Things to do in London in April 2019

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The ianVisits guide to April's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Monday 1st April

Kathleen Walker-Meikle traces the history of our feline friends (or foes) in medieval times
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden

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Tuesday 2nd April

Is there such a thing as culinary appropriation in a field that relies on sharing?
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Alan Brown takes us on an epic coast-to-coast trip through the wild and lonely interior of the Highlands.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
Overlander: Bikepacking coast to coast across the heart of the highlands
Professor Ringhand discusses how officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have approached the problem, and how they have faced surprisingly similar challenges despite the different underlying approaches to political campaign financing taken by each nation.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican

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Wednesday 3rd April

Hear Suresh Singh, author of Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh, tell the story of his father Joginder Singh who came to Spitalfields in 1949.
 7pm to :
 
 City of London
Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh

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Thursday 4th April

This talk will be accompanied by a small display of material relating to Archbishop Laud from the Library’s collections.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Southwark
Lambeth under Laud - new perspectives on the archbishop and his household
A talk about the stormy public debates surrounding the first Blackfriars Bridge, which opened in 1769.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
The Battles of Blackfriars Bridge: London Improvement in the Age of Franklin
This lecture will track these radical quests and show how they could lead to positions like those of Baruch Spinoza or Thomas Hobbes: God may still exist but is almost wholly out of reach.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Friday 5th April

Join The Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent and food writer, journalist and activist Jack Monroe as they discuss issues around food poverty and food inequality in contemporary Britain.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Known worldwide as the inspiration for Dame Judi Dench’s character ‘M’ in the James Bond films, Dame Stella Rimington is now an iconic face of British espionage.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Richmond
An evening with Dame Stella Rimington
The Archbishop's garden is open for a few hours each month between April and September.
 12pm to 3pm
 
 Southwark
Monthly opening of Lambeth Palace Garden
A conversation with the Bishop of London, reflecting on women's leadership, her experiences in the role and her journey so far.
 6:30pm to 8:15pm
 
 Holborn

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Saturday 6th April

The final Saturday of London Games Festival will once again see hundreds of games characters take to the streets of London in the very special Games Character Parade.
 Starts at 12am
 
 City of London
A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Upminster
 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting

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Sunday 7th April

Expect to see lots of people in very fine hats promenading along the South Bank
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Southwark
London Hat Walk
Occasional opening of the fairground organ museum.
 11am to 5pm
 
Amersham Fair Organ Museum Open Day
The show is expected to attract around 100 visiting buses and coaches, old and new, from London and all over the UK.
 10am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
London Bus Museum Spring Gathering
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
Gatton Park monthly open day
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark

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Tuesday 9th April

Join Julia Shaw as she delves into the darkest depths of the human psyche, and discover what science can teach us about the link between human psychology and acts of evil.
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Julia Eccleshare sneaks into the pantry to taste the edible (and inedible) food found in children’s literature, past and present and consider the role food plays in our literary childhood imaginations.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
We all know the saying ‘you are what you eat’ in relation to our bodies – but when it comes to our minds ‘you are what you read’ is equally true. The impact of our mental diet is less visible but just as powerful.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
How do animals – including humans – find their way around? David Barrie explores the wonders of animal navigation.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
Incredible Journeys: How Animals Great and Small Find Their Way
In 1855, on a dark and snowy December morning, Emmanuel Barthelemy was hanged for a double murder outside the gates of Newgate prison. What had brought him to this grisly end?
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
The Murderer of Warren Street - A Talk by Marc Mulholland
An evening exploring the Easter story through art over the centuries, with Art Historian Dr Nigel Halliday
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Tooting
Easter in Art
The concept of a ‘good death’, and how it can be achieved will be discussed, including the importance of open conversations with children being bereaved.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
This lecture will consider the current reality of AI in education and its transformative potential.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Wednesday 10th April

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Drawing on evidence from contemporary maps, paintings and writings, and modern environmental science, the lecture will offer a 'virtual' walk around the City with Sir Thomas Gresham.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 11th April

This lecture seeks to highlight and explore the common threads of a vibrant bilingual poetic culture that lasted for more than four centuries.
 6:30pm to 7:45pm
 
 St James
Alcuin and Cynewulf: the art and craft of Anglo-Saxon verse
How did today’s illicit drugs arrive in Britain, who were the first people to use them, and how did they spread into the culture at large?
 7:30pm to :
 
 Highgate
Drugs In Victorian Britain
An illustrated overview of opposition postcards under the Tsars, showing how this vibrant new form of communication served to spread revolutionary belief and disrupt the Imperial status quo.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
Revolutionary Postcards in Imperial Russia
When parliament changed the law on defamation in 2013, it thought it had solved the problem of libel tourism. It hadn’t.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Paddington
Kleptoscope: Libel proceedings, A Very British Censorship
Learn more about the emotional importance of food for Dickens and his characters as well as the history behind the Victorian sweets and drinks.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
Punch and Puddings with Pen Vogler
Robert Kingham explores London’s historical, mythical and contemporary pagan connections.
 8pm to 11pm
 
 Southwark
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Rachel Reeves MP speaks on her new book Women of Westminster: The MPs who Changed Politics.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

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Friday 12th April

Join Professor Jo Fox as she examines the impact of propaganda and rumour in the Second World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
Psychological warfare in the Second World War
A panel sink their teeth into an overlooked gothic classic.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Discover the secrets that lie behind, or rather underneath, the Charterhouse.
 10:30am to 12pm
 
 Clerkenwell
Crossrail and the Charterhouse Tour
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Saturday 13th April

You are exhorted to visit your local independent purveyor of music and make purchases of physical storage media.
 All Day
 
Record Store Day
Over 30 of the UK’s best artisan hot sauce makers all under one roof.
 11am to 11pm
 
 Peckham
London's first Hot sauce festival
£11.10 Silent Star
Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Astronauts provided the basis for this deliciously schlocky, Polish-East German space opera.
 4pm to :
 
 Barbican
Silent Star
£16.00 Concorde Day
A day of Concorde-themed activities and celebrate the 50th anniversary of her maiden flight
 10am to 5pm
 
 Weybridge
Concorde Day
Join Eva Griffith for a day exploring the London history of clowning.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Clerkenwell
The London Clown
Find out about bats then head out into the darkness with bat detectors to spot them flying on the Marshes.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Tottenham
Bat Talk and Walk

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Sunday 14th April

Nearly a decade before the rise of Nazi Germany, the Austrian film, Die Stadt ohne Juden - The City Without Jews, envisions a chilling dystopia.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Euston
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
To coincide with Telegraph Hill Festival we will be celeberating spring at New Cross Gate Cutting Nature Reserve with four local unamplified folk acts.
 1pm to 4pm
 
 Brockley

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Monday 15th April

For some reason, there will be a fleet of helicopters flying over London this morning.
 10:30am to 12pm
 

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Tuesday 16th April

Kondakov reviews texts of court files dealing with sexualised violence in order to understand what the emotional background of this phenomenon is.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
Sexual Counter-Revolutions and Queer Lives
Based on a short story by Stanislaw Lem, this 70s Polish sci-fi anticipates the anxiety of Blade Runner: non-humans passing among us, unrecognised.
 6:45pm to 1am
 
 Barbican
The Interrogation of Pilot Pirx
In this lecture, we provide a brief history of text processing and look towards the future when the computer sonnet or love poem might become a reality.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Wednesday 17th April

Whether you’re a young person setting off for the first time, or a silver traveller heading out on your next adventure; international security expert, Lloyd Figgins, provides practical and cost effective advice on how to stay safe.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
Gap Year Travel Safety
A talk by a structural engineer on the design of theme park rides.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
The ups and downs of Theme Park engineering

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Thursday 18th April

Find out what happens the Crown Court. Cell tours, mock trials, easter egg hunt and more.
 10am to 3pm
 
 Wood Green
Open day at Wood Green Crown Court
Join Dr. Kathleen Walker-Meikle for this talk on fear, animals and medieval practice in the Middle Ages.
 6:30pm to 8:03pm
 
 Southwark
Fearing the Beast: Animal Attacks and Medical Practice in the Middle Ages
It’s said that we ‘eat with our eyes’, so how does the design of cookery books shape how and what we choose to cook?
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden

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Friday 19th April

The Wintershall players bring their portrayal of the final days of Jesus to Trafalgar Square.
 12pm to :
 
 Trafalgar Square
The Passion of Jesus
Each year a fresh hot-cross bun is ceremonially presented by sailors to the pub landlord/lady.
 3pm to 3pm
 
 Bow
Widow's Bun Ceremony
On Good Friday money is given to poor widows of the parish and buns to children.
 11:30am to 12pm
 
 Barbican

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Top events in London on Sat 20th Apr 2019

To mark its 75th anniversary, Tim Bean reveals the story behind one of Britain's greatest battles.
 2:30pm to :
 
 Chelsea
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Imphal and Kohima, 1944
Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
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Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
A delightful old barn now packed full of "clutter" that's oddly enjoyable to visit.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Upminster
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 Occasional open day at the Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Join Friends of Tottenham Marshes bee keepers and explore the work of honey bees as hives are opened for inspection.
 2pm to :
 
 Tottenham
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Inside a Beehive

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Sunday 21st April

Tour the remains of the western gate of London’s Roman military fort, located beneath the streets next to the Museum of London.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Barbican

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Monday 22nd April

The Blackheath Morris Men once more carry out the ancient tradition of heaving a lady into the air on a decorated chair.
 12pm to :
 
 Greenwich
Semi-regular days where they fire up a Victorian steam engine.
 12:30pm to 4:30pm
 
 South Tottenham
Open day at a Victorian steam pump

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Tuesday 23rd April

50 years after the play premiered, take a look at the lasting impact of Orton's What The Butler Saw and the contemporary issues it addresses.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
Join Naomi Games as she takes us on a journey through her father’s professional career.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Chelsea
Abram Games: 60 years of design
Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing?
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow - A Talk by Dr Lucy Worsley

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Wednesday 24th April

The Science Museum will be celebrating 150 years of the periodic table with a special Lates inspired by the UN’s International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.
 6:45pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
Piers Bizony, author of The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, discusses the production process for his latest book, The NASA Archives.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 South Lambeth
This spring Southwark Cathedral would like to invite all amateur and professional photographers to spend an evening taking photos of the Cathedral lit by candlelight.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
Spring Candlelit Photography Evening
Tim Bouverie discusses his new book, a history of the years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Nazi domination of Europe.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
Tim Bouverie: On Appeasement
This talk will show that stock market trading may contribute to society even if does not lead to firms raising new capital.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 25th April

In this talk Holly Carter-Chappell will examine the ways in which these two calamitous events altered the way in which Britain grieved and memorialised its dead forever.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Southwark
 All the Living and All the Dead: How War and Spanish flu Changed our View of Death
Join Huw Cordey and Patrick Morris - the filmmakers behind BBC series Life, Planet Earth and The Hunt - for an evening of the stories that have inspired them across thirty years of wildlife filmmaking.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
For the Love of Nature’
Our contemporary records specialist Mark Dunton delves deeper into this scandal - one of a series that rocked the Macmillan government in the early 1960s, feeding into a national obsession with spy culture at the time.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Richmond
The scandalous case of John Vassall
Copies of 'London Made Us' will be available to purchase on the evening along with a book-signing.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
London Made Us - Robert Elms In Conversation With Jason Solomons
LSE's Rebecca Newton will in this lecture discuss how to build authentic leadership and drive positive change.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

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Top events in London on Fri 26th Apr 2019

Discussion on the future of Old Kent Road, hearing from keystakeholders and local residents about the opportunities and challenges facing the road now and into the future.
 8:30am to 9:30am
 
 Euston
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The future of Old Kent Road
Emma Worrall will discuss the British Army's use of canines during the First World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
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The British Messenger Dog Service in the First World War
A panel of energy experts discusses the future of nuclear fusion and solar power, following a screening of the documentary 'Let There Be Light'.
 7:30pm to 9:45pm
 
 South Kensington
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Celebrate a book often considered to be the first English novel.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
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Saturday 27th April

King Willem Alexander will celebrate his 52nd birthday, and there will be a street party outside the Dutch Church in London.
 2pm to 5:30pm
 
Occasional open weekend at the Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton - lots of events, old buses and trains to see.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Acton
 Open weekend at the London Transport Museum's Acton Depot
A hall full of film memorabilia traders and a number of Cult TV and film stars in attendance.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Holborn
Cult TV & Film fair

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Sunday 28th April

Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
The Reserve is open to the public just once a year at a time when the bluebells are at their most beautiful.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Greenford
Annual Open Day at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve
Occasional open weekend at the Transport Museum's overflow depot in Acton - lots of events, old buses and trains to see.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Acton
 Open weekend at the London Transport Museum's Acton Depot
Celebrate the arrival of Spring by enjoying a rare Open Day at Kilmorey Mausoleum, one of Richmond's most historic yet lesser known buildings.
 10am to 3pm
 
 Twickenham
Open day at the Kilmorey Mausoleum
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
In this talk George discusses what is driving London’s housing market to dysfunction and reveals how the house building industry has managed to exploit the crisis in order to turn an enormous profit.
 3pm to 4:30pm
 
 Holborn

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Monday 29th April

As well as viewing the lavish exteriors, you will be given an insight into the workings of the Supreme Court.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Pimlico
Evening Tour of the UK Supreme Court

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Tuesday 30th April

This lecture will investigate the ways in which the working-class poets of Scotland and the North of England engaged with poetry, and new ways of representing industrial labour.
 6:30pm to 7:45pm
 
 St James
The piston and the pen: poetry and the Victorian industrial worker
A panel of experts discuss the role of design in Stanley Kubrick’s films.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Kensington
Kubrick’s design collaborations
The last 500 years of progress in maths will be reviewed, to see where it is going next and ask whether we are truly living in a mathematical Golden Age.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican

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