Things to do in London in April 2021

Bask in spring sunshine at outdoor events in April in London, join cultural celebrations and enjoy Easter activities.
Looking across the lake at St James's Park on a sunny day. The park is lined with green trees, and the London Eye is in the background - all of which are reflecting in the water.
Looking across the lake at St James's Park © Shutterstock / Kiev.Victor. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
  • Easter is celebrated in April (it sometimes falls in March).

  • Most shops are closed on Easter Sunday and there may be reduced public transport.

  • April events in London usually include the Feast of St George and the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

  • The London Marathon usually takes place in April.

  • The Queen’s official birthday is in June, but her actual birthday is 21 April. 

By April, spring awakens London. As crisp sunny days and the first blossoms take over, the coldest months wave goodbye in favour of more sunshine and the occasional sharp shower.

Experience the city teeming with beautiful blooms in gardens and parks, or pop into one of London's city farms, zoos or nature reserves to spot chicks and other spring arrivals this month. Sit back on a boat trip on the Thames or treat yourself to al fresco dining on a sunny day.

What are the biggest annual events in April?

  • In 2021, Easter falls in April. Find out what's on offer over the Easter weekend, tuck into Easter-themed afternoon teas and indulge at one of London's top chocolate shops.
  • Celebrate England's national day in Trafalgar Square with the Feast of St George, including live music, food stalls, and a friendly dragon.
  • Trafalgar Square welcomes the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi in April with performances, arts events, food and family activities. 
  • Although the Queen celebrates her official birthday in June, her actual birthday is 21 April. Listen out for gun salutes in central London to mark the occasion: one usually takes place at Hyde Park and another at the Tower of London

Fun and quirky London events in April

  • Let your creativity run wild at workshops and exhibitions each April during London Craft Week.
  • Celebrate ska, the music of Jamaican origin at the The London International Ska Festival, which usually takes place over the Easter weekend.
  • Get a whiff of country life at the Country Living Spring Fair each March or April at Alexandra Palace.
  • Be a Bond for a day and earn your secret agent's licence in London, before seeing the new No Time To Die movie which premieres in cinemas this month. 

For more things to do in April in London next year, take a look at the events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And plan ahead for the best of the London stage with the theatre guide.

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

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