Guide to April in The City

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Whether you are in The City for a short time or have booked a long-term serviced apartment arrangement in London, there is plenty to do in the vicinity throughout April. Now that spring is sprung, it’s even nicer to spend time outdoors in the oldest part of the city. Enjoy some of the events happening over the coming month and really make the most of where you find yourself.

London Bridge Seal – City of London Heritage Gallery – from April 2nd

Continuing the Treasure of the Month series, visitors to the City of London Heritage Gallery will be able to see the original London Bridge Seal. This historic artefact will go on show from April 2nd through to August and offer a glimpse of something truly extraordinary. It was placed on documents around 1175, showing a grant of property for the bridge. The small oval wax seal is green and in good condition.

It is always worth looking out for the Treasure of the Month events, as they feature pieces from the likes of the Guildhall Library and London Metropolitan Archives. In the past, even the Magna Carta has been included in the series.

Entry is free.

Invented in London – Museum of London – April 2nd and 9th

There are always some great events being held in The City for families and this month is no exception. Head to the Museum of London with children over the age of five and find out more about the weird and wonderful inventions that the city can claim for its own. Invented in London is an interactive trail through the museum that will keep them entertained for hours. Complete with costumed characters and crafts to complete, it’ll be hard to drag them away.

Invented in London is open between 11am and 4pm and is provided free of charge.

Gallery on the Street: Public Art in the City of London – The Barbican – April 13th

Alexandra Epps, who is an official guide for both the City of London and the Tate, will hosting a talk on public art in the library of the Barbican. She will explore everything from the techniques used to the stories of the artists who have created pieces in The City, making for a very informative hour-long discussion of the themes. Epps will also let attendees into the secrets of where such public art can be found. Those who enjoy the talk can go on an accompanying guided walk on April 20th.

Being held from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, visitors can just drop in for free.

Lunch Market – Guildhall Yard – April 21st

Take your taste buds on a tour of the world without leaving The City. In fact, you can slot a visit to the Guildhall Yard Lunch Market between meetings on a Thursday afternoon. Running from 12 noon until 2.30pm, you will be able to take your pick from more than 20 stalls, all serving up delicious authentic cuisine. Fancy Jamaican jerk chicken? No problem. Prefer Korean dumplings? We’ve got you covered. And if it’s your sweet tooth you’re trying to satisfy, then you can’t go wrong with a gourmet brownie.

There’s no charge to enter, but bring some cash for a meal.

Food of Love Project – St Giles Cripplegate Church – April 24th

The eponymous line “If music be the food of love, play on” from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is the inspiration for this unique event at St Giles Cripplegate Church. Acoustic performers will take on renditions of music from the Bard’s plays and ditties that would be heard during his lifetime. It promises to be an entertaining event and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare and/or music will find it fascinating.

Tickets cost between £13 and £17, with the performance starting at 7pm.

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