Simon And Garfunkel sang April Come She Will, and it seems that she has, in fact, come around once again. And London is looking a bit brighter now; with some colours on the trees and a hell of a lot more daylight to be enjoyed.
That means a dosage of food festivals, parks, and new art exhibitions to enjoy throughout the month until whatever may come next (May). Fingers crossed for some warm weather on the horizon so we can get out and explore the city without freezing for too long. Here’s some of the best things to do during April in London.
Look, London in the winter can be great and all, but once the allure of Christmas lights and warming fires wears off, it’s safe to say it really does last a touch too long—we’re over it! When spring arrives it does so with style, with flair. Pink shades in the trees around the city, and with that comes a dose of endorphins served to us like a tray of delights.
London’s keen Instagrammers will be taking a tour of the capital this month to find striking shades of pink on the city’s saplings; and, quite frankly, I suggest you do the same, whether you’re capturing the evidence on your phone or not. A walk to the shops and a stroll through the park can have a whole new meaning in spring – here’s some of the best places to clap eyes with the cherry blossom in London.
2. Welcome back this colourful playground for grown ups
The start of summer is a moveable feast in London. Some might say it starts on June 1, while others proclaim the end of daylight savings to be the start of summertime. These are both correct, in a sense, but, really, it’s all about what’s going on in the skies, which seems to change every year. You want a sure sign of summer that arrives in April every year, though? Well that would be Roof East, the dash of colour that’s with us all throughout the sunny season.
Roof East is rolling back to its Stratford rooftop on April 20 this year, and the vibrant playground for adults is bringing even more with it than usual this year. Aside some familiar faces of activities (Birdies, Glitter Bowls, Rooftop Film Club) and food vendors (Cheeky Burger, Piddaji), there’s an exciting new section of free activities, which includes giant Jenga. I repeat, GIANT JENGA. For free. Roof East just gets it. Find out more about Roof East here; tickets are on sale now!
With the year flying by, you’ve probably been piecing together your summer holidays. Trouble is, it still feels a little far away. SicilyFEST halts that problem in its tracks; offering you a deep dive into Mediterranean flavour between April 20-23 in Islington.
While the food is obviously a massive part of this (you’ll get enough arancini, fresh pasta and cannoli to have your stomach belting out That’s Amore), there’s also plenty of activities to figuratively sink your teeth into after you’ve enjoyed your feast. Take part in a masterclass with chefs, sample wine from the finest Sicilian wineries, and boogie along to the roster of live music performers across the weekend. Find out more about the event here, and book your spot now!
4. Use the force at this epic new Star Wars exhibition
Visceral obsession for Vader? Got love for Luke and Leia? Yearning to catch some more Yoda action? We could go on… but in all seriousness you’ll be roaring like a wookiee when you catch wind of this new Star Wars exhibition hitting the city of London in April 2023.
Lightsabers are being drawn at The Fans Strike Back exhibition, with a fan-created setting that let you see countless posters, sculptures, figurines and costumes from the beloved franchise. Anyone that’s got a passing interest in the galaxy far, far away should strap themselves into the Millennium Falcon (or the Piccadilly Line) destined for Kensington to bag a spot at the front of the line. In the words of the 100-year-old jedi: enjoy this, you will. Book your spot now!
5. Attend this Turkey-Syria Fundrasier at the Royal Albert Hall
It’s been more than one month since the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit South Eastern Turkey and Northern Syria. As of March 13, the death toll stands at 55,700, and more than 14 million people have been affected by the disaster. It is vital that urgent aid is provided, and this fundraiser concert at the Royal Albert Hall is providing earthquake relief for War Child and the Turkey Mozaik Foundation.
Artists including Marcus Mumford, Hozier, Anna Calvi, Nilüfer Yanya and more artists will play on April 16, and you’ll also catch guest a special guest appearance from the nation’s favourite Olivia Coleman. Presenter Jumoké Fashola and actor Halit Ergenç are on hosting duties for a night to raise funds towards helping those affected by this harrowing situation. Tickets cost £45 with all proceeds going towards the War Child and the Turkey Mozaik Foundation’s response to the earthquake. This fundraiser takes place on April 16, and tickets can be purchased via the Royal Albert Hall’s website or at Communion Music.
6. Embark on a Peter Rabbit™ adventure for Easter
Beatrix Potter’s timeless tale is being given a new lease of life for Easter 2023, with an adventure for the little ones to take part in. Providing a direct portal from Covent Garden in the pages of a storybook, the enchanting Peter Rabbit™ adventure, the whole family will get to meet all the friends including Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddleduck (who must be saved from the clutches of Mr McGregor in the game), Mrs Tiggy Winkle, and more.
Elsewhere in the experience, there’s tasty treats, a packed out gift-shop to collect a memory of the day out, plenty of creative activities, photo opportunities, and much more. Find out more and book your spots here!
7. Have a beautiful four-day weekend over the Easter period
Speaking of Easter: we love it. There’s been no Bank Holidays between Christmas and now, so you best believe we’ll be enjoying the four-day weekend (April 7-10). While most of us will simply be taking on the challenge of eating as much chocolate as humanly possible, here’s some other things to do at Easter in London.
🥚Take part in London Zoo’s Easter Egg hunt: ever hunted eggs alongside meerkats and camels? You can this April at ZSL London Zoo (running between April 1-16).
🍩 Devour a Crosstown doughnut: Hot Cross Bun doughnuts… we repeat, Hot Cross Bun doughnuts. No need to say more.
🎺 Watch some live jazz at Big Penny Social: the giant Walthamstow hub is providing a soothing Easter Sunday (April 9) with the sounds of jazz from the Rick Simpson Trio.
🍻 Celebrate The Farrier’s 2nd birthday: it’s always worth celebrating the life of pubs, and this one has a roster of quizzes, happy hour drinks, free cake, DJs and more across the Easter weekend.
🤤 Grab some delicious hot cross buns from Panzer’s Deli: the St John’s Wood spot is serving up the delightful homemade buns up until April 9.
Read our guide on what to do for Easter in London.
8. Toast the return of rooftop season at this epic bar in Camden
Yes, even if the skies aren’t quite playing ball right now, it’s spring, dammit. As we move at a snail’s pace towards summer, some venues are saying enough is enough: our rooftops are opening now. The Lucky Club in Camden is one such place, letting revellers head up high to their Camden summit from April 6, just in time for the Easter weekend.
There’s heating, tacos, and margaritas—the holy trifecta of spring rooftop ammo—and if you roll a lucky seven on their dice during their luck hours, your round is on the house. Salut, indeed. Read more about the Lucky Club here.
9. Then hop to another mainstay London rooftop if you had fun
One day after The Lucky Club opens its rooftop, the opulent Standard Hotel is following suit. Gaze out over London from an enviable vantage point with cocktail in tow. Aperol Spritz season? Aperol Spritz season. Have one alongside an item from their new east Asian inspired menu from food concept BUNS. Find out more and book your spot here.
10. Slurp cups of hot java at the London Coffee Festival
Professed to be the biggest coffee party on earth, the London Coffee Festival hits the Truman Brewery between April 20-23 for a few days of pure caffeine buzz. Watch latte masters at work; hear talks from industry experts; watch the panel-judged coffee masters competition; or just grab a cup of Joe and have a dance along to the live DJs at the event. Let your love of coffee percolate across this weekend. Find out more about the event here.
11. Grab a bargain at the King’s Cross Car Boot Sale
Bask in a weekend filled with bargains and ogle at the vintage cars, including a 1972 Mercedes w114, previously owned by Paul Weller. That’s Entertainment. Read more about the Classic Car Boot Sale here.
12. Check out the West End’s first ever light display for Ramadan
Ramadan began on March 23, and lasts for one month. Each day, the West End will be lit up by the first ever light display for Ramadan. Aisha Desai began pushing for Ramadan Lights in London three years ago and started the non-profit organisation Ramadan Lights UK. They will light up Coventry Street every day until April 23 between 5pm – 1am, and you can read the full story here.
For anyone celebrating Ramadan in London, the daytime means a fast between sunrise and sunset. Suhoor is the meal prior to fasting, and Iftar marks the evening meal after Maghrib (sunset). Here are some London restaurants that offer special menus or buffets throughout Ramadan 2023.
🍖 Ayam Zaman – Syrian restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush serving up spectacular Middle Eastern plates with a regularly changing buffet for Iftar.
🍜 Putera Puteri – Malaysian restaurants in Queensway that run an Iftar menu and a variety of dishes.
🍛 Chaiiwala – Indian street food spot with multiple locations that open early for an all-day Desi breakfast that you can eat for Suhoor.
🍗 Berenjak – A pair of restaurants in Soho and Borough that know exactly how to serve up the perfect kabab.
Read about more places to eat in London during Ramadan here.
14. Celebrate World Poetry Day surrounded by words
London is a city steeped in literature. Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock, Charles Dickens’ Oliver, and Monica Ali’s Nazneen have all jumped into the pages from the streets of the capital, a city deeply entrenched in the power of words.
This month (April 21) it’s World Poetry Day, so it might well be high time to celebrate by surrounding yourself by pages (and maybe raising a glass). Take a helping of your favourite tipple and read some cherished poems, be it from Blake or Wordsworth, about the historic city of London.
🍷 BookBar: Finsbury Park hangout where bookshop combines with wine bar to glorious effect.
🚶Cecil Court: London’s curious alleyway filled to the brim with beloved bookshops.
🥃 Scarfes Bar: Covent Garden literary palace “where paintings and potions meet”.
📚 Masion Assouline: Escape the Piccadilly Circus rush and head into this book-lovers heaven for a quick read and sip of a cocktail at their bar.
15. Then head to this #Merky Books Literature Festival
Fresh from celebrating World Poetry Day the day before, you’ll be pleased to know that the next two days (April 22-23) also bring a smattering of book-filled joy. The #Merky Books imprint by Stormzy and Penguin Books are bringing their event to Camden as part of the In The Round Festival in Camden.
Hear from both established and up-and-coming authors across both days, with a lineup that also includes directors, screenwriters, illustrators, editors and podcasters. Poet Sophia Thakur, author of Keisha The Sket Jade LB, playwright Theresa Ikoko and many more will appear as part of the range of masterclasses, talks and performances that entertain, help engage thought-provoking conversation, and provide opportunities to those hoping to break into the industry. Find more information and book here.
16. Have a boogie at the Brick Lane Jazz Festival
If there’s one thing better than a day out in Brick Lane–a day filled with beigels bargains from vintage stores–it’s a day out at Brick Lane that involves a jazz festival.
Between April 14-16, you can take in the smooth tones and swing your hips to artists including Lex Amor, Tendorlonious, Seed and many more on the bill of 50 acts across seven days. Find out more and book your tickets here.
You might have heard of Avora’s new world cocktail experience (that’s still running, and is definitely one to check out), but launching now is a brand new delight for the whole family.
The Avora: Family Immersive Adventure kicks off in April, welcoming anyone over the age of six to take part in the world of games, unlocking hidden secrets and sipping on delicious treats as the multi-sensory experience is completed. Read more and book your spot here.
18. Run like the wind during the London Marathon
April in London is marathon month, and even though those who are running at the event–which attracts 50,000 pacey people–already know, you may need to sort your plans for cheering on people you know, or how to celebrate getting to the finish line (pints, always pints). It takes place on April 23, and you can read our guide to what to remember before running the long old thing. ‘Til, then, back to training!
19. Burrow through the tunnel of the 100-year-old postal railway
London may be vibrating with things to do above ground, but we all the know the city has a life in the underground. While that might just mean catching the Tube to work or having a dance in a basement, there’s also an exciting tour to be taken in the tunnels underneath the bustling city.
Between April and June this year, Londoners can take a stroll through 1.2km of track on the 100-year-old postal railway and access parts that aren’t available through the Mail Rail ride. You’ll hear stories about its building, operation, its closure in 2003, and even get to check out the train graveyard. Book your spot here.
20. Take a stroll through the UK’s best springtime green space
With the month of April comes the bright (yet often still combined with a biting chill) glow of spring. If there’s one thing London isn’t short of, it’s green spaces to witness this timely arrival. In fact, it’s recently been determined that the capital is home to the best springtime attraction in the whole of the UK.
According to a new survey, our trusty botanic beauty Kew Gardens is the top seed for places to go out and see London in full colour over the next months. Shockingly, it’s hard for us to disagree, so get over there this month before heading over to the second-placed, but no less loveable, St James’ Park. Read about the study here.
21. Waltz through these London villages that feel like the countryside
Saving your bucks for a holiday in summer can mean you’re sat twiddling your thumbs, hoping for an escape when the weekend hits. Enter our solution: village-like locations amid the hustle and bustle of London that might just make you feel like you’re on a well-earned getaway.
🤩 Hampstead Village – adorable streets and a pergola to wander through; this one is quite the dream.
🚲 Warren Mews – hard to quite comprehend that this is as central as Fitzrovia, but it is. And it it’s a quaint little paradise.
🌲 Chiswick – the parks and gardens here could have been plucked out of the countryside and into the unassuming west London zone 2 streets.
🛶 Little Venice – walking by a canal filled with colourful boats is a guaranteed pass out of the city, if only for a few minutes.
Read about more villages in London here!
22. Devour a sizzling Tomahawk Steak at this beautiful Camden pub
Weave your way through Camden Market and make a beeline towards The Farrier, the pub decorated with a treasure trove of wine to try and buy. If you’re heading for a late-week meal, you’re in luck, because on Tomahawk Thursdays, the portions are BIG.
From 5pm onwards every Thursday, the restaurant surcharges are gone and you can treat yourself to a giant hunk of steak at a fair cost. Choose your sides–we’re talking truffled cauliflower cheese, triple-cooked chips, and pigs in blankets!–and tuck into this indulgent deal. Read more about Tomahawk Thursdays here!
23. Dance the night away at the world-famous Bresh nightclub event
Bresh have hosted club nights all around the world — hell, they’ve even already had success in our neck of the woods, but now they’re back to throw another raucous night of clubbing in London. Don’t be fooled by the date it’s held (April 1); Bresh is returning to Brixton better than ever to bring their all-night reggaeton affair to the big smoke. Book your spot now.
24. Or throw some shapes to some more live music in London this month
We’re still a little while off festival season (though we can feel its upbeat, pumping aura growing ever-closer), but if you can’t find a gig to your liking in London this month, we’ll eat our keyboards. See, it’s not possible!
🛸 Orbital (April 1): Eventim Apollo – 90s electronic duo taking their sounds to the big stage in Hammersmith.
🎹 Elton John (April 2-17): The O2 – the rocketman and his piano take to the stage for nine nights (!) at the O2 as part of the legendary singer’s farewell tour.
🎵 Tori Amos (April 3): Royal Albert Hall – want to hear the iconic singer belt out Cornflake Girl at the most grandiose of venues? Of course you do. You know what’s going on.
🕺John Legend (April 5-6): Royal Albert Hall – by name and nature. Super back-to-back gigs at the Royal Albert Hall this month.
🧑💻 Andy C (April 7): The O2 – the pioneering DJ takes his all night long show to the biggest of stages.
🎸 Big Thief (April 11-12): Eventim Apollo – grammy-nominated indie rockers are back for a big ol’ acerbic London show.
🤔 Macklemore (April 12): Wembley Arena – what, what, what, what?
🚨 Enter Shikari (April 17): HERE at Outernet – expect a thrilling light show and heavy electronics with plenty of guitars and shouts interwoven within the performance.
🎙️Sam Smith (April 18-19): The O2 – expect a stunning visual show alongside the breathtaking vocals of Sam Smith.
💃 Paramore (April 20&23): The O2 – this is why, I don’t do leave the house. To see the Paramore show.
🎤 Tinchy Stryder (April 1): XOYO – star of the noughties UK rap scene takes to the small east London club.
❓Bartees Strange (April 4): Lafayette – fresh from supporting Phoebe Bridgers last year, Bartees Strange is back for a headline show in April.
🐎 Wunderhorse (April 6): Electric Ballroom – heart-on-sleeve rockers take their show to Camden ahead of the Easter weekend.
🎺 Jeff Goldblum (April 6): Rough Trade East – yep, the Jeff Goldblum of Jurassic Park fame is playing a little jazz gig on Brick Lane. No biggie.
📻 Kurupt FM (April 7): The Old Queen’s Head – the funny lads from Brentford take their set to this Islington pub.
🔥 Ash (April 9): Indigo at The O2 – 90s rockers drawing out a bagful of bangers in London this month.
🚗 Gary Numan (April 13-14-15): Electric Ballroom – here in my car, I feel safest of all.
🎶 La Dispute (April 21): KOKO – prepare to get sad at this post-hardcore Friday night out in Camden.
🎚️ Mungo’s Hi-Fi (April 22): Hootananny Brixton – reggae and dub kings take over Brixton for a lively Saturday night.
Read our monthly gig guide here.
25. Stuff yourself at this heroic Sunday Roast event
Every meal and glass of wine you enjoy at Eline in Hoxton is going to have your tastebuds singing to the tune of Just Can’t Get Enough (though your stomach might veto that towards the end of a big plate), but the bi-monthly Sunday Roast events are extra special.
Run by Alex Reynolds and Maria Viviani, this month’s bonanza is on April 23, so anyone with a desire to try their crispy roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings the size of approximately four fists should book their spot here. Make sure you leave room for dessert!
Our Sam Barker paid a visit to Eline, and you can read his thoughts here!
26. Catch a film at the Queer East Festival
Back for its fourth year, Queer East Festival runs from April 18-30 and brings an eclectic lineup of feature films and documentaries that explore a range of LGBTQ+ issues. It kicks off with an opening gala at BFI Southbank with a screening of camp-comedy I Love You, Beksman (2022), and there’s 50 different pictures across the event that include work from across 17 countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and beyond. Read more about Queer East Festival on their website.
27. Attend a one off collaboration night between chef John Javier and Bar Crispin
A whirlwind of flavour awaits you Soho’s Bar Crispin on April 6, as they welcome in revered chef John Javier for a five-course affair. For the first course you can expect some delectable scallop silks with XO sauce; which will swiftly be followed up by the Mala beef tendons, kohlabri and herb salad. Next up, it’s a particularly intriguing hand-picked crab, durian. cheddar and rice dish, before a plate of Peking-style pork jowl with pancakes and coniments is place in front of you. Room for pud? Obviously. Lap up your frozen yoghurt, red bean paste and black sesame crème diplomat.
Wines are ordered separately from the set-priced food menu, but sommelier and head of wine Alexandra Price will be on hand to provide the pairings for each dish. A classy evening is promised, and you can book your table here.
28. Sample some delights at Marylebone Food Festival
The greatest type of festival there is. Carte blanche to stuff your face; what could be better? I’d happily attend one every weekend until my dying day. Anyway, this one’s at Marylebone between April 25-30 and it sees five-days of curated events take over the area’s restaurants. Their launch dinner is run by critic Jay Rayner and features a special tasting menu by Ottolenghi, with all proceeds going towards Food Chain. Read more about the events and book your spot here.
Oscars season may be behind us but there’s still plenty of brilliant films out this month. Like every month, going to the cinema at least once should be on your list of things to do in April, and making it even cheaper with this deal at Odeon is objectively too good to pass up. Save money on selected sessions each day for any film to put that cash towards your extra-large popcorn. Book here.
30. Get the finest of sugar rushes at the world’s first churros afternoon tea
You might see that we like to cover the odd afternoon tea from time to time in London, darling. But, mi amigo, have you ever attended one centered around (the greatest Spanish sweet snack) churros? No, you haven’t because the world’s first is soon to open up in London. The Knot Churros in Knightsbridge are treating us to this delight, where you’ll be able to waltz into their world of colour. It kicks off on March 31, but you’ll want to be paying this heavenly dessert bar in April. Find more information and book here.
Read all about The Knot Churros here.
31. Or get your Coronation afternoon tea in early
It might have slipped under your radar, but there will actually be a coronation of a new Monarch taking place next month for the first time in 70 years. Afternoon tea will be on the agenda of many, and Fortnum & Mason are actually kicking off their celebrations on April 4. If you’re hoping to toast in the coronation of King Charles III, you’ll be able to do just that with legbar egg mayonnaise sandwiches, Welsh lamb scotch egg, Cru Coronation Champagne, sparkling tea and the like.
Read our handy guide to the best afternoon teas in London here.
32. Enjoy a night of wine and gelato
If your tastebuds are functioning, chances are you’re partial to two things: wine and gelato. Badiani are combining the both this month to glorious effect, meaning you can pair five different combinations of the two on a vineyard trail of the senses. Find out more about Badiani and their delightful gelato selection on their website.
There’s no end to the amount of talent on display in London when it comes to art, and here’s just some of the exhibitions you can check out in April.
Art Exhibitions opening in April
💜 Hyangmok Baik – While You Were Sleeping (April 2 – May 6): BEERS London – a solo exhibition featuring colourful work that invokes memories.
🤎 Adam Bridgland – Small Tom, Middle Tom, Floor Tom, Crash (April 5 – May 14): Jealous North – exhibition exploring themes of loss, nostalgia and optimism.
❤️ Gabriel Moses – Regina (April 5-30): 180 Studios – a debut exhibition from this photographer and filmmaker, telling stories through deep colour palettes.
💛 Aladdin Sane 50 Years Exhibition (April 6 – May 28): Southbank Centre – celebrating half a decade of one of David Bowie’s most iconic albums.
💚 Ai Weiwei: Making Sense (April 7 – July 30): Design Museum – juxtaposing tensions including past & present, hand & machine, precious & worthless, and more.
🤎 Emily Patrick – Recent Paintings (April 11-29): Gallery Eight – a collection of beautiful floral paintings with themes of the relationship between mother and child.
💙 No Place Like Home (April 19 – July 11): Museum of the Home – co-created exhibition by KV Duong and Hoa Dung Clerget, featuring work from a group of Vietnamese diasporic artists exploring the theme of Home.
Art Exhibitions that close in April
💜 Samson Bakare: Let This Be A Sign (until April 8): Dorothy Circus – the artist in invites you to his ‘time machine” of paintings, sculptures, and installations.
❤️ Spain and the Hispanic World (until April 10): Royal Academy of Arts – pieces by Goya and Velázquez as well as a World Map Of 1526 by Giovanni Vespucci make up this fascinating exhibition.
💛 WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD – The World of ASMR (until April 10): Design Museum – dive into the world of ASMR and learn about the creators that use it within their content.
💚 Africa Fashion (until April 16): V&A Museum – critically-acclaimed display that includes a varied collection of photographs, textiles, music, and much more.
34. Chow down on an ‘experimental’ sandwich
Now, art may push boundaries and all… but have you ever tried an experimental sandwich? Over at Vinegar Yard, you’ll be able to do just that, thanks to Bad Boy Pizza Society. They’re opening up a stand at the drinking and dining hub, starting with a soft launch on April 6 that offers 50% off all sandwiches from 5pm. ‘The Experimental Sandwich Shop’ officially opens on April 7, and you’ll be able to tuck into chicken bruschetta or aubergine parm fillings in no time.
35. Enjoy bountiful new openings from Crust Bros
We love BBPS, and we also have a weak spot for Crust Bros. Okay, we just have an obsession with pizza, but you can’t blame us for that. We’re only (pizza-guzzling) humans, after all. Anyway, to morph out of that tomato and mozzarella dreamscape and get back on topic, Crust Bros are opening up two new sites in London. One at Boxpark Shoreditch, one at The Prince in West Brompton; and they’ll both be serving up that award-winning pizza. Each slice is another shot of endorphins for my grateful brain, so this is welcome news. Find both new locations from April 21, and check out Crust Bros on their website.
These iconic movie sounds underscoring a dreamy candlelight concert will help you drift away into another world; Somewhere Over The Rainbow perhaps. It’s indoors so you won’t literally be Singin’ In The Rain, though we hear a certain Purple variant of that precipitation dreamed up by Prince might also be heard in the evening. Songs from Casablanca, Harry Potter and more will have you swaying along at a candlelit setting on April 15 at Southwark Cathedral, and you can book your spot here.
Still feel like you’re lacking things to do in London this April? A trip to one of London’s theatre performances should shoot to the top of your lists.
😲 Private Lives (April 7-May 27): Donmar Warehouse – two divorcees go on their honeymoon and discover they’re staying across from one-another with their respective new partners.
🕵️ The Motive and the Cue (April 20-July 15): Natonal Theatre – Sam Mendes directed drama on the making of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s Hamlet.
🌃A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 27-August 12): The Globe – another production of the Shakespeare classic starting Michelle Terry.
👀 Phaedra (until April 8): The Lyttleton Theatre – a famous tragedy reimagined starring Janet McTeer.
Medea (until April 13): Soho Place – Sophie Okonedo taking on the title role of Euripides’ Medea in a shocking tale.
👻 2:22 A Ghost Story (until April 23): The Lyric – a haunted tale starring Cheryl in her West End debut.
38. Take part in a late Gym class for Ramadan
With a view to meals getting later during Ramadan as the hours of sunlight increase, the gym classes here are doing the same. At Gymbox, you’ll be able to take part in extended hours of classes in the Strength, Sweat, Ride, Holistic and Fight categories, with additional sessions that start at 8pm and later. These classes run until April 21, meaning you’ll be able to get your training in when you need to.
39. Enjoy a relaxing pottery class at a grade-II listed mansion on 55 acres of green space
Look, this one is a little far out of the centre, and will take a bit of time, but if you’re in need of some R&R or want to get into pottery in a stunning location, this could be for you. Birch (Cheshnut) is a space for creativity, and they’re running a six-week pottery course beginning on April 19.
Taking place every Wednesday evening in a stunning Waltham Cross building surrounded by green space, this course will help you mould, shape, and perfect the items of crockery your houses need. Read more about the course and book here.
Cherry blossom’s moment in the sun (well, rain at the moment) comes at the beginning of April, but towards the end of the month things start to get blue (da ba dee da da 🎵). And not! in! a! bad! way! Depending on the year, bluebells tend to sprout later on, caressing woodland areas with their carpet of colour. These are some of the best places to catch them while they’re in season. Don’t get too smitten, mind – they don’t stick around for long!
💙 Epping Forest
💙 Wanstead Park
💙 Highgate Wood
💙 Beckenham Place Park
💙 Horsenden Hill
Read about more places to check out the bluebells here.
41. Bask in the first 8pm sunset of the year
Thanks to the clocks going forward, March treated our poor Vitamin D-starved souls to the first 7pm sunset of the year. Come April 17, the sun won’t be leaving us until 8pm and after, so you’d better be cranking up the heat on your summer plans. It could be 7°C or 31°C, but those extra hours of sunlight will have you feeling like a million dollars in the beer gardens across London.
42. Don’t be played for a fool on the first day of the month!
Didn’t think we’d go the whole way without a mention for April Fool’s Day, did you? You’ll want to be alert to those pesky pre-12pm pranks that we inevitably fall foul to on occasion. April 1 falls on a Saturday this year, so for me it’s a day out to watch Arsenal vs Leeds (which fortunately falls after midday meaning jokes on the pitch that I can’t handle shouldn’t appear), but you’ll want to make a plan as usual to start the month on the right footing, even if your housemates (or the prank patrol) get you good and proper in the morning. Here’s our handy weekend guide to help you out on that front.
43. Keep exploring this brilliant city
We’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s impossible to list everything that goes on in London over the course of one month (though we do try our best). Here’s a few more things Secret London have been shouting about that you don’t want to miss out on before April waves goodbye.
More things to do and inspiration…
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