What's On in April

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.

What's On in April

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.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture

April 9 - July 29, 2018

Bringing together works from both international and private collections for the first time, the National Gallery has traced the architectural paintings of Monet from his early beginnings as an artist over his 50 year career. The exhibition runs until the 29th of July in the Sainsbury Wing of the museum.

Website: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/the-credit-suisse-exhibition-monet-architecture

London Coffee Festival

April 12 - 15, 2018

The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event kicks off with an Espresso Martini Launch Party on April 12th, and continues 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.

Website: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com

The Grand National

April 14, 2018

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 organisers urged guests to "smarten up", giving you the perfect excuse to hit the shops in London for a fantastic Spring outfit and fabulous hat!

Website: https://www.grandnational.fans/

London Excel Wedding Show

April 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Wensite: http://www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk/

Fashioned from Nature Exhibition Opening

April 21, 2018

The V&A's 'Fashioned From Nature' exhibition embarks on an exploration through the ages of fashion, tracing the very fabric of garments back to their original materials and uncovering the processes that render them into wearable works of art. The exhibition showcases garments from the 17th century, all the way through to present day fashions.

Website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/fashioned-from-nature

National Tea Day and the Fes-Tea-Val

April 21 - 22, 2018

Celebrating a cornerstone of British Culture, London's Fes-Tea-Val will take place at the Chiswick House and surrounding gardens. Between the Tea Gardens and Picnic Park is everything from master mixology classes and celebrity bake-offs, to a tea bazaar and historical teaware museum!

Website: https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk/fes-tea-val

Virgin Money London Marathon

April 22, 2018

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!

Website: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/

St. George's Day

April 23, 2018

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.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/8726328-feast-of-st-george-in-trafalgar-square

The Cognac Show

April 27 - 28, 2018,

"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.

Website: https://drinkup.london/events/collection/17277/the-cognac-show/

Vaisakhi Festival

Late April, 2018 (Date TBC)

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.

Website: http://www.london.gov.uk/vaisakhi

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