10 Things to Do in London in April
This post is our list of 10 things to do in London in April. There are many more things to do in the city, but this post is for things only happening in April in the city. Check out our post on London weather in April, too.
- (1) See the Land of the Lions
Showcasing a brand-new enclosure at the London Zoo, Land of the Lions is now home to a pride of endangered Asiatic lions. Visitors can explore the Land riding in trucks and rickshaws and are invited into the rangers’ huts – or even asked to assist the rangers in their duties. For the young and young-at-heart these is also the chance to test your bicycle speed against that of an Asiatic Lion. Read our post on how to get discount London Zoo tickets.
- (2) Watch the London Marathon
Every year around 36,000 people sign up to run the 42.4km (26.2m) marathon through the streets of London, taking visitors over the River Thames, past the London Eye, along the Tower of London and finishing on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Both seasoned professional runners take part, as well as members of the public ho are wanting a challenge or a fit day out! The route is long and Londoners (and the visiting us) are encouraged to line the streets to watch and cheer on the athletes as they race through town. Find out where you want to watch from their website: https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/
- (3) Celebrate St. George’s Day
The patron saint of England, St. George, is celebrated every year around his feast day, April 23rd. Trafalgar Square usually hosts the best St. George’s Day event in London and will showcase free activities, food stalls, and games for children. Get details at: http://www.londontown.com/LondonEvents/St-Georges-Day/94ed9/
- (4) See the Circus
The famed Roundhouse in Camden is hosting CircusFest 2016 this year and will be showcasing performances by world-famous choreographers and circus troupes throughout the month of April. Some performances are adults only so check before you go: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2016/circusfest-2016/
- (5) Get Goosebumps
The vaults under Waterloo Station have been used for multiple purposes throughout their centuries long existence, and these days, instead of storing bodies or police archives and old trains, it’s used for hosting super spooky events. This April “Goosebumps The Show” is being staged! Inspired by the books of R. L. Stein, the experience takes the audience on a journey through the tunnels, viewing re-enacted scenes inspired by the books themselves. With separate events for adults and children, this is a great activity for those who love a good scare! http://www.the-vaults.org/#!goosebumps/cnbs
- (6) Celebrate Sikh Culture
A free event showcasing the heritage, history and culture of Sikh Heritage at the Scoop in City Hall. Watch, eat, dance, dress and enjoy:
- (7) Wish Happy Birthday to The Bard
This year to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, the Globe Theatre are running a free day for families. Guests can visit the museum, create arts and crafts, and watch performances all for no fee at all! See what’s on during your visit at: Be sure to read our post on visiting the Globe Theater.
- (8) Roll with The Stones
This year, starting in April, the Saatchi Gallery is hosting a major exhibition based around The Rolling Stones. With over 5,000 pieces of memorabilia on display, guests will see guitars, costumes, photographs, diaries, films – and even more – all based on the lifetime and careers of the Rolling Stones. It’s expected to be huge so book in advance: http://www.saatchigallery.com/current/rolling_stones.php
- (9) Listen to the Queen’s Cannon
The 21st of April is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and this year she will be turning 90. London will be celebrating by holding multiple cannon salutes throughout town in places like Hyde Park, Windsor Castle, and the Tower of London. The official website of The British Monarchy has more details.
- (10) Visit the Chelsea Art Fair
For the 21st year, The Chelsea Art Fair is coming back to showcase internationally known as well as emerging artists. There is a wide variety of art on offer to both enjoy and purchase, including paintings and sculpture as well as prints and small pieces. Go to their website to snap up a FREE ticket: http://www.chelseaartfair.org