This post covers things to do in London in April, updated for 2023.
Below we list free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly London events and activities that can be found this month.
- Top 10
- Free Things to Do
- Nighttime Activities
- Things to Do (any time of year)
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April is one of the best times to visit London. It's considered the off-season but those visiting will find the city lovely and in bloom.
Folks throw off their heavy winter coats, grab umbrellas, and head out to enjoy the city.
Layers are the way to go this month. A jacket works during daylight hours which tend to be 12 C (mid-50s F) in early April, and 15-16 C (60 F) late in the month.
Sweaters are a good addition for after sunset. Evenings run from around 4-5 C (40 F) early in the month to 7-8 C (mid-40s F) late in the month. Read more about April weather here.
Below, is our list of the top 10 things to do and see in London this month.
Some of our other most popular posts include:
If you are considering visiting many top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount card or a bus tour combo ticket.
1. Go to a Concert
Some of the most popular musical artists in the world will be performing in London this April.
No matter what genre you enjoy, chances are you will find a concert to attend this month.
- ABBA Voyage | April 1st-29th
- Tori Amos | April 1st
- Elton John | April 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th
- John Legend | April 5th, 6th
- De La Soul | April 8th
- Macklemore | April 12th
- Limp Bizkit | April 16th, 17th
- Sam Smith | April 18th, 19th
- Ryan Adams | April 19th
- Maisie Peters | April 27th
- Flaming Lips | April 28th
- Olly Murs | April 29th
You can find all the concerts in the city here.
2. See a Football Match
Football is Britain’s favorite sport and attending a football match in London is a truly unique experience.
London is home to many big teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham, and they’re all playing home games this April!
You can find all the professional sporting events in the city here.
Not interested in watching a match or your schedule doesn’t allow time for it? Consider embracing football fever with a behind-the-scenes tour of some of London’s biggest stadiums – including Wembley.
3. Experience a Popular Musical on West End
London is well-known for its thriving West End, which is the theatre district.
Here are a few options you may want to consider. See all the shows playing in London now.
- Lion King
- Mamma Mia!
- Les Miserables
- The Book of Mormon
- Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
- Frozen - The Musical
- Back to the Future
Don’t forget that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will be opening up for its season later in the month.
You can find all the theatre tickets available here.
We also have a guide for finding discounted West End shows!
4. See a Stand-Up Comic
One of the great things about visiting a cultural hub such as London is the fact that there are always great performers in town.
This extends to stand-up comedians!
During the month of April, a few popular comics will be bringing their stand-up to the stage.
- Frankie Boyle | April 20th
- Rob Beckett/Josh Widdicomb | April 21st, 22nd
- Peter Kay | April 22nd
- Russell Howard | April 25th-29th
- Kevin Hart | April 27th
Also in town is RuPaul's Drag Race. You can see the show on April 28th at Royal Albert Hall.
Find all the comedy in London here.
5. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
Let’s face it: London isn’t known for brilliant weather.
But, London has days of glorious sunshine, mild temperatures, and pleasant breezes throughout the spring and summer.
These picture-perfect days are ideal for taking an open-top bus tour or cruising the Thames.
Or, what about joining us on one of our classic pay-what-you-like walking tours?
You can learn how Londoners survived during our World War II Tour, see the trendy Brixton street art, or discover the chilling details of Jack the Ripper that you might not know.
6. See London From Above
With the weather improving in spring, this is the perfect time to get a good look at the city from a unique perspective.
Thankfully, there are several different ways to enjoy a fantastic view of London from above.
One of the more interesting options is The Climb at the O2, which literally gives you the chance to climb on top of the dome and get a look around at the skyline.
Another choice is of course The Shard, which is probably the highest observation deck in the city.
We recommend this option for those who are interested in really seeing London from high above.
Alternatively, there's always the London Eye, an observation wheel that gives you a close-up view of several notable landmarks along the River Thames.
Don't feel like paying for a ticket? No need to fret!
There are several locations where you can enjoy a free view of the city such as the Sky Garden, Primrose Hill, and many others.
Read our post covering the best free views of London for more details.
7. See an Opera or Ballet
The Royal Opera House will have a number of performances scheduled for April.
- Turandot | March 10th - April 13th
- Cinderella | March 28th - May 3rd
- Innocence | April 17th - May 23rd
- Armino | April 20th - May 6th
- The Royal Ballet Class on Stage | April 21st
- Aida | April 25th
For a list of additional programs, visit the Royal Opera House website.
8. Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass
There are a lot of interesting historical sites and attractions to see in London, and admission for all of them can really add up after a while.
If you’re looking for a way to save money on tickets, you might want to think about getting a London tourist attraction discount pass, which can save you up to 55% off of retail ticket prices.
Here are just a few of the more popular activities you can enjoy in April while using these services:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- The View from The Shard
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Chelsea FC Stadium Tour
- Wembley Stadium Tour
- Thames River Cruise
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Westminster Abbey
- ArcelorMittal Orbit
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- London Zoo
- And more!
Anyone planning to visit even a few of these locations could easily save money on general admission prices by using a tourist pass.
For more details, make sure to read our full post covering London Tourist Passes.
If you'd like to purchase a pass, you can find one here: Explorer - Go City London | London Pass | Day Pass - London Sightseeing | London City Pass - Turbopass
9. Spend Easter at St. Paul’s or Westminster Abbey
This year, Easter Sunday is April 9th, 2023.
Churches all over London will be celebrating this day with special or extended church services – including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Guests are welcome to attend these services for free, which means you can get inside some of the biggest, most beautiful, historic churches in the world – on the biggest day of the Christian religious year – without having to spend any money.
It will be important to arrive early, as there is limited seating and Easter Sunday brings in large crowds.
Also keep in mind that you will likely need to wear a mask, and you may also be asked to provide proof of vaccination.
Learn about discounted tickets for tourist entry.
10. Celebrate St. George’s Day
St. George’s Day is a yearly celebration centered around the dragon-slaying patron saint of English, St. George.
This day is dedicated to him and is considered England’s national holiday.
Although the actual event is on the 23rd of April, celebrations take place throughout the week surrounding this date.
The party will begin in Trafalgar Square on April 22nd and guests can expect delicious, traditional English food, live music, arts & entertainment, and maybe an appearance from a dragon or two!
Look out for celebratory events taking place at restaurants, musical venues, and museums throughout the city.
If you’re looking for even more affordable activities, make sure to check the section below devoted to free things to do in London this April.
Watch the London Marathon
Every year around 36,000 people sign up to run this 42.4 km (26.2 miles) marathon through the streets of London.
Spectators line the route that takes athletes over the River Thames, past the London Eye and the Tower of London to the finish line on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
While this race will include a lot of seasoned professional runners, members of the public who are wanting a challenge or a fit day out are also welcome to join in on the fun!
The route is long and Londoners and visitors from out of town are encouraged to line the streets to watch and cheer on the athletes as they race through town.
The race takes place Sunday, April 23rd, 2023.
Find out where you want to watch from the official website.
London Coffee Festival
They call themselves the "biggest coffee party on earth" so if coffee is your thing, you'll surely enjoy this event.
Past events included live latte art, a tasting room, live music, and much more.
Events take place April 20th-23rd at The Truman Brewery.
Tickets and information can be found here.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
The following section will provide several activities you can enjoy for free in London during the month of April.
Alternatively, you can find even more affordable activities on our post covering free things to do in London and watching the video below.
Take a Walk in a London Garden
London is one of the greenest cities in the world, dotted with dozens of beautiful green spaces.
Heading out to one of London's parks or gardens is the perfect way to spend a day.
When the sun comes out, consider a visit to the stunning Princess Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace in Hyde Park.
The Kew Gardens are home to the largest collection of living plants in the entire world.
Or enjoy a London park whilst on a tour with us! Our Royal Westminster Tour takes guests through Green Park and along the edges of the stunning St. James’s Park (home to the Queen’s pelicans).
Alternatively, our Royal Kensington Tour (family-friendly) highlights the beautiful green spaces of Kensington Gardens.
Celebrate the Vaisakhi Festival
The Vaisakhi Festival usually takes place in April in Trafalgar Square around the momument but official dates have yet to be announced in 2023.
This festival is a celebration of Sikh and Punjabi culture and heritage featuring traditional food, dancing, live music, and more.
Guests can also learn to tie a traditional turban and do unique martial arts.
While the music and other activities won’t cost you anything, you may want to set aside some money for snacks. The festival will run from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Join Eid in the Square 2023
Eid marks the end of Ramadan. On May 29th join others for a celebratory festival.
In Trafalgar Square, there will be music, prayer, and lots and lots of food to break the month of fasting.
See the Changing of the Guard
Traditionally, April marks the start of the summer schedule for the Changing of the Guard.
This means that the ceremony will begin taking place daily – rather than just 4 times a week.
For more details, make sure to read our post about the Changing of the Guard.
TIP: Why not join our Royal Westminster Tour? This tour incorporates the Changing of the Guard and our guides will make sure you get the best view possible.
Walk Along London’s Canals in Little Venice
Tucked away in the London neighborhood of Maida Vale sits Little Venice – a beautiful blend of historic canals, charming architecture, and green spaces.
April marks the beginning of London’s springtime weather, making it a great time of year to visit.
To make the most of this hidden gem, we’ve come up with a self-guided walking tour for you to enjoy.
Go to a Free Film Festival
During the last week of April, the New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival will begin. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy some popular movies without worrying about your budget.
Although they typically focus on family-friendly films, there are also a few mature films and documentaries as well.
In years past, they have shown films such as Wall-E, Mall Rats, Chappie, Metropolis, Get Out, Paddington 2, The Big Lebowski, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and more.
Note: Dates haven't been posted yet but it usually takes place near the end of April.
Visit Somerset House
Somerset House in Central London is impressive. This palatial former royal resident is the pefect location to enjoy the arts.
All month long there are events, most of which are free to attend.
Note: a magnificant ice rink opens in courtyard during the winter, and skating there considered one of the best things to do in December in London.
THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN APRIL
In this section, we will cover a variety of fun activities you can enjoy after dark in London this April.
For even more great ideas, read our post on things to do in London at night and/or watch the video below.
Go Sightseeing After Dark
With the weather warming up, April will be a good month to enjoy some sightseeing even after the sun goes down. Here are a few different options you might want to consider after dark:
Jack the Ripper Tour – This pay-what-you-wish walking tour covers the history of the infamous killer. See where his crimes took place and learn more about him as you travel around London.
Harry Potter Tour – If you want to learn more about the world of this famous wizard, consider taking this pay-what-you-want walking tour. This service will be offered every Monday night in April.
Night Bus Tour – There are a few different companies that provide a London bus tour after dark. This is a great way to see sites such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, and more as they light up the night sky.
Evening Cruise – If you want to see the lights of London from the water, there are several cruises you can take. Most of these services offer dinner, and some of them will even include live music and dancing as well!
See the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The RPO will be performing once in April. This is a great opportunity to hear the orchestra.
- Mahler Symphony No. 3
- Royal Albert Hall | April 27th at 7:00 pm
- Ticket information
If you’re more interested in classical performances than the modern concerts available this month, these are some of the best shows to attend.
NOTE: Cadogan Hall isn’t far from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews, both excellent and historic locations to see before the show!
Enjoy A Museum Late At Night
Throughout the month of April, there will be several “Museum Lates” in London.
Each of the following locations is open until 9 or 10 pm on at least one night of the month.
If you’re interested in visiting a museum after dark, consider one of the following options:
TIP: Admission to each of these museums is free, so you don’t have to worry about this activity breaking your budget.
Attend the Underbelly Festival
Although most festivals take place over just a few short days, the Underbelly Festival will last from the Spring until the Fall.
There will be several different performances available as part of this Southbank event.
Many of the shows being offered throughout this festival will be taking place after dark, including stand-up comedy performances, cabaret shows, incredible circus acts, silent discos, and more.
- Dates: April 29th - July 31st
- Cavendish Square in the Borough of Marylebone in the West End
- Purchase tickets or learn more.
TIP: In addition to all of the shows that take place at night, there are also several family-friendly activities during the Underbelly Festival.
Enjoy a Drink with a View
There’s no shortage of places to drink in London, and some of the bars serve delicious drinks as well as stunning views.
We’ve put together a guide to some of our favorite drinking establishments which includes location, prices, and highlights!
TimeOut has also put together a list of their favorites so you really are spoiled for choice when it comes to seeing the lights of London after dark whilst enjoying a delectable drink!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN APRIL
This section will include a variety of fun attractions you can enjoy with your family during the month of April.
For even more family-friendly activities, make sure to read our post about visiting London with kids.
See Harry Potter Art at MinaLima
If your kids are interested in the world of Harry Potter, you may want to take them to the House of MinaLima for a few free art exhibits based on the films.
In addition to artwork inspired by the movies, they also have authentic film props on display and art prints for sale.
Artifacts include such notable items as the Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet newspapers, Whomping Willow, and many other interesting pieces.
This store is open from 11 am - 18:00 (6 pm) daily and it’s pretty close to Piccadilly Circus.
NOTE: We offer both a pay-what-you-wish Harry Potter tour and a self-guided Harry Potter tour in London. Each outing will take you pretty close to the House of MinaLima!
Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
Aside from religious services taking place Easter weekend, there are fun and frivolous events as well – including hunting for Easter eggs!
If you’re looking for a fun and interesting take on the traditional hunt for Easter eggs, this is an absolute must!
The National Trust will provide details about locations and other specifics related to this event in the months and weeks leading up to Easter.
Go to the Canalway Cavalcade
London’s biggest and brightest waterway festival is back from April 29th - May 1st, 2023. The free Canalway Cavalcade takes place in London's Little Venice.
Expect longboats, live music, and food stalls. For the kiddies, there will be rides, puppetry performances, and circus workshops, too!
See the Royal Mews
While Buckingham Palace itself isn’t open to the public until summer, The Royal Mews is open in April for all visitors.
What is the Mews? They are the finest collection of stables and carriages in the world and a visit here gives guests a behind-the-scenes look into the travel arrangements of the royal family!
Needless to say, this is a pretty great activity for any kids who love horses!
- Tickets: £15.00 for adults / £9:00 for Youth (6-17)
- Admission is free for kids under 5
- Admission is included with the London Pass
- Learn more here.
NOTE: If you’re looking for even more to do while you’re in the area, consider taking our self-guided Royal London tour.
Visit A World-Class Aquarium
The London Sea Life Aquarium is home to over 500 species from all across the world, including 40 different sharks.
Guests are led through the building to visit over 65 different displays and 14 themed zones spaced out over 3 floors.
The Sea Life Aquarium is affordable family fun as they also run a spectacular 2-for-1 deal on tickets as well as being included in the London Pass!
For more ideas on keeping your family entertained, see our family-friendly section in our Free Things to Do in London
Take a Ride on the London Eye
With the weather getting better in April, this could be a great time to hop on the London Eye for some of the best views in the entire city.
This is an especially good idea on sunny or clear days when you can see for miles in any direction.
If you’re looking to save money on tickets for this attraction, it’s worth noting that there are combo tickets and discounts available.
The London Eye is pretty popular throughout the year, so you should plan on purchasing admission well ahead of time if at all possible.
For more information, read our post about visiting the London Eye.