Things to do in London in April 2019

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Events in London in April 2019

The IanVisits guide to Aprils unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Monday 1st Apr

Kathleen Walker-Meikle traces the history of our feline friends (or foes) in medieval times
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-01
2019-04-01

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Tuesday 2nd Apr

Is there such a thing as culinary appropriation in a field that relies on sharing?
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-02
2019-04-02
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
2019-04-02
2019-04-02
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
2019-04-02
2019-04-02

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Thursday 4th Apr

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
2019-04-04
2019-04-04
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
2019-04-04
2019-04-04
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
2019-04-04
2019-04-04

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Friday 5th Apr

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
2019-04-05
2019-04-05
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
2019-04-05
2019-04-05
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
2019-04-05
2019-04-05
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
2019-04-05
2019-04-05

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Saturday 6th Apr

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
2019-04-06
2019-04-06
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
2019-04-06
2019-04-06
An exclusive visit to the rarely open Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public pet cemetery in Britain, and a chance to discover the dark histories of Hyde Park.
 Starts at 1:30pm
 
 Paddington
2019-04-06
2019-04-06
Discover how Edward Johnston, the man behind London Underground’s typeface and the iconic roundel, changed passenger journeys forever.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-04-06
2019-04-06
Johnston Journeys tour

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Sunday 7th Apr

Occasional opening of the fairground organ museum.
 11am to 5pm
 
2019-04-07
2019-04-07
Amersham Fair Organ Museum Open Day
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
2019-04-07
2019-04-07
Gatton Park monthly open day
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-04-07
2019-04-07

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Monday 8th Apr

Explore the role of voice, narrative and storytelling in cookery books with three fantastic food writers.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-08
2019-04-08
How were England’s risky colonial projects in 17th-century America sold to the public?
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-08
2019-04-08

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Tuesday 9th Apr

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
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
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
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
How do animals – including humans – find their way around? David Barrie explores the wonders of animal navigation.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
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
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
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
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
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
2019-04-09
2019-04-09
This lecture will consider the current reality of AI in education and its transformative potential.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-04-09
2019-04-09

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Wednesday 10th Apr

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-04-10
2019-04-10
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
2019-04-10
2019-04-10

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Thursday 11th Apr

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-04-11
2019-04-11
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Friday 12th Apr

A panel sink their teeth into an overlooked gothic classic.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-12
2019-04-12
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-04-12
2019-04-12
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Saturday 13th Apr

You are exhorted to visit your local independent purveyor of music and make purchases of physical storage media.
 All Day
 
2019-04-13
2019-04-13
Record Store Day
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-04-13
2019-04-13
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
£11.10
Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Astronauts provided the basis for this deliciously schlocky, Polish-East German space opera.
 4pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-04-13
2019-04-13
Silent Star
Join Eva Griffith for a day exploring the London history of clowning.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-04-13
2019-04-13
The London Clown

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Sunday 14th Apr

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
2019-04-14
2019-04-14
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
2019-04-14
2019-04-14
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-04-14
2019-04-14
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Monday 15th Apr

This paper asks if researchers in the history of sex lag behind researchers in the social sciences when it comes to understanding how work serves to perpetuate stigma and damaging narratives.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Euston
2019-04-15
2019-04-15
Sex History, Ethics, and Activism

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Tuesday 16th Apr

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 :
 
 Barbican
2019-04-16
2019-04-16
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
2019-04-16
2019-04-16

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Wednesday 17th Apr

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
2019-04-17
2019-04-17
Gap Year Travel Safety

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Thursday 18th Apr

Find out what happens the Crown Court. Cell tours, mock trials, easter egg hunt and more.
 10am to 3pm
 
 Wood Green
2019-04-18
2019-04-18
Open day at Wood Green Crown Court
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
2019-04-18
2019-04-18

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Friday 19th Apr

The Wintershall players bring their portrayal of the final days of Jesus to Trafalgar Square.
 12pm to :
 
 Trafalgar Square
2019-04-19
2019-04-19
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
2019-04-19
2019-04-19
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
2019-04-19
2019-04-19

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Saturday 20th Apr

Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-04-20
2019-04-20
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
See historic vehicles and engineering collections, an array of signs and maps, as well as unusual and unexpected items from London’s rich transport past.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-04-20
2019-04-20
Monthly Depot Discovery tours

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Sunday 21st Apr

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
2019-04-21
2019-04-21

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Monday 22nd Apr

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
2019-04-22
2019-04-22

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Tuesday 23rd Apr

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
2019-04-23
2019-04-23
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
2019-04-23
2019-04-23
Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow - A Talk by Dr Lucy Worsley

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Wednesday 24th Apr

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
2019-04-24
2019-04-24
Spring Candlelit Photography Evening
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
2019-04-24
2019-04-24

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Thursday 25th Apr

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
2019-04-25
2019-04-25
The scandalous case of John Vassall

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Friday 26th Apr

Celebrate a book often considered to be the first English novel.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-04-26
2019-04-26

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Sunday 28th Apr

Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-04-28
2019-04-28
The Reserve is open to the public just once a year at a time when the bluebells are at their most beautiful.
 5pm to 6pm
 
 Greenford
2019-04-28
2019-04-28
Annual Open Day at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve
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
2019-04-28
2019-04-28
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
2019-04-28
2019-04-28
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
2019-04-28
2019-04-28

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Monday 29th Apr

Curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere will show you the graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-04-29
2019-04-29

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Tuesday 30th Apr

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
2019-04-30
2019-04-30

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