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This year we're welcoming April with open arms – not only do we say hello to springtime and sunshine (here's hoping, anyway), but also to a whole load of excellent events. This month brings us the likes of The London Marathon, Pick Me Up Art Fair, Record Store Day, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, and, lest we forget, the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. If that lot hasn't excited you enough already, the upcoming four-day Easter weekend (Fri Apr 18 – Mon Apr 21) should put a smile on your face this April.

Below is a handful of great happenings in the city just this week. Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Tweet us your suggestion and it might just make our top ten!

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1

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

Towards the end of Henri Matisse's life, the French master could no longer paint so instead turned to scissors and paper. The bright and bold works he created in this very late period have become some of his most iconic – think of the striking, multi-coloured 'The Snail' already housed at Tate Modern. He may have lost his ability to handle a paintbrush, but Matisse lost none of his brilliant vision and compositional know-how. The 120 works on display at Tate Modern this summer will be amongst the best you will see anywhere in the country this year.

See more unmissable art in the capital this week

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Sep 7
More info
2

Easter weekend

The first bank holiday weekend of the year is finally here so grab your diary and get organising. Every year, Easter treats us to a whole four days of holiday – need we mention a whole load of chocolate eggs – which proves the perfect opportunity to get out and about in the capital. Whether you plan to paint hard-boiled eggs, party hard all weekend long or pursue the Easter Bunny for cocoa-based satisfaction, get cracking with your Easter plans pronto.

See our guide to Easter in London

3

Berwick Street's Record Store Day

  • Free

Berwick Street is home to the biggest concentration of indie record shops in London, which makes it the perfect place for a free mini-festival on Record Store Day, wouldn't you say? For a second year, an outdoor main stage will host live acts all afternoon: the line-up is still under wraps, but performers last year included Frank Turner, Matthew E White, Wire and Steve Mason. More live artists and DJs are scheduled to play smaller stages around the area, with DJs, music quizzes and parties taking place in some shops. It's not all about the music, either – special events on the day include a street food market, special Record Store Day discounts on clothes, and music-related art and design sessions.

Read more about the history of Record Store Day

  1. Berwick Street Market Berwick Street, W1F 0PT
  2. Sat Apr 19
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4

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • Rated as: 3/5

Spider-Man has always been the people’s superhero. He’s a high-school dweeb whose supernatural powers allow him to fight crime but don’t offer him any help at all in dealing with the everyday problems of being a teenager. Girls, friends, parents, authority – he’s on his own. In this sequel to 2012's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' life-threatening concerns arise in the form of Jamie Foxx’s recluse-turned-power-conductor Electro and Dane DeHaan’s childhood buddy-turned-spoilt rich kid Harry Osborn. And it's DeHaan that is by far the best thing here, and his scenes with Garfield have an integrity lacking elsewhere. Foxx, too, is very watchable: the effects make-up is spectacular and his character is intriguingly downtrodden, if dubious in its portrayal of the mentally ill.

Read our full review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

See more movie releases this month

  1. Cinemas nationwide
5

Rose

  • Rated as: 4/5

Once an unremarkable Southwark pub with a good jukebox, the Rose re-emerged in the summer of 2013 after a two-year closure and refurbishment, sporting a dashing new look – dark wood, bronze-topped tables and posh pork scratchings. Behind the bar, cocktails are of the hot-right-now pre-mixed and barrel-aged varieties, complete with a £9 price tag. For something stronger there’s a dedicated martini menu; cask ales and craft beers come from Red Squirrel, plus there are bottles from Beavertown, Kernel and the like. The menu’s a daily changing bill of pub classics – four types of pickles and sausage rolls for salt-craving snackers, carb-centric platefuls for the famished. Oh, and be sure to check out the remarkable floor made of one- and two-pence pieces in the downstairs hallway – Instagram gold if ever we saw it.

Read our full review of The Rose

Check out more top-notch watering holes in London

  1. 123, Snowsfields, SE1 3ST
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6

The Lock Tavern Festival

  • Free

Egg hunts? Sunday lunch with the family? Church? No way – easily the best way to spend your Easter weekend is in one of Camden's finest nightspots, watching some really great bands. From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday The Lock Tavern hosts four nights of fun, with live music and DJs performing alongside pop-up food stalls and art exhibitions. The best bit? Tickets are totally free – book in advance for guaranteed entry and a free slice of pizza, or just turn up on the day and try your luck.

Fancy another festival this summer? See our 2014 music festival calandar

  1. Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Apr 20
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7

Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt

Kensington Palace will be getting into the springtime spirit with an egg trail through the gardens, live performances and storytelling over the long weekend. If you're entertaining the kids this Easter, keep them sweet with the code-cracking chocolate hunt, then let them unleash their creative side with a very festive bonnet making class. As much as we're excited to see the Easter Bunny shuffling around the palace grounds, we'll also be keeping our eyes peeled for Wills and Kate emerging from their living quarters and bringing bonny Prince George out for a seasonal jolly. We can but hope…

Keep the kids sweet this bank holiday with more Easter events

  1. Kensington Palace The Broadwalk, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Mon Apr 21
More info
8

Christathon

  • Free

Worship at the altar of the pint this Easter on this pub crawl which sees participants dress in Jesus garb and visit biblically named pubs to raise money for charity. The basic Christ costume checklist involves a white tunic, long wig and a beard, but Roman centurions, Mother Marys and Judases are also welcome (as are Zombie Christ and Elvis Christ). If you can't make it to the start you can catch up with the Jesi (plural of Jesus, obvs) along the way by calling the Christathon hotline.

Check out more cracking events this Easter bank holiday

  1. Trinity 202-206 Borough High St, SE1 1JX
  2. Sun Apr 20
More info
9

Susan Calman

Feisty Scot Calman – a regular on Radio 4's 'The News Quiz' and as seen on 'Have I Got News For You' and 'QI' – is back in town and back with a brand new show. Taking to the stage at the South Bank's Udderbelly festival this Saturday, the wonderfully funny Calman will bring her usual mix of silly (often cat-related) thoughts and political jabs. Prepare for some serious LOLs this weekend, people.

See our guide to this year's Udderbelly festival

  1. Udderbelly Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sat Apr 19
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10

Kitsuné Club Night: Easter Special

French electro and electro-pop label Kitsuné are back to give east London a Gallic once-over like only they know how, with a bulging all-night bill of DJs and live acts from their ever-growing roster. Hamburg roof-raisers Digitalism are the big draw this Saturday night: they play a live set of pumping electro-house with support by young duo Beataucue, who hail from Caen in northern France.

Cut some more shapes in the capital this Easter weekend

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Apr 20
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Ted Watts
Ted Watts

The service at Blanchette is the worst ever! Food and coffee is pretty average. DON'T GO THERE

Candace D
Candace D

We are in the midst of planning our honeymoon to London in December 2013. This site is going to be great for us to plan things to do and places to see!! Thanks :)

Chris
Chris

I can defintiely recommend the Elmset and Dragwood exhibition, Tomorrow, at the V and A. It's an amazing installation with a very atmospheric vibe. Really accesible and also wryly amusing.

Sophie Henderson
Sophie Henderson

Just thought I'd point out that the NT Films on the Flytower stuff actually happened a year ago, not in 2013. You might want to amend that.

nick walker
nick walker

As regulat KewGarden visitors we were v disappointed with the Incredibles> Carrot patch is boarded up and the boating lake was only using half the boatsx so was fully booked. did not live upto expectations

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