Free events in London April 2014

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Free events in London in April

Our guide to free events in London during April 2014.

Queen Elizabeth at Tower of London, London
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41-gun salute, for the Queen’s birthday

Tower of London 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).
 at River Thames, London
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Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race

River Thames 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.
 
 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
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See Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum 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!
 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to 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.
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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The Great War in Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery 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.
 at National Gallery, London
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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

to National Gallery "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.
 
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

to V&A 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.
 at Hampstead Observatory, London
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

to 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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Architecture in Italian Renaissance PaintingApril 2014The National Gallery’s new exhibition will focus on Italian Renaissance works containing architecture, and will include works by artists such as Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli. While many of the paintings reflect real architectural forms, others are deliberately fantastical, offering a suitable setting for biblical and mythological tales.

Solve a crime, at the Natural History MuseumApril 2014“Crime Scene Live” is an award-winning event where you will step into the shoes of a CSI and, with the help of real forensic scientists and detectives, collect the evidence from a grisly Museum murder. Then you’ll witness the trial where real-life barristers will cross-examine the experts and call everything into question.

Guided walk: London during the BlitzApril 2014The Museum of London is laying on a guided walk around some of the sites that suffered during the Blitz, and you’ll learn how the modern City arose from the flames.

Henri Matisse — The Cut-OutsApril 2014“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” is devoted to the artist’s famous paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954. It will bring together around 120 different works in a groundbreaking reassessment of the final chapter of his fifty-year career. The exhibition will re-examins the methods and materials that Matisse must have used, and highlight the tensions between fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014April 2014The annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret ‘portrait’ in its widest sense.

Explore London’s Roman FortApril 2014Enjoy a short tour of the remains of the western gate of London’s Roman military fort, located beneath the streets around the Museum. The fort stood in the north-west corner of a huge wall that surrounded Londinium around 200 AD, and was re-discovered in 1956.

Bailey’s Stardust (David Bailey exhibition)April 2014The National Portrait Gallery is putting an exhibition of David Bailey’s portraits, called “”Bailey’s Stardust”. Personally selected by David Bailey himself, the 250 images will be arranged thematically to illustrate the extraordinary range of subjects that he has captured throughout his career.

Vikings: Life and LegendApril 2014The Vikings are coming! This is the British Museum’s first major exhibition on Vikings for more than 30 years. The Viking age (800-1050) was a period of major change across Europe, when they spread from their Scandinavian homelands to create new cultures on four different continents. The highlight of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, at the Union ChapelApril 2014Fresh from her exploits on Strictly Come Dancing, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with a brand-new album — “Wanderlust”. You can hear tracks from it when she plays two nights at the Union Chapel.

 
 

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