What's on in London this April

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25 March 2019 | Location

The days are becoming longer, the temperature is rising, and there's plenty to keep you entertained in London this April.

Here are five awesome events to check out if you’re in the capital this month.

 

The Feast of St George

Trafalgar Square is set for a red and white makeover on Saturday 20 April in celebration of St George, England’s patron saint.

Hosted by the Mayor of London, the famous square will be lined with performance tents, family-friendly workshops, craft stalls and entertainers, including St George himself!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a St George’s Day celebration without a feast and the English Food Market set up within the square has plenty to offer, from mouth-watering burgers to vegan cupcakes, succulent hog roasts and arguably England’s favourite dish, fish and chips.

There’s also a main stage hosting a mix of traditional and contemporary acts, including The West End Musical Choir, as well as the Poodle Club comedy tent and a family zone where the kids can learn more about the tale of St George and the dragon.

 

London Games Festival

Now in its third year, this 12-day festival champions all things gaming and has a wide range of activities and events for gamers to enjoy.

Starting on Tuesday 2 April, more than 40 events will be taking place at venues across the capital, including Q&A sessions with developers, career workshops and competitive games pitting members of the public against the pros.

On the first Saturday of the festival (6 April), hundreds of video game characters will take to the streets of London for the Games Character Parade at Guildhall Yard.

Registration for the parade is free, so don your favourite character’s attire and head down to the Guildhall Yard, where the parade will start from 12:30pm.

 

London Marathon

Join the crowds cheering on the runners in this year’s edition of the famous race, which takes place on Sunday 28 April.

The 26.2-mile course runs from Greenwich Park to The Mall – and there are plenty of great vantage points to choose along the route.

Keep an eye out for the celebrities including Helen Skelton, Sir Andy Murray and marathon veteran Chris Evans, who will be joining the thousands of runners raising money for good causes. 

 

Easter in the capital

This year Easter Sunday falls on 21 April and to celebrate there will be a host of events taking place across the capital over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is hosting its annual Easter Fair in its stunning gardens, where the whole family can get creative in one of its craft workshops or take part in one of its eater trails.

Hampton Court and Kensington Palace are both hosting the Lindt Golden Bunny Hunt within their stunning estates, while the London Wetland Centre is challenging families to go quackers and find all its giant yellow ducks, with yummy prizes on offer.

 

The Boat Race

 

On Sunday 7 April, rowing crews from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge will take to the Thames and face off in the 2019 Boat Race.

In front of around 250,000 spectators, the teams of eight will race over four miles along the Thames, with the women’s event starting at 2:15pm followed by the men’s one hour later at 3:15pm.  

For an alternative way to enjoy this historic rivalry, check out the Oxford Cambridge Goat Race at Spitalfields City Farm, which returns for its 11th year and has become something of a cult phenomenon.

Coinciding with the famous boat race, two goats – one from Cambridge and one from Oxford - go head to head in a dash around the farm. All proceeds go to the Spitalfields City farm and tickets can be purchased here.

 

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