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.

 

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.
All DaySub Brit Spring Meeting (South Kensington)
Annual meeting of the society for the study of subterranean sites.
(Cost: £20)
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.
12:00 PMEmergency Service training drill in Docklands (Victoria Dock)
F A major disaster will be rehearsed by the Emergency Services this weekend.
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)
4:30 PMTall Sailing Ship to Pass Through Tower Bridge (Southwark)
F Just a note that the Alexander Von Humboldt II is due to visit London for a few days and will pass through Tower Bridge.

 

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)
1:00 PMThe Sci-Fi-London Costume Parade (Temple/Aldwych)
F The Parade will show off a fine array of costumes and outfits spanning every imaginable corner of the Sci-Fi and Fantasy spectrum.
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))
6:15 PMWhatever happened to London Underground's Fleet Line?
F Hadyn Davies will tell us how the Fleet Line route was originally conceived in the 1930s.
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.
6:00 PMA talk about the discovery of the marriage bed of Henry VII (Bloomsbury)
B This seminar presents the Paradise Bed: a substantially intact, once richly painted and grained, Baltic oak bedframe that emerged in 2010.
(Cost: tba)
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.