Spring is here meaning it's time to head outdoors and make the most of the mild weather and the longer days! Here our selection of the very best events happening in London throughout April:
LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 - Sunday, April 9th, 2017
The London Coffee Festival will return this year from 6-9 April at Old Truman Brewery and promises to be an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene. The festival will feature over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and much more. A unique event to please us all, at the end, who doesn't love coffee?
Address: Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Venue name: Old Truman Brewery
Transport: Tube/BR: Liverpool Street
COCKTAILS IN THE CITY
Thursday 30th March 2017 / Friday 31st March 2017 / Saturday 1st April 2017
Described as a gathering of the world's leading mixologists the nation’s leading cocktail event is back in London. In a three-day celebration, Cocktails in the City mixes together twenty-five leading bars under one roof; from five-star hotels to secret speakeasies, come and get shoulder-to-shoulder with world's leading bartenders for an evening of discovery and new experiences. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, Cocktails in the City has handpicked a selection of international bars that are flying in for the festivities. We invite you to try something a little different, share your experiences and raise a glass to the quality and diversity of the capital's cocktail culture.
Address: 1 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 4AQ
Venue name: One Marylebone
Transport: Great Portland Street (Tube)
SILENT SOUNDS BOAT PARTY
Saturday 25 March 2017 and Saturday 22 April 2017
If you missed out the Silent Sounds event in January we are thrilled to inform you that you have the chance to experience their iconic silent disco boat party in March and April! Setting sail at 7.45pm, you and your friends will be in for an unforgettable night floating along the Thames, with the city’s iconic landmarks twinkling in the background; think Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge (to name but a few). From disco classics to hardcore house, you can pick your channel on the headphones meaning the dance floor will see some serious action. Get your headphones on for this epic night out in London.
Address: Tower Pier, London
Venue name: Dutch Master
INTERNATIONAL PILLOW FIGHT DAY
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Who says pillow fights are just for kids? Not us and obviously not the organizers of this peculiar event. On April 1st, 2017, pillows will be slung and flung across Kennington Park in London. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Some rules you must respect: soft pillows only, don't hit anyone holding a camera, don't hit anyone without a pillow and no feathery pillows. Wearing your pajamas is optional.
Venue name: Kennington Park
Address: Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11 4AS
Transport: Tube: Oval
Various dates in April
Rise and shine yogis - Sky Garden's sunrise yoga sessions are back on March & April 2017! If you are looking for a little inner peace, tranquility, or simply looking to flex those yoga skills, one of the prettiest ways to practice your moves is at London’s stunning Sky Garden. Located on a 37th floor and with bursting luscious tropical greenery, it is the perfect setting to experience a class to remember.
Kicking off at 6:30 am Tuesday-Friday and 8 am on Saturdays, the class runs for one hour on the beautiful terrace; after the class, a deliciously healthy buffet breakfast will be served for all in City Garden.
Address: 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
Venue name: Sky Garden
Transport: Monument (Tube)
BETHNAL GREEN'S AFFORDABLE VINTAGE FAIR
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
The UK's largest traveling marketplace for retro clothes, homewares and accessories return to York Hall in Bethnal Green. There will be over 50 stalls of spring and summer dresses, shoes, jackets, accessories and collectables with vintage bargains dating from the Twenties onwards. The Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair with Judy’s takes place on Sunday the 2nd of April from 11:00 – 4:30pm.
Address: 5-15 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ
Venue name: York Hall
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
Sunday, 23rd April 2017
Every year, approximately 38,000 people run the 26.2 miles (42.2 km) of the marathon through the streets of London.The route runs through the south of the Thames and then along the north bank after crossing the bridge of the Tower. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, the corridors pass through the famous landmarks of the capital, such as the EDF Energy London Eye and the Tower of London. With such an immense and impressive landscape, it is not surprising that the organizers have called it "the historic race for London".
If you are not into running, you can join the cheering crowds who line the route to shout encouragement to long distance runners of all abilities. The biggest crowds tend to gather at Tower Bridge and Embankment and the emotional finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.
THE BOAT RACE
Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
The Boat Race is a set of annual rowing races between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between eights on the River Thames in London, England. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around the north side of the Thames. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. The event now attracts around 250,000 spectators to southwest London every year. The women's race is up first at 4.35pm, followed by the men's race an hour later at 5.35pm.
Venue name: Putney Bridge (south side)
Address: on the Embankment (off Richmond Rd) SW15 1JN
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge
April has so many great events to get you out of your winter shell! There are no excuses, plan your month and enjoy one of the prettiest seasons in London!