23 April events in London

Starts today – Henry IV -- Part 1

Henry IV, Part I is the first instalment of Shakespeare's gripping account of the titanic battle between Prince Hal and Harry Hotspur to become king of England. As the sons of two enemy fathers, Hotspur is preparing to lead an army against the Henry IV in retaliation for his dismissal of the Percy family's demands. But the King's son Prince Hal is ot... more

 

Need some inspiration for 23rd April? William Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564. And he died on this day as well, in 1616. If you have a guided tour of the Globe Theatre then you can visit the Shakespeare museum underneath the stage. Or how about watching one of Shakespeare’s plays?

Theatre shows on 23rd April

Here’s a guide to all the theatre shows playing in London on Tuesday 23rd April

Henry Iv Part I at Globe Theatre

Henry IV - Part 1

23 Apr to The first part of Shakespeares history of Henry IV which tells the story of Harry Hotspurs battle with Prince Hal to become king of England
Shen Yun at Eventim Apollo

Shen Yun - 5000 years of Chinese dance

23 Apr to Shen Yun uses traditional Chinese dance to send you on a journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture
Small Island at Olivier Theatre

Small Island - National Theatre

23 Apr to Small Island interweaves three stories about the Windrush generaton coming over to Britain from Jamaica in the 1940s
Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse

Sweet Charity with Anne-Marie Duff

23 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

23 Apr to Chill your blood with Ghost Stories - a terrifying theatrical experience filled with real shocks that will turn your hair white!
The Bay At Nice at Menier Chocolate Factory

The Bay At Nice

23 Apr to The Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a brand-new production of David Hares play about a mother and daughters struggles in Russia
Betrayal at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal

23 Apr to Betrayal is the culmination of Jamie Lloyds Harold Pinter season and stars the Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston

Music and comedy on 23rd April

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

Tom Paxton at Cadogan Hall

Tom Paxton and The DonJuans

23 Apr 2019 Tom Paxton has got together with The DonJuans and decided to go out on tour together including one night at Cadogan Hall
Hollywood Undead at O2 Academy Brixton

Hollywood Undead at the Brixton Academy

23 Apr 2019 Rap-rock band Hollywood Undead are coming to the UK for a string of headline shows including the Brixton Academy
Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

23 Apr to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100

Family & Kid’s events on 23rd April

Here are some good events for kids if you’re taking them to London on the 23rd April

Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

23 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
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
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

23 Apr 2019 to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

23 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
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

23 Apr to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his jungle adventures

Art & Museum exhibitions on 23rd April

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

National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

23 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

23 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

23 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

23 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

23 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

23 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

23 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 23rd April

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

Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

23 to The Royalty & The Romanovs exhibition will explore some of the works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families
Crossbones Graveyard
free

Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
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
Somerset House
free

Old Palace Tour at Somerset House

The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
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
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Guided tour of Wrens best churches

This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches

Political & Military events on 23rd April

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

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

23 Apr to Political comedian Mark Thomas will be checking the health of our NHS and wondering what it will be like at 100
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

23 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

23 Apr to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland
Houses Of Commons Public Gallery at Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Queen’s Gallery

Shadows of War - Fentons Photos of the Crimea

23 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

Classical music on 23rd April

Tuesday 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

23 Apr 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 23rd 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

23 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 23rd April

Here are some football tours, cricket games and rugby matches being played on Tuesday 23rd April

Surrey at Oval

Royal London 1-Day Cup: Surrey v Essex

23 Apr 2019 Surrey will be hoping for better luck in the Royal London One Day Cup this year when they take on Essex
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 23rd April

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

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

23 Apr to Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo
St. James’s Park

Hire a deckchair in one of Londons parks

23 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 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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