April in London
 London, 31st March, 2014 – with so much going on in London this April, two nights in the capital just won’t be enough! So why not take advantage of London Bridge Hotel’s three nights for the price of two weekend promotion? Offer includes: overnight accommodation, full buffet breakfast each morning, handmade chocolates and free internet access*.

Sporty Fun… this April is a fantastic month for sports fans. The first weekend of the month sees the opening of the South Park of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over in Stratford. The area looked stunning during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and visitors are now free to enjoy the parklands, fountains and walkways again. The Lee Valley VeloPark is open, as is the Copper Box Arena and the wonderful London Aquatics Centre.

On 6th April it’s time for the annual Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. This is the 160th Boat Race and is one of the oldest sporting events in the world. It doesn’t happen on the stretch of The Thames near the London Bridge Hotel; it’s further west, between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge. It’s a great excuse to sit by the river, or in one of the parks near the race to watch the large screens for the atmosphere.

The following weekend is the London Marathon (13th April 2014) and you can see it from near to the London Bridge Hotel as the race goes over Tower Bridge at mile 12 before looping around the Docklands and then continuing along the north bank of the river for the last few miles.

The Bard’s birthday… with 2014 marking 450 years since the birth of playwright William Shakespeare, you can expect plenty of celebrations – especially on 23 April. A world tour of Hamlet opens at Shakespeare’s Globe to start the open air theatre’s 2014 season. This production will tour every country in the world over a two-year period. The Rose Theatre has Richard III on this month and the Noel Coward Theatre will have Shakespeare in Love from July to October.

If you’d like to see the London locations that were known to Shakespeare, London Walks have tours on Wednesdays at 11am and on Sundays at 2pm that combine Shakespeare’s & Dickens’s London.

23rd April is also St George’s Day, the patron saint of England but London will celebrate on 21st April 2014 with the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. There will be banqueting seating for 250 between the iconic fountains and plenty of stalls to buy something delicious to eat.

Bermondsey Street… the latest exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Artists Textiles: Picasso to Warhol (which I mentioned in February), has proven so popular that the museum is opening on Sundays from 6th April 2014. They have a series of free Sunday events available and there’s a map visitors can pick up at the museum that has a local history tour of Bermondsey Street’s fashion heritage.

There’s also a trainers display at the FTM and on Thursday 3rd April there’s a panel discussion on How to Wear Trainers with British tailor Timothy Everest MBE and other fashion industry experts. Across the road at London Glassblowing, Peter Layton is launching two new glass series – Beach and Tempest – for the Spring Open House from 4th to 13th April.

Extras… if heading over to Borough Market, pop into The Wheatsheaf pub as they have a medieval flagon on display as it was found here during recent railway construction work. It may have been used to serve ale in the Abbot of Waverley’s town house, on the same site as the current pub. The Museum of London have worked out it was made between 1350 and 1440.

 

Henri Matisse Cut-Outs, the major summer exhibition at Tate Modern, opens on 17th April and at Tate Britain, sculptor Phyllida Barlow will unveil her largest and most ambitious work for the Tate Britain Commission 2014. It will be on display from 31st March to 2nd November 2014.

 

French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is celebrated at the Barbican Art Gallery with an exhibition featuring more than 140 of Gaultier’s boundary-pushing designs, including iconic pieces created for Madonna, Kylie Minogue and for the films of Pedro Almodóvar. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens on 9th April and runs to 25th August 2014.

 

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