What’s on in London for April 2012

Well the clocks go forward on March 25th,  this is supposed to mark the start of the English summer, well let’s hope we can say goodbye to the cold weather and welcome in the warm sunshine. This is such an exciting year for London with so much happening over the next few months with the Olympics, The queens Diamond Jubilee, April is just the start of what will be the most event filled Summer for years.

No. 1. 4th April For all Soccer fans “Chelsea Vs Benfica” at Stamford Bridge. This is a Quarter Final 1st leg of the Champions League. Chelsea are the last English side left in this competition, and at present Chelsea have no manager and there owner, Mr Abramovich, would like nothing better than adding this cup to his trophy cabinet. Chelsea will want to score as many goals as they can so that when they face Benfica in the 2nd they will have less work to do away from home. This game should have plenty of excitement and lots of goals.

No.2. 5th April to 8th July “E4 Udderbelly Festival 2012”

Udderbelly returns to London’s South Bank for a three month festival of stand-up comedy, cabaret, music and dance all staged in an inflatable purple cow.

Back in London with its biggest line-up ever, the E4 Udderbelly Festival brings the best UK and international acts to London. Performers this year include Tim Minchin, The Boy With Tape on His Face and The Vocal Orchestra.

The 410-capacity Udderbelly tent – in the shape of an upside-down purple cow – sits on the banks of the Thames between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. Don’t miss the fantastic shows at this unique venue. See the evening press, or London Metro for further details.

No 4. 7th April “The University College Boat Race” Located along The River Thames between Mortlake and Putney . It starts at 14.15 p.m. As usual the two teams Oxford and Cambridge battle it out on the Thames to see who wins this year’s boat race. With Oxford winning last year , Cambridge will be seeking revenge.

This world famous sporting event between the two universities was first held in 1829 The 4¼ mile Thames course from Putney to Mortlake is over three times as long as the Olympic course. Come and Enjoy the festival atmosphere of the Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish).

There are also large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. The parks will also feature food outlets, beer stands and merchandising stalls.

No. 5. 17th April to 18th April “Il Divo” at Royal Albert Hall

A concert from the group, who were initially, brought together by pop impresario Simon Cowell, blending operatic technique with romantic and popular song.

Featuring the performances of, David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, Urs Buhler and Carlos Marin, who together make up “II Divo”. Check box office for ticket information.

No.6. 21st April back to the English Football Premiership “Arsenal v Chelsea” held at the Emirates Stadium. This is a real London derby match that both teams will want to win. Both clubs are still trying to qualify for Europe next season and there is only a few points between them in the League, so this is a very important game for both teams.

No. 7. 22nd April “Virgin London Marathon” Starting at Blackheath Park/ Greenwich Common to The Mall. The race has a staggered start between 09.00 and 09.45. This the UK’s most famous road race with crowds of over half a million lining the 26.2 mile course, offering shouts of encouragement and congratulations on the route. Pubs on the route also link up with charities to provide their own entertainment for spectators and runners alike. The festival atmosphere is added to by an array of bands and street entertainers.

No.8. 23rd April “St George’s Day in London”

London celebrates St George’s Day with a whole host of free events including parades, food festivals, theatrical events, children’s activities and more.

St George’s Day is officially 23 April, but London usually celebrates the English patron saint for the entire week leading up to this date.

St George’s Day in Trafalgar Square is an event usually puts on a free by the Mayor of London, family-friendly is usually a great day out for all the family

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.

No.9. 27th April to 28th July “The Sunshine Boys” at the Savoy Theatre

Starring Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths. This will be Danny DeVito West End debut. DeVito won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy award for his portrayal of Louie De Palma in the US hit comedy, Taxi. His extensive film credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, Junior, Twins and Ruthless People.

This Show which was written by Neil Simons is about two old time comedians who at one time where a famous double act and have been asked to get back together by a major TV network to receive a special life time award. The problem is the two men hate each other. The banter between them is hilarious and if you want a show to make you laugh this is for you.

N0.10. 28th April “Babcock Trophy: Army v Navy Rugby” at Twickenham Stadium

3:00 PM Kick-off

Every year the Army and Royal Navy come head-to-head in one of Twickenham Stadium’s most atmospheric and competitive rugby matches: The Babcock Trophy.

Last year the Army team’s impressive performance won the day, but this year the Navy squad will be looking to reclaim their honour in front of Twickenham’s 60,000 spectators. Pick your side and settle in for 80 minutes of the most passionate rugby you’ll see this year.

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