Spring is finally here which means April is going to be packed full of great spring-themed events and activities for you to get involved in. To help our Clinkers, here are some of the best events that are going to be held in the city this month:

Easter in London

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As well as being a religious holiday, for a lot of people Easter is also about the chocolate! London is home to a variety of different chocolate shops, including the popular Choccywoccydoodah in Carnaby. However, this Easter we suggest that you head over to The London Dungeons’ Death by Chocolate shop where the fluffiness and friendliness of Easter has been replaced with a unique ghoulish design. Will you dare play a game of Russian roulette – chocolate style?

If you’re looking for a more traditional chocolate shop, why not go on a Chocolate Tour around Mayfair and visit some of London’s top chocolatiers; learning about the history of this tasty treat and of course, trying lots of freshly made chocolate. The tour starts at Green Park Station with tickets at £39.00 per person for the 2.30 hour tour.

 

The Udderbelly Festival @ Southbank

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The Udderbelly Festival returns to Southbank for its 7th extravagant year which is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

Udderbelly is a festival of comedy, cabaret, circus events and family shows which has been held at Southbank every year since 2009.

Originally the festival ran for 5 weeks, but as it has grown in popularity it has grown in size, with 2015’s show running for an amazing 15 weeks from Thursday 9th April.

Book your tickets!

 

London’s Goat Race

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Yes, you read that right – London’s Goat Race.

Just like the famous Boat Race, this event sees the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge battle it out for the chance to be victorious. However, this competition involves a race between the rivals’ goats.

To see this event, book your tickets early and head down too Spitalfields Farm on Saturday 11th April.


 

41 or 62 Gun Salute

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On Tuesday 21st April, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, two gun salutes will be held throughout London for you to enjoy:

  • Hyde Park: a 41 gun salute performed at 12pm by the KTRHA (Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery) and presided over by the Queen
  • The Tower of London: a 61 gun salute graciously performed by the HAC (Honourable Artillery Company) at 3pm

As a fairly rare event in London, if you are in the city on the 21st April make sure you head over to either Hyde Park or The Tower of London and catch this brilliant salute to Queen and country.

 

The Feast of St George @ Trafalgar Square

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Every year, the Patron Saint of England is celebrated on St. George’s Day across the whole of England. As it is not a national holiday, each year the English Government puts together the Feast of St George Festival in Trafalgar Square, with an array of English foods, stalls and artists on show.

There will also be demonstrations from several top chefs from around the country, arts and craft stalls and food workshops.

This year the event will be held on 25th April between 12 – 6pm and is free for anyone to attend. We definitely recommend this as a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon in London.

 

The Virgin Money London Marathon

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One of the world’s biggest sporting events is back in London for its 35th year: The London Marathon! Held on Sunday 26th April, this event is recognised as one of the biggest events in the running calendar by sporting enthusiasts around the world.

Every year runners come from far and wide to test themselves, prove that they can do it and give winning the race their best shot.

If you don’t think you can run 26 miles, watch the race and cheer the runners on at one of the several watching spots along the route. You can also donate to charity in support of a lot of the runners.

For more information on where you can watch the race, check out Time Out’s helpful guide on the best spots to see all the action of the race.

 

The London Coffee Festival

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Finishing off the month and kicking off Coffee Week in London is the highly popular London Coffee Festival at the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, from 30th April to 3rd May.

Every year, more than 22,000 coffee lovers visit the very unique festival to experience more than 200 different types of Artisan coffees from around the world.

The festival will include 3 hour sessions for the public to attend from the 1st – 3rd May:

  1. Brunch between 10am and 1pm
  2. Lunch between 1pm and 4pm
  3. Evening session between 4pm and 7pm

To guarantee your place, we recommend booking your ticket in advance. For more information and tickets, check out The London Coffee Festival’s website.

 

With such great events on in London in April, we can’t think of any reason not to come to the city this month. If you do come down, why not stay with us at Clink Hostels and take advantage of our special offer: book a 2 night stay during the week and get a ticket to The Original Bus Tour of London.