What's Happening in April
By April, spring awakens London. As crisp sunny days and the first blossoms take over, the coldest months wave goodbye as we bask in spring sunshine as London is fully open this month.
Experience the city teeming with beautiful blooms in gardens and take a walk in London’s parks.
1. The Queen's Birthday
Mark the Queen's birthday as you watch a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park: Witness one of the most historic London events. While Her Majesty's official birthday celebrations are in June, her actual birthday is 21 April.
21 April 2022
2. Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday
Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a visit to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The only thatched-roof building in London with an open-air theatre with no roof over the central yard, it's one of London's most historic and sensational spaces. Kick off the summer theatre season with a performance of Much Ado About Nothing.
From 22 April
3. Presenting the magic of Disney
This spring, in collaboration with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Wallace Collection presents the magic of Disney as you have never seen it before.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts displays American 20th-century hand-drawn animation alongside French 18th-century art to reveal the surprising and enchanting connections between these two artistic movements.
6 April 2022 – 16 October 2022
4. Marylebone Food Festival
For six days in late-April and early May, Marylebone Village will transform into even more of a foodie's paradise. The bars, restaurants and independent food shops of our wonderful neighbourhood will come together to show off delectable dishes and tastiest treats at a variety of free and ticketed events including wine tastings, cocktail-making masterclasses, supper clubs and a ‘lunchtime safari’. Head to the website for further details, and keep in mind what they say about going food shopping on an empty stomach...
5. Canaletto’s Venice
Glistening waters, baby blue skies, romantic architecture... a trip to Venice certainly wouldn't go a miss right now. But if you can't jet off to Italy right now, you can still escape to the floating city with an exciting new exhibition coming to the capital this spring. A complete set of 24 Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the 1730s will be whisked from the famous collection at Woburn Abbey and into London's National Maritime Museum, promising a rare opportunity to see the works IRL as well as drawings, prints, photographs, and other objects that will bring the exhibition to life.
1 April 2022 - 25 September 2022
6. Spring flowers
Get your spring flower fix in the Memorial Gardens of Buckingham Palace: Admire a stunning seasonal array of flowers in this picturesque spot.