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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, Food and drink events

The BBQ Club: Patch & Picnic

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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South Bank pop-up The BBQ Club returns next month, and this year you can reserve a private picnic spot right by the Thames - plus a gourmet hamper for four. 

Comedy, Stand-up

Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic's Mixtape

icon-location-pin Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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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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Things to do, Literary events

Rock N Roll Book Club

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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On the first Wednesday of every month, the stage at legendary Camden venue The Dublin Castle is reserved for literary rock stars. Rather than mosh pits and head-banging, here you’ll find a more erudite group ready to discuss books with a musical bent and listen to a banging DJ set inspired by the tuneful text. 

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Theatre, Musicals

The Phantom of the Opera

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic spectacular is totally '80s in the best possible way.

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Things to do, Literary events

Rebel Book Club

icon-location-pin Secret London location, London
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Books and booze? Yes please! Rebel Book Club was created after founders Ben Keene and Ben Saul-Garner failed to find a club encouraging them to read non-fiction. 

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Wicked, Apollo Victoria
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Theatre, West End

Wicked

icon-location-pin Apollo Victoria, Victoria
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The musical witches of this 'Wizard of Oz' prequel are still casting a spell over the West End.

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Things to do

The Wildlife Walk

icon-location-pin RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, London
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Turn off your phone and take a stroll around the Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve. It's guided by RSPB experts, who'll be able to help you tell your mallards from moorhens. 

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Theatre, Musicals

Matilda the Musical

icon-location-pin Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden
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Tim Minchin's wickedly good story of a schoolgirl genius is still irresistible.

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The Monster

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill
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At 300 metres long and with 40 hazards, this giant inflatable obstacle course really is one huge beast. See if you can beat the wobble (and tackle the 18 metre-long mega slide), before thrashing around in a unicorn ball pit. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

icon-location-pin The View from the Shard, London Bridge
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The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

Theatre, Drama

‘Toast’

icon-location-pin The Other Palace, St James's Park
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Watch the adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater's memoir, Toast. Set in 1960s West Midlands and it'll also set your tastebuds well-seasoned.

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Edvard Munch 'On the Waves of Love'. Image courtesy of Munchmuseet
Art

Edvard Munch: ‘Love and Angst’

icon-location-pin British Museum, Bloomsbury
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Prints from art's greatest miserablist. The eyes of his works follow you around the room, and they'll haunt you when you leave. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Flea at Vinegar Yard

icon-location-pin Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
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Formerly Flea at Flat Iron Square, this vintage and makers' market has moved to Vinegar Yard, bringing heaps of old books, clothing, specs, and cameras with it. 

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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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Come from Away, West End 2019
© Matthew Murphy
Theatre, Musicals

‘Come from Away’

icon-location-pin Phoenix Theatre, Covent Garden
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This sleeper hit Canadian musical is set in the days after 9/11. It's a beautifully crafted hymn to the power of community. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

Mecca: Players Bingo

icon-location-pin Mecca Camden, Camden Town
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Dabbers at the ready for this big boozy bingo night in a classic London bingo hall. There are big prizes up for grabs, a hilarious host, pop-up restaurants, mixologists and live music. 

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Joaquín Sorolla 'The Pink Robe (La bata rosa)' (1916) © Museo Sorolla, Madrid
Art

Sorolla: ‘Spanish Master of Light’

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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Joaquín Sorolla's a big deal in Spain, but little known in the UK. That's about the change with this neat show of portraiture, landscapes, social painting and dazzling sea scenes.

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Cecil Beaton 'Princess Margaret' (1949) © Cecil Beaton, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Museums

‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’

icon-location-pin V&A, Brompton
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The V&A goes bigger than a post-war circle skirt with this massive retrospect of the great designer. This is the biggest fashion exhibition the museum has staged since ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ and it looks hot. 

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Edvard Munch 'On the Waves of Love'. Image courtesy of Munchmuseet
Art

Edvard Munch: ‘Love and Angst’

icon-location-pin British Museum, Bloomsbury
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It's the exhibition whoever invented the scream emoji has been waiting for. The British Museum stages a huge exhibition of Norway's most famous painter, Edvard Munch, focusing on the artist's unique ability to crystalise intense human emotions like grief, sorrow, jealousy and desire. 

Copyright Jenny Holzer and Tate
Art, Contemporary art

Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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American artist Jenny Holzer’s work is decades’ worth of statements, aphorisms, quotes and poetry. She takes words and sentences and plasters them over the streets, prints them on cups and condoms and sends at lightspeed along LED columns. 

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Art

‘Van Gogh and Britain’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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A lesser-known fact about the Dutch painter is that he was a bit of an Anglophile. Here's your chance to admire his artworks alongside those by British artists who, in turn, owe a debt to Van Gogh. 

Photographer: Dave Morgan, Artwork © Anish Kapoor, courtesy Lisson Gallery
Art

Anish Kapoor

icon-location-pin Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Ealing
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He's done it again, he's done it again, Anish Kapoor, he's done it again. Head over to Ealing and get a load of his really shiny creations. Be prepared to be discombobulated (in a good way).

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9 to 5 the Musical
© Pamela Raith
Theatre, Musicals

‘9 to 5 the Musical’

icon-location-pin Savoy Theatre, Charing Cross
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Check out Dolly Parton's own musical adaption of her hit 1980 film. It's gloriously OTT - and they do the title song four times. 

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Photograph of William Marriot in Pearson’s Magazine. Image from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House Library, University of London
Museums

‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’

icon-location-pin Wellcome Collection, Bloomsbury
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Gather your newt eyes, fetch the cauldron and dust down the tarot cards: Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition exploring the magic of magic. 

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A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1970-71; GB/United States). Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) in the Korova Milkbar. Still image. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Museums

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’

icon-location-pin Design Museum, Kensington
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The ionic filmmaker movies, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ‘Dr Strangelove’ and others, are famous for involving some of the most ambitious sets ever created. This is your chance to see props, costumes, photographs and other memorabilia. 

Detail from Pierre Prévost Panorama
Image: courtesy of Museum of London
Things to do, Exhibitions

Panorama: London’s Lost View

icon-location-pin Museum of London, Smithfield
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Back in 1815, a French artist named Pierre Prévost climbed the tower of St Margaret’s Church in Westminster and started sketching. Although the 100-foot panorama he created was lost, the 20-foot painting he made as a dry run survived. Bought last year by the Museum of London, it's now on public display until September. Head down and time-travel – without having to worry about cholera, Napoleon or the Corn Laws.

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Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)
Art

Mike Nelson: ‘The Asset Strippers’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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Giant machines symbolising the death of industrial Britain. It's overwhelming and poignantly sad. 

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Waitress’

icon-location-pin Adelphi Theatre, Charing Cross
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Sara Bareilles's smash hit Broadway musical about a pie-baking waitress has made the leap across the pond for its West End run; Katharine McPhee stars as its lead.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘Craft and Graft: Making Science Happen’

icon-location-pin Francis Crick Institute, Euston
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Get clued up on the latest scientific research in the UK. With 15,000 families of fruit flies on show, it might just put you off your dinner. 

Things to do, Exhibitions

Insiders/Outsiders Festival

icon-location-pin Various, London
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This year-long arts festival celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and highlights their impact on British culture. Expect a vibrant and all-encompassing programme of exhibitions, performances and events across a variety of London venues.

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