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London events in April

Own April with our selection of the very best events happening in London

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April in London is when things really kick into gear. Spring is officially here and the city finally sees some warm weather, meaning that London's great outdoors comes alive, the rooftop bars start opening, the lidos start filling up, and some brave souls take on the mighty London Marathon. If that all sounds far too energetic, just become an enthusiastic spectator and get stuck into some serious chocolate over the Easter weekend and the first bank holiday of the year. Here's our event highlights for the month to get you started – we've got a feeling April is gonna be a good one. 

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Our April 2017 highlights

Soho A Gogo Film Festival

From the jazz clubs of ‘Tubby Hayes’ to the beatnik scene of ‘Beat Girl’, Regent Street Cinema’s latest film festival celebrates the disappearing side of London’s Soho. See the full programme of films on show here. 

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Regent Street Cinema , Marylebone Sunday April 30 2017

The Modern Movement

Meet the vendors who are making a splash in the world of vintage design at The Modern Movement, a free fair at the Brockwell Lido. Retro Barn, Dad Design, GP Lights and more will be found poolside selling twentieth century furniture, jewellery and object d’art. Just dive in. 

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Sunday April 30 2017

Sound Unbound: The Barbican Classical Weekender

The Barbican is pushing the boundaries of how we listen to classical music, with a Classical Weekender packed full of familiar yet forward-thinking sounds. This year's performers include Chilly Gonzales, Alison Balsom, Iestyn Davies, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Britten Sinfonia and Anna Meredith. 

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Sunday April 30 2017
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Open-air theatre at the the Globe

April 22 is going to be a good day for theatre fans. It's when the alfresco fun begins at the Globe, kicking off with what's rumoured to be a very full-on production of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Directed by Daniel Kramer, new boss of the English National Opera, this version of the classic tale of lovers from warring families should pull no punches – hopefully under sunny (or at least rain-free) skies. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday May 3 2017 - Sunday July 9 2017

Bank holiday weekend in London

Forget about work, shift yourself from the sofa and get out and about over the first of the May bank holiday weekends. Plan your time off with our round-up of the very best May events taking place in the capital  and let's just hope the sun lasts – and, even if it doesn't, the capital is packed with museums, exhibitions and fail-safe pubs, so you can be sure your extra day of freedom won't go to waste.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

Ashley Bickerton

A 30-year-long survey of the American artist's career, which follows his early days in the Neo-Geo movement in '80s New York, through to his lush, tropical-inspired paintings inspired by relocating to Bali in 1993, to works created in the last few years.

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Newport Street Gallery , Lambeth Until Sunday August 20 2017
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Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Ofili rose to fame in the '90s with his exquisite paintings featuring materials like elephant dung – but for this NG commission, he's created a hand-woven tapestry that features a mixture of classical mythology and the magic and folklore of his adopted home Trinidad.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Until Monday August 28 2017

Be:FIT London

The ultimate Bank Holiday destination for the #eatclean crowd has to be Be:FIT – three days of fitness classes, expert tips and health advice at the Business Design Centre. Take toning and cycling sessions with Another_Space, put your Downward Dog to the test in Loaded Yoga or try a Beyonce Workshop with FRAME. 

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Sunday April 30 2017

Queer British Art at Tate Britain

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. This show charts the preceding century: a hundred years of queer artists either making deeply personal work (about lives led in necessary secrecy) or avowedly political statements. Duncan Grant, John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney are among those on display.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Sunday October 1 2017
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Guards At The Taj

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After ambitious renovation work, Bush Theatre is returning to form with a play about the even-more-ambitious process of building the Taj Mahal, set in 19th century Agra. Following a year of controversial West End shows including 'The Maids' and 'Doctor Faustus', Jamie Lloyd will turn his hand to directing Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph's comedy. 

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Monday May 1 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017

Obsession at the Barbican

Cementing Ivo van Hove's position as perhaps the foremost theatre director in the world today, this month-long adaptation of the classic 1943 Italian film 'Obsession' forms the centrepiece of his theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam's 2017 takeover of the Barbican. Jude Law stars as drifter Gino, who starts a passionate affair with a married woman that leads to disaster.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Saturday May 20 2017

City of Glass

A lavish new stage adaptation of Paul Auster's debut prose work 'City of Glass', written by Duncan Macmillan ('1984', 'People, Places and Things') and directed by Leo Warner, artistic director of 59 Productions, 'City of Glass' is a dark, layered, New York-set thriller-noir that follows crime writer Daniel Quinn as he himself gets sucked into a web of intrigue after receiving an unexpected phonecall from a private detective in the middle of the night.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Tuesday May 2 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017
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The Treatment

The mercurial Almeida turns its back on its recent run of classics for a new season that kicks off with the first revival of Martin Crimp's little known 1993 satire 'The Treatment'. Set in the exploitative film world, it's directed by the reliably wonderful Lyndsey Turner and will star Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham.

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Monday May 1 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017

The Ferryman

For a lot of people, 'The Ferryman' will effectively serve as Jez Butterworth's follow-up to his era-defining 'Jerusalem', mostly because its actual follow-up, 'The River', was almost impossible to get seats to. Everything about 'The Ferryman' screams big, though: debuting in the Court's main house, it's directed by Butterworth's James Bond collaborator Sam Mendes and co-produced by Sonia Friedman.

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Monday May 1 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017

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Brenna L
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. 

Ceri D
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