April events in London

April is a great time to visit London because we get some lighter evenings at last (for pavement drinking at the pubs). Sports fans have got county cricket and the London Marathon. There’s a gun salute for the Queen’s birthday, and Shakespeare’s birthday kicks off the Globe Theatre season from April to October.

Theatre shows in April

There are some great theatre shows running in London this month

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre

to Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

Spend a night with The Woman in Black

to A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera

to The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

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
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

Thriller - with the songs of Michael Jackson

to Thriller celebrates Michaels career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers

Music and comedy in April

Concerts and comedy gigs coming up this month

Nish Kumar at Hackney Empire

Nish Kumar: Its In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves

Nish Kumar is taking his new show on a nationwide tour including one night at the Hackney Empire
Giorgio Moroder at Eventim Apollo

Giorgio Moroder - Celebration of the 80′s

Join the legendary music producer and movie soundtrack writer Giorgio Moroder for a Celebration of the 1980s
Tony Law at Bloomsbury Theatre

Tony Law Matt Forde Arthur Smith + more

A comedy night with Tony Law Matt Forde Arthur Smith Paul Sinha Dane Baptiste Sofie Hagen Angelos Epithemiou and more
Gang Of Youths at Islington Assembly Hall

Aussie band Gang of Youths

to Australian indie rock band Gang of Youths are returning to London in the spring for a show at the Islington Assembly Hall
Ahir Shah at Bloomsbury Theatre

Ahir Shah - Duffer

Ahir Shahs critically acclaimed stand-up show Duffer is all about life and death with a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody thrown in as well
Lukas Graham at The Forum

Lukas Graham at the O2 Forum

Danish artist Lukas Graham will be coming to London to play songs from his new album at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in April
Mo Gilligan at Hackney Empire

Mo Gilligan - A Coupla More Cans

Breakthrough comedy star Mo Gilligan will be doing another night of his Couple Cans tour at the Hackney Empire
Crystal Fighters at O2 Academy Brixton

Crystal Fighters at the Brixton Academy

See one of the most creative and colourful bands around when the Crystal Fighters come to London in April
Milton Jones at Bloomsbury Theatre

Milton Jones Angelos Epithemiou John Robins

A comedy night with Milton Jones Angelos Epithemiou John Robins Rhys James and Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Family & Kid’s events in April

Here are some children’s events if you’re coming to London during April

Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Disneys Lion King - music by Elton John

to Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

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
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

to Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
Science Museum

The Sun - Living With Our Star

to The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System
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
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
Museum of Childhood
free

A Pirates Life For Me

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

Art & Museum exhibitions in April

Here are some interesting exhibitions in the capital’s galleries and museums

Tate Modern
free

Magic Realism - Art In Weimar Germany

to Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II
Museum of London Docklands
free

Slavery Culture & Collecting

to This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britains oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Bank of England Museum
free

Feliks Topolski - Drawing Debden

to The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works
British Museum
free

Witnesses - Emigre medallists in Britain

to A free exhibition that showcases some of the finest examples in the British Museums collection of 70000 medals
Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

to Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos
Victorian Surgery Old Operating Theatre at Old Operating Theatre

Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre

A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Natural History Museum

Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

to A group event where youll turn into a CSI and collect evidence around the Natural History Museum to solve a murder mystery

Royal & Religious events in April

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

Westminster Abbey

Bachs St John Passion - Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey will be celebrating Holy Week with a performance of Bachs St John Passion by St James Baroque
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
Tower Of London Twilight Tour at Tower of London

Twilight Tour at the Tower of London

to See the Tower of London after dark and be led around the grounds by a Yeoman Warder as he tells you all the stories
Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

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
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London
free

Sunday service at the Tower of London

You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
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

Political & Military events in April

Daily parades and political events taking place during April

Mark Thomas at Battersea Arts Centre

Mark Thomas - Our NHS at 70

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

Hear a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London

The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute at Gun Wharf by the Tower of London to mark Her Majesty the Queens 93rd birthday
Hyde Park
free

41-gun salute to mark the Queens 93rd birthday

You can hear the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queens 93rd birthday
Grayson Perry at National Portrait Gallery

Grayson Perry - State of the Nation

Join the celebrated Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry as he talks to two journalists about the State of the Nation
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses Of Parliament Saturday Tour at Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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

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

to An exhibition of 250 photographs by Don McCullin showing scenes of poverty and war in Vietnam and Northern Ireland

Classical music in April

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during April

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
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

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

English Concert performing Handels Semele

The English Concert and Clarion Choir will be giving a performance of Handels Semele at Barbican Hall
Cadogan Hall

Delius Walton and Vaughan Williams

The Royal Philharmonic will be playing some classical music by Delius Walton and Vaughan Williams at Cadogan Hall
Barbican Hall

BBC SO and Alexei Volodin playing Shostakovich

Hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alexei Volodin playing some classical music by Shostakovich at Barbican Hall
Cadogan Hall

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing some classical music by Rautavaara Elgar and Sibelius at Cadogan Hall

Sightseeing tours in April

If you’re visiting London in April then try one of these sightseeing tours

Somerset House
free

Somerset House Historical Highlights

This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
The City

Guided walk around Charles Dickens London

This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels
No 11 Sightseeing Bus at The City

11 - Londons cheapest sightseeing bus

If you dont fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus
The City

City Highlights: The Top 10 sights

A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
Mansion House

Mansion House: The Lord Mayors Residence

Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
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
The City

Guided walk around Roman Londinium

Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls military fort and amphitheatre
Millennium Bridge

Guided walk along Londons river

This guided walk will take you along a small stretch of the Thames to learn some history and see some of the rivers most famous landmarks
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)

Sports events in April

Here are some sports matches and events taking place in April

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
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
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
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
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
Tower Bridge

Yoga class on the glass floor at Tower Bridge

to Start your day off in style with an early morning vinyasa-flow yoga class on the new glass floor inside Tower Bridge
Oxford V Cambridge University Boat Race at River Thames
free

Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race

The University Boat Race will take place in April this year - Cambridge have the lead over Oxford with 83 wins to 80
Middlesex at Lord’s

County cricket at Lords: Middlesex v Lancashire

to Enjoy a few innings of cricket when Middlesex take on Lancashire in a County Championship game at Lords
Middlesex at Lord’s

Royal London 1-Day Cup: Middlesex v Gloucestershire

Middlesex will be playing Gloucestershire in a group game for the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lords

Other London events during April

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during April

Albert Memorial

Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial

Go inside the Albert Memorials railings and see one of Londons finest looking monuments from up close
Boris Bike Hire In London at 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?
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
No 15 Heritage Bus at Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Ride around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Portobello Road

The famous Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market where 100000 people browse hundreds of stalls every Saturday
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
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
 
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