Things to do in London in April 2020

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

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Sunday 5th April

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
There will be extensive bus displays, heritage bus trips and a huge selection of trade stalls.
 10am to 5pm
 London Bus Museum Spring Gathering
Open days usually feature the restored engines in operation, a light railway trip, and walks around the Victorian buildings.
 10:30am to 4pm
 Abbey Wood
Open day and steaming at the Crossness pumping station
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
Gatton Park's monthly open day
An event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene.
 All Day

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Monday 6th April

In this talk Dr Sheila Kanani combines the story of a pioneering woman astronomer, with an account of the science behind comets, asteroids and meteors. This talk will end with a demonstration of how to make a comet model using kitchen ingredients.
 1pm to 2pm
Join the Michelin-starred chef, bestselling author and BBC presenter in conversation with Gilly Smith.
 7pm to 8:30pm

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Tuesday 7th April

At the fifth anniversary of the Easter burglary in 2015, the biggest in English legal history, we explore the drama including local links and colourful twists in the story.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Hatton Garden Heist!  A local history talk by Lester Hillman
An insight into the food culture of Early Modern Europe told through the art and artefacts of the time.
 7:15pm to 8:30pm

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Wednesday 8th April

Play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.
 5pm to 6pm
 South Kensington
For one night only, comedy and consoles collide for an evening of laughs and levelling-up.
 6:15pm to 10pm
 South Kensington
Join Dr Rebecca Bullard to discover what eighteenth-century obituaries can tell us about the world in which Samuel Johnson lived and worked, and how they compare with printed memorials in our own time.
 7pm to :

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Good Friday

A full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed in the shadow of the National Gallery.
 12pm to :
 Trafalgar Square

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Saturday 11th April

Complete with a musical finale with a song that was once heard in many music halls up and down the land, join Sheldon from the Cemetery Club to discover a real gem of London's heritage.
 1:30pm to 3pm
Graves in the Wood: The Abandoned Beauty of Barnes Cemetery

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Easter Sunday

Monthly opening of the only surviving fully working watermill in Surrey.
 2pm to 5pm
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill

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Easter Monday

Open day at the restored Victorian steam powered pumping station, with the machine running regularly throughout the day.
 11am to 5pm
 South Tottenham
Victorian steam engine - steaming day

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Tuesday 14th April

Explore the wide variety of Japanese ghosts, demons, and monsters with Japanese curator Yasuyo Ohtsuka.
 1pm to 2pm
Play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.
 5pm to 6pm
 South Kensington
Join scholars, poets, activists and wanderers in this evening of readings and discussion, marking the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth.
 7pm to 8:30pm
The first comprehensive biography in three decades on Margaret Beaufort, the mother of the Tudor Dynasty.
 7pm to 8:30pm
Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch - A Talk by Dr Nicola Tallis
Join Stephen and Meera in conversation as they discuss the importance of writing in 2020 and beyond.
 7:30pm to 9:40pm

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Wednesday 15th April

The tour is a great opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the City of London’s last surviving food market first hand.
 6:30am to 8am
Smithfield Market Early Morning Tour
Play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.
 5pm to 6pm
 South Kensington
Featuring a fantastic and ghoulish array of examples from history, literature, film, tv and computer games, Shapeshifters explores our secret desire to become something other than human.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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Thursday 16th April

Join author Esther Rutter as she unpicks the history of wool-crafts in the Britain from the link between knitting and protest to the legend of identifying fishermen by the knit of their jumpers.
 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 South Kensington
A screening of the British-American science fiction horror film.
 7pm to :
Village of the Damned (1960)
Live screening in the cinema of a David Attenborough documentary and Q&A.
 7:10pm to :
 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet Live From the World Premiere
The presentation will explore the local political and economic drama two centuries ago, with illustrations from Regency comedy, art, literature, climate, music, rhyme, and even table decoration.
 7:30pm to 9pm

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Friday 17th April

£15.00 Pools
Celebrating the joy and enduring allure of the swimming pool, Lou Stoppard marks the publication of her new book, 'Pools', with a discussion of role of the swimming pool in photography and visual culture.
 7pm to 8pm
 South Kensington

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Saturday 18th April

You are exhorted to visit your local independent purveyor of music and make purchases of physical storage media.
 All Day
 Record Store Day
Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Sunday 19th April

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
Annual Open Day at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve 2020
Alongside the special MG displays there will be a whole host of British built vehicles, from the pre-war Alvis, Norton and Sunbeam right through to the latest Jaguar model.
 10am to 5pm
MG and British Marques Day
Semi-regular vintage fashion clothing fair.
 11am to 5:30pm
 Frock Me - Vintage fashion fair
See lots of people promenading in grand hats - or, if hatted, join in.
 2pm to 3:30pm
London Hat Walk
Hear from the Jewish Council of Racial Equality (JCORE) as they explore the identity of minority communities in Britain and the potential for building bridges between these communities in an increasingly fractured world.
 2pm to 3:30pm
Exploring Identity: Building Bridges between Minority Communities in Britain

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Tuesday 21st April

Ceremonial military guns will go bang bang at the Tower of London and Hyde Park to mark HM The Queen’s Birthday.
 12pm to 1:30pm
Royal Gun Salutes in Hyde Park and at the Tower of London

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Wednesday 22nd April

This talk will explain how to discern what and who to trust, how to know whether evidence is causation or just a correlation, and how to overcome the temptation to accept views that we agree with.
 6pm to 7pm
In this talk, climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh presents the facts and figures, based on world-class research conducted at Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s zero-carbon future initiative.
 6pm to 8:30pm
 Victoria Dock
Turing Lecture: Plan AI, because there's no planet B

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Thursday 23rd April

Take a peek below deck at the lives of those who boarded the Mayflower and changed the world forever
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
On the tenth anniversary of the death of Malcolm McLaren, writer and cultural commentator Paul Gorman will talk about the ‘late cultural iconoclast’.
 7:30pm to :
Malcolm McLaren

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Friday 24th April

Celebrate the life and significant contributions of Mollie Hunte to the Black community with key speakers throughout the day.
 9:30am to 4:30pm
Mollie Hunte: Educator, Psychologist and Champion of Caribbean People
A rare insight into the Bank of England's historic art collection in an illustrated lecture by City Guide and former Bank employee Tim Kidd.
 2:30pm to 4pm
The Bank of England’s Art Collection
Artist Tim Redfern explores the wonderful world of queer personal ads in the British Library collection following the recent work of his bearded Drag Queen alter ego Timberlina with the National Archives.
 7:15pm to 8:30pm

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Saturday 25th April

Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 East Dulwich
Open day at the House of Dreams

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Sunday 26th April

Occasional open day in the walled garden that houses the Kilmorey Mausoleum.
 10am to 3pm
Kilmorey Mausoleum open day
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
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm

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Monday 27th April

This lecture will present the endeavours of cosmologists and particle physicists, as they attempt to explain the fundamental nature of these mysterious dark components.
 1pm to 2pm

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Tuesday 28th April

The lecture will focus on a number of equations and algorithms which are making a profound difference to the way that we live.
 1pm to 2pm

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Wednesday 29th April

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
Spring Candlelit Photography Evening

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Thursday 30th April

Simon’s father was Oliver Postgate, the co-creator of such children’s TV classics as the Clangers, Bagpuss, Ivor The Engine.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 New Oxford Street
Simon Postgate – Behind the Camera with Oliver Postgate
Watch a showing of the 1964 film, Becket in Southwark Cathedral while lit by candlelight.
 7pm to 10pm
Film Screening by Candlelight - Becket
An illustrated talk followed by a wine reception. Dr. Nicola Streeten draws, talks, writes about, teaches and organises events to do with comics.
 7:15pm to 8:30pm

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