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As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, there’s a shift in the London air that brings about a plethora of exciting events to enjoy all across the city. From black-owned weekend markets to chasing cherry blossoms in the city’s lush green parks, here are our top picks on where to go and what to do in London this April.

People surrounding a coffee making competition at the London Coffee Festival, one of the things to do in London in April.Image Courtesy of The London Coffee Festival

Get caffeinated at The London Coffee Festival

If you consider yourself a bit of a coffee aficionado, then London Coffee Festival will certainly be your cup of tea (ahem, or coffee). This three day event celebrates the city’s thriving coffee scene with over 250 delectable food and artisan coffee stands dotted throughout the venue. Delve into the roasting process of some of London’s most popular suppliers, or learn more about the intricate skill of coffee art. If you want a break from the brew, there’s also live bands on the music stage and foodie experiences, from wine and food pairings to interactive workshops led by professionals.

The London Coffee Festival | Spitalfields | 20 – 23rd of April 2023

Exterior of the London Book Fair building in April in Kensington, London.Image Courtesy of The London Book Fair

Dive into the world of publishing at The London Book Fair

This one is for the bibliophiles. The London Book Fair takes place every year from 5th April to the 7th April and is the ultimate meet up for story creators. Get to know those at the forefront of the publishing industry and gather together to meet like minded book-lovers. It’s the perfect spot to make some meaningful connections and find out what really makes the publishing industry tick. You can expect poetry readings from emerging poets; talks on how to get your books reader-ready; and inspirational conversations with authors of the day. You’ll almost definitely want to put pen to paper after this one.

The London Book Fair | Kensington (Olympia) | 18th – 20th of April 2023

The Boat Race happening on the River Thames, with a large boat at the front and many small ones behind. One of the top things to do in April in London.Image Courtesy of The Boat Race

See the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race

This 185-year-old sport is one of the most famous sporting events worldwide and is a bucket list must-see. Pick your side and cheer on either Oxford or Cambridge as both sides battle it out by boat for the finish line. It’s free to spectate and you’ll be able to perch up anywhere along the river from Putney Bridge all the way down to Chiswick Bridge, where the race finishes.

This year (2023) The Boat Race is taking place in March. When it happens each year depends on the tidal calendars and other factors so check back for 2024 dates.

The Boat Race | South-West London | 26 March 2023

Black-owned Hackney street market in London in April lined with tents and vendors selling food and wares. Image Courtesy of Bohemia Place Market

Celebrate Black-owned businesses at the Black-owned Hackney Market

Next up on the list of top things to do in London in April is the Black-owned Hackney Market, located opposite Hackney Central Station. The collaboration between BlackEatsLDN and Bohemia Place Markets is bringing a vibrant marketplace to the streets of Hackney as a place to champion Black-owned businesses, from vegan and non-vegan food, artisan goods to drinks, DJs, sustainably-made clothing, gifts, skincare products and much more.

It takes place on different dates every month from April to October, usually on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Black-owned Hackney Market | Hackney | Various dates from April – October

A grand ballroom for the Marylebone Food Festival in April with three long tables and 100 people seated eating high end food.Image Courtesy of Marylebone Food Festival

Take a gastronomic adventure at Marylebone Food Festival

Experience the very best of the Marylebone culinary scene at Marylebone Food Festival, an event that runs every April for five days of feasting. Get stuck into cooking masterclasses and supper clubs or culinary tastings and mixologist classes. From casual cafés and contemporary restaurants to family-run eateries and hip cocktail bars, the Marylebone Food festival really is the best way to get a taste of this incomparable gastronomic corner of London.

Marylebone Food Festival | Book Tickets | Marylebone | 25th – 30th of April 2023

Skylight rooftop bar in April with people sitting around drinking and views of the London skyline.Image Courtesy of Skylight

Sip on a G&T at an iconic London rooftop bar

There are fewer ways Londoners like to see in the springtime sunshine than by enjoying a tipple or two on an iconic London rooftop bar. Sip on classic cocktails with the city skyline as your backdrop at Decimo at The Standard, or enjoy a game of outside croquet at Tobacco Dock’s Skylight bar. If you’re after tasty tapas and excellent views of St Paul’s, Madison bar is the place to go. A few other favourites are Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, Smiths of Smithfield in Farringdon, Bussey Rooftop Bar in Peckham, and Pergola in Paddington.

London park with pink cherry blossom trees blooming in April

Chase cherry blossoms throughout the city

As spring emerges and the days get longer, an explosion of pink sweeps through the city, and before we know it, cherry blossom season is well and truly upon us. These beautiful blossom trees add an extra sprinkle of prettiness to an already picture-perfect city and there are plenty of places to see them. Here are a handful of our favourite spots to while away the day and enjoy the blossom trees covering all corners of the city: Mount Street Gardens in Mayfair, St James’s Park, Paddington’s Sussex Gardens, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill, Southwark Cathedral, Greenwich Park, Cherry Tree Avenue, Vallance Road and last but not least, Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

View from late March until early May

Player at The London Games Festival in April sitting at computer and playing virtual game.

Immerse yourself in a new kind of world at The London Games Festival

Celebrate the vibrant gaming culture in London at the London Games Festival, where the very best video games and interactive entertainment is showcased via an eclectic programme of activities across the city. Expect talks about the art of game design, profiles on some of the most exciting games in the industry, and even learn to make your very own gaming app without needing to learn how to code.

London Games Festival | 29th of March – 9th of April 2023

Players running across the Tower Bridge during the London Marathon

Spectate and support at The London Marathon

The London Marathon is taking place in April of 2024, where thousands of runners will embark on the race of a lifetime from Greenwich to The Mall spanning 26.2 miles. If you’re not one of the brave ones taking part, there are plenty of places where you can spectate and cheer on those who are. The city transforms into a 26.2-mile-long street party, with three different starting points around Blackheath. Some of the most popular spots to spectate include Greenwich town centre, the areas around Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge. It’s worth noting that it does get mega busy, so if you’re not keen on crowds, it might be better to sit this one out.
 
London Marathon | 21st April 2024
 
These are just a handful of the wonderful events happening across the city in April, but there are so many more. Be sure to plan ahead and tag @loveandlondon on IG if you happen to head along to any of these suggestions. Enjoy!

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Jessica Dellow

Jessica Dellow is an East Londoner who loves to travel the world and eat her way around the city. When she's not eating, cooking or hanging out in the local pub, you’ll probably find her walking one of her BorrowMyDoggy dogs in Victoria Park with a coffee in hand.