April is an exciting month on the London events calendar. Spring is in full swing with a fresh wave of art exhibitions, theatre shows and cultural happenings, while the mild weather draws sports enthusiasts outside for competitive races on the road and water. And that’s not to mention the annual holidays that fall in April. If you’re visiting London in April, add a few of these events to your travel itinerary.
The Cancer Research UK Boat Races
Sailing into spring with one of the fiercest rivalries in British history is the Boat Races. An annual competition between the best rowing teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities, the race on the River Thames is one of the most quintessentially British events in the spring calendar. Pick a spot on the riverbank and cheer on your favourite side, or simply soak up the sporting spirit.
2nd April 2017
Giacomo Balla: Designing the Future
Moving from Britain to Italy, Estorick Collection’s new exhibition celebrates the work of Italian art master Giacomo Balla. The collection, titled Designing the Future, showcases 116 pieces on loan from the Biagiotti Cigna Collection, including many of Balla’s greatest futurist and modernist artworks, alongside a few rarely-seen paintings.
5th April – 25th June 2017
Queer British Art 1861 – 1967
For its latest exhibition, Tate Britain explores the themes of love and sexuality in the LGBTQ community through the works of leading artists such as David Hockney and Dora Carrington. Focusing on a period when homosexuality was illegal in England, Queer British Art is an intimate and eye-opening show for art aficionados of all persuasions.
5th April – 1st October 2017
The London Coffee Festival
England may be better known for its tea than its coffee, but that’s something The London Coffee Festival is set on changing. For two caffeine-fuelled weeks, around 100 exhibitors will gather at the Old Truman Brewery to show off their artisan brands and offer visitors insightful coffee-related experiences such as tastings, roasting workshops, latte art demonstrations, and much more.
6th – 19th April 2017
Easter Sunday is a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. From Easter egg hunts and chocolate workshops to feasts and street fairs, there’s so much happening across London. For something a little different, witness 30 vessels sailing along the Thames as part of the Tall Ships Regatta, and enjoy a riverside festival with fireworks in Greenwich.
16th April 2017
Obsession at Barbican
Your chance to see famed British actor Jude Law on stage, Obsession is a theatre adaptation of the 1943 film by Luchino Visconti. The anticipated show at the Barbican tells the story of a handsome drifter (played by Law) who falls in love with a married women and plots to kill her husband. It’s a captivating tale of passion, betrayal and destruction.
19th April – 20th May 2017
Virgin Money London Marathon
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the hardest marathons in the world to get a space in, and for good reason. The race takes a picturesque route along the River Thames, winding past many of the capital’s most iconic sights, as almost 40,000 runners come together to challenge themselves and raise money for charity.
23rd April 2017
St George’s Day
Dedicated to the patron saint of England, St George’s Day is England’s national day. Celebrations are held across the capital to celebrate the country and its culture and traditions. A highlight is the Feast of St George, hosted by the Mayor of London at Trafalgar Square, during which visitors can enjoy live music and performances, free family-friendly activities, and a market selling British foods.
St George’s Day
23rd April 2017
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
The National Gallery may be known for its paintings, but for its latest exhibit weaving takes centre stage. A stunning tapestry by Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili, in collaboration with Dovecot Tapestery Studio, will be unveiled during the event. The colourful piece combines Ofili’s loves of classical mythology and the Trinidadian landscape
26th April – 28th August 2017
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
A century since the Russian Revolution, The British Library commemorates the event with an exhibition of works reflecting this life-changing moment in Russian history. Visit to discover a wealth of intriguing items such as propaganda materials, Nicholas II’s diary and even a draft of a speech by Leon Trotsky.
27th April – 29th August 2017
When visiting London in April, treat yourself to a stay at one of our London hotels and discover comfort and luxury in the heart of the capital.
Images Courtesy of The Tate, Cancer Research UK, Biagiotti Cigna Collection, The London Coffee Festival, Barbican, Virgin, Christ Ofili and The British Library.