What’s on in London for April 2010?

boatHopefully we have seen the end of the harsh winter, and summer is on its way. April in London is when the city really starts to wake up after the cold weather with various sporting events, exhibitions, concerts and festivals taking place.

First up is the famous Oxford and Cambridge University boat race on 3rd April. Taking place on the River Thames, it starts at Putney Bridge at 16.30 pm and finishes at Chiswick Bridge around 17 minutes later. This will be the 156th time the race has taken place and has always been a big sporting event in the London calendar. All are welcome to come along and watch, whether you want to cheer along your favourite university or just experience the race.

On 10th of April there will be the first of two FA cup semi final soccer ties taking place at Wembley Stadium in West London. These ties are vital to the progress of the season, and at present the teams are still playing to decide who will participate in the two games. The second match is also at Wembley and takes place on the 11th. With teams like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham still in with a chance, the games should be well worth seeing – especially great if this is your first time watching a soccer match. Tickets can be purchased from Wembley stadium or from the web sites of the teams involved.

The 25th sees the Virgin London Marathon. 30,000 runners take place over a route of 26 miles right around London in the largest city Marathon in the world. This is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!

The Ideal Home show at Earls Court will continue to run till the 5th. The exhibition is full of great new ideas for the home and garden and with speciality areas for Food, Gardens and Technology you will need a full day to see the whole thing. Entrance at the door will cost you £15 per person on weekdays and £17 on weekends. Children under 16 can go for free.

The 23rd sees the whole of England celebrating St Georges Day. Celebrations will be taking place in Trafalgar Square with free music and other special events throughout the day. On the 25th the Albert Hall is to have a special St Georges Day concert featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing all kinds of patriotic music such as Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

Another one to not miss for all you Whitney Houston fans – she will be appearing live at the O2 arena for three nights starting on the 25th.

Finally, if you would like to wish her Majesty the Queen happy birthday now is your chance! The Queen (unlike her poor subjects) has two birthdays, one official and one real Birthday. The first is the official one on the 12th of April, where a special parade is arranged in Horse guards parade, and all the usual pomp and ceremony of the military is shown to its full, with a special trooping of the colour performed in the presence of her majesty. On the 21st (her real birthday), a 41 gun salute is performed to mark the special day at 12.00 noon in Hyde park by the Kings troop horse artillery.

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