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Things to do in London this month

Springtime entertainment is in full bloom throughout April.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll find something captivating, unusual and oh-so-amazing going on in London. This is the city where everything happens.

The iconic arch of Wembley Stadium reaches toward the sky, and the West End radiates an energy unlike anywhere else. Throw in age-old royal palaces, skyscraping architecture, the Tube, world-class museums, sport of all forms and nonstop live music…and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface.

Although London weather can be unpredictable, you can be certain each month will bring a whole new ginormous selection of events – and you’re not going to want to miss these awesome April activities.


Spotlight on: Easter and half term

With half term just about to begin and Easter hopping in fast on its heels, there’s plenty of family fun to be had in the UK’s capital this month. In fact, we’ve got a basket full of adventures right here for you.

What better way to experience the joy of this season than by heading to the West End to see Where Is Peter Rabbit? You’ll be enchanted as Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters come to life on stage in this magical musical spectacular that’s running until 28 April.

Where Is Peter Rabbit?

Teen sensations and twin brothers Max & Harvey will perform hits from their debut EP, Coming Soon, when they visit O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 7 April. Later in the month catch KIDZ BOP who are stopping in London to play their latest mix of pop jams at Eventim Apollo on 20 April.

Cheer on the London Lions in their last two home games of the season at the Copper Box Arena. Help get them roaring as they take on the Newcastle Eagles on 7 April and Cheshire Phoenix on 22 April, and save some money with our 2-for-1 ticket offer.

There’s a lot more sport to thrill families too. Get over to Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, on 6 April for The Clash as Bath Rugby meet Bristol Bears in this Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture. Be sure to line up in the Tunnel of Noise to shout and the players into battle before the game.

Another great Easter tradition, Good Friday Racing, returns to Lee Valley VeloPark for its second year on 19 April. See elite national and international cyclists bang the boards alongside local amateur club riders and enjoy family entertainment such as free mini pump track taster sessions for kids.

Good Friday Racing

In the mood for a wild journey through time? Experience Back to the Future in Concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 13 April when the 1985 Hollywood blockbuster is screened with a live orchestral score.


Other things to do

You don’t have to be a child to have a great time in April. This month London is also brimming with music, theatre, comedy, boxing and much more.

Be there when the one-and-only Drake brings The Assassination Vacation Tour to The O2 for a seven-night residency from 1 – 11 April. Fresh off his Best Rap Song win at the Grammys for God’s Plan, hear him perform that and other tracks from his latest record-breaking album Scorpion.

Drake

Theatre lovers have been waiting in anticipation for Man of La Mancha ever since it was announced Fraiser star Kelsey Grammer would top the bill. Opening in at the London Coliseum on 26 April, he’s sure to make you laugh and cry in the roles of Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote. (Tip: Get your tickets here by 4 April to pay no booking fees.)

Don’t miss the finale of Mo the Comedian’s Coupla Cans Tour. He’ll do a matinee and evening performance at Hackney Empire on 4 April, with both shows being filmed for broadcast later in the year as a comedy special.

Fists will be flying in Dubois v Lartey at The SSE Arena, Wembley on 27 April. Following his second-round knockout or Razvan Cojanu, 21-year-old boxer Daniel Dubois is set to face Ghana’s Richard Lartey in a crucial fight that could help him break into the WBO’s top 10 heavyweight rankings.

Londoners are getting a rare opportunity to hear one of the most compelling women of our times speak candidly on stage. Former First Lady of the US Michelle Obama is bringing her Becoming book tour to The O2 on 14 April.

Michelle Obama

A zombie apocalypse is coming to the capital. See if you have what it takes to stay alive when the immersive survival experience Variant 31 opens at a secret Central London location on 13 April. Warning: This game is not for the faint of heart!

Finally, mark your calendars for two unique festivals. Celebrating Latin music in London since 2001, La Linea kicks off on 25 April with a line-up that includes Yelfris Valdes, La Yegros, Celso Pina, Joao Bosco and more appearing at venues throughout the city.

Interested in an extravaganza dedicated to reviving the lost art of the striptease? The 2019 London Burlesque Festival gets underway this month at Bush Hall with a series of events including Peepshow on 13 April, the International Opening Gala on 26 April and Crown Jewels on 27 April.


Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? On any given night, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. From stadiums and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of April’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

Ub40 Astro & Ali, Shawn Mendes, Hall & Oates

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

New music to have on your radar:


Iconic attractions

Along with the London Underground, the capital is famous for many things – among them its royal palaces and gloriously green parks. Here are a few happenings at these popular sites.

With roots dating back to the 16th century, Hampton Court Palace is a must-visit attraction at any time of year but its gardens are especially stunning in spring. What’s more, on 6 – 22 April, children aged 3 to 12 can join in the free Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt for the chance to win a delicious reward.

Hampton Court Palace

Stop by Hyde Park on 22 April for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. A 41-round gun salute will mark the special occasion.

Then run down to Greenwich Park on 28 April for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The event will take competitors on a tour around the city, passing over the Thames at Tower Bridge before crossing the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.


You can do all this and more in the capital this April. For full details, head to our London Guide.

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