Five great things to do around London in April

Moya Maxwell, chair of Unique Venues of London, picks the best culture, sport and art in the capital

Spring is now well and truly upon us as we head into April. As the trees begin to burst into blossom and the daffodils turn their heads to the sun we look forward to a month of exciting events and excellent exhibitions, guaranteed to keep Londoners entertained over the coming months.

Easter Services, across London, 3rd – 6th April 2015

This is the most important celebration in the Christian Calendar as well as a public holiday and is a great excuse to go to one of London’s many iconic churches to hear stirring services and join in some heavenly hymns. Southwark Cathedral, St Paul’s, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Westminster Abbey are just a handful of the capital’s most famous religious institutions which will be holding services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday for those who wish to celebrate the occasion in a stunning setting. For more information on services and times, click here.

Arthur Smith: Salty Seadog, Cutty Sark Studio Theatre, 7.45pm – 8.45pm 10th April 2015

Legendary comedian and ‘grumpy old man’ Arthur Smith has amused and delighted audiences for over 30 years and now brings his unique brand of humour to one of London’s most original comedy venues. Event-goers can expect the usual eclectic array of stand-up, songs, wonderful wordsmithery, loud laughs and a warts and all account of how he was once ceremoniously ejected from The Cutty Sark back in 1973. For more information click here.

Spicy Friday, Museum of Brands, 18:30 - 22:00 10th April 2015

For those looking for something a little more mind-blowing, the Museum of Brands is inviting Londoners to spice up their lives and test their tolerance to heat in a chilli challenge. With a free drink on arrival, refreshment and sizzling entertainment, it promises to be an evening which will set the imagination on fire and get the tastebuds tingling! For more information click here.

The BNY Mellon Boat Race, River Thames, 11th April 2015

The River comes to life for a day of intense rivalry as Oxford and Cambridge Universities clash in this world-famous, annual battle of oarsmanship. Spectators line the Thames to catch a glimpse of the rowers as they make their way down the Thames from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge taking in some of London’s famous landmarks to the sounds of cheering crowds. Intrepid revellers can seek out the perfect position to watch the action with a brisk stroll along the banks in either direction. For more information on timings and the course, click here.

Designs of the Year 2015, Design Museum, 25th March – 23rd August 2015

The prestigious competition returns for its eighth year, celebrating designs that promote or deliver change, inspire and innovate and generally capture the spirit of the times. Cutting-edge designs have been shortlisted across a range of categories including: architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport and are being judged by a panel of some of the industry’s most prominent figures, chaired by the globally-praised sculptor Anish Kapoor. The event promises to challenge perceptions and provide a thought-provoking insight into how designers are working across the world to provide solutions to problems the public faces on a daily basis. For more information click here.

By Moya Maxwell, chair, Unique Venues of London

 

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