The snow is (surely) gone, the flowers are starting to emerge and the weather really, really should be warming up soon! With Easter, chocolate and plenty of events to choose from, April in London is sweet!

London Games Festival


A huge umbrella event covering a whole list of shows and try-outs, this is a game lover’s heaven, with all the latest innovations and developments. Regular highlights of the festival include Official Selection — curated picks of the best new games — and the BAFTA Game awards.

London Book Fair

Kensington Olympia
Photo by Felix Wilson

Probably London’s biggest event for publishers, writers and creative pros of all kinds. The event is best known as a networking opportunity, and some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers are set to attend.

Brixton Windmill Open Days

brixton windmill
Photo by Kevan used under CC

Kicking off a summer of open days, April is a great month to start exploring some green spaces in London and to do something a bit different. Offering a chance to explore the windmill interior, these events are popular so reserve a space in advance!

Easter Trail at Sutton House

Easter Eggs
Photo by Franklin Park Library used under CC

Sutton House is offering lots and lots of space to let the little ones run wild and burn off that Easter egg sugar high! Follow a special trail to learn about Easter traditions through the ages at Sutton House, with a chocolate egg treat at the end. The trail costs £3.00 and entry tickets are required, costing £8.50 for adults and £4.25 for children.

The Horniman Easter Fair

a field full of small chocolate Easter bunnies

The Horniman Museum Easter fair features a whole host of events including Easter trails, craft workshops, live music, face painting, a bouncy castle and giant games. Tickets must be booked in advance; it is an outdoor event and will go ahead whatever the weather – give it a go, it is a fabulous family day out!

Feast of St George

St George's Day, Trafalgar Square
Photo by Dave Pearce used under CC

Celebrating the patron saint of England, this annual festival includes plenty of traditional highlights like Morris dancing, family games, Pearly Kings & Queens and the chance for some cheeky dragon selfies. There will be food stalls offering their very British wares, including fish & chips and chicken tikka masala, plus cookery demonstrations so you can learn a few skills to take home too.

Live at the Works with Tom Davis

If you’re not already obsessed with Big Tom Davis from Murder in Successville, then you’ve got the best binge ever ahead of you. Before that though, grab tickets for this comedy night as it’s going to sell out really fast.

He’s joined by the multi award-winning Janine Harouni (ITV2’s Buffering), Live at the Apollo star Felicity Ward, fast-rising newcomer Tadiwa Mahlunge and The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster star Joe Thomas.

The Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare summer
Photo by Grant Cherrington used under CC

A chance to see the performances, join the talks and experience a whole host of other events this summer at the Globe. There will be hundreds of £5.00£10.00 tickets available across performances and plenty of family-friendly storytelling events across the school holidays too.

New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival

New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival
Photo by Colin Tonks

Back again for ten days of free screenings and cinema-themed events. There is a good mix of eclectic, art-house and independent films with listings to be announced soon.

Vaisakhi Festival

Learn about and celebrate Sikh culture at this free event in Trafalgar Square. There will be indoor and outdoor event areas so you’ll be able to enjoy it whatever the weather. Highlights include spiritual music, traditional food, turban tying, folk dance, martial arts and special children’s activities.

Acton Depot Open Weekend

London Transport Museum Acton Depot
Photo by Ed Webster used under CC

A rare chance to step into London Transport Museum’s Acton depot, this open weekend is one of only three per year so it would be a shame to miss out. Tickets are required and must be bought in advance, but kids go for half price.

London Marathon

london marathon
Photo by maxmann

While you may not be running in the marathon that doesn’t mean you can’t cheer people on and marvel at the costumes and challenges people had added to their 26-mile challenge. There are always huge crowds lining the route and a great atmosphere, with the main spots for gatherings being Tower Bridge, Embankment and the finish line.

Have an amazing April – and, as always, tag us in all your adventures!

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BIO: Freelance writer, flâneuse and former blogger at London Girl About Town, Amanda is dedicated to sharing the latest on London's restaurants, bars, hidden quirks and general wonderfulness.
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