Cheapo April Events in London

Adriana Paradiso

With the much anticipated arrival of spring comes a slew of activities—many of them taking place outdoors, all of them free or cheap. The perfect way to kick off the season!

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The always colourful Canalway Cavalcade taking place late April. | Photo by Garry Knight used under CC

April Events in London

London Games Festival (1-10 April): A 10-day celebration of the art, culture and business of video games. There are 15 official events in 10 locations across London.

Dave Shrigley: Drawings and Paintings (1-20 April): Free art exhibition at the Stephen Friedman Gallery giving visitors a look into artist David Shrigley’s weird, wonderful and often bleakly funny world.

London Coffee Festival (7-10 April): Coffee festival at the Old Truman Brewey will feature over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls. See world-class baristas in action, sip coffee-based cocktails and visit the roastery.

Vaisakhi Festival (9 April): Free Sikh New Year celebrations at More London. Expect food, musical and dance performances, martial arts and kids activities.

“This Is a Voice” Exhibition (14 April – 31 July): Free exhibition (at the Wellcome Collection) exploring the emotions that resonate in the voice, plus a look at vocal tracts and how the voice can be changed with treatment and training.

Love Beer? Love Your Brewer (17 April): Try over 100 local beers at this one-day festival at Battersea Arts Centre, accompanied by music, Xbox games and homemade food.

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square (23 April): Get ready for Morris Dancing, family games, medieval jousting and traditional English fare at the annual celebration of St George.

Shakespeare 400: The Complete Walk (23-24 April): A 2.5-mile stretch of the Thames will come alive with a free, interactive journey through Shakespeare’s life and works. The route will be lined with 37 screens, playing specially-made 10-minute films starring world-class actors.

The City Garden (23 April – 25 Sep): Inspired by the gardens of the city of London, enjoy an indoor interactive and multi-sensory botanical experience that contrasts the urban environment outside. Takes place at the City Centre Gallery.

London Marathon (24 April): Join the enormous crowds cheering on marathoners taking on the 26-mile course stretching from Greenwich Park to The Mall.

Enter at the National Theatre (ends 30 April): An immersive free exhibition to accompany the theatrical performance Be transported into weird and wonderful worlds through digital and augmented reality activities. Wander through  360° pulsating garden, play with a Kinect version of this wonderland and gaze into the magic mirror wall.

Peckham Salvage Yard (30 April 30 – 1 May): Vintage market at the Copeland Gallery with 30 stallholders selling wares ranging from vintage homeware, curios, oddments and “kitschenalia”. Enjoy DJ performances while you shop.

Canalway Calvacade (30 April – 2 May): The Grand Union Canal will be donned with 130 water homes moored along the picturesque route, dressed up for the pageant. Visitors can expect old British  fair traditions, including Morris dancing, real ales, trade stalls, children’s entertainment, live music and plenty of refreshments.

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