 2014, is styled on the ruins of an amphitheatre-like lion temple. Visitors can get up close to the beautiful big cats thanks to newly installed ‘windowless-views’ created using fine wires, and explore the park filled with rickshaws.
  • Chocolate Tasting Experience on the London Eye: The London Eye invites guests to indulge their senses with an extraordinary Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Tasting Experience. The ultimate Easter treat for chocolate lovers, guests will enjoy a variety of mouth-watering chocolates and truffles as an expert from Hotel Chocolat guides you through an exclusive tasting adventure.
  • London Harness Horse Parade: The London Harness Horse Parade as it is known today takes place annually on Easter Monday at The South of England Centre, Sussex. This year, the parade will take place on 28th March 2016. Steeped in tradition, the parade offers onlookers a glimpse into a world gone by and for those participating, a chance to show off their best turnouts as well as meet up with friends and fellow enthusiasts. The Parade in its present form is actually an amalgam of two traditional parades – the London Cart Horse Parade, which was founded in 1885, and the London Van Horse Parade, which was founded in 1904.

 

 

Besides the above mentioned events, there are Easter activities taking place across major London attractions like the V&A museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery, British Museum, etc.

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History of London Fashion Week

In just a few weeks, all eyes of the fashion world will look towards London as the city hosts the London Fashion Week from 19 – 23 February 2016 at the Brewer Street Car Park. The 5 day extravaganza will feature some of the top designers from within the United Kingdom and across the globe. The London Fashion Week will culminate with the Elle Style Awards 2016 on 23rd February.

 

Considered to be amongst the Big 4 Fashion Weeks along with Milan, Paris and New York, the London Fashion Week is now in its 32nd year. Started by the British Fashion Council in 1984, the growth and the ups & downs experienced by the LFW make for an interesting read. Moreover, the Kensington area has played a key role in the lifecycle of the LFW.  

 

The first London Fashion Week, produced by the British Fashion Council,  was organised in the car park of the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington in February 1984. The event featured designers like David Fielden, Ghost, John Galliano, amongst others. The British Fashion Council also introduced a Designer of the Year award in 1984 and the first recipient of the award was Katharine Hamnett. The following year, the British Government agreed to sponsor the London Fashion Week after concerted efforts by a select group of established designers and the Vogue UK editor.

 

The 1990s ushered in a lot of changes as well as highlighted some key issues for the London Fashion Week. The British Fashion Council, in its search for venues that could offer more exhibition space and press space, eventually decided on organising the LFW at the National Museum of History. In 1993, as part of its endeavor to educate and give recognition to up and coming designers, the British Fashion Council offered designers the opportunity to showcase at the LFW. Alexander McQueen was the first designer to benefit from this program. In 1995, Stella McCartney, then a student designer, showcased her collection that was sold out the next day. The global recession as well as the migration of the designers to other Fashion Weeks had a detrimental effect on the London Fashion Week.

 

The event also faced controversy due to the use of near-anorexic models by by designers, which in turn gave rise to the debate about healthy body images and the correlation between the fashion industry and anorexia. The end result of this debate was the setting up of the Model Health Enquiry and other initiatives and funds aimed at promoting a healthy body image.

 

In the 2000s, the London Fashion Week had a resurgence with a lot of home-grown designers showcasing their talent. Somerset House became the new venue for the London Fashion Week. In 2010, the London Fashion Week became the first Fashion Week to embrace the internet with all the catwalk shows broadcasted over the web. The event was also responsible for generating orders worth almost £100 million across garments, shoes, handbags and accessories.