• The MallThe London Marathon is one of the premier marathons in world athletics. The current men's record for the 26.2 miles is 2:04:40, set by the Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011. The women's record is held by Britain's own Paula Radcliffe, with a time of 2:15:25 in 2003.
• Eventim ApolloForeigner was the band behind one of the 80's biggest hits -- "I Want To Know What Love Is" -- but also scored plenty of success with songs like "Cold As Ice", "Juke Box Hero" and "Feels Like The First Time". Now they're taking to the stage with special guests Europe and FM.
• Comedy StoreTV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson. Watch comedian Paul Merton performing live at the Comedy Store in London on Sun 13th April.
• Leicester Square TheatreRichard Herring's "Meaning of Life" show will tackle one of life's big questions each month: Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? And is there really good and evil? Herring will offer his own outrageous, taboo-busting comedy on the subject, and will also attempt to provide some genuine insights with the help of expert interviews.
• Royal Festival HallJoin conductor Jakub Hrusa, pianist Lukas Vondracek and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Dvorak, Janacek and Suk.
to • Greenwich TheatreThis tyrannosauric treat will bring these pre-historic creatures to the stage as you've never seen them before! The highly imaginative live show will teach you all about dinosaurs, and even allow your kids to get up close and personal with them during a meet and greet. But watch out -- not all of them are as tame as they look!
to • Photographer’s Gallery"John Deakin and the Lure of Soho" will explore the colourful characters and hidden corners of 1950/60s Soho, through the eyes of photographer John Deakin. Deakin is widely regarded as one of the Britain's best postwar photographers, and was renowned for his haunting street scenes, portraits and fashion work.
to • Photographer’s GalleryThe 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.
to • V&A"The Glamour of Italian Fashion" will take a comprehensive look at Italian fashion between 1945 and the present day, exploring the key companies and individuals that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style. The exhibition will feature round 90 pieces by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, GArmani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace.
to • National GalleryThis exhibition will showcase ten of the National Gallery's own paintings by Paolo Veronese, alongside 40 other works loaned by museums around the world. Veronese was one of the most influential and beautiful painters of the Venetian Renaissance, creating complex fresco decorations, large-scale altarpieces, devotional paintings, portraits and historical pictures.
to • Royal Academy of Arts"Renaissance Impressions" will explore Chiaroscuro woodcuts from two of the finest collections in the world. This 16th-century printing technique made dramatic use of light and dark to breathe new life into well-known biblical scenes by famous Renaissance painters like Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian.
to • Menier Chocolate FactoryThe Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a production of Ray Conney's hilarious comedy "Two Into One". All George Pigden has to do is book a hotel room for MP Richard Willey to meet his mistress. But when the bumbling aide makes a disastrous mistake, some extreme complications ensue...
to • British MuseumThe 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.
to • Serpentine Gallery"Once Again The World Is Flat" will feature work by the American artist Haim Steinbach, drawn from across his forty-year career. The exhibition will include major new works, some reconfigured installations and a selection of grid-based paintings from early on in his career.
to • Serpentine GalleryThe Serpentine Gallery's new exhibition will be curated by the Italian designer Martino Gamper. "Design is a State of Mind" is not your normal sort of exhibition. It will present an extensive landscape of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day, telling the story of their design, and their impact on our lives.
to • Tate Britain"Ruin Lust" will explore the use of ruins in art from the 17th-century to the present day. It will include more than 100 works by artists such as JW Turner, John Constable, John Martin, Paolozzi, Whiteread and Dean. The exhibition begins with the craze for ruins that overtook artists in the 18th-century. Turner and Constable were among those who toured Britain in search of ruins. The exhibition will also explore ruination caused by slow decay and abrupt apocalypse.
to • National Portrait GalleryWith 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.
to • Cartoon MuseumThe Cartoon Museum will be celebrating one of TV's most iconic shows, with an exhibition of cartoons, caricatures and puppets from "Spitting Image". All of the most memorable characters will be there, including Maggie, John Major, Michael Jackson... and the a few familiar Royal faces.
to • Royal Academy of ArtsNorman Stevens trained as a painter alongside John Loker, David Hockney and David Oxtoby, and became a master of printmaking in the early 1970s. His prints make great use of colour, light and shade to create powerful and haunting effects.
to • National GalleryThe National Gallery's new exhibition will showcase some of the best German Renaissance paintings in their collection, including works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach. The exhibition will highlight the ways in which their paintings were valued in the 16th-century, for qualities such as expression, inventiveness and technical mastery.
to • Tate ModernPop artist Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential British artists of the 20th-century, and the Tate is proud to present the first retrospective to encompass his entire career -- from his early designs of the 1950s to his final works in 2011.
to • Natural History MuseumTravel back in time to prehistoric Britain, long before the Romans, Saxons and Vikings arrived, and explore its changing landscapes and the people that lived there. "One Million Years of the Human Story" showcases some amazing archaeological finds from sites around Britain, including a skull from our earliest known Neanderthal, the oldest wooden spear in the world, and many more remarkable objects.
to • National Portrait GalleryThe 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.
to • Tate BritainTate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of work by Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon. Deacon is one of Britain's leading sculptors, best-known for his large-scale public commissions. The exhibition will include around 40 different pieces, shown alongside a series of important drawings.
• Spencer HouseBuilt a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city's only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
to • Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition called "A Dialogue with Nature", which explores the golden age of Romantic landscapes in Britain and Germany between 1760 and 1840. The exhibition will feature 26 drawings, watercolours and oil sketches by the likes of Turner, Palmer, Friedrich, Fohr and Lessing.
to • Hayward GalleryThe Hayward Gallery will be putting on the first major survey of Martin Creed's playful and thought-provoking art. The 2001 Turner Prize winner is best known for his minimalistic approach to art that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves a lot of wit, humour and surprise, transforming everyday materials into surprising meditations on the invisible structures that shape our lives.
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.
• Old Royal Naval CollegeEnjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
to • National Maritime MuseumThe National Maritime Museum's "Turner and the Sea" exhibition will explore Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. It will include many of his most iconic works, from his transformative early paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes that he produced towards the end of his life.
to • Museum of LondonThe Museum of London's new exhibition will investigate the secrets of the "Cheapside Hoard". This priceless cache of jewels and gemstones dates from the late 16th and early 17th-century (Elizabethan and Jacobean London), and was discovered buried in a cellar in 1912. But who owned the hoard, when was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
to • V&AThis 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.
to • Hampstead ObservatoryHampstead 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.