April showers, cherry blossoms, more festivals and yet more cultural and intellectual happenings – London continues to be an eventful town. Here are some of my favourite picks for April 2016.
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1. London Coffee Festival
Start April with a cup of freshly brewed artisan coffee at the London Coffee Festival. The event, which began six years ago, now attracts tens of thousands and is meant to be a coffee lovers paradise.
When? 7-10th April 2016
Where? 15 Hanbury Street, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR
2. London Marathon
The London Marathon is a 26.2 mile slog that attracts over 36,000 runners (!) every year. If all that running sounds like too much effort, you could cheer from the sidelines and take in the atmosphere at several locations along the course of the marathon.
When? 24th April 2016
Where? Full details on www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
3. Love Beer
The Love Beer event aims to keep alive the essence of the annual beer festival that used to be held at Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall. Over a hundred local and independent brewers will be selling their wares in a music and fun filled environment. Support local business and relax at the same time!
When? 17th April 2016
Where? Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN
4. Conceptual Art in Britain
This thought provoking and nostalgic exhibition covers the period from 1964 to 1979 – a period of numerous political and social upheavals. Whilst at the Tate, you could also take in a number of other more permanent exhibitions, which are also just as interesting.
When? 12th April to 29th August 2016
Where? Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
5. City Garden
A fabulous exhibition by Rebecca Louise Law, City Garden is a floral installation on a large scale. There are maps available that guide you through the exhibition and talk you through the geeky design and horticultural details.
When? 26th April to 25th September 2016
Where? The City Garden, 80 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5AR
6. Vaisakhi (also referred to as Baisakhi)
Whilst on the subject of flowers and such like, you could also take in the Sikh Harvest festival and New Year celebrations across various places in London but in particular City Hall and Scoop. Expect music, dance performances and plenty of tasty food.
When? 9 April 2016
Certainly not your average circus, with everything from body pushing physical theatre to in-depth discussions on circus, Circusfest is back for three weeks in April and brings the top names in circus together for contemporary circus.
When? 4-24th April 2016
Where? Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
This restaurant offers a modern twist of Turkish-Cypriot fare as well as featuring more traditional breads, pastries and pides (made using Oklava, a traditional rolling pin). Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this restaurant has something for anytime of day. With specially selected wines there is a definite meze feel to the menu. Perfect for a relaxing breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends.
When? All week
Where? 74 Luke St. London EC2A 4PY
9. Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Go on a journey to uncover the secrets of how underwear has shaped the beauty of the natural body at the exhibition “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear“. This exhibition explores the role that underwear has had in shaping fashion as well as to its more intimate appeal between the sexes. Find designer pieces from Stella McCartney and Paul Smith to name a few to custom made items and historical pieces. Go back to the 18th century and see how underwear has developed to the present day.
When? 16th April 2016 to 21 March 2017
Where? Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom
10. Sample sales
The April London sample sales have some interesting things on offer too – I’d grab a Roland Mouret dress or two (or three)!
Hope you all have a lovely April!