Marvellous things to do in the City of London in April 2023

Marvellous things to do in the City of London in April 2023
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Is that the sun finally poking through the clouds in the City of London? Get ready to emerge from your hibernation because there are some marvellous things to do across the Square Mile this month.

There’s a four-day weekend to look forward to, plenty of gardens in full bloom, and a gentle spring breeze coaxing us all outside again. The City of London is full of great things to do in April.

Get ready for circus performances, wild goose chases, and unbeatable art, sound good? And if you want to make the most of the spring weather, be sure to check out some of the city’s loveliest gardens.

We’ll see you out there, just remember to bring your rain jacket – you know what they say about April showers.

Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle exhibition

Art lovers, you’re not going to want to miss the Alice Neel exhibition at The Barbican. The American artist is known for her stunning figurative paintings of marginalised communities. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and brings together portraits, archival photography and film from across the artist’s career. Tickets start from £18.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street EC2Y 8DS
Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle | Barbican

Brunch at Gaucho Chancery Lane

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April has us hungry for more than just a splash of sunshine. The square mile is beginning to look alive again, which is why we’re planning to head out for a buzzy brunch at Gaucho Chancery Lane. This spot is the picture of elegance and specialises in steak and Argentinian plates. Still hungry? We’ve got you covered with the best bottomless brunches in the City of London.

125 Chancery Lane
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Humans 2.0 by Circa performance

When it comes to things to do in the City of London in April, there are few things more marvellous than the circus. Head to Southbank Centre to check out this next-level acrobatics performance by Circa. Humans 2.0 runs from 12 April to 16 April at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Tickets range from £18 ⁠to £30.

Southbank Centre SE1 8XX
Humans 2.0 by Circa

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Easter at Leadenhall Market © Lucy Young 2022

The Great Leadenhall Goose Chase

If you’re after a family-friendly Easter activity this April in the City of London, head to Leadenhall Market for this special event. Running throughout April, the Great Leadenhall Goose Chase has up to 100 challenges for teams to take part in. It’s free to enter with 20 teams of any size competing to get their hands on Old Tom’s trophy and £500 to spend at the Leadenhall Market outlet of their choice. Be sure to register in advance.

Gracechurch Street EC3V 1LT
The Great Leadenhall Goose Chase – Leadenhall Market

Unbeatable gardens to visit this spring

Beech Gardens, the Barbican Estate

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Known for its bright colours from spring through to autumn, Beech Gardens has extensive areas of mixed perennials, grasses and bulbs. Rain or shine, this is the ideal spot for a square mile stroll in April.

Barbican Estate

Cleary Garden

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Shaded seating, lawns, wooden arbours and three tiers of gardens puts Cleary Garden at the top of our list for lovely gardens to visit in the City of London. The garden is open from 8am until dusk and is also the site of a Roman bathhouse – perfect for garden-going history buffs.

Queen Victoria Street

Postman’s Park

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Named for its historical popularity with employees from the old General Post Office, Postman’s Park is a tranquil space set apart from the bustling City streets. There’s a pathway to stroll from east to west and loads of benches to take in the bedding display.

King Edward Street

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