17 April events in London

Need some inspiration for 17th April? Work began on the country’s first nuclear submarine on this day in 1963: HMS Dreadnought. If you’re interested in submarines then take a trip to Chatham Dockyards and try a claustrophobic tour of HMS Ocelot – a decommissioned Cold War submarine from the 1990s.

Theatre shows on 17th April

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Wednesday 17th April

All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

17 Apr to Arthur Millers All My Sons tells the story of a family who lost their son in war and reveals the price of their American dream
Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse

Sweet Charity with Anne-Marie Duff

17 Apr to Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill will be starring in the Donmar Warehouses revival of the Broadway classic Sweet Charity
Ghost Stories at Lyric Hammersmith

Ghost Stories - a truly terrifying experience

17 Apr to Chill your blood with Ghost Stories - a terrifying theatrical experience filled with real shocks that will turn your hair white!
Betrayal at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal

17 Apr to Betrayal is the culmination of Jamie Lloyds Harold Pinter season and stars the Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston
Richard Ii at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeares Richard II

17 to The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will be putting on an intimate candlelit production of William Shakespeares Richard II
Waitress at Adelphi Theatre

Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre

17 Apr to Waitress tells the story of pie-making Jenna who longs to escape her dreary marriage in small-town America
Rip It Up at Garrick Theatre

Rip It Up - 1960s song and dance show

17 Apr to Harry Judd Aston Merrygold Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith will be dancing their way through a 1960s soundtrack in Rip It Up

Music and comedy on 17th April

Have a night out at one of these rock and pop concerts or comedy gigs

Papa Roach at The Forum

Papa Roach - two nights at the O2 Forum

17 to American rock band Papa Roach will be playing two nights at the O2 Kentish Town to support their new album
Shingai at Jazz Café

Shingai (from The Noisettes)

17 Apr 2019 Shingai from The Noisettes is setting out on a solo career and you can hear her new solo songs when she plays the Jazz Cafe
James Blake at Eventim Apollo

James Blake at the Eventim Apollo

17 to James Blake will be playing two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo in April to support his new album Assume Form

Family & Kid’s events on 17th April

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 17th April

Bank of England Museum
free

Easter egg trail at the Bank of England Museum

17 to Your kids can win a little prize if they manage to complete the easter egg trail at the Bank of England Museum
Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

17 Apr to Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and singing minstrels and King Henry VIII
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

17 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 London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at 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

17 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

Art & Museum exhibitions on 17th April

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

National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

17 Apr to Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
British Museum

Edvard Munch - Love And Angst

17 Apr to The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of Edvard Munchs prints in the UK for nearly half-a-century
Victoria & Albert Museum

Mary Quant - Victoria & Albert Museum

17 Apr 2019 to An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
British Library
free

Imaginary Cities - British Library

17 Apr to A small exhibition that uses digital technology to transform the librarys collection of historic maps to create fictional cityscapes
Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain

17 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
British Library
free

The New Londoners - British Library

17 Apr to An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins who has captured families living in their London homes
National Gallery

Sorolla - Spanish Master of Light

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

Royal & Religious events on 17th April

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

Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

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

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
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 17th April

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

Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

17 to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see sights in London for every tourists itinerary
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

17 Apr to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Tate Britain

The photographs of Don McCullin

17 Apr to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland
Queen’s Gallery

Shadows of War - Fentons Photos of the Crimea

17 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
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at 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)
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its 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

Classical music on 17th April

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

Cadogan Hall

JS Bachs St Matthew Passion

17 Apr 2019 The Academy of Ancient Music and Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital will be performing JS Bachs St Matthew Passion at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

BBC SO playing Debussy Szymanowski and Tippet

17 Apr 2019 Hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing some classical music by Debussy Szymanowski and Tippet at Barbican Hall
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 17th 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

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

Guided tour of London on a bicycle

Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
See London By Night Tour at 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 Tour London at 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 at 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 at 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 Boat Cruise London at 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 Tour London at 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 at 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 17th April

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Wednesday 17th April

Tower Bridge

Yoga class on the glass floor at Tower Bridge

17 Apr to Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge
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 17th April

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

St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

17 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
Bateaux London at Bateaux London

Dinner cruise on the river with Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Thames Clippers at 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
 
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