Easter Holidays announce the start of spring. We are very glad to welcome the warmer weather and longer days – making it all the better for exploring London! You won’t be disappointed by what the city has to offer. Here are our top picks for spending a fantastic Easter break, Thistle style.

Traditional British Roast

Indulge in one of London’s best Sunday roasts, minutes walk from Thistle Barbican City Hotel. The Smokehouse in Islington specialises in BBQ meats and does a mean roast. Choose from pork ripe eye and smoked shoulder, lamb and rare-breed beef. Fish-lovers also have the option to choose pan-roasted salmon.

Catch a show

Think of London and our vibrant West End should spring to mind. We have a long-standing tradition of theatre here in the UK, of which we are very proud. Indeed, your trip to London would certainly be amiss without catching a show. Travelling with kids in tow? The Lion King, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Aladdin are sure-fire favourites. The National Theatre proposes something more grown up (with fantastic views for an intermission drink on the terrace).

Afternoon Tea

Following on with more British Traditions- we suggest an all-time favourite – the legendary English Afternoon Tea. Our favorite is at The Tower Hotel, where you can sip on tea (or bubbly!) and nibble on cakes, scones and finger sandwiches whilst enjoying the best views of Tower Bridge in town.

London in Bloom

Well done you for visiting London in the springtime – you’ve come at a great time! As the city finally breaks free from winter’s grip, the city’s numerous parks become alive with the chirping of birds and beautiful blooms – expect daffodils, cherry blossom and a lot of scurrying squirrels. A stroll through one of our parks is highly recommended. We love Regent’s Park, Green Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park.

Chocolate fever

If you are brave enough to face the crowds, then a trip to Soho, the home of some of london’s oldest and most beautiful department stores such as Liberty of London, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges should be on your agenda. If you’re on the hunt for some top notch, british chocolate to bring back as gifts, then we recommend the legendary Charbonnel et Walker at the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, or for something a little more wacky, Choccywoccydoodah – it doesn’t disappoint.

Family-friendly Easter fun

Head to London’s South Bank and stroll along it’s leafy pedestrianised boulevard, enjoying street food markets, street performers and a bustling second-hand bookstall along the way. Known as London’s Cultural Quarter, the South Bank is home to a multitude of cultural institutions, including the Southbank Centre, Europe’s foremost cultural centre, which this Easter is proposing a range of free family shows and activities including DJs music and dances.

Thistle Express Swindon

Staying at Thistle Express in Swindon? Head to nearby Bristol Zoo who are hosting 2 weeks of animal activities and a brand new Easter discovery trail, perfect for entertaining the kids. As well as meeting the animals, kids can enjoy a variety of fun activities including an Egg Discovery Trail, I spy, and Guess who?

Thistle Express Luton

Jetting off for an overseas holiday this year? Start the holiday right with a stress free stay at Thistle Express Luton. Right in the centre of town, close to the stations and at just 10 minutes drive to the airport – you can enjoy unlimited tea and coffee during your stay, a good night’s sleep and a delicious free breakfast before you set off on your journey. Bon voyage!