Events in London today

Pick of the day – Hear a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London

There will be a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London to mark the Queen's birthday (which was actually on the 21st). It will be fired from four 25-pounder guns by the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) at Gun Wharf (the cobbled path between the Tower of London and the river). The Queen will be 93 years old this year ... more definitely not 21 (again). Like all... more

 

Need some inspiration for 22nd April? The Bank of England printed ceased printing the £1,000 note on this day in 1943. If you visit the Bank of England Museum then you can see practically every coin and bank note that has ever existed – all the way back to the English Civil War. You can even pick up a real bar of gold!

Theatre shows today

Here are the best shows and musicals playing in London’s West End this evening

Shen Yun at Eventim Apollo

Shen Yun - 5000 years of Chinese dance

22 Apr to Shen Yun uses traditional Chinese dance to send you on a journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture
All My Sons at Old Vic

Arthur Millers All My Sons

22 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

22 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

22 Apr to Chill your blood with Ghost Stories - a terrifying theatrical experience filled with real shocks that will turn your hair white!
Top Girls at Lyttelton Theatre

Top Girls - National Theatre

22 Apr to Now theres a woman PM and a female boss at the Top Girls employment agency — the future belongs to woman like them!
Betrayal at Harold Pinter Theatre

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal

22 Apr to Betrayal is the culmination of Jamie Lloyds Harold Pinter season and stars the Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston
Twilight Zone at Ambassadors Theatre

Enter The Twilight Zone

22 Apr to Journey into another dimension the extraordinary is ordinary and where youre never entirely sure whats real and whats not

Family & Kid’s events today

A selection of children’s events that will make a great family day out in London

Hampton Court Palace

Easter Egg Hunt at Hampton Court Palace

22 Apr 2019 Follow the child-friendly clues around the grounds of gardens of Hampton Court and win a Lindt Gold Bunny at the end
Serpentine

Hire a pedal boat on the Serpentine lake

22 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

22 Apr 2019 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
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked - Untold story of The Wizard of Oz

22 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 today

Here are some art exhibitions and museum exhibitions taking place in London today

National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

22 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

22 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

22 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

22 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

22 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

22 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

22 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 today

Here are some interesting Royal-related events and religious services taking place today

Hampton Court Palace

Easter Egg Hunt at Hampton Court Palace

22 Apr 2019 Follow the child-friendly clues around the grounds of gardens of Hampton Court and win a Lindt Gold Bunny at the end
Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

22 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
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 today

Here are some interesting political events and military parades you might like to attend today

Tower of London
free

Hear a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London

22 Apr 2019 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

22 Apr 2019 You can hear the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queens 93rd birthday
Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

22 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

22 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

22 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

22 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)

Classical music today

Treat yourself to an evening watching an opera or ballet, or listen to a classical music recital

St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

22 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 today

See a bit of London today and try one of these guided walks and sightseeing tours

Jason’s Trip

Jasons Trip from Little Venice to Camden

22 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 today

Here’s a selection of football, cricket and rugby games being played in London today

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 today

Here are some more interesting things to see and do if you’re visiting London on the 22nd April

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge scheduled lift times

22 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

22 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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