“City of Stars are you shining just for me…?” London isn’t LA by any means, but can you define yourself by a season? I particularly love the Autumn, but when I actually think about what makes me get up and go out, I find it is always a blue sky – that and the budding of flowers will always put a spring in my step.
So London is managing to spring forward into London in bloom. Blossom and magnolia trees fighting for prime position on Instagram. London is as colourful as is it beautiful. Find your reason to enjoy the season my friends. Here is your Super 7 for April.
A big day out with Peter Rabbit at Kew until 15 April. If the rain stops, what a joy this will be. What fun can be had with the flopsy bunnies? Perfect for little ones, but also a wander around Kew in the Spring, simply makes the perfect Spring day out. Hampton Court has partnered up with Lindt chocolates for Easter. Get your Easter egg hunt fix in and around the historic walls of the Royal Courts.
National Tea Day 21-22 April. We love Afternoon Tea at any time of the day, and we’ve had some good ones. There is a fes’tea’val in Chiswick or bank on the rain, and head into town for our favourite, The Bloomsbury Tea at the Charlotte St Hotel. It’s back up and running from 3rd April. Keep your eyes peeled for our Day Out in Bloomsbury, which we did in the pouring rain, and actually had a great time! Coming soon.
April seems full of performances, so the two I’d be looking out for are the V&A Performance Festival. If you love theatre, keep an eye out for the line up. There is a special comedy night on the 21st, to celebrate the recent acquisition of the Tommy Cooper collection. Secondly, the Circus Festival at The Roundhouse 3 April – 2 May 2018. An array of different types of circus, there is something for everyone – including a lot for over 18’s only!
Feeling your inner creativity needs some inspiration? Hope to Nope : Graphics & Politics 2008-1018 at the Design Museum 28 March – 12 August. House of Illustration in Granary Square. On until 13 May. London Games Festival returns 6 April to Trafalgar Square. Last year a HUGE chess set appeared – what will go up this year? Look at Somerset House for their collaboration.
Proud Central until 6 May. An interesting photography exhibition by Mark Shaw. The unofficial photographer to the Kennedy family. Life with the Kennedy’s from 1959 when Mark was first commissioned to capture portraits of the First Family. He also took that famous photo, and also Kennedy’s favourite of himself, on Hyannis beach.
Monet & Architecture 9 April – 29 July. When you think of Monet, what do you think of? I know I think of lilies, beautiful nature scenes, but I certainly don’t think of architecture. Imagine, there hasn’t been a Monet exhibition in London for 20years, and there has never been an architecture exhibition – so this is special. As a side line, if you love the film like I did, of Call Me By Your Name, there is an Instagram account Call Me By Monet (insta account cmbymonet). Beautiful Monet scenes, with CMYN drop ins… It’s indulgent, but I love it & 61.1K do too!
London Marathon : Vested interest here, as our son is running this for the first time! So we shall be out and about, along the route cheering him on. My sister has run a couple of marathons, Liz, our new LLW team member has also run the London marathon, and they both have said how vital that pavement enthusiasm is for motivation. So come rain or shine, if you can face it, join in on the side lines and cheer the thousands of people who run and raise millions of pounds for charity. Here is the link to his Just Giving Page, if you’d like to contribute! Here is the LINK for the London spectators map
Get your diary out and book your tickets for these events, both of which are brilliant: Photo London, London Craft Week. Is La La Land your thing? Fulham Palace have an outdoor screening in May with an orchestra.
London Coffee Festival 12-15 April at The Truman Brewery. I went for the first time last year. It was so busy, lots of demonstrations, lots of coffee obviously… along with coffee cocktails, coffee machines, frankly anything to do with coffee I will be there.
Cheese Street N1 28 April at Parliament Hill Farmers Market, and do your own cheese tour – be ‘Le Grand Fromage’! Love cheese, this is for you
Head to the pop-up Sense of Space in Exchange Square Broadgate for Doodles or blossom. It’s on until 18 May.