What’s on in London for April 2013

clubLot of music this month with some of pops biggest artists all appearing in London through the month, so if you are coming to the capitol this month you may like to check out what’s on and see if you can still get tickets for these top performers. For sports fans there are 2 soccer semi-finals taking place at the famous Wembley stadium, (at the time of writing this the teams had not been finalised yet), Also this month is the Queen’s birthday and also St Georges day. With so much happening this month I recommend you take a look at our top ten for a full view of what’s on. Enjoy the selection.

No. 1.  April 1st, 5th to 7th, 12th to 14th, and 19th to 21st  “Buckingham Palace Tour”.     

This is an evening Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The tour lasts between two and two-and-a-half hours and takes place in the company of an expert guide. You will also receive a glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance, and a copy of the official guidebook. Places are limited to 30 people per tour, so try and book well in advance.    Ticket price is £70

No 2.  April 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th “One Direction at the O2”

One Direction are the biggest thing to come out of the X-Factor since Leona Lewis, shifting nearly 2 million records, winning Brit Awards, and taking America by storm. Now Zayn, Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis have announced a huge arena tour of the UK and Ireland, which takes in eight nights at The O2. – Every night at 6.30 PM (and 12.30 PM on the 2nd).   Ticket £25- £33.50

No. 3.   April 8th to 10th “Emeli Sande”  at the Hammersmith Apollo

Emeli Sande is officially the next big thing. Having already written hits for everyone from Susan Boyle to Leona Lewis, Emeli has broken out on her own with a pair of mega-selling hits — ‘Heaven’ and ‘Read All About It’. Her chart-topping debut album, “Our Version of Events” has already become the biggest selling debut of the year with over half a million in sales. Tickets: £25 to £25.90

No.4. April 10th   “Meat Loaf — The Farewell Tour”  at  The O2 Arena.      

Meat Loaf will be returning to the UK with his “Last At Bat” tour to bid a final farewell to his fans. The special show will consist of two acts The first act will include some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, like “Dead Ringer For Love” and “I’d Lie For You (And That’s the Truth)”, whilst the second act will see him perform the songs from his classic debut “Bat Out Of Hell” in their original order. Tickets: £48.50 to £57.50

No.5.  April 13th and 14th  “FA Cup Semi-Finals Weekend”   Wembley Stadium          

Despite an outcry from the traditionalists, both FA Cup semi-finals have been played at Wembley Stadium over one weekend since its reopening in 2008. This years semis are between  Millwall and Wigan on Saturday  and the second semi is between either Manchester United or Chelsea who will play Manchester City on the Sunday.

No.6.   April 20th  “St George’s Day” at Trafalgar Square from  12noon-6pm.                               

Though St George’s Day is always on 23rd April, in 2013 it falls on a Tuesday so the London celebrations in Trafalgar Square are taking place on the Saturday before the saint’s day, on 20th April. Flag waving is encouraged at this free event held in recognition of England’s dragon-slaying patron saint with live bands playing on the main stage and food stalls surrounding the square. William Shakespeare’s birthday falls on the same date, and Shakespeare’s Globe often hosts its own set of celebratory activities at the theatre to tie in with St George’s Day. Workshops and interactive fun and games bring the Bard to life for all-comers, young and old. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George’s day a national bank holiday, celebrations on the actual day itself will have to fit in with working hours.

No.7.  April 21st “The Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes” at Hyde Park.London W2 2UH          

The Queen usually celebrates her actual birthday, 21st April, privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London: there’s a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London, all taking place at midday. The Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes take place on her actual birthday, ahead of her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour. At Hyde Park the Queen’s Birthday Gun Salute is carried out by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who ride into the park from the north by Marble Arch along North Carriage Drive, line up abreast and gallop down the parade ground to roughly opposite the Dorchester Hotel. The Troop itself arrives at around 11.45am ready to fire the first round at midday. The guns are then unhooked and the salute is fired off. Duty performed, the horses gallop back up towards North Carriage Drive. The band arrives separately and can usually be seen from about 11.30am. It is a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it’s also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in Hyde Park – with a ton and a half of cannon in tow.

N0. 8 .  April  2Ist “Virgin London Marathon 2013”        

The annual long-distance race starts from three different points in Greenwich Park and covers 26.2 miles. The biggest crowds of spectators gather at Tower Bridge and Embankment and the emotional finish of the Marathon takes place on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. This year the race runs around the newly restored Cutty Sark with good viewing points in Cutty Sark Gardens. The Greenwich Foot Tunnel (with new lifts) will be open (it will have a one way – south to north – flow for two hours between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm to allow spectators to cross to the north side of the route). Around 35,000 runners take part, nearly 80 per cent of whom are fundraising for charity (Marathon places are allocated by ballot; the ballot to run in 2013 is closed but there is still an opportunity to take part by running for charity – see the website for details).

No.9  April 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th “Pink — The Truth About Love Tour ” at the O2 Arena.     

Pink will be touring Europe in 2013, including four big nights at The O2. “The Truth About Love Tour” will accompany the release of her brand-new album, “The Truth About Love”, which has already hit the top of the charts. Tickets: £42.50 to £55

No.10.   April 29th to  May 5th  “Beyonce — The Mrs Carter Show World Tour” at O2 Arena.      

As one of the most successful females stars in the world, Beyonce has sold more than 75 million albums and racked up 16 Grammies. This tour promises to be her most ambitious show to date.

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