Spring is in the air which means it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the city. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in London this April and beyond!
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1. The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Get yourself down to one of West London’s river banks on Sunday 2nd April to watch the legendary Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Rowers from the two iconic universities will whizz along the River Thames, fiercely vying for the title. Oxford will be out with vengeance this year after Cambridge came back from a four year losing streak in 2016. Best of all, the event is completely free to watch.
Sunday 2nd April
2. Laser Lates: Lost City
Remember laser tag, from all those years ago? Laser Lates: Lost City takes place in a creepy east London space – find abandoned churches, pubs (the notorious ’10 Bellls Pub in Shoreditch, to be exact!) graveyards a pie shop and more. All you have to do is shoot as many of your enemies as possible during your allotted session.
Friday 7th April – Saturday 13th May (Various times)
Booking Essential Tickets from £13
3. Futuro House
At Clink, we love having creative neighbours like renowned Art College, Central Saint Martins. Currently atop their granary square building is a ‘Futuro House.’ Designed in the 1960’s by Matti Suuronen, this spaceship-like house has been lovingly restored by artist Craig Barnes. Why not take a tour and pretend you’re on another planet?
Wed 5th April – Wed 5th July (First Wednesday of every month)
Tickets £7, Booking essential
4. The Skip Garden
With spring in the air it seems only right to start spending more time outdoors. In the city, you can find nature in the most unexpected of places. The nomadic ‘Skip Garden’ has been moving around the King’s Cross Cross development site for a few years now. It’s organically run and serves up produce from the garden in the onsite cafe.
Open Daily 10am – 4pm
5. David Hockney Retrospective
80-year old Yorkshireman, Hockney, looms large in the cannon of twentieth century art. This retrospective of his work, at the formidable Tate Britain, showcases his iconic paintings – from his early years at the Royal College of Art and his dark, messy depiction of London, through to the sunlight-drenched swimming pools and sexual abandon captured during his time in L.A. At 80, he’s still painting too – and best of all, he’s still good.
Daily 10am-6pm (last admission for special exhibitions 5.15pm) until May 29th 2017
£17.70, £15.90 concessions
6. The Big London Flea
If you like old stuff and hunting for a bargain, then The Big London Flea is probably for you. North London’s largest indoor flea market comes to EPIC Dalston, taking over the ground floor of a former cinema. You’ll find seasoned vintage traders alongside locals clearing out their loft – the perfect mix!
11am – 6pm
7. The Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Bangarang
The Queen of Hoxton’s Viking-themed Rooftop became a legend in itself last summer. This year, the team are inviting generation Peter Pan to a land free free from adult responsibilities. Run away to a place that dreams are made of. Don’t grow up, come and refill your glass at the Lost Boy’s hideout or board the pirate ship to meet your fate (or a mate!)
28th April – 7th October
12pm – 10pm
8. The William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery sits in a rather charming spot on the edge of Lloyd Park, in Walthamstow’s leafier reaches. William Morris was a leading voice in the Arts and Crafts movement which, in the face of the industrial revolution, stood for craftsmanship using simple, often romantic folk styles of decoration. Head here on a fine spring day for a break to escape the hustle and bustle of central London.
9. The Hive of Vyner Street
The Hive of Vyner Street, just a few steps from Regent’s Canal, is an organic café by day; natural wine and aperitivo bar by night. Head here for cold-pressed juices, organic food and great coffee by day. And by night – settle down with something from the menu of fresh veggie aperitif and natural wines. As the nights get lighter, we can’t wait to enjoy more spots like this.
Mon – Fri 8am–10pm
10. Black Cat Boppers
Rockin four-piece, Black Cat Boppers will be playing their very own cool as hell brand of south-coast boogie. Following that the Beekays will be serving up some classic funk and soul until the wee small hours
Saturday 29th April
Free entry before 9pm, £6 after