Things to Do in London in April 2018

Join in free outdoor events in April in London, including the London Marathon, cultural celebrations and Easter activities.

By April, spring is definitely in the air. The coldest months have gone in favour of more sunshine and a few rain showers.

Visit the London Wetland Centre in South West London, or another one of London's city farms, zoos or nature reserves, to spot ducklings, chicks and other spring arrivals this month. Or sit back with a boat trip on the Thames or with a meal al fresco on a sunny day.

April Events

This year, Easter falls between March and April. Many London attractions put on special activities over the Easter weekend for all the family, including egg hunts and interactive exhibitions. Keep an eye out for Easter-themed afternoon teas, and don't forget to treat yourself at one of London's top chocolate shops. Most shops in London do not open on Easter Sunday and there may be reduced public transport over the Easter weekend.

One of London's biggest sporting events, the London Marathon, takes place this month. Enjoy the party atmosphere and cheer on the thousands of participants from the sidelines as they run past some of London's top landmarks.

Experience the traditions of some of London's diverse cultural communities in April, with free annual events open to all in Trafalgar Square. Celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi with live music performances and family activities, and mark England's national day with a huge Feast of St George, including food stalls, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, games and performances; both of which usually take place in April.

Although the Queen celebrates her official birthday in June, her actual birthday is 21 April. Listen out for gun salutes being fired in Central London to mark the occasion: one usually takes place at Hyde Park and another at the Tower of London.

For more things to do in April in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London. And catch the best of the London stage this month with our theatre guide.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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