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. (Feature image: @nataliaandkarolina)
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.
2. Mei Ume’s Cherry Blossom Season (until April 30)
Mei Ume at the Four Seasons Hotel has been transformed into a beautiful, blossom-covered garden to celebrate the Japanese tradition of Hanami. They’ve created a special menu featuring the likes of Rock Shrimp Tempura and Pan Fried Wagyu Beef Gyoza, as well as some spectacular sushi specials, including the Golden Dragon Roll. More info here.
3. Catch unbelievable performances at Circus Extreme (From April 12)
Watch extreme stunts and classic clown escapades at this one-of-a-kind circus at Old Deer Park in Richmond. Prepare for your jaw to drop down to your feet as you witness show-stopping performances, including The Danguir Troupe performing a high wire and the ‘double wheel of death’; the Extreme® FMX team flying through the air displaying cliffhanger stunts, and Laura Miller’s internationally-renowned aquatic aerial ring. Fever have an exclusive price for tickets (cheaper, duh!), so get them while you can! More info and tickets here.
4. Visit Greenwich’s gorgeous painted hall after it’s massive refurbishment!
The Painted Hall, in the heart of Greenwich’s historic Old Royal Naval College, has undergone a huge renovation these past two years to undo decay and preserve the breathtaking artwork – and it has finally reopened to the public. Read all about it here.
5. Sh*t-faced Shakespeare (from April 17)
Normally the theatre is a sacred place, where enraptured audiences watch highly professional actors treat drama with reverence. But when it comes to Sh*t-faced Shakespeare, all that goes out the window – and the results are pretty spectacular. A company of classically-trained Shakespearean actors take the stage for a performance of The Bard’s work, with one caveat: one of the cast members is helplessly, irrevocably, shambolically drunk. They’re hosting a riotous rendition of The Taming of the Shrew. In this classic comedy, Katherine and Bianca are battling not just the insidious grip of the patriarchy, but also the forces of extreme inebriation. Beginning on April 17th, it’ll be an absolute hoot — find your tickets here.
The Sh*t-faced crew have also turned their attention to another literary giant: Charles Dickens. Oliver! With A Twist! features the same rules of inebriation, but with the added complication of showtunes from a whole host of West End classics. Grab your tickets here for shows throughout April.
6. Find your flow at this ‘Love Yoga’ workshop (April 8)
Let’s face it, life in London is a stressful old business, and finding ways to relax isn’t always easy. And whilst we could recommend a bottomless brunch to cure your ailments, we think Fever have found a better option. Love Yoga is a wonderful new yoga experience, which helps you find your centre and bring a little self-love into your daily practice – tickets and more info here.
7. Sample London’s best drinks at an underground cocktail festival (April 4–6)
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.
8. Visit London Bridge’s new culture and street food hub (from April 3)
The highly anticipated Vinegar Yard comes from the team behind the buzzing Flat Iron Square. Officially opening on April 3, the space is filled with art installations, street food traders, pop-ups shops and bars, and a giant outdoor garden with unobstructed views of the Shard. Find out more here.
9. Celebrate National Tea Day at London’s Fes-Tea-Val (April 13–14)
10. Splash out at ROKA‘s Sakura Sunday brunch (from April 7)
This special brunch, celebrating cherry blossom season, features sashimi, gyoza, and robata dishes. It’s not exactly a steal at £60 per person, but short of a trip to Japan for hanami season, it’ll be a pretty unforgettable experience! Read more about ROKA’s spring transformation here.
11. Walk through the UK’s biggest kaleidoscope (until May 5)
Bringing together nine of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Kaleidoscope is a multi-media art exhibition, featuring still life paintings, sculptures and a ruddy huge kaleidoscope. The exhibition is free to visit and you’ll find it at the Saatchi Gallery. Read all about it here.
12. Celebrate Easter in style (April 21)
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 check out our guide to events happening in London over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.
13. Watch a really really long run (April 28)
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). You could always test your stamina with our Big London Marathon Spectator’s Pub Crawl, instead.
14. Go for lunch/brunch/dinner at the lovely Dalloway Terrace (throughout April)
This year, Dalloway Terrace has transformed into a stunning Sri Lankan jungle, complete with unique, native flora. Featuring a luscious overgrown jungle canopy with bursts of fuchsia from orchids and passion flowers, the terrace is a tropical paradise. Read all about their special, Sri Lankan-themed menu here.
Come along to the Haig Club House Party
Haig Club is taking over a stylish Soho townhouse to put on the ultimate house party. Inside, make your own rules as you wander through each unique room of the house. You’ll get the chance to pick your own soundtrack in the Lounge, mix your own cocktail in the Dining Room and round off the evening by dancing on the tiles in the Kitchen with a Haig Club cocktail in hand. The only rule is to make your own! Find out more here. ⭐️Sponsored⭐️
15. Scoff down some cake to celebrate our birthday (April 28)
On April 28th, Secret London officially turns 4, 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…
16. Talking of cake, why not go for afternoon tea?
For reasons, I feel that April is the perfect month for afternoon tea. Whether you’re after something quirky, casual or flamboyantly fancy, this list has something for everyone.
17. Get down like Gatsby at The Candlelight Club (April 27)
The Candlelight Club is an award-winning homage to the Roaring 20s, and their glamorous parties are unforgettably suave candlelit affairs. Their April party welcomes live jazz from Benoit Viellefon and his band, along with cabaret from Champagne Charlie, and a DJ set from the Bees Knees. Get your tickets here.
18-19. Catch some of the best theatre in town
Make sure you bag a seat at the Arts Theatre for Six The Musical, which runs until May 5. It tells the story of Henry VIII’s six wives through a catchy blend of history and pop-rock numbers — tickets and info here. You’ve also got time to catch The Follies at the National Theatre, which is set to be a stirring musical nostalgia trip — tickets and more info here.
20-25. Go and see some art
It’s your final chance to see Tracey Emin’s ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ at White Cube Bermondsey, which ends on April 7th. Meanwhile, you’ve got until May 6 to catch Pierre Bonnard’s ‘The Colour of Memory’ at the Tate Modern and Don McCullin’s haunting war photography at the Tate Britain. Go and see Diane Arbus’ photography exhibition at The Hayward Gallery, which runs alongside Kader Attia’s ‘Museum of Emotion’ (one ticket will get you into both). They both end on May 6.
Van Gogh’s new exhibition, ‘Van Gogh and Britain’, on the other hand, has only just begun. It’s the largest collection of his paintings to be shown in the UK for almost a decade, and it explores his fond relationship with Britain. Find it at Tate Britain until August 11.
26-32. Catch a gig
No shortage of concerts happening in London this April. Out at the O2, heart throb Shawn Mendes (16–19th) will surely pull in the crowds. Meanwhile, Crystal Fighters (4th), The Hunna (7th), and Sundara Karma (13th) will be headlining down at the O2 Academy Brixton. Hot Chip are playing Village Underground (4th), whilst Robyn takes to the stage at Ally Pally (12–13th). And finally, James Blake is heading to Hammersmith Apollo on April 18th.
33-35. Check out Hollywood’s latest releases
April sees the first of 2019’s big-budget summer blockbusters. Arriving with a cast full of stars is the next stage of the Marvel saga, Avengers: Endgame (April 26). Another superhero is coming to town on April 5, with the arrival of the American film Shazam! based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Alternatively, Hellboy arrives in cinemas on April 11, which is based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola.
36-49. Keep exploring this marvellous city
We wrote about some fabulous places in London throughout March — here’s the best of the bunch:
🌿 Garden Room: Leicester Square’s gorgeous plant-filled rooftop bar & restaurant
⛳️ PLONK: the new BYOB crazy golf course in Shoreditch
🌸 Feya: the pretty, pastel-coloured café that’s too Instagrammable for its own good
💗 VIVI: the glamorous, 60s-inspired restaurant inside the Centre Point Building
🐝 Gosnells: London’s first honey bar that serves frozen mead cocktails
🍸 Lost Society: the sexy south London bar inspired by the roaring 20s
🌀 Otherworld: the epic new VR bar in east London
🍴 Hubbard and Bell: the Sunday lunch with bottomless Yorkshires and roast potatoes
💒 Host Café: the gorgeous central London church that’s also a coffee shop
🥃 London Shuffle Club’s new basement bar that serves bangin’ cocktails
🌮 Near & Far: Camden’s new hot pink bar serving cocktails and tacos
🍰 Peggy Porschen’s new Chelsea branch with a basement cocktail bar
👌 A.O.K.: the beautiful Marylebone restaurant with a bonus basement bakery
😎 Big Chill: the King’s Cross brunch spot that serves bottomless Oreo espresso martinis
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