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London is always abuzz with things to do, and come rain or shine, nothing dampens the spirits of this incredible city. Especially in April.

“The city finally sees some warm weather, meaning that outdoor London comes alive and some brave souls take on the London Marathon. If that all sounds far too energetic, just become an enthusiastic spectator and get stuck into some chocolate Easter eggs and the first bank holiday weekend of the year.”

Book a Kensington vacation apartment and enjoy these cultural highlights through April.

International Pillow Fight Day

April 1 2017

If you’re out and about in London on Saturday, April 1st 2017, don’t be alarmed if you run into a public pillow fight! International Pillow Fight Day is an event celebrated all over the world, with the London event set to take place in Kennington Park.

If you want to take part there are a few set rules: soft pillows only, don’t hit anyone holding a camera, don’t hit anyone without a pillow and no feathery pillows allowed.

International Pillow Fight

The London Marathon

April 23 2017

Anyone in London on April 23 can cheer on long distance runners from all around the globe as they take part in this world-famous event.

The London Marathon was first run in 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. Runners pound their way along the 26.2 mile route, and if this inspires you to do it yourself, you can enter the ballot for 2018.

Crowds of spectators will line the route, join them in shouting encouragement, it’s an incredible atmosphere. The biggest crowds gather at Tower Bridge and Embankment as well as the emotional finish line which takes place on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

London Coffee Festival

April 6 – April 9 2017

Six years ago when London was rapidly becoming the most relevant and exciting city on the world coffee map, it was obvious what had to happen…A party had to be thrown, and The London Coffee Festival was born.

Back again in 2017, the London Coffee Festival is now the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event. Head over to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane where 7,000 + visitors and 100 exhibitors gather to celebrate London’s vibrant coffee culture.

There will be gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

Italian coffee

Easter in London

April 14 – April 17 2017

Easter weekend in London is always an exciting time of the year. You’ll see loads of parties pop up across the city, as well as spring fairs, easter egg hunts, public performances and this is a great time to attend a chocolate workshop at one of the the city’s decadent chocolate shops.

See more than 30 majestic sailing vessels along the Greenwich and Woolwich riverfronts, and enjoy river-themed activities and fireworks at the Tall Ships Regatta. There is a spectacular full scale performance of the Passion of Jesus free in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday featuring volunteers from in and around London. Huge crowds are expected but big screens will ensure nobody misses any crucial plot twists.

The Robot Zoo

Runs until October 29 2017

Robots, bugs and beasts always appeal to kids, but they also excite plenty of adults who like to think they haven’t quite crossed over into adulthood.

The Horniman Museum has just the ticket; a special exhibit that can be experienced during the day as well as by night, called The Robot Zoo. It’s a magical jungle full of robot life sized (or bigger) beasts with which children can interact through games.

Book a holiday apartment anytime, in London there’s never a dull moment. April is full of great events and shows just waiting to be seen, whether you’re into racing in the world famous marathon or enjoying wild robots with your children.


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  1. This is great info to know for when we plan our trip to enjoy London Festival.

    • Glad we could help! Happy travels :)

  2. So many great events in London! I feel like there’s always some cool stuff happening in the city. We have international pillow fight day in Madrid as well :)

    • Absolutely – seems to be a constant hub of activity – always something to do! Happy international pillow fight day!

  3. OMG London sounds AMAZING. International Pillow Fight? Haha that is so cool. Great post!

    • Happening today! Get among it :D!

  4. I love the idea of a public pillow fight. It sounds like lots of fun and a great way to meet people. The Robot Zoo sounds intriguing too. I must try to get to London before it ends. Thanks for the heads up.

    • OMG the pillow fight is a blast! Absolutely, a great way to meet people and have a laugh :) Hope you have the chance to visit London this month – otherwise there are always awesome events no matter when you make a trip :)

  5. Oohh I love that you compiled a list of events for April! Whenever I travel someplace I feel like I miss out on events going on and don’t know where to find local events. That coffee festival sounds perfect for my husband! By the way, the design of your site looks great!

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m glad that we could help – you’ll love London this month, lots happening!

      If you’re ever looking for local events, I find checking the tourism website for the country or city usually lists upcoming events, otherwise I pull up the local newspaper and there’s usually a local bulletin board with everything that’s happening. Both great ways to figure out what’s going on while you’re there.

      Enjoy the coffee festival! And thanks re the re design! We thought it was time for a fresh new face :)

  6. I missed National Pillow Fight Day in New York City but I’m happy to see that it’s in London too!

    • All over the world – everyone wants a piece of the fun lol!

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