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Enjoy London attractions this Easter and St George's Day

Published: Thursday 21st of April 2011

The sun is shining and Easter is nearly here - what better way to spend the upcoming long weekend than by visiting London?

There are many sights to see and things to do in London over the holidays, but Easter brings a unique opportunity to view some of the capital's biggest religious attractions.

One of the main places you should visit over Easter is Westminster Abbey. This spectacular 13th-century building is world-famous for its long-running links with the royal family and for its collection of intriguing artefacts.

The abbey will hold a number of special events this Easter. Good Friday will see Matins and Litany sung at St Margaret's Church - which can be found between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament - by the church choir, while a procession will also take place along Victoria Street to remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

April 23rd - or Holy Saturday - will bring the Vigil, Baptism and First Eucharist of Easter, during which baptismal vows are reaffirmed and the Paschal Candle is lit.

Easter Day itself on the Sunday is a particularly wonderful time to visit the abbey, as this is when the resurrection of Christ is marked with a Sung Eucharist in the morning and Evensong and a procession in the afternoon.

Elsewhere in the capital, St Paul's Cathedral could be the ideal destination if you're looking for things to do in London for all the family.

Children will love the guided trail around the building, which explores the history of Easter in an accessible way, while the craft workshop at the end is sure to keep young hands busy.

You can also follow a self-guided trail that offers options for those under and over the age of eight.

Like Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral will hold a series of religious events over the four-day Easter weekend, so try to attend one or some of these for a unique experience.

Visitors to London will find even more to see and do than usual during the break thanks to the fact that St George's Day falls on Holy Saturday.

If you like the idea of marking England's patron saint day with an afternoon in the sunshine, why not head to Trafalgar Square?

Here, the St George's Day Concert will provide a host of entertainment between 13:00 and 18:00 BST, including performances by Alfie Boe, Newton Faulkner, Jamie West and the World In Motion drummers.

If you're interested in how the legend of St George has been represented in the world of art, make your way over to the National Gallery for a short talk on Paolo Uccello's 15th century painting Saint George and the Dragon.

Elsewhere, the Royal Air Force Museum will hold sessions for young ones to make their own dragon and find out more about the heroes who serve the country in the present day.

Another potential destination for St George's Day is Windsor Castle. The building - which is the oldest and biggest occupied castle in the world - is home to St George's Chapel, which was founded by Edward IV, finished by Henry VIII and dedicated to the Order of the Garter, which is in turn devoted to the dragon-battling saint himself.

There's plenty to see and do when visiting the capital this Easter - in fact, there are so many London attractions to take in you might want to book another break to the city soon.

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