April rolls around, bringing with it more awesome things to do in London – here’s the lowdown.
Spring has sprung, and it’s time for you to spring into action with our roundup of things to do in London this April.
1. Check out London’s springtime flowers
With daffodils, bluebells, and the all-important cherry blossoms, our flower guide to London will have you peeping petals throughout April.
Immersive theatre production Trainspotting Live is back for a second fix at the Vaults. This no-holds-barred retelling of Danny Boyle’s classic film will transport you to gritty 1980s Edinburgh. The Scottish cast of In Your Face Theatre will take you through the extreme highs and lows of the 80s heroin scene.
Perfect for die-hard film fans and theatre lovers alike, this production even left Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh feeling “blown away”. The show’s running from the 27th March – 3rd June and you can book tickets here. Use the code CHOOSELATE for £20 tickets on Fridays and Saturdays at 10.30pm and CHOOSESUNDAY for £20 tickets to Sunday 7pm shows. ⭐️ Sponsored ⭐️
It’s the fiercely feminist dining experience that’s been making waves recently, and now is your chance to see it. Six courses of food, along with thought-provoking performances using the female form, will keep you well fed whilst reminding you that no-one is a piece of meat. Grab tickets to An Evening of Meat here.
4. Celebrate Easter in style (April 1)
Easter, or as I like to call it, Spring Christmas, brings with it copious amounts of eating and drinking. Hunt down the Easter Bunny at one of London’s best chocolate shops, sip on hot cross bun gin, or join London’s holiest pub crawl, Christathon.
5. Sample London’s best cocktails (April 5-7)
Oh, it’s no big deal, just some of the best bars in the capital mixing up some amazing cocktails. Cocktails in the City have rounded up no fewer than 25 of London’s best bars for this one, so if you’re looking for the perfect Old Fashioned, chances are you’ll find it here. Nab yourself a ticket here.
6. Split your sides laughing at Underbelly Festival (April 6)
The South Bank’s Underbelly Festival is back for a milestone tenth year, running from now until September. April highlights include Radio 4 stalwarts Max & Ivan (April 21st), standup veteran Josie Long (April 25th), and the ever-brilliant Austentatious (April 15th).
7. Groove along at Brixton Spring Carnival (April 6)
The biggest party in SW2 will light up Electric Brixton once more. Expect beats from the likes of Toddla T, Rampage Sound, and DJ Illness, to name but a few. Tickets available here.
8. Take part in a huge pillow fight (April 7)
The perfect exercise to blow out those cobwebs, International Pillow Fight Day returns to London this month. Check out the Facebook event, and remember: if you get tired of fighting, you’re well-equipped to lie down and just have a nap.
9. Marvel at Monet (April 9)
A big day in the art world, as The National Gallery brings together seventy-five of Monet’s paintings for their landmark exhibition, Monet & Architecture. Those expecting pretty paintings of pretty buildings will not be disappointed by this exhibit.
10. Listen to A Night of Reggae (April 9)
If you love reggae, why not enjoy a whole night of it? XOYO are hosting a massive celebration of all things reggae, with classic tunes from the likes of Bob Marley, UB40, and Jimmy Cliff. Pick up a ticket here.
11. Feast at London’s foodie summer hangout (April 12)
It’s a massive foodie hub hidden inside a Victorian pub, and it looks like a beaut. The Prince reopens on April 12th, and we’ve got the details on what you can expect.
12. Hunt some (chocolate) bunnies at Hampton Court Palace (until April 14)
Loads of cheerful chocolate bunnies will be hiding in the palace and gardens of Hampton Court, as part of the Lindt Easter Egg Hunt. We know you’re powerless to resist chocolate, and you’ll be hopping mad if you miss this one.
13. Blast into space with this cosmic cinema (April 18 & 28)
Film fans Backyard Cinema have returned with a new space-themed offering. What’s more, they’ve set aside special Secret London Screenings of Wall-E (18th) and Men in Black (28th), as voted for by Secret London readers. Take full advantage of their kindness by picking up your boarding pass here.
14. Drink up at West London’s Fes-Tea-Val (April 21/22)
15. Watch a really really long run (April 22)
It’s the 26.2 mile testament to human endurance/madness, and it’s back for another year. The London Marathon will once again welcome Londoners of all abilities, and whilst it’s too late to enter, spectating will burn just as many calories (probably).
16. Say cheers to Prosecco Springs (April 26-29)
Expect bubbles galore at the UK’s first dedicated Prosecco festival. Yes, you are reading that right. Fans of the fizz will not want to miss this four-day celebration of Italy’s finest drink (sorry Aperol…), and you can grab a ticket here.
17. Scoff down some cake to celebrate our birthday (April 28)
On April 28th, Secret London officially turns 3, and, much like a terrible toddler, we’re demanding cake. Yes, we’re telling you to head out to your bakery of choice and pick up a slice. Hey, if we tell you to do it, you’re absolved of any guilt – and it’s awfully rude to refuse…
18. Explore the art of political persuasion (throughout April)
After what we’ll euphemistically call a “messy” few years in politics, the Design Museum are taking time to reflect. Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18 will offer a thought-provoking insight into the way posters, ads, and technology have shaped the world of politics and campaigning.
You know that weird red twisty thing in the Olympic Park? Well, it turns out the stout of heart can abseil down it, no doubt getting one hell of an adrenaline rush in the process. The brave ones amongst you can buy a ticket here.
Those of you who avoid running like the plague might just be tempted by this one. A Secret Gin Run takes you on a 10k tour of London’s gin-soaked historical spots, at a pace that suits you. There’s a G&T waiting for you at the finish line, so pick up a ticket today.
Pens at the ready, because bingo is returning to Waterloo Vaults. A bout of brilliantly boozy bingo is just what your April needs, and we’ve got tickets for you.
22-25. Dive into London’s theatre scene
The Globe’s open air season kicks off with an experimental version of Hamlet. Beginning April 25th, things are rotten as usual in the state of Denmark, but the actors will be performing the play without a director, choosing to follow their own instincts instead. Meanwhile, James Graham continues his unstoppable West End takeover with Quiz, making its London debut on March 31st. On the musical side of things, a long-awaited revival of Chess hits the London Coliseum on April 26th. Finally, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. makes his London stage debut in Chicago, landing at the Phoenix Theatre on March 28th.
26-34. Catch a gig
No shortage of concerts happening in London this April. Out at the O2, Sam Smith (6/7/9/10th) and Harry Styles (11th/12th) will surely pull in the crowds. Meanwhile, George Ezra (3rd), MØ (4th), and Macklemore (6-7th) will be headlining down at the O2 Academy Brixton. Get your nostalgia trips with Evanescence (Hammersmith Apollo, April 9th) and Canadian outfit Barenaked Ladies (Camden Roundhouse, April 27th). Finally, Arcade Fire play three dates at Wembley Arena, whilst Spanish grrl rockers Hinds head to Electric Brixton on April 19th.
35-37. Check out Hollywood’s latest releases
April sees the first of 2018’s big-budget summer blockbusters. Arriving with a cast full of stars is the next stage of the never-ending Marvel saga, Avengers: Infinity War (April 27th). Sticking with the loud and destructive theme, Dwayne Johnson and a giant white gorilla are teaming up to fight bigger creatures in Rampage (April 11th). Or you could just have the pants scared off of you by A Quiet Place, opening on April 6th.
38. Keep on exploring this marvellous city
We wrote about some fabulous places in London throughout March – here’s the best of the bunch:
? The Orrery: fancy French restaurant with a cheese trolley
? Archipelago: the exotic eatery that serves crocodile
⛪️ St Dunstan in the East: a ruined church that’s now a beautiful park
? Rabot 1745: there’s chocolate in every dish they serve
? Flight Club: London’s ultra-luxe dart halls
? Sherling Backstage Walkway: the National Theatre’s hidden gem
? Sipsmith Distillery: a gintastic tour in Chiswick
⛳️ Swingers: the awfully British crazy golf courses
? Peggy Porschen: pretty cupcakes from a perfectly pink bakery
? Hampstead Pergola: the gorgeous ruined spot on Hampstead Heath
❤️ The Coral Room: a ravishingly red spot for a cocktail
? Violet Cakes: hip Hackney bakery beloved by the royals
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