What to Do in London in April (2020)

This post covers things to do in London in April, including a top 10 list as well as sections dedicated to free things to do, nighttime activities and family-friendly options, updated for 2020. 

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL

Below, is our list of the top 10 things to do and see in London this month.

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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.

 

 

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 Fulham, and they’re all playing home games this April!

 

 

Chelsea

Arsenal

  • vs Norwich City FC | April 4
  • vs Leicester City FC | April 18
  • vs Tottenham Hotspur | April 25
  • Get Arsenal tickets here.

Tottenham

Fulham

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.

Don’t forget that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will be opening up for their season later in the month. And Madame Butterfly is playing in April as well.

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, three big-name comics will be bringing their stand up to the stage.

 

 

Find all the comedy in London here.


5) 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.

 

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Here are just a few of the more popular activities you can enjoy in April while using these services:

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.


6) 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.

The route takes athletes over the River Thames, past the London Eye then 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 2020 race will be held on Sunday, April 26.

Find out where you want to watch from the official website


7) Take the Kids to Disney on Ice

The Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival is coming to London! There will be morning, afternoon, and evening performances from April 2 – 5, 2020.

 

 

If your family is a fan of Frozen, they’ll get to enjoy Elsa, Anna, and Olaf skating and singing!

You’ll also be able to spot characters from The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast.


8) 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.

 

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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.


9) Spend Easter at St. Paul’s or Westminster Abbey

This year, Easter Sunday is April 12, 2020.

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.

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 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 22 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.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO 

The following section will provide several activities you can enjoy for free in London during the month of April.

 

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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. Although April is sure to bring a few showers, there will probably be some sunny days as well.

When the sun comes out, consider a visit to the stunning Princess Diana Memorial Garden at Kensington Palace.

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.


Hear the Queen’s Birthday Salutes

The 21st of April is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and this year she will be turning 94!

While the Queen has her public birthday in June and celebrates her real birthday privately, London still commemorates the date.

There will be a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London – both of which you can go see and hear for yourself.

While some of these events will be free to attend, you may need tickets for others.

Click here for more details.


Celebrate the Vaisakhi Festival

The Vaisakhi Festival takes place on the 25th of April this year in Trafalgar Square.

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.


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.

 

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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 spring-time 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.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

In this section, we will cover a variety of fun activities you can enjoy after dark in London this April. 

 

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For even more great ideas, read our post of 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 the 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 twice in April. Each of these opportunities is a great chance to hear one of the best orchestras in the world while you’re in the city.

  • Royal Albert Hall | April 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Royal Albert Hall | April 19 at 3:00 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:

 

 

  • Natural History Museum | Last Friday of April
  • Science Museum | Last Wednesday of April
  • Tate Modern | Last Friday of April
  • National Portrait Gallery | Every Friday in April
  • National Gallery | Every Friday in April

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 starting on April 5th.

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.

NOTE: 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!

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS

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 12 pm – 7 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 that take place in town, there are fun and frivolous events as well – including hunting for Easter eggs! This year, the National Trust will be working with Cadbury to provide a special easter egg hunt with a special chocolate treat for each participant.

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.


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: £11.00 for adults / £6.40 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.


Go to a Craft Show

If your kids love creating things and being artistic, the Creative Craft Show is an absolute must.

Although this event isn’t traditionally aimed at kids, there will be some vendors and activities specifically designed for younger audiences.

One such example is the J P Crafts Pixel Hobby stand, which will allow visitors to pick a pattern and create their very own pixel mosaic keyring/fridge magnet. 

  • 1-Day Ticket: £10/Adults | £9/Seniors
  • 2-Day Ticket: £15/Adults | £14/Seniors
  • Dates: April 24th – 25th from 10:00 am – 17:00 (5:00 pm)
  • Location: ExCel Centre
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

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.

 


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An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.