Last Updated on April 15, 2024 by Louise

Visiting London in April? April is a brilliant time to explore this amazing city. Spring is in the air and there are plenty of outdoor activities from events in the Royal parks to celebrations for St George’s Day. Take a boat trip (or a hot tub trip!) on the River Thames or watch the London marathon runners.

Of course there’s always a danger of April showers which means indoor activities are just as important and there are plenty of those too. Visit the lego brick or Disney exhbition, attend an art gallery or visit one of London’s many museums. As the beginning two weeks of the month are the Easter school holidays, there’s plenty going on for families too.

In this guide, find out 19 of the best things to do in London in April 2024.

The London Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world, attracting elite athletes and recreational runners alike. Cheer on the runners  through the streets of London, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. Look out for celebrities and fun costumes.

Find more information on the official London Marathon website: Virgin Money London Marathon

A must for lego fans!  The Art of Brick exhibition is in London throughout the month of April..

There are more than 150 works of art made up of over a million lego bricks. Impressively it includes lego recreations of some world famous artworks including Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. There’s also a 6-metre-long reproduction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton

It takes place at the boiler house in Brick Lane. Buy tickets here.

We Were There Family Day at HMS Belfast

 

Veterans and other volunteers will be on HMS Belfast between 11am and 3pm on 5th April to share memories of life at sea on the vessel as part of a family day. Hear the personal stories of IWM’s veterans and eyewitnesses who experienced confilct first hand.

Suitable for kids aged 7 plus, it’s included as part of the entry price to HMS Belfast.

Celebrate the Feast of St. George in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is hosting the Feast of St. George celebration on Sunday 21st April between 12pm and 6pm.

Enjoy live music, including traditional and contemporary acts on the main stage. Take place in family activites, watch roaming street performers, browse market stalls and taste the food at the English street food market. You may even see a dragon or two!

Find more information on the offical webpage of the Feast of St George

Witness the Majestic Changing of the Guard Ceremony

As the weather is getting warmer, April is a good month to go and see one of London’s most famous traditions, the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Held outside Buckingham Palace, the ritual showcases the British monarchy’s ceremonial guards.

It takes place at 11:00 AM on set days in April. Get there early to secure a prime viewing spot along the palace gates or the nearby Victoria Memorial.

Challenge Family and Friends to A Free Game of Minigolf

This vibrant minigolf course designed by artists Craig Redman & Karl Maier is located at Canary Wharf from April until 29th September. It’s free and you can just drop by between 12pm and 6pm for a game. Clubs and balls are provided.

Why not combine your trip with a visit to the free Museum of Docklands while you’re in the area.

Love coffee? Then you’ll love the London Coffee Festival. Taking place in Truman’s Brewery in Brick Lane it’s a chance to celebrates the city’s vibrant coffee culture with tastings, workshops, demonstrations, and competitions.

Also why not sign up for Brew school, an exciting 45 experience which takes you on a journey through the world of coffee.

Check out the London Coffee Festival for more information about the event.

See the Cute Exhibition at Somerset House

April is your last chance to visit the Cute exhibition at Somerset House (finishing on 14th April). 

Cute explores the power of cuteness in contemporary culture. Contemporary artworks and cultural phenomena such as music, fashion, toys, video games and social media examine the world’s embrace of cute culture.

It’s a must for Hello Kitty fans as part of the exhibition is dedicated to the very cute fictional character created by Yuko Shimizu. There’s a plushie section from the collection of super fan Amy-Louise Allen who has over 50,000 pieces of Hello Kitty merchandise, and an immersive Hello Kitty disco, with a giant mirror ball.

The Disney100 – The Exhibition at the London Excel is running throughout April and is a must for Disney fans.

Discover 100 years of Disney’s history. The exhibition is showcasing 250 rarely-seen artefacts and works of art, costumes, props, and fascinating memorabilia.

Book your tickets

Visit a Museum

Photo : The British Museum

The weather in April in London can be wet and cloudy so it’s a good idea to have a few indoor activities prepared. There are numerous amazing museums in London and a lot of them (including the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museumand the Natural History Museum)  are free. It’s worth putting a few on your list of things to do.

The school Easter holidays fall in the first two weeks of April in 2024 which means there are plenty of events happening for families. Here’s a round up of some of the events happening at London museums:

London Museum of Docklands – this interesting museum is based in Canary Wharf, East London and tells the stories about London’s one bustling docklands. Entry is free although some exhibitions may cost extra. There is plenty going on during April. Kids will love the Tat Trail and Pom Pom making. April is the last chance to see the Fashion CIty exhibition, showing how Jewish designers in London helped shaped global style.

Imperial War Museum – it’s your last chance to see the spies, lies and deception exhibition. Finishing on 14th April entry to the exhibition (and the museum) is free. The must-see exhibition explores deception and espionage from the First World War to the present day.

The Royal Airforce Museum – this brilliant museum is free (donations are welcome and book your free tickets in advance). It tells the story of the history of the RAF from the first ideas of flight to today’s leading tech. Plus, there are many beautiful airplanes and helicopters to see. This Easter school holidays, the museum is hosting a bubbly maths showand Easter have a go activities.

London Transport Museum – the lost and found exhibiton takes place during the Easter school holidays from 2nd to 18th April.

 

The days are getting longer and the cherry blossoms are out. April is the perfect month to start exploring a London park.

Greenwich Park – is the home to one of the best collection of cherry trees in London making it the best place to see cherry blossom in the captial during April.

Hyde Park – kids will love the spring discovery days happening between 2nd and 4th April. Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm for activities including pond dipping, making a seed ball, storytelling and interactive games. Adults will enjoy the Hidden Tours of Hyde Park, which takes place on 19th April. Discover the history of Hyde Park like never before with an expert guide.

Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Regent’s Park are all hosing nature roadshows for the kids over the Easter school holidays. The free drop in activities include a scavenger hunt, nature craft and interactive games.

St James’ Park has a blooms with a view walking tour on 12th April. Join Royal Parks Apprentice graduate and writer Fiona Kirkwood for a tour full of fascinating facts and personal stories.

Spring has arrived which makes April a brilliant month to stroll around Kew Gardens. 

Until the 14th April, you can awaken your senses on a visit to the gardens with the Sounds of Blossom event. Kew have collaborated with the Royal College of Music. Students from the college have composed new music, commissioned by Kew to bring the spring blooms to life. These new compositions will be played around the Gardens in Kew’s blossom hotspots. 

Young kids who love the TV series Bluey will jump at chance to visit Kew Garden during the school Easter hols! A a variety of fun outdoor activities and games are taking place which have been inspired by fan-favourite episodes of the show. Kids can learn about the plants and wildlife found at Kew and in Bluey’s native Australia along the way.  Find out more

Take a Tour or Watch a Play at Shakespeare’s Globe

There’s tons going on the Globe, from a modern take on Shakespeare’s plays to spooky tours.

Romeo and Juliet is playing until 14th April. Watch a fast-paced, 90-minute version which has been created especially for young people and is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for everyone. The most famous story about teenagers ever told is set in 2024: their intense passion lights up a world of increasing violence between rival gangs, the Montagues and the Capulets.

In addition there are a wide variety of tours of the Globe including a Pride themed tour which is running from 3rd April and a family friendly Ghost and Goul tour.

There are also plenty of family events for kids over the Easter holidays. They include Macbeth workshops and family sword fighting. Find out more here

From April, the Postal Museum will be hosting after hours Tunnel Walk tours on select Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings every month

Expert guides offer visitors a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the historic Mail Rail tunnels. Hear about the staff who built, operated and maintained the underground railway over the course of 100 years – from its construction in the early 1900s, through to the eventual closure in 2003.

The Postal Museum is excellent to visit in the daytime too especially with the kids. Ride on a mail train and take part in craft activities over the Easter holidays.

Visit an Art Gallery 

London is also home to many amazing art museums, again many of them are free. If you are in London on a wet and rainy day, why not check one of them out. Here is a round up of some of the best art galleries and what is going on in April.

National Art Gallery  – Located in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses a rich collection of European paintings dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It features masterpieces by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Why not take a free guided tour – they take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 4pm.

Tate Modern –  Situated in a former power station on the banks of the River Thames, Tate Modern is one of the world’s most visited contemporary art galleries. It houses an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art from around the world, including works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Hockney. April is the last chance to see the Capturing the moment exhibition – a journey through painting and photography. The gallery is also currently hosting a Yoko Ono exhibition.

Tate Britain – Renowned for its collection of British art from the 16th century to the present day. Visitors can explore artworks by renowned artists such as J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, John Constable, Francis Bacon and David Hockney. April is the last chance to see the Women in Revolt Exhibition. 

Saatchi Gallery – Founded by Charles Saatchi, this contemporary art gallery in Chelsea showcases cutting-edge works by emerging artists from around the world. During April you can see the Standing on the Shoulders of Giants exhibition which is a celebration of Dutch female artists who have helped reshape the narrative for current and future generations of women artists.

Take Part in an Easter Egg Fun

Easter is early this year, but the celebrations are continuing throughout the school Easter holidays for kids with Easter egg trails and Easter themed games and crafts. Here is a round up of what’s on:

The Easter Lint Gold Bunny Hunt takes place at the beautiful Hampton Court between 23rd March and 14th April.

The Easter egg hunt at London Zoo – Find the hidden eggs of all sizes and colours around the zoo. The eggs come from all kinds of egg-laying creatures including birds, reptiles, fish and butterflies. Track them down and solve the clues which will lead you to the secret golden egg. There are Easter crafts too. Runs until April 14.

Ham House is a 17th century Jacobean mansion set in formal gardens on the banks of the Thames. Over the Easter school holidays (until 14th April), kids can take part in games around the laws, kitchen garden, courtyard and terrace. Competitors will be awarded a chocolate egg at the end.

If you’re looking for a unique experience, there’s nothing like enjoy a relaxing hot tub while sailing out on the River Thames.

Boats sail from Canary Wharf and you can choose from sailing your own boat (no experience necessary) or embarking on a guided tour!

The water is heated to a toasty 38 degrees so you can go out in any weather, even if there are April showers. 

Find out more at Skuna boats.

The Horrible History, Terrible Thames Tours are boat rides on the River Thames aimed at families with kids. They launch again in time for the kids’ school Easter holidays during April.

Climb aboard and prepare to hear the horrible history one of the most famous rivers in the world. See the sites along the River Thames and hear fun, educational facts.

Ideal for the whole family – even the oldies will probably learn stuff they didn’t already know.

Book your ticket here.

Embark on an After Hour Tour

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With the weather warming up and sunset taking place around 8 to 8.30pm it’s a good month to do an evening tour. There are plenty of tours taking place.

The Ghastly Ghost tour featured above is a 2 hour walking tour which starts around 8pm. Sneak through the dark streets of London and hear spooky stories of the ghouls, ghosts and specters that creep through the city’s back alleys after dusk. Enjoy a spine-tingling walk from the Tower of London to St. Paul’s.

Other after hour tours include: 

The Ghost Bus Tours: This theatrical tour takes you around London’s haunted sites aboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. Expect spooky tales and eerie sightings as you pass iconic London landmarks.

Jack the Ripper Tour: Led by expert guides, this tour retraces the steps of the notorious serial killer, visiting key sites associated with the murders and providing insight into the investigation and theories surrounding the case.

Haunted Pub Tour: Combine a historical pub visit with ghostly tales on a themed tour. Led by experienced guides, these tours visit haunted pubs and taverns, sharing spine-chilling stories of murders, ghosts, and other supernatural occurrences associated with each location.

What’s the Weather Like In April in London

Weather in London in April can be quite variable. Typically, it starts to warm up compared to the winter months, but it can still be quite chilly, especially earlier in the month.

Average temperatures in April range from lows of around 4-6°C (39-43°F) to highs of around 11-15°C (52-59°F). However, temperatures can occasionally drop lower or rise higher than these averages.

April tends to be a relatively wet month in London, with moderate rainfall expected throughout. Be prepared for showers and overcast skies, though there can be sunny days as well.

Days start getting longer in April, with increasing daylight hours. However, London weather can still be quite cloudy, and you might not see as much sunshine as in the summer months.

Wind: Wind speeds can vary, but it’s not typically a major concern unless there’s a specific weather event.

Clothing: It’s wise to dress in layers and bring an umbrella or raincoat, as showers are common. It’s also a good idea to have a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.

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