London neighbourhood creates Easter Egg Window Hunt for residents in lockdown


London’s East Village E20 is launching its first ever Easter Egg Window Hunt so that residents and passers-by can enjoy all the fun of an egg hunt while staying safe and obeying the rules of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Residents and retailers of the East London neighbourhood are being encouraged to get creative and decorate their windows, balconies and storefronts with colourful Easter eggs.

Despite the strict social distancing and self-isolation rules in place this Easter, the former Olympic Athletes’ Village wanted to ensure residents could celebrate the annual holiday with a fun-filled activity for people of all ages.

Similar to the ‘Rainbow Hunts’ taking place in communities across the country, both adults and children are being encouraged to join in by grabbing paint, tissue paper, colouring pencils and construction paper and putting eye-catching designs in their windows for all to see.

Get Living, the neighbourhood operator which rents homes and organises community events for the village’s residents, has created Easter egg templates which can be downloaded from its website.

With many NHS staff, key workers and young families living in the community, East Village hopes the Easter Egg Window Hunt will bring a smile to people’s faces as they head out and about over the long weekend, as well as to those in self-isolation who’ll be able to spot the community’s creations from their windows and balconies.

East Village E20 is encouraging residents to walk around the neighbourhood in a mindful way, keeping a 2m distance from others at all times, and is recommending that egg-hunting forms part of residents’ one hour daily outdoor exercise.

Residents can share images of their designs with the East Village team on Instagram at @eastvillageldn and Twitter at @EastVillageLDN.