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The city bursts with festivals, art shows and concerts as the first daffodils and tulips start to appear in the landscape. Temperate and entertaining, April is a fresh time to explore London in bloom.
With spring freshness spreading throughout the city, April is a culture-filled month for London and its visitors. From circus performances, to the annual marathon, April provides a huge amount of entertainment within the city’s busiest neighborhoods. So, no matter if you’re craving a cup of coffee on Brick Lane, or looking for some London fun in Little Venice, April has something for everyone.
31 March - 3 April 2022
The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event kicks off with live music, gourmet coffee, demonstrations from renowned baristas, and educational sessions through the 15th. Visitors can learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, taste artisan coffee, tea, and food, and even learn about chocolate pairings. The event takes place at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.
9 April 2022
With an almost 200 year history, The Grand National is amongst the most famous horse races in the world and one of England's major annual events. Last year organizers urged guests to "smarten up", giving you the perfect excuse to hit the shops in London for a fantastic Spring outfit and fabulous hat!
9 - 10 April 2022
This two-day show brings the best of the UK's wedding specialists and suppliers under one roof, providing both inspiration and practical planning advice for brides and grooms to be! Find your dream dress amongst the creations of leading designers on the catwalk, or enjoy the laid back shopping experience of the Groom's Room. And everyone can find something to enjoy in the Bakes Gallery, where London's best cakemakers will be displaying there most decadently delectable wedding cakes and nibbles.
23 April 2022
This annual party started out as a national day of feasting in the thirteenth century. This year to honor the day’s beginnings, prominent London chefs will perform live demonstrations, and an English farmer’s market will set up shop. Other features include a brass band, medieval jousting, games, and more. The entire festival is Shakespeare themed this year, so gather your family and friends and head to Trafalgar Square for a blast from the past.
14 April 2022
Around the world, 20 million people celebrate Sikh New Year, or Harvest Festival. In London, about 30,000 people gather at City Hall and The Scoop at More London for talks, live performances, dance, martial arts, and more.
22 - 23 April 2022
"Le Cognac, ce n’est pas qu’une affaire de goût… c’est toute une affaire d’Art ". Since arriving with French merchants at the start of the 13th century, cognac has enjoyed an ever-growing popularity in Britain, culminating today in The Cognac Show. Brought to you by the same people who established The Whiskey Show, the event celebrates this distinguished spirit and offers visitors the opportunity to sample some of the worlds finest cognacs.
3 April 2022
Every year, about 250,000 people gather in southwest London to watch the rowing race between Oxford and Cambridge, which started in 1829. Rowers race 4.25 miles from Putney Bridge to Mortlake along the Thames, usually taking around 16-18 minutes. The women’s race starts at 2:15pm, and the men’s at 3:15pm.
The race has been moved to October in 2022. It will return to April in 2023
The largest fundraising event in the world, this 26.2 mile race around our diverse city attracts serious competitors and charity fun runners alike. Cheering crowds, roadside BBQs and food stalls, pounding music and, of course, pounding feet all add to a highly exuberant atmosphere. And here’s a tip from a London local - if you decide to rent Boris Bikes, it’s fun to cycle after the race has finished (around 4pm) as most of the roads are still closed to traffic. If you’re lucky, you can cycle straight down the middle of London Bridge!