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What's On in London in April, 2018

Picture of Lizzie Thomson
London Writer
Updated: 29 March 2018
April’s here, that means it’s very nearly summer. Thank goodness for that. There are plenty of festivals, events and pop-ups in London to keep you amused all month long.

Unrestricted View Film Festival 2018

Filmmakers and movie fans rejoice, the Islington-based Unrestricted View Film Festival returns on April 23 – April 29, 2018. This year, the North London festival has expanded to two new venues alongside the The Hen & Chickens Theatre, so screenings will take place at Everyman’s Screen on The Green and The Vintage Mobile Cinema. The festival will kick-start on the Monday with a new film directed by Jamie Thraves titled Pickups, featuring Game of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen playing a man suffering from insomnia and the breakdown of his marriage. The festival will continue to celebrate independent film with a diverse line-up of screenings throughout the week.

More info:

The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar, 109 St Paul’s Rd, London, UK +44 20 7704 2001

Pickups Still2 - Aidan Gillan
Aidan Gillan in Pickups | © Premier Comms

The Hollow Hotel

Immersive theatre group differencengine (who previously organised Heist) are debuting their newest event in April, The Hollow Hotel, an immersive psychological horror based on 19th-century serial killer H. H. Holmes who murdered his victims in hotel rooms. Guests will have to journey through a maze of hidden passageways that will either kill them or lead them further into the creepy hotel. Previews start from April 9 – 14 and the actual show will begin on April 17.

More info:

Top Floor Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Rd, London, UK

Underbelly Festival

Celebrating its 10th year, Underbelly is back with a bang, in its usual South Bank spot, combining two of the largest London festivals; Udderbelly and London Wonderground. The festival’s programme has something for everyone, including a mix of comedy, circus, cabaret and children’s shows. If that isn’t enough, it also has a vast selection of street food outlets and outdoor bars, enough to tickle anyone’s taste buds.

Starts April 6

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Underbelly Festival on Southbank | © David Jensen

London Marathon

The city’s annual running event takes place on Sunday April 22, so if you’re a keen athlete or supporter make sure you head down to watch the race. If you’re looking to catch the end of the race, pack a picnic and wait in St James Park until the runners reach the finish line.

London Coffee Festival

The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event is returning to London in 2018. The event celebrates London’s bustling coffee culture boasting a variety of delicious coffee, speciality teas and artisan food. If you’ve always fancied trying out some latte art, the vibrant event hosts workshops from outstanding baristas as well as coffee education seminars. If you’re in need of a caffeine fix, head down to the London Coffee Festival this April.

Runs from April 12 – 15 :

Prosecco Springs

Any prosecco lover will be thrilled to hear Prosecco Springs is returning to London in April and the event is being held at Oval Space. The venue boasts a selection of prosecco masterclasses and features leading producers of the bubbly stuff and a selection of delicious Italian street food to tuck into while you’re enjoying your drink(s).

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The ultimate festival for prosecco lovers | © Kitty Lester at Oval Space

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

If you’re keen for an evening of laughter and heavy improvisation look no further than Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, where you can enjoy a three-course dinner served by your favourite characters; Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Perfect for theatre lovers or hardcore fans of the show, the evening promises an excellent script – although around 70% will be improvised by the talented actors! For a truly unforgettable dinner, don’t miss out on this quirky experience.

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Power Up at the Science Museum

If you’re obsessed by all things gaming – perhaps you love retro games like Mario World on Nintendo SNES or maybe you can’t get enough of Call of Duty make sure you check out the Science Museum’s April exhibition. Power Up is a celebration of gaming throughout the decades with all-time classics including Pacman and Pong to newer games such as Minecraft. Rediscover your favorite childhood games with this nostalgic exhibition.

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Power UP at the Science Museum, 2017. Credit, Benjamin Ealovega, Science Museum (12)
Put your gaming skills to the test | © Benjamin Ealovega

Summer Day and Night Rooftop Party

Returning for its annual summer roof party, Byday Bynight are taking over the roof terrace of Brixton’s Prince of Wales. As usual, the event has DJs split across the space in the main club room and the infamous hotel room and this year organisers are pleased to announce the rum shack will be open later for those looking to party on into the earlier hours.

On April 21, buy tickets:

Dough It Yourself Pizza Party

Put your pizza-making skills to the test at Pizza Pilgrims’ Pizza Party in West India Quay. You’ll be taught how to make your very own dough and then challenged to make it (and toss it yourself), then bake your creation ready for tasting. Throughout your doughy masterclass you’ll be treated with a selection of cocktails (if you select the boozy option) and snacks, plus if that wasn’t enough, you’ll be gifted with some novelty Pizza Pilgrim goodies to take home.

Pizza Pilgrims West India Quay, 12 Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London, UK +44 20 3019 8020