Free events in London – April 2014

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Visit London on the cheap in April, by trying these great free events

Tower of London
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41-gun salute, for the Queens birthday

There will be a 41-gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at 1 PM, to mark the Queen's birthday. It will take place at Gun Wharf (Tower of London).
River Thames
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Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race

The inaugral University Boat Race was held in 1829, making it one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world -- and a favourite date in London's calendar. This year will be the 160th time that Oxford have faced Cambridge. Cambridge currently have the lead over their rivals with 81 wins against 77, along with one draw in 1877.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
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See Sir John Soanes Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London's best live classical music events. Some of their most popular events are the lunchtime concerts which they put on for free. They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups.
National Portrait Gallery
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The Great War in Portraits

With the centenary of the First World War coming up this year, the National Portrait Gallery will be putting on a timely exhibition of "Great War Portraits". The exhibition will look at the different roles, experiences and destinies of those caught up in the conflict.
National Gallery
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Van Goghs Sunflowers

"The Sunflowers" is a small exhibition which offers visitors the rare opportunity to see two of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflower" paintings side-by-side. One is owned by the National Gallery, and the other comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This will be the first time that they have been shown together for 65 years.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

This exhibition will cover more than 400 years of drawing practice, and include works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Blake, Rossetti, Spencer, Freud and Hockney. The display will trace the central role played by drawing in portraiture and landscape paintings, and a selection of contemporary works will demonstrate drawing's continuing importance for artists.
Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

Hampstead Observatory is a very small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich -- it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don't even have to book.
 
 
 
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