Guide to April in The City

There’s plenty going on in The City of London throughout April, as we get into the spirit of spring and enjoy a serviced apartment stay in the capital.

Spring is finally here, bringing with it the promise of longer days and hopefully, better weather. It’s a great time to be in London and if you’ve got a stay coming up at one of the capital’s serviced apartments, there’s a wide selection of fantastic events on the horizon that you may want to get involved with. Read on to find out more.

1067 William Charter Display – Guildhall Art Gallery – until April 27th

History-lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to see an incredible artefact from the City Corporation’s archives go on show. The 1067 charter is not often displayed, but for a short period it can be viewed in the Heritage Gallery to mark 950 years since William the Conqueror presented it to The City. It was an important document in terms of how the ruler gained London’s support and shaped events of the day.

Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4pm. Free to enter.

Chicks’ Great EGGscape – Bank of England Museum – April 3rd to 13th

April is, of course, the month of Easter and you may well be looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during the holidays. Take them along to the Bank of England Museum, where they can follow a trail to find hidden eggs and chicks. Then, they can make a finger puppet or animal mask to take home with them in time for the Easter celebrations, as well as their very own chocolate egg.

Available daily between 10am and 4.30pm. No entrance fee.

London Games Festival Character Parade – Guildhall Yard – April 8th

If you see some unusual characters wandering around The City of London this April then there might be a simple explanation. The London Games Festival is taking place across the capital, but the parade of characters will be following a route through the heart of The City. Starting off in Guildhall Yard, snaking their way down Cheapside, through the Festival Gardens, past St Paul’s and finally on to Paternoster Square will be iconic characters from video games, cosplayers and mascots. It’s likely to be a colourful sight!

Free to watch.

Obsession – Barbican Centre – April 19th to May 20th

The hotly-anticipated production of Visconti’s Obsession comes to the Barbican this month, with Jude Law starring as Gino. He is a good fit to play the magnetically handsome character who seduces Giovanna and the lovers plot to murder her husband Giuseppe. Directed by Ivo van Hove, this penetrating social drama is really the theatrical event of the year and not to be missed if you happen to be visiting London during its run.

Tickets range from £16 to £60.

St George’s Day – Leadenhall Market – April 21st

Looking around The City, you can see many connections to St George, including his iconic white and red flag featuring on the area’s crest. That makes it a great place to celebrate the patron saint of England’s day and Leadenhall Market puts on quite a show in historic surroundings. From music and morris dancing to traditional food on offer, the atmosphere on St George’s Day is always electric and there are often visits from the Pearly Kings and Queens, as well as other notable figures.

From 12 noon to 2pm. No entrance fee levied, but money for snacks is a good idea.

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