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What to Do in London in April

Updated: February 13, 2024
 By Margaret

If you're planning your London visit for March, I've got you covered.

London is a great destination and one of the best places to visit.

This post is my list of the best things to do in London in April 2024. I include a top 10+ list, free, family-friendly, and nighttime activities.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


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.


Music Festivals

Find even more concerts in London in April 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!

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.

You can find even more professional sporting events in London here.

3. Enjoy the Theatre

The West End of London is home to some of the most well-known theatres in the city, such as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Gielgud Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Palace Theatre, and many more.

Performances have been taking place in this part of the city since 1663!

Here are a few options you may want to consider. See all the shows playing in London now.

We also have a guide for finding discounted West End shows!

If you'd like to experience an open-air theatre with a 360-degree view, like the one from Shakespeare's time, visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

You can find all the theatre tickets available here.

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.

During April, a few brilliant comics will be bringing their stand-up to the stage.

Find even more 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 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 several performances scheduled for April.

  • Swan Lake | April 1st, 6th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 29th
  • Madama Butterfly | April 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th
  • Dances Concertantes/Dirrerent Drummer/Requiem | April 4th, 9th, 13th
  • Free Performance | April 5th, 19th
  • Family Sundays | April 7th, 21st, 26th
  • Tea Dance | April 8th
  • Recitals at Lunch | April 22nd

For tickets and additional information, 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:

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. 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 21st 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.

10. Run of 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 on Sunday, April 21st, 2024.

Find out where you want to watch from the official website

Savor the Products at the 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 11th-14th at The Truman Brewery.

Tickets and information can be found here.

Enjoy Even More Events and Festivals

There is plenty to do in London in April, with activities for almost any area of interest.

Below are just a few of the festivals you can enjoy.

The London Games Festival | April 9th-25th

Hyde Park Vintage Furniture Flea | April 27th

Free Minigolf on Canary Wharf | dates TBD

The Real Wine Fair | April 28th, 29th


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. 

Visit a New Sculpture

A reimagined version of The Last Supper has been cast in bronze and placed in front of the Royal Academy of Arts.

This statue called The First Supper, is part of their exhibition Entangled Pasts, 1758-Now: Art, Colonialism, and Change.

Prominent Black figures, including such greats as Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm, sit at a table set with foods that have a history amongst African and Caribbean communities.

The stature will be there from early February through April 28th. It is free to visit, as is the museum itself (aside from special exhibits that need tickets).

Note that it's also good to visit at night on Fridays as the museum is open until 9 pm.

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 monument though the date hasn't yet been released for 2024.

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 usually from 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Join Eid in the Square

Eid marks the end of Ramadan. On April 20th join others for a celebratory festival, Eid in the Square.

There will be music, prayer, and lots and lots of food to break the month of fasting.

Events take place in Trafalgar Square.

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

The New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival takes place in April. 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.

The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival takes place April 26th-May 5th.

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.


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!

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.

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!


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 - 19:00 (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 to the Canalway Cavalcade

London’s biggest and brightest waterway festival is back in April, after last year's 40th anniversary.

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!

Dates are tentatively April 4th-June 5th, 2024, but check the website to be sure.

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.


About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 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. Read More...
Updated: February 13th, 2024
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