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.


Wednesday 1st April

As well as setting these competing narratives into their wider context, this lecture will ask why the partisan memorialisation of religious atrocity in Ireland has proved so exceptionally durable.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 2nd April

This talk by Pete Smith tells the story of his close and often fraught collaboration with a range of talented artists, and points to the detailed clues in their illustrations that a modern reader might easily miss.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
Dickens and His Illustrators

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Saturday 4th April

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
An event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene.
 All Day
 
 Whitechapel

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Sunday 5th April

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
 All Day
 
 Croydon
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
 
 Weybridge
 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
 
 Southwark
Monthly open day at Gatton Park, the core 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
Gatton Park's monthly open day
An event for discerning coffee lovers and those working in the coffee scene.
 All Day
 
 Whitechapel

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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
 
 Barbican

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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
 
 Holloway
The Hatton Garden Heist!  A local history talk by Lester Hillman

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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

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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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Tuesday 14th April

Play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.
 5pm to 6pm
 
 South Kensington
The first comprehensive biography in three decades on Margaret Beaufort, the mother of the Tudor Dynasty.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch - A Talk by Dr Nicola Tallis

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Wednesday 15th April

Play your way through 160 consoles, hundreds of video games and five decades of gaming history.
 5pm to 6pm
 
 South Kensington

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Thursday 16th April

Live screening in the cinema of a David Attenborough documentary and Q&A.
 7:10pm to :
 
 Barbican
 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet Live From the World Premiere

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Saturday 18th April

Monthly tour of the former Inland Revenue offices, now a artists workshop.
 Starts at 1:15pm
 
 Strand
Somerset House Studios Tours

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Sunday 19th April

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
 
 Weybridge
MG and British Marques Day
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
 
 Camden
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
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 23rd April

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 :
 
 Highgate
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
 
 Clerkenwell
Mollie Hunte: Educator, Psychologist and Champion of Caribbean People

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Top events in London on Sat 25th Apr 2020

Occasional open day of the eclectically designed home of artist, Stephen Wright.
 10am to 5pm
 
 East Dulwich
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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
 
 Twickenham
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
 
 Hackney

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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
 
 Barbican

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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
 
 Barbican

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Thursday 30th April

Watch a showing of the 1964 film, Becket in Southwark Cathedral while lit by candlelight.
 7pm to 10pm
 
 Southwark
Film Screening by Candlelight - Becket

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