Things to Do in April in London 2016

Visit London in April to make the most of the spring and enjoy free events such as the London Marathon.

By April, spring is definitely in the air. The coldest months have gone in favour of more sunshine and a few rain showers.

With the weather improving, it's a good time to visit London's parks, or take a river cruise. You could also head out of Central London to see ducklings and chicks at London Wetland Centre in Barnes (South West London).

April Events

Easter falls in April this year (it's sometimes in March). Many London attractions will have family-friendly events and activities taking place, including Easter egg hunts. Hotels will often have special Easter packages and afternoon teas. Most shops do not open on Easter Sunday and there may be reduced public transport during the Easter weekend.

The second of two major spring events on the river Thames happens this month. Following the Head of the River Race in March, The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race pits the country's most prestigious universities against each other in a thrilling 8.6 km rowing race. The event is free to watch.

One of London's biggest sporting events, the London Marathon, takes place this month. The route takes runners all over London, including past some of London's top attractions. You can cheer the runners on from the sidelines and enjoy the party atmosphere.

Enjoy music, performances and fun activities at City Hall and The Scoop, in celebration of Vaisakhi, which symbolises the Sikh New Year. You’ll find everything from turban tying displays, spiritual music and folk dance performances, to food stalls, exhibitions and short films by Sikh artists. There’s plenty to enjoy for kids with activities galore during an afternoon crammed full of cultural experiences.

In April you can also enjoy the free St George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. St George is the patron saint of England, famed for slaying a dragon. The festivities include food, parades and children's activities.

Although the Queen celebrates her official birthday in June, her actual birthday is 21st April and you may hear gun salutes being fired in Central London to mark the occasion.

Check out our recommendations for top theatre shows in April and book theatre tickets.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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