Come spring, it’s not only London’s Royal Parks that are in full bloom. The English capital’s social calendar also opens with an exciting array of exhibitions, shows and festivals. Guests staying at any one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties can enjoy an engaging line-up of music and art alongside traditional Easter celebrations. Here’s our pick of April’s most spectacular events in London.
Offering a buzzing programme of music, comedy and dance on London’s Southbank, Underbelly Festival is a month-long celebration of performing arts. In between all the live music, poetry recitals and stand-up acts, tuck into a generous range of fresh street food and cocktails served from a plethora of lively pop-up bars.
5th April – 29th September 2019
Bold hits of colour and shockingly short hem lines: Mary Quant’s clothes staged a fashion revolution in Britain during the 60s and 70s. This April, the V&A threads together a retrospective, including more than 200 garments and accessories, in a celebration of the designer’s unique and colourful aesthetic.
6th April 2019 – 16th February 2020
Sea Star: Sean Scully
Inspired by JWM Turner’s atmospheric landscape The Evening Star, contemporary British painter Sean Scully unveils his bold new set of canvases. Poetic, vibrant and thought-provoking, Scully’s work is certainly no nuanced take on Turner’s original.
13th April – 11th August 2019
All My Sons
Sally Field and Bill Pullman star as husband and wife in Arthur Miller’s drama about the hard-hitting shadows of war, All My Sons. The couple may have successfully raised two sons and established a business, but the return of a figure from their past threatens to tear everything apart.
13th April – 8th June 2019
The Old Vic
Fantastic Faberge: An Easter Event
Easter in the capital is a fun-filled family weekend, especially for children. For something a little different, Fantastic Faberge: An Easter Event at The Queen’s Gallery encourages budding creatives to decorate their eggs in the manner of Faberge’s flamboyant oeuvres. Follow it with an Easter egg hunt in and around the Russia exhibitions.
20th – 21st April 2019
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
The Royal Albert Hall’s 2019 Love Classical festival features a spectacular line-up of performances. Critically acclaimed songwriter Tom Adams launches the proceedings with the first instalment in a series of Love Classical Lates, while emerging voices and original compositions take centre stage for the Hall’s Rising Stars of Classical evening on 30th April.
25th April – 4th June 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Virgin Money London Marathon
The capital’s most anticipated race of the year sees some 40,000 participants join forces for the London marathon to raise money for charity. Running a picturesque route around the capital, the Virgin Money London Marathon skirts some of the city’s most iconic sights, including London Bridge, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
28th April 2019
Between Greenwich Park and St. James’ Park
For easy access to all of London’s highlights this April, stay at one of Red Carnation Hotels’ London hotels.
Image credits: lead image © Royal Collection Trust /Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018.Daffodils © iStock/Luke Abrahams. Mary Quant exhibition © INTERFOTO/Alamy Stock Photo. All My Sons © The Old Vic. Royal Albert Hall © Paul Sanders.