What’s on in London for April 2015

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Spring has arrived, the clocks go forward and the warmer weather is on its way. Easter is this month, marking the first major bank holiday of the year. London is already getting busy with lots of tourists and the attractions are starting to get very packed with the usual long queues. This month will see a lot of outdoor events such as the London Marathon and the University boat race. To see a full list of what we suggest for April take a look below for our top 10 recommendations.

No 1. 3rd April 2015 “The Passion of Jesus ” at Trafalgar Square FREE

See a free, full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Witness this moving performance from the Wintershall Players, which commemorates the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified. A cast of more than 100 as well as horses, doves and donkeys will help to create an authentic scene in the famous square. Returning for the sixth year, the show has become a permanent fixture on London’s Easter weekend events calendar and attracts tens of thousands of spectators, encompassing all faiths. There are two 90-minute performances during the afternoon and you’ll also be able to follow the action on big screens, so you won’t miss a thing.

Please note: The Passion of Jesus has a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion, so parental guidance is advised.

No 2. 11th April 2015 “The BNY Mellon Boat Race”

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is one of the world’s oldest sports events, and one of London’s most popular. 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. Sporting history will be made this year, when The BNY Mellon Boat Race is joined on the Tideway for the first time by The Newton Women’s Boat Race. You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course.

No. 3. 15th April 2015 “Sting & Paul Simon: On Stage Together” at The O2

The two musical giants perform together.

Sting the well-known Geordie singer-songwriter and activist gets together with the Newark, New Jersey-born, singer-songwriter, Paul Simon performing around 30 of their well-known songs together, and apart, including Mother & Child Reunion, The Boxer, Every Breath You Take and Fields Of Gold. Prices Adult Ticket:£53.00 to £140.25 .

No.4. 18th April 2015 “Barclays Premier League: Chelsea Vs Manchester United” at Stamford Bridge

London’s current top team take on the legendary northern club. Who will win this match is impossible to say but with Chelsea riding high at the top of the league they won’t want Manu to knock them of the number one spot. Prices: Adult Ticket: £45.00 to £87.00 .Child Ticket:£17.00 to £27.50 .

No.5. 21st April till 25th July 2015. “The Audience” at the Apollo

Kristin Scott Thomas plays the Queen in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience, directed by Stephen Daldry. For 60 years, Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Unlike any other meeting in British public life, it is a private affair. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses.

The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises consoles and, on occasion, teases. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. Prices: Adult Ticket:£25.50 to £62.50

No.6.   22nd till 26th April 2015 “Disney On Ice, Magical Ice Festival” at SSE Arena, Wembley

Go and see this unforgettable show your family will melt for! See your favourite Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle in a new twist of fairytale fun. Plus for the first time in UK – join royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the Disney sensation Frozen, as they journey on a breath taking adventure live on ice! Get ready to enter a world of enchantment featuring the most magical moments from across the Kingdom in Disney On Ice presents “Magical Ice Festival”. You’ll be whisked away into the wintery world of the Academy Award winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to join royal sister’s Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain – man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters. Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show- stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea” Get tangled up with a chorus of harmless hooligans when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled and get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take centre stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a magical mix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winsome wonderland to the UK. Prices: Adult Ticket:£27.75 to £51.75 per ticket.

No.7. 25th April 2015 “Feast of St George” in Trafalgar Square FREE

London celebrates St George’s Day with a day of free activities, food stalls, children’s games and more at the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George.

While St George’s Day is officially on 23 April, the event in Trafalgar Square will take place on 25 April from noon until 6pm. Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting.

There’ll be lots of things for all ages to enjoy. You can explore market stalls selling mouth-watering treats such as hog roasts and homemade pies. Dine in a banqueting area surrounded by Trafalgar Square’s iconic fountains, watch live demonstrations from leading London chefs. See live performances from talented musicians, artists and entertainers or enjoy some family fun with a host of indoor and outdoor games. You can also get creative in arts and crafts stalls and food workshops.

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. In Shakespeare’s play Henry V, the English troops are famously rallied with the cry “God for Harry, England and St George!”.

N0. 8.   26th April 2015 “Virgin Money London Marathon 2015”

Be part of the Virgin Money London Marathon. Whether you run, walk or cheer from the side-lines, 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; and 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, including previous competitors Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.

The route runs along the south of the Thames before crossing the river on Tower Bridge before continuing along the north side. From Greenwich and Blackheath to Buckingham Palace, runners pass some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, including the London Eye and the Tower of London.

No.9. 26th April 2015 “Status Quo Aquostic Live” at Eventim Apollo , Hammersmith

This classic rock band performs its hits acoustically. With support from Terry and Gerry. They will also performing the same show on the 30th April at the Royal Albert Hall.

Eventim Prices: Adult Ticket:From £41.00 . For Albert Hall, check with box office.

No.10. 26th April 2015 “Barclays Premier League: Arsenal Vs Chelsea” at Emirates Stadium

This is a big game with two of London’s top teams. The season is getting to a climax so both teams need the points for a win, so this match should be fast and furious and hopefully lots of goals. Prices :Adult Ticket £64.00 to £129.50 ,Child Ticket:£24.00 to £32.50 .

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