London Events Happening in April 2014

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Saturday, 19th Apr

All DayEaster Steam Up (Brentford)
Weekend where the steam engines are in full use, as well as the light railway.
(Cost: £11.50)
All DayRecord Store Day
You are exhorted to visit your local independent purveyor of music and make purchases of physical storage media.
(Cost: Purchase prices)

 

Sunday, 20th Apr

All DayEaster Steam Up (Brentford)
Weekend where the steam engines are in full use, as well as the light railway.
(Cost: £11.50)
tbaPolice escort for a railway bridge to North Dulwich (Dulwich)
F A police escort will accompany an abnormally large delivery to North Dulwich in the morning.

 

Monday, 21st Apr

All DayEaster Steam Up (Brentford)
Weekend where the steam engines are in full use, as well as the light railway.
(Cost: £11.50)
12:00 PMEaster Chair Lifting in Greenwich (Greenwich)
F Annual revival of an old tradition of decorating a chair and the heaving ladies into the air by the Blackheath Moris Men.
12:00 PMSteaming Day at the Victorian steam pumping station (South Tottenham)
F The Engine has been restored and can be seen operating under steam power on designated days.
6:00 PMThe choicest trees and plants from all quarters of the Globe (Fulham)
B Topher Martyn, Head Gardener at Syon Park, talks about Syon's remarkable 600 years of continuous garden history,
(Cost: £8)

 

Tuesday, 22nd Apr

2:00 PMThe Day the Lamps Went Out: WWI and the City of London (Barbican)
B This guided walk around the square mile will look at memorials from the Great War and sites with WWI connections and stories.
(Cost: £7)

 

Wednesday, 23rd Apr

10:00 AM'A Complete Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets' (Cheapside, City of London)
F Drop-in and listen to the complete reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets at Guildhall Library.
10:00 AMDamian Lewis and Alan Hollinghurst read sonnets at Guildhall Library (Cheapside, City of London)
F A six hour reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by a number of people, some famous as part of Shakespeare Week.
12:00 PMSt George's day at Leadenhall Market
F Come and experience St George's day at the splendid Leadenhall Market, with Morris dancers and other fine English traditions.
4:00 PMBritain at Work (Cricklewood)
F B A review of a project that interviewed people who worked in all the major industries in west London 1945- 90.
6:00 PM Playing Catch-up: Palaces from the Hundred Years' War to the Wars of the Roses (Barbican)
F What was the difference between the fortress of a great magnate and the palace of a king?
6:30 PMAn Audience with Vocal Satirist Steve Nallon (Bloomsbury)
B Join Steve Nallon, the voice artist behind some of the most memorable Spitting Image characters including Mrs. Thatcher and The Queen.
(Cost: £6)
7:00 PMMonthly vigil at the Cross Bones Graveyard (Southwark)
F Vigils have been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. They are inclusive, secular events, open 'to all faiths and none'.
7:00 PMConstruction and Destruction in the City (Bloomsbury)
F A film screening -- don't know any more than that.
7:30 PMRevolts and Rebellions (Blackheath)
A talk about the various historical revolutions that have involved Greenwich and Blackheath
(Cost: £3)

 

Thursday, 24th Apr

tbaApril Late at 2 Willow Road: Ryan Gander Screening (Hampstead)
B Discover the stylish spaces of 2 Willow Road, home of architect Ernö Goldfinger and his artist wife, Ursula, at this intimate after hours event,
(Cost: £9)
2:00 PM Georgian Londoners: the making of a modern city (Kew)
F This talk examines the making of the London identity, how it was shaped through the last years of the 17th century.
2:30 PMAre we part-Neanderthal? (South Kensington)
Meet human origins expert Prof Chris Stringer and examine new research into the Neanderthal genome sequence.
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PMReading Shakespeare when he was new: the earliest printed texts (Cheapside, City of London)
B What was it like to read a newly published play by Shakespeare?
(Cost: £5.95)
6:00 PMReading Shakespeare when he was new: the earliest printed texts (Cheapside, City of London)
B The talk will also examine the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, the First Folio of 1623,
(Cost: £5.95)
6:30 PMChivas Whisky - Open Row (Mayfair)
B An evening of whisky tastings and demonstrations along Saville Row and inside the stores as well.
(Cost: £15)
6:30 PMThe Secret of London’s Mail Rail (Whitechapel)
F B A talk by Chris Taft, a historian and Head of Collections at The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA).
7:30 PMThe Poltergeist Prince of London (Liverpool Street)
A poltergeist outbreak is fantastical enough, but a poltergeist that learns to communicate details of an apparent previous life?
(Cost: £3)

 

Friday, 25th Apr

5:00 PMNight at the Vet College: Chicken, egg...what next? (Camden)
F Meet vets, scientists and students and see behind the scenes at the Royal Veterinary College.
6:30 PMRobot reporter: Journalism in the Age of Automation and Big Data (Camden)
B We are now in the age of drone journalism, but with technology running ahead of legality and ethics, how can journalism use the technology responsibly
(Cost: £8)
7:00 PMCannibalism: What's All the Fuss? (South Kensington)
B Join a discussion event exploring early human cannibalism and the reasons it's still taboo.
(Cost: £15)

 

Saturday, 26th Apr

All DayBonhams - Classic Car Display / Auction (Colindale)
F A marriage made in heaven for petrol-heads : some of the world finest vehicles on display next to a collection of aircraft.
10:00 AMWilton's Furniture Sale (Whitechapel)
F A chance to buy some of the old furniture and props from the Victorian music hall.
10:30 AMModel Railway Paradise (Feltham)
The April steaming weekend is traditionally set aside for a display of model railways at the Victorian steam pumping house.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMIslington: town and country; rich and poor (Islington)
A guided walk around the area looking at its transformation over the years.
(Cost: £5 (donation))
12:00 PMShinichi Adachi solo Photography Exhibition 'Calling' (Bloomsbury)
F Photographic exhibition of people holding telephones.
2:00 PMSwarming (Tottenham)
B Join Friends of Tottenham Marshes for an informative talk about how bee keepers manage their bees and what you can do to help.
(Cost: £4)

 

Sunday, 27th Apr

All DayBonhams - Classic Car Display / Auction (Colindale)
F A marriage made in heaven for petrol-heads : some of the world finest vehicles on display next to a collection of aircraft.
8:30 AMLondon to Brighton Jaguar Run (Greenwich)
F Approximately 300, mainly classic, Jaguars will leave ORNC between 8.30 and 11am.
10:00 AMAnnual Open Day at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve
F The Reserve is open to the public just once a year, on the last Sunday in April at a time when the bluebells are at their most beautiful.
10:00 AMWilton's Furniture Sale (Whitechapel)
F A chance to buy some of the old furniture and props from the Victorian music hall.
10:30 AMModel Railway Paradise (Feltham)
The April steaming weekend is traditionally set aside for a display of model railways at the Victorian steam pumping house.
(Cost: £7)
11:00 AMFrom Pillar to Post: GPO London
Discover 350 years of London's postal history from the coffee houses of the 1600s to the electronic communication of today.
(Cost: £7)
2:30 PMFirst Public Opening of the Water Tower for the 2014 Season
The Water Tower re-opens to the public.
(Cost: £1)
3:00 PMAn Afternoon of Silent Comedies (Brentford)
Featuring Laurel and Hardy and their contemporaries, accompaniment by Donald Mackenzie on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
(Cost: £10)

 

Monday, 28th Apr

3:30 PMEdith Cavell: Nurse and Patriot (Southwark)
A talk about Edith's life and her impact on nursing, together with her influence on the war which saw her death used as a propaganda weapon.
(Cost: £7.80 (general museum entry charge))
6:30 PMCafe Scientifique: How does the biodiversity of tropical forests affect our planet? (Pall Mall)
F Explore why it is important to understand the dynamics of tropical forests for the wellbeing of our planet.
6:30 PMCan Radical Compassion Win the War Against Violent Extremism?
B Two former extremists from opposite sides debate their changing perspectives.
(Cost: £11)
6:45 PMSeeing is Believing: Picturing the Nation’s Health (Camden)
B What is the role of graphics and data visualisation in the communication of risk to the public?
(Cost: £8)
7:30 PMCodebreaker - world premiere (Barbican)
B A musical piece, based on the life of Alan Turing.
(Cost: From £15.50)
8:00 PMMay Day in South London and the Jack in the Green (Southwark)
B Come hear of London customs and celebrations and protest associated with the May Day holiday
(Cost: £3)

 

Tuesday, 29th Apr

6:30 PMAirports - Our past, present and urban future? (Regents Park)
B Having leapt in scale airports are now at the heart of the global economy, but where are they heading?
(Cost: £9)
6:30 PMThe Bus We Loved (Covent Garden)
B Travis Elborough, author of The Bus We Loved celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of London's most enduring symbols: the Routemaster bus.
(Cost: £10)
6:30 PM Churchill and Leadership: constructing a political icon (Holborn)
F This event will explore the political, strategic, and personal dimensions of Churchill’s approach to leadership.
7:00 PM Churchill and the 'Boffins' of the First World War (Westminster)
B Taylor Downing, will consider the role of some of the scientists who worked behind the scenes during the First World War.
(Cost: £17.50)

 

Wednesday, 30th Apr

1:30 PMThe Intoxicating Walk Down Gin Lane (Camden)
B This special half day study tour invites you to take a literal and metaphorical stroll down ‘Gin Lane’
(Cost: £25)
2:00 PMRecords of the Goldsmiths Company
B A talk about the library collection and archives held by the The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
(Cost: £8)
5:30 PMShould you believe anything you see and interact with online? (South Kensington)
F B Advances in automated reasoning let us calculate how far we can trust decisions that inescapably make us vulnerable, asks Prof Michael Huth.
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.