1 April events in London

Need some inspiration for 1st April? The Royal Air Force was created on this day in 1918, by combining the Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps. So why not visit the RAF Museum? They’ve got more planes than an airport including Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster Bomber and a Vulcan nuclear bomber.

 

Theatre shows on 1st April

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Monday 1st April

Ghost Stories at Lyric Hammersmith

Ghost Stories - a truly terrifying experience

1 Apr to Chill your blood with Ghost Stories - a terrifying theatrical experience filled with real shocks that will turn your hair white!
Austentatious at Fortune Theatre

Austentatious - a lost Jane Austen novel

1 Apr to A comedy play improvised from start to finish when a lost Jane Austen novel will be discovered before your eyes
Edward Ii at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Edward II - by Christopher Marlowe

1 to The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will be putting on a candlelit production of Christopher Marlowes Edward II
Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre

1 Apr to Come From Away tells the story of how a small Canadian town took in 7000 stranded air passengers after 9/11
9 To 5 at Savoy Theatre

9 To 5 – with the music of Dolly Parton

1 Apr to 9 To 5 uses the music of Dolly Parton to tell the story of three put-upon workers who oust their egotistical office boss
Everybodys Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

Everybodys Talking About Jamie

1 to Everybodys Talking About Jamie is all about overcoming prejudice with songs by The Feelings Dan Gillespie Sells
School Of Rock at Gillian Lynne Theatre

School of Rock

1 Apr to The Jack Black movie School of Rock has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes

Family & Kid’s events on 1st April

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 1st April

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

1 Apr to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Museum of Childhood
free

A Pirates Life For Me

1 to A child-friendly exhibition about pirates that will take your kids on a swashbuckling adventure and show them some real pirate coins
Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with three floors of arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Science Museum

The Sun - Living With Our Star

1 Apr to The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

1 Apr to If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches

Art & Museum exhibitions on 1st April

How about spending a few hours on Monday in one of London’s art galleries or museums?

Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain

1 Apr to The 40 paintings in this important exhibition will represent the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the UK for 10 years
National Gallery

Sorolla - Spanish Master of Light

1 Apr to The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
National Portrait Gallery

Martin Parr - Only Human

1 Apr to An exhibition by one of Britains best-known photographers - Martin Parr - revealing what Britons are like following the EU referendum
Royal Academy of Arts

The Renaissance Nude

1 Apr to Explore the evolution of nude painting in the 15th and 16th-century through Renaissance painters like Titian Raphael Michelangelo and Leonardo
National Gallery
free

Scenes of Parisian Life - National Gallery

1 Apr to French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon
Tate Modern

Dorothea Tanning retrospective

1 Apr to The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition that looks back over the long career of surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning
Royal Academy of Arts

Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy

1 Apr to The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlows large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery

Royal & Religious events on 1st April

See inside some beautiful buildings with one of these Royal or religious events

Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

1 to The Royalty & The Romanovs exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families
Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at Windsor Castle - the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events on 1st April

Parades are always popular with tourists, so here are some military events and political debates

Tate Britain

The photographs of Don McCullin

1 Apr to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland
Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons
Queen’s Gallery

Shadows of War - Fentons Photos of the Crimea

1 to The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day
Tower of London
free

Ceremony of the Keys – Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Old Bailey
free

Watch a real-life court case at the Old Bailey

Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case

Classical music on 1st April

Monday sounds like a good day to go and watch an opera, ballet or listen to some classical music

St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

1 to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours on 1st April

When was the last time you sat on the top-deck of a sightseeing bus, or enjoyed a boat trip up the Thames?

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

1 Apr to Jasons Trip runs a beautiful painted 100-year old canal boat down the Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock
BrakeAway Bike Tours

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
TRS River Cruise

TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich

Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
Big Bus Tours

London Bus Tour - open-top sightseeing bus

This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
Original Bus Tour

The Original Tour - Open-top sightseeing bus

The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital

Sports events on 1st April

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Monday 1st April

Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events on 1st April

Here are some other London events that will be taking place on Monday

St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

1 Apr to Hire out a deck-chair in one of Londons Royal parks and have a nice relaxing sit-down and do a bit of people-watching
Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
London Zoo

Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo

Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Enjoy riding around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
The City

Hire a Boris Bike and cycle around London

If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike for the day?
 
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