8 Things to do in London in April 2024

8 Things to do in London in April 2024

Friday, 05 April 2024

Tulips
 Vibrant yellow tulips bloom in a garden, their petals radiant under the sunlight.

1. EXPLORE BLOOMING GARDENS

As the city welcomes spring, the gardens are filled with colourful flowers and lush greenery, creating picture-perfect scenes. Immerse yourself in the blooming gardens in London this April. Here are some gardens nestled in the heart of the city offering a serene escape from the concrete jungle. 

Russell Square Gardens, located right next to the President Hotel, offers the perfect retreat to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. Take a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of the season. For those seeking a bit of culture, the gardens are also home to the iconic Russell Square Fountain. The beautiful Victorian landmark serves as a focal point for visitors and locals alike. It's the ideal spot to sit and people-watch or simply soak up the timeless ambience of this historic square.

In April, Regent’s Park comes alive with the vibrant hues of Queen Mary's Rose Garden, showcasing thousands of blooming roses that create a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls or picnics with family and friends. For the little ones (and the young at heart), Regent's Park Zoo awaits, boasting an impressive collection of over 650 animal species. Let's not forget about the iconic Regent's Canal, where you can hop on a boat and cruise along the waterway, taking in the scenic views of the park from a different perspective.

Take a stroll through the meadows and woodlands at Hampstead Heath. In April, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking array of wildflowers in full bloom. Witness daffodils, bluebells, and cherry blossoms adorning the landscape with a lot of colours.


The Art of the Brick, Image from their official website. 

2. ATTEND ART AND CULTURE EVENTS

London in April, becomes a vibrant hub for lively festivals celebrating diverse cultures and art forms. From music to dance, literature to film, these festivals offer a unique opportunity to experience London in full swing. 

One of the highlights this year is the Lego Art Exhibition in Brick Lane, London. This captivating display mesmerises audiences with its innovative sculptures crafted entirely from LEGO bricks. From towering replicas of famous landmarks to portraits, the exhibit showcases the boundless creativity of LEGO. 

There is also the "Immersive Blossom Experience" by the National Trust that transports viewers into a vibrant world of floral wonder. With meticulously curated displays and interactive installations, the exhibit celebrates the beauty of blossoms. It's a sensory journey that invites participants to connect with nature in a truly immersive way.

Step into the world of "Disney 100: The Exhibition" at ExCel London, where a century of Disney magic comes to life in an immersive journey through beloved films and characters. From Mickey Mouse to Marvel superheroes, the exhibition showcases iconic artwork, props, and memorabilia, providing fans of all ages the chance to experience the enchantment of Disney.

If you prefer literature, don't miss the chance to explore Virginia Woolf's literary history in Bloomsbury. Stay at the Tavistock Hotel, where Woolf once lived. Take a stroll in the garden square to see her statue, a must-see for literary enthusiasts. Look out for the blue plaques on the former houses of Woolf and other famous Bloomsbury figures.

The Art of the Brick: An Exhibition of LEGO - March 6th-12th May
The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London. 

Immersive Blossom Experience by National Trust  - April 4th - 28th
Now Building, Centre Point, WC2H 8LH

Disney 100: The Exhibition - April 2nd  - June 21st 
ExCel London

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Aerial view of a bakery with expansive windows offering a view of the lively street

3. VISIT CHARMING BAKERIES IN BLOOMSBURY, LONDON

London is a haven for charming bakeries, each offering a delectable taste and charm. From corner patisseries to artisanal shops, the city is brimming with delightful spots to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Behind inviting window displays, you'll see an array of picture-perfect pastries, cakes, and artisanal breads tempting passersby to step inside and indulge. If you prefer a quieter setting to enjoy your baked treats, escape to The Library at our Morton Hotel. Relax in our cosy bar, complete with comfortable seating, warm fireplaces, and plenty of books to enjoy. Whether you're craving a classic Victoria sponge or a trendy cronut, these local bakeries are the perfect destination for a chill afternoon treat or to capture that enviable Instagram post. 

Here are some other hidden gems that you will thank us for: 
Arome Bakery in Covent Garden 
Fortitude Bakery in Bloomsbury
Pophams Bakery in Islington 


Daytime view of a football stadium, with green grass field and empty stands under clear blue sky.

4. ATTEND SPORTS EVENTS

For sports enthusiasts, London has a variety of thrilling events lined up in April. From football matches to tennis tournaments, you can cheer on your favourite teams and athletes while soaking up the electric atmosphere.
Here are some notable sports events happening in April:

Premier League football matches - April 
Various locations 

The FA Cup semi-finals and finals - April 20th-21st 
Wembley Stadium 
 
London Marathon - April 21st 
Starts at Blackheath, London

Whether you’re eager to witness the intensity of a football match or join the crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the London Marathon, these sporting events promise unforgettable experiences.Not a fan of the crowds? Prefer an atmospheric pub for your sporting viewing? Then come to our London pub at The Royal National Hotel and catch live sporting action on our indoor and outdoor screens. The London Pub is undergoing a major refurbishment, with the doors reopening soon on May 13th 2024. In the meantime, enjoy our selection of local craft beers at Callaghan’s in Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, for top-notch ales this April.


Image of ballerinas gracefully performing Swan Lake on stage with elegant costumes and dramatic lighting.

5. EXPERIENCE CULTURAL EVENTS IN LONDON

Every Friday in April, the National Gallery ignites with cultural vibrancy during its Late Shifts. Meanwhile, at the Royal Opera House, from April 6th to June 28th, audiences are transported into the realm of timeless elegance and haunting beauty of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." With exquisite choreography performed by world-class dancers and musicians, this ballet masterpiece captivates hearts and minds, immersing audiences in a world of romance and enchantment. After a magical evening of ballet Bedford Hotel’s close proximity to the Royal Opera House offers a peaceful retreat where you can enjoy a restful night's sleep, dreaming of the enchanting performance.

The National Gallery Late Shifts - Every Friday in April

Classical Ballet: Swan LakeApril 6 - June 28th 
Royal Opera House 


Man standing in front of a towering museum building, gazing up at its impressive architecture.

6. VISIT HISTORIC MUSEUMS

Discover the captivating journey through human history at The British Museum, located just moments away from the centrally located City Sleeper Hotel. This renowned institution features a vast collection of global treasures, including iconic artefacts like the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles, providing visitors with a captivating journey through human history. Located at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, the museum welcomes guests daily from 10 am to 5:30 pm.  

Visit Charles Dickens Museum, where you can step into the world of Charles Dickens at London's Charles Dickens Museum, situated in the author's former home at 48 Doughty Street. Step into the world of Charles Dickens as you wander through the very rooms where he lived and penned his iconic novels. Immerse yourself in the ambience of the Victorian era, surrounded by period furnishings and personal mementos that bring history to life at every turn. Engaging exhibits and guided tours offer insight into Dickens' life and work, making this museum a must-visit destination for literature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Open from Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 5pm. 


Street view of a London theatre featuring 'Les Misérables' showcased on a large screen on the side of the building.

7.  ATTEND THEATRES IN LONDON

London's theatres in April offer a diverse array of shows sure to entertain audiences of all tastes. Step into the world of comedy with "The Play That Goes Wrong" at the Duchess Theatre, where the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s hilarious antics await. 

For a musical extravaganza, immerse yourself in the timeless classic "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre, or experience the high-energy beats of "Jersey Boys" at the Trafalgar Theatre. If gripping drama is more your style, don't miss "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the Piccadilly Theatre, or the riveting courtroom thriller "Witness for the Prosecution" at London County Hall.

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‘I Love London’ written on a rainy window at night, with city lights twinkling in the background

8. EXPERIENCE APRIL SHOWERS IN LONDON

Experience classic British weather in London. April showers may bring rain, but they never dampen the spirits of its residents. Embracing the unpredictable weather is part of the city's charm, and there's plenty of fun to be had even under grey skies. When the rain starts, Londoners reach for their trusty umbrellas. At Imperial London Hotels, you can rent our eco-friendly DripDrop umbrellas for just £2 for 48 hours. Not only will you stay dry, but your rental also supports the Eden Reforestation project as part of our commitment to sustainability. 

Despite the rain, Londoners find joy in the little things. Cafes buzz with laughter as friends gather over cups of coffee. If you’re near Bloomsbury try Blooms Cafe at our Royal National Hotel. So, while April showers may be a common occurrence in London, they certainly don't put a pause on the fun. Make the most of your rainy day with a stay at one of our hotels!  


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