Spring is officially here, and London is alive, sunnier, and warmer – which means it’s time to get outside and start enjoying all the great things this city has to offer. We’ve put together a list of 7 things you have to do this April, so you can make the most of this Spring weather.
LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL
Dear caffeine lovers, this one is for you! From 31 March-3 April, you can experience the best of coffee with 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and so much more.
RAPHAEL AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY
From 9 April-31 July, the National Gallery is opening an exhibition about Italian artist extraordinaire Raphael, which will showcase not just his paintings and drawings, but will take a look at his work in architecture, poetry, and design. It will feature loans from the Louvre, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Vatican Museum feature.
BEETHOVEN AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY
Until April 24th, the British Library has an exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the great composer Beethoven. This exhibition talks about about the challenges he faced, including a battle against hearing loss, and seeing objects including manuscripts handwritten by the man himself.
Discover Sikh and Punjabi culture, tradition, and heritage at the Vaisakhi Festival in Trafalgar Square on April 16. The annual London festival has been celebrated by more than 30,000 people in recent years and marks the start of the Sikh New Year. Take a walk and enjoy free live music performances, see works by Sikh artists, try out gatka, and tuck into some free light bites.
INSPIRING WALT DISNEY
This April, in collaboration with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Wallace Collection is holding an exhibit that lets you explore the magic of Disney as you have never seen it before. Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts displays American 20th-century hand-drawn animation alongside French 18th-century art to reveal the surprising and enchanting connections between these two artistic movements.
PLATINUM JUBILEE CONCERT
Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a concert at the Tower of London: on April 28th. In the historic Tudor Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, this major milestone in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated with a program of rousing and expressive choral music reflecting the themes of coronation and queenhood.
Celebrate the art, culture, and business of gaming, and try out hundreds of games with the London Games Festival 2022. Returning to the capital in 2022, the festival champions and showcases the best of video games and interactive entertainment with a large program of online events and some outdoor activities across the city.