What’s on in London for April 2014

sunFirst major bank holiday of the year “Easter” is this month, so with this comes school holidays and the start of London’s tourist season. So beware London will be full of kids and holiday visitors. Lots to do and see, haven’t mentioned any soccer matches this month but with the season building to a climax check out the fixture lists of all the major London teams. For those not interested in Football we feature music performers, ice shows and other sporting events, such as the boat race that will be taking place this month.

No 1.  1st April  “City Rocks!” at The Royal Albert Hall. Help to celebrate the 275th birthday of Coram (the UK’s oldest children’s charity), with a fantastic line-up of artists including Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Maverick Sabre, Brian May and Kerry Ellis.

No 2.  1st and 2nd  April   “Justin Timberlake at The O2”. Bringing his finely honed The 20/20 Experience to the masses, this is the first time in many a year (six to be precise) that his elaborate show has appeared in the capital.  With his Hollywood acting career looking firmly in the ascendant, now would be a highly advisable time to catch him doing what he does best – belting out brilliantly crafted pop hits. With plenty of new material under his belt, some of which was performed to a warm reception at the Brit Awards, Timberlake’s proven that he’s still at the top of his game, with millions of albums sold and all sorts of ticket sales records broken. Mixing in his acclaimed new material with some old classics. Tickets from £51.75.

No. 3.  1st April  to 24th April  “Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice: The Final Tour 2014” at Wembley Arena. Based on the hugely successful television show, “Dancing on Ice”, this skating spectacular brings all the elements from the TV series to a live audience. Professional ice skaters are joined on the rink by a host of celebrities as they glide elegantly through complex routines. Some of the familiar faces taking part in the live tour include West End star Bonnie Langford, singer Gareth Gates, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, actress Suzanne Shaw and comedian Joe Pasquale. Casting a strict eye over the action are the regular team of judges, with Olympian Robin Cousins heading a panel that features former professional skaters Karen Barber and Nicky Slater. The pressure is on as the celebrities strive for those perfect scores and try to emulate the skating genius of Torvill and Dean, who are at hand to show the audiences how it should be done.

No.4.  1st April till the 31st December 2014 “Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum”. The London Film Museum: Covent Garden, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden,            Bond in Motion is the largest collection of official James Bond vehicles to ever be displayed in London. The exhibition includes models, production art, props and iconic vehicles including the white Lotus Esprit/submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me, ‘Little Nellie’ from You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III, the Q Boat from The World is Not Enough, and the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye. Also on display is the Honda CRF25OR off-road motorbike that was ridden by Daniel Craig in Skyfall.  Tickets £14.50.

No.5.  3rd April “Four Tops And Temptations” at the O2 arena. Two timeless Motown legends for the price of one! Special guests joining the Four Tops and The Temptations include The Platters and Freda Payne.Tickets: £53.

No.6.   6th April “The BNY Mellon Boat Race”.  “The Oxford and Cambridge university boat race” The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames is one of the world’s longest running sports events, and one of the most popular on the London sports calendar. Come and join the fun on the banks of the Thames between Mortlake and Putney and cheer on the rowers. As one of the few free sporting spectacles in London, The Boat Race creates a festival atmosphere on the banks of the River Thames. Up to 250,000 people flock to the river each year to join in the celebrations and watch the Oxford and Cambridge University crews as they race over the famous four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake.  You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course.

No.7.  13th April “Virgin Money London Marathon 2014”. Whether you run, walk or cheer from the sidelines, this is a London sporting institution. Every year, approximately 30,000 people run the 26.2 mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London. Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity. Many run in outrageous fancy-dress. Previous years’ costumes have included a giant penguin, a London bus, Superman, and a slow-moving snail. The Virgin Money London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners who walk the course to professional athletes. The route runs along the south of the Thames and then the north side after crossing the river on Tower Bridge. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, runners pass some of the capital’s famous landmarks, including the London Eye and the Tower of London. With such vast and impressive scenery, it’s no wonder the organisers have dubbed it a “historical jog around London”.

N0. 8 .  18th April to 21st April “Easter Weekend in London 2014”. Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts and special Easter holiday offers… It must be Easter in London! Keep your whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with a host of special events in London. And remember, Easter’s not just for kids; there are lots of Easter treats for grown-ups in London too! Look out for special Easter events and activities.

No.9 .  21st  April “Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square 2014”. London celebrates St George’s Day with a whole host of free events including parades, food festivals, children’s activities and more. A highlight is the annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square . St George’s Day is officially on 23 April. The History of St George and the Dragon. St George is the patron saint of England. His name is most commonly associated with the legend of St George and the Dragon. In the mythical tale, George obtains glory by slaying a dragon that is terrorising the countryside and is about to eat a beautiful princess. George survives the ordeal by invoking the sign of the cross. As a mark of their gratitude, the local citizens all convert to Christianity and seek to copy George’s chivalrous, princess-saving behaviour. The story is loosely based on a real-life George who was born around 280AD and grew up to become a Christian soldier of the Roman Empire. The myth of St George and the Dragon in England was known prior to the Norman conquest in 1066. But the idea of George as the nation’s patron saint probably caught on around William Shakespeare’s time.

No.10. 22nd April “Gary Barlow”, at the Royal Albert Hall. Just when everyone thought that Take That were back together as a five-piece, Gary Barlow takes a job as a judge on the X-Factor. Then Robbie leaves again and Gary does a solo show! Now he’s off on a full tour of the UK and Ireland, which includes one night at the Royal Albert Hall. Gary will be performing songs from the entirety of his career, including some of his big hits with Take That.

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