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London events in April

Your guide to the best happenings in London this April

© David Tett

April in London means the city finally comes alive with warm weather, outdoor pursuits and a whole heap of energetic things to do. Whether you're up for taking on the mighty London Marathon, cycling the London to Paris bike ride - or just becoming the ultimate race spectator, we've picked out the best bits this April to keep you in cultural shape.

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Our April 2017 highlights


Deelee Dubé


Winner of 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, vocalist Deelee Dube is a fine modern day chanteuse who invokes inflections of her inspirations – Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Here she lines up with saxophonist Renato D’Aiello, pianist Gabriel Latchin, bassist Jay Dervish and drummer Alfonso Vitale.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Thursday April 20 2017

Rob Beckett – Mouth of the South

London lad Rob Beckett has quickly become part of the comedy mainstream, popping up on Live at the Apollo and various panel shows with his unmistakable toothy grin. He's developed into a hugely accomplished stand-up and will play his biggest show yet in 2017, at Hammersmith Apollo. Expect the usual mix of cheeky stories and witty observations.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Saturday April 1 2017

Bear's Den

Anyone allergic to banjos or beards, be warned: this trio of hirsute Londoners have supported Mumford & Sons live and one of them co-runs Communion Records with the Mumfords' Ben Lovett. Unsurprisingly, they play wistful, twangy folk-pop.

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Eventim Apollo Hammersmith , Hammersmith Wednesday April 5 2017

Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Improv gets a bad rap in this country, but anyone who dismisses the genre clearly hasn't seen Austentatious. This highly impressive troupe perform a completely improvised Jane Austen novel, complete with period dress and cello accompaniment, with marvellous results. The performers are all hugely talented, able to keep the gag rate high and the made-up story rolicking along. Tremendous fun.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Sunday January 29 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Get ready to have shirts and skirts stripped back to focus on the skivvies that shape the body below at this exhibition charting how underwear supports and firms the figure, as well as the sexual and sensual appeal it holds. Around 200 garments and accessories will be on display, from long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria's mother to an Antonio Berardi dress sported by Gwyneth Paltrow.

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday March 12 2017

Drop-in Life Drawing Classes

Tottenham Art Classes host these regular sessions teaching artists of all skill levels to draw the human form in all its bodily glory. No need to book in advance, and you can bring your own materials or buy them on the day.

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The Beehive , Bruce Grove Thursday January 26 2017 - Thursday April 27 2017

Hot 8 Brass Band

This hard-blowing New Orleans brass octet mix it up with pop and hip hop, covering anything from Snoop Dogg's 'What's My Name' to Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' in their set.

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Roundhouse , Chalk Farm Tuesday April 4 2017

Club de Fromage on Ice

Cheesy pop music and ice rinks have gone gloved-hand-in-gloved-hand since whenever you were in secondary school. The ice rink disco is a British coming-of-age rite of passage, and we're delighted that Club de Fromage are allowing us grown-ups to revisit it. The pop music will be present and correct – everything from Abba to Taylor Swift – and your terror of falling over will be reduced by the presence of a licensed bar.

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Alexandra Palace Ice Rink , Muswell Hill Saturday January 28 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The latest play from the bogglingly prolific and talented team behind 'The Play That Goes Wrong' (or more accurately the 'Play That Goes Wrong' franchise) is their best and funniest work yet. A genre pastiche, screwball comedy and classic farce that’s as clean and clear as its brassy branding, it spins with a manic energy from Two Ronnies-esque wordplay through surreal set-pieces to slapstick stunts prepped to bring the house down. The story of a bungled jewel heist in a sleepy Minneapolis bank branch, it features a host of hilarious but well-drawn characters who roar across the stage and tumble into disaster after disaster, each one more elegantly drawn than the last.

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Criterion Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Tuesday January 24 2017 - Sunday October 29 2017
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Brenna L

Is there any annual spring music festivals that take place in London? We are looking at a Music trip in 2017 for students and hoping for something related to do there. 

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Ceri D

An alternative lecture on C.L.R. James and other writers’ opposition to WWII with James Heartfield, author of Unpatriotic History of the Second World War. CLR James wrote,"My friends, ... the democracy I haven’t got Hitler didn’t take from me."  Organised by education charity WORLDwrite, at Hatch, Homerton,London E9 6AB on Wednesday 8th April, 7.00pm .Book tickets online via https://clr-lecture.eventbrite.com