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London events in April

Plan an amazing April 2020 with our selection of the best events, exhibitions and things to do in London

By Time Out London Things To Do |
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You can guarantee that April in London has some pretty amazing things in store. Spring has officially landed in London and Easter is just around the corner. With warm, sunny weather on the way, hit up the city's rooftop bars, which are just starting to open, take a walk around London's fabulous parks, and start picking out your spot to wave on the brave souls taking part in the London Marathon. April in London is also the month of Cocktails in the City, the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race (or, the Goat Race - if you're more into goats that boats) and the London Games Festival. There’s a whole load of other London happenings, openings and pop-ups to get involved in. Here are our April 2020 highlights to get you started.

While you're here, there's no better time to start planning your diary for May too. 

RECOMMENDED: Our definitive London events calendar

Our April 2020 highlights

Things to do

Easter in London

There's a lot to like about Easter in London – two whole days off, gratuitous chocolate consumption and if we're lucky, some springtime sunshine. Spend the year's first bank holiday hitting up spring fairs, wild nights out and giant Easter Egg hunts. 

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Antonio Verrio 'The Sea Triumph of Charles II' (c.1674). Image courtesy of The Royal Collection Trust
Art

British Baroque: ‘Power and Illusion’

Tate Britain, Millbank
4 out of 5 stars

A collection of saucy courtly paintings from the seventeenth century British Baroque period, featuring fat men in wigs, women with translucently white skin and pompous portraits of Charles II. Go for the drama, intrigue and sex. It’s like the best Netflix series ever, but on canvas. Well, if it ain't baroque... 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Romesh Ranganathan: ‘The Cynic's Mixtape’

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith

Romesh Ranganathan - who is seemingly never off TV these days, with his own sitcom 'The Reluctant Landlord', Dave's 'Judge Romesh' and a team captain on 'A League of Their Own' – is back on tour. His material's smartly written, told with a permanently pissed-off persona.

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Sunil Gupta 'Untitled 22' from the series 'Christopher Street' (1976) Image courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019
Art

Masculinities: ‘Liberation Through Photography’

Barbican Centre, Barbican
4 out of 5 stars

Guns and cowboys, beer and beards, this show might be packed with typical images of masculinity, but with it's intimate, erotic shots of soldiers and films of men crying, it’s also full of subversion. In a society where gender is ceaselessly melting into an ever more fluid substance, this exhibition makes you walk away asking infinite questions.

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen '7th Nov. 2001' Video still © Steve McQueen. Image courtesy of the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery
Art

‘Steve McQueen’

Tate Modern, Bankside
5 out of 5 stars

A heavy-hitting art exhibition from Turner Prize- and Oscar-winning Steve McQueen. Go for a painful, moving and totally amazing show about racism, violence, greed, oppression, manipulation and sadness. It’s truly eye-opening stuff.

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Uncle Vanya, West End 2020
Photograph Johan Persson
Theatre, Drama

‘Uncle Vanya’

Harold Pinter Theatre, Leicester Square
4 out of 5 stars

Chekhov's great play about a group of melancholy middle-aged pals. Toby Jones is superb as an irritating bu lovable Vanya.

Mayflower Primary, Tower Hamlets. Photo credit: Tate
Art

Steve McQueen: ‘Year 3’

Tate Britain, Millbank
4 out of 5 stars

The Oscar - and Turner Prize-winner’s project photographing our city’s schoolkids is a thing of absolute joy. 

 

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Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist
Museums

Mushrooms: ‘The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’

Somerset House, Aldwych
3 out of 5 stars

An exhibition about the mycelial meanderings in art, design and science. Mushrooms are now recognised for the important role they play in maintaining the planet’s biodiversity, for their nutritional value and for their mind-altering powers.

Maureen Scott 'Mother and Child at Breaking Point' (1970) .Image courtesy of Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Art

‘The Four Ages of Woman’

Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind, Borough of Bromley
4 out of 5 stars

Art by women about women. And so much more. It’s topical, political, emotional – and well worth the length of the train journey to get there.

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Photograph: Isa Genzken / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Buchholz Cologne / Berlin / New York
Art

Isa Genzken: ‘Window’

Hauser & Wirth, Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars

Come fly with German punk minimalism supremo Isa Genzken with his brand-new art installation about planes and spaces. Genzken’s work creates in-between spaces, nowheres and adds a bit of nuance in a black and white world.

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