What’s on in London for April 2017

This month is our first major bank holiday of the year, which means Easter has arrived.

For many this is the start of the London tourist season, so be prepared for a very busy London. There is lots to do this April, with quite a few free events taking place in Trafalgar square. Listed below are our top 10 recommendations for the month, so if you are coming to our great city then I hope these suggestions are of help.

If you need transport to any of the events or require tickets for the music or Theatre.

Then contact Harmony Cars on 07976374498 and they will be happy to help.

No 1. 6th to 9th April 2017 “London Coffee Festival” at Old Truman Brewery.

Taste the best beans in the business as London Coffee Festival returns to the Old Truman Brewery. Browse more than 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls run by expert baristas, roasters and chefs and take home produce from across the globe.

Get involved with brewing masterclasses and watch some of the best coffee connoisseurs compete for the prestigious crown of Coffee Master in a series of challenges over the four-day event. Tickets: £16.50 to £22.50

No 2. 7th April to 13 May 2017 “Carousel” at London Coliseum.

Catch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

The story follows carousel barker Billy Bigelow who took his own life after an armed robbery that went wrong. Years later, he is given the chance to return to earth to make things right for his wife and teenage daughter.

English tenor and actor Alfie Boe returns to the London stage as Billy Bigelow and BAFTA Award-winning actor Nicholas Lyndhurst takes on the role of Star Keeper, while Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins makes her West End debut as Julie Jordan in this semi-staged production by the English National Opera (ENO) in partnership with the GradeLinnit Company.

The cast is joined by ENO’s orchestra and chorus to perform the musical’s classic songs including You’ll Never Walk Alone, If I Loved You and June is Bustin’ Out All Over. Tickets: £14.40 to £180.

No. 3. 10th April 2017 “The Pretenders” Royal Albert Hall.

Biography –

The Pretenders are a transatlantic rock band that formed in Hereford England in March 1978. Despite a great deal of turmoil throughout their career, the band has remained a chart-topping success, for the last three decades.

Chrissie Hynde, originally from Akron, Ohio, moved to London in 1973, and worked at the prestigious NME and also at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s clothes store. The Pretenders formed in 1978 after Dave Hill at Anchor Records heard a couple of Hynde’s demos. He booked a rehearsal studio in Denmark Street, where a 3-piece band made up of Hynde, Mal Hart on bass an Phil Taylor of Motörhead on drums played a few of Hynde’s original songs. Hill was impressed by the result, so arranged a day of recording a Studio 51 to record another demo. He saw the potential very early on, and suggested that Hynde should form a much more permanent band to record for his new label, Real Records. Adding Pete Farndon on bass, James Honeyman-Scott on guitar, and Gerry Mcilduff on drums, this band would go on to record five tracks at Regents Park Studio in July 1978, including “Stop Your Sobbing”. They later became The Pretenders after the Platters song “The Great Pretender”. Their first single, a cover of The Kinks, “Stop Your Sobbing”, caught the attention of many, and then their following single “Brass in Pocket” released in January 1980 earned the band their first number 1 in the UK. Their self-titled debut album would go on to be named one of the best albums of all time by VH1.

The second full-length album, “Pretenders II” was released on August 15th, 1981, and became such a huge success making it to number 7 in the UK Album Chart. It was a dark time for the band, with Farndon being fired by Hynde, and then two days later, on June 16th 1982, James Honeyman-Scott died of Heart failure as a result of cocaine intolerance. Farndon, was found dead the following year on April 14th 1983 by his American wife, Conover. This left The Pretenders with two living members.

They’re re grouped, with Hynde continuing with the band recruiting Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner and Big Country bassist, Tony Butler to record the single “Back on the Chain Gang”. The song was released in October, becoming their biggest success in the US staying at No. 5 for three weeks. “Learning to Crawl” became yet another hit album for the band in 1984. Over the course of the last thirty years, they have remained a chart-topping band, maintaining their success. Across their career, alongside staying at the top of the charts, they played at Live Aid in 1985 and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

No.4.   13th to 16th April 2017 “Rendez-Vous 2017: Tall Ships Regatta” in Greenwich and Woolwich.

See the magnificent Tall Ships as they return to the Maritime Greenwich and Royal Arsenal Woolwich riverfronts.

A fleet of more than 30 ships takes to the river Thames for four days of festivities over the Easter weekend, as the crews prepare for a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race to Canada. The vessels will leave London at the end of the weekend, setting sail for Portugal, Bermuda and Boston, before arriving in Quebec on 18 July.

Climb aboard one of the spectacular Tall Ships, watch the dazzling fireworks light up the river, and enjoy maritime-themed activities in Woolwich and Greenwich town centres. Or get up close to the ships and watch the fireworks from the river with a glass of sparkling wine in hand on a City Cruises Tall Ships Firework Cruise.

The weekend culminates in a huge Parade of Sail at around 5pm on 16 April, as 30 Tall Ships are joined by a number of smaller sailing vessels to sail out of London for Canada.

No.5. 14th April 2017 “The Passion of Jesus” in Trafalgar Square.

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 actors and volunteers dressed in splendid costumes, as well as horses, donkeys and doves, come together to create an authentic scene in the famous square.

See the biblical story spectacularly brought to life at the annual performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.

Returning for the eighth year, the show has become a permanent fixture of London’s Easter weekend and attracts tens of thousands of spectators, encompassing all faiths.

There are two 90-minute live performances at 12pm and 3.15pm, which are projected onto big screens so everyone in the square can follow the action.

No.6. 18th to 22nd April 2017 “Bruno Mars” at The O2.

The American rock, pop and soul singer-songwriter hits the road in support of his album 24K Magic. Tickets: £37.50 to £85

No.7.   22nd April 2017 “Feast of St George” in Trafalgar Square 2017.

Join the St George’s Day celebrations at the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square.

Decorated in red and white for England’s national day, the square is lined with stalls selling traditional English food, inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting. There’s also free themed activities, including games, music and performances for all the family, and you can watch celebrity chefs give live cooking demonstrations.

No.8. 23rd April 2017 “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” at O2 centre.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide and defined the sound of an era with classic hits such as: Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more.

Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. This is thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group.

No.9.   29th April 2017 “Vaisakhi Festival” in Trafalgar Square.

One of the most important events in the Sikh calendar, Vaisakhi is celebrated on 13 April (occasionally 14 April) each year by more than 20 million Sikhs worldwide. It was on this day in 1699 that the Khalsa order was established by Guru Gobind Singh. The annual London celebration, led by a Sikh community group, takes place later in the month.

Enjoy free live performances and spiritual music (kirtan), see works by Sikh artists and tuck into traditional food, as you mingle with community groups in the famous square. There are also plenty of family activities, including turban tying, at this cultural event which is open to everyone.

No.10.   29th April to 7th May 2017 “Grand Designs Live 2017” at ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock.

Enjoy nine days of shopping, inspiration, stimulating events, talks and demonstrations inspired by the popular TV show.


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