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April City Events in London

With so many things on in capital it can be difficult to choose. So let us do it for you and check out our top ideas for events in April: 

1. Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum at British Museum – All Month

Almost everyone has heard of Mount Vesuvius that buried Pompeii more than 1600 years ago. Well, now you can glimpse the world that lay beneath the ash with this new exhibition at the British Museum. The emphasis is on the domestic, the everyday lives of those living in Pompeii and Herculaneum before the tragedy struck. You can admire the jewellery worn by ancient Roman men and women, how they decorated their houses and even learn some of their names. This exhibition brings these ancient cities to life and in a poignant way makes the most of this awful disaster.

2. Comedian Dies In The Middle Of A Joke at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – 17th April

Think we need a bit of a laugh after that. How about this? Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is offering an unusual take on classic stand up comedy. The act is Ross Sutherland whose actual job is poet, “Oh no not poetry” we hear you cry. Don’t worry it’s not a conspiracy to get you to listen to poesy but rather more interestingly, interactive theatre. Ross will do his show and then after a dramatic moment (you will know when) everyone moves one seat across so eventually audience members end up on the stage doing the act. Inspired, huh? We thought so, here is the trailer.

3. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at Tate Modern – All Month

Oh look a bit more culture; we are really mixing things up this month. If you have never heard of Roy Lichtenstein well now you can find out. Lichtenstein was a pop artist on a par with the likes of Andy Warhol in the 60’s and early 70’s. Some of his more famous works include “Whaam!” Which shows a military aircraft shooting down an enemy aircraft and “Drowning Girl” which depicts a half submerged girl who doesn’t want help. OK how about some pop trivia? The band U2 liked Lichtenstein’s work so much they commissioned an animation for their 1997 tour, check it out.

4. A Doll’s House at Young Vic – until 20th April

If you like your theatre a bit dark and dramatic, then go and see this revision of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House at the Young Vic. The plot, at the time, was pretty revolutionary as a young wife seems to struggle and not to come to terms with her “role in the home”. A typical Victorian household on the outside but feelings of resentment and misunderstanding on both sides begin to bubble to the surface. It’s just like a more articulate version of Eastenders really.

5. London Marathon, city wide – 21st April

So we don’t need to tell you about the London Marathon, one of the largest and most famous running races in the world. There are loads of great places to cheer on the runners: Tower Hill, Embankment, Greenwich Park and many more. What we’d really like to do is to mention the little guys doing crazy things to raise money. Of the 35,000 odd runners more than 80% are doing it for charity. While doing research for this spot we found Twisted Cider who are doing something bizarre and amazing for Cancer Research, just have a look at their promo video.

London Trafalger Square

6. Biffy Clyro at O2 Arena – 3rd April

Want to go and see the Best Live Band in 2011 as voted for by both NME and Q? Great, Biffy Clyro at O2 Arena it is then. We are sure we don’t need to tell you about this Scottish rock band with 6 albums under their belts, a string of chart topping hits and a very good looking lead singer. They have even had the possibly dubious honour of having a song covered by Matt Cardle (theirs was better in our opinion). Did you know that the band was originally called Screwfish and the line-up has not changed since 1995? So here is the first single from the album “Opposites”, just to get you in the mood.

7. Hire a Boat on the Serpentine at Hyde Park – All Month

Well as spring is finally here why not treat yourself to something a bit different and hire a boat on the Serpentine. The Serpentine is actually a lido, which is a type of outdoor swimming pool and you can in fact swim in the summer here. But back to the boats you can hire a small rowing boat or pedallo for about £10 per hour, and let’s face it you don’t want to be rowing for longer. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy rowing at all why not take one of the new SolarShuttles? These are solar powered boats which glide across the water and carry up to 40 people. 

8. James + Echo And The Bunnymen at O2 Academy Brixton – 19th – 20th April

Fancy an 90’s revival night? Then head down to the O2 Academy Brixton for two nights of awesome musical talent. They were huge back in the day with hits like “Sit Down”, “Lose Control” and, one of our personal favourites, “Sound” (check out this live performance). Supporting are the tremendous Echo And the Bunnymen a band synonymous with the iconic 90’s. They need no introduction really but we’ll share a couple of their top songs to remind you. Who could forget “The Killing Moon”, “The Cutter” and “Nothing Lasts Forever”.

9. Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction at British Library – All Month

Ever fancied yourself as a budding Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes? Did you know that crime fiction accounts for more than a third of all published books in English? Recognising the genre, the British Library has opened a new exhibition dedicated to the crime novel and writers. Interesting things to see include the original manuscript of the Sherlock Holmes story The Retired Colourman by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Eberhardt’s “The Jig-Saw Puzzle” Murder (which includes the jigsaw) and an actual script of “Murder on the Orient Express” from Sir John Gielgud that he has doodle over.

10. Visit Ten Dancing Statues, city wide – All the time

If you are wandering the streets of our great city looking for a purpose then why not try to find all ten dancing statues? There’s several spotted about the city and it makes for a great walking route through all the sites of the city. Here’s the ones to look out for: Jeté by Enzo Plazzotta at Millbank, Caterina Dancing Naked by Julian Opie at Great St Helen’s sculpture space, Pavlova on the Victoria Palace Theatre, The Dancers and Dancer with a Bird at Cadogan Square Gardens by David Wynne, Dragonfly by Tom Merrifield and Pavlova memorial by George Henry Paulin at Ivy House, Young Dancer by Enzo Plazzotta on Bow Street, Globe Head Ballerina by Yinka Shonibare at Royal Opera House and finally a tiny Statuette at Pavlova’s plot in Golders Green Cemetery. Good luck!

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