This weekend in London: 21st - 23rd April

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Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

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Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square
Tea Dance at St Katharine Docks
Virgin London Marathon 2017
The Big London Flea
Classic Car Boot Sale
The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
RA Lates: America Dreaming
Depot Open Weekend: Secrets of the Underground
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best weekend events in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd April 2017

 

London celebrates St George's Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England, with a free festival of food, music and family games in Trafalgar Square which is festooned in red and white for the occasion. It's an excuse to enjoy some good old fashioned homegrown recipes with cookery demos from celebrity chefs who'll prepare English dishes from past and present. Enjoy free entertainment on the main stage and food in the splendid banqueting area between the square's fountains. This year's London celebrations take place on Saturday 22nd April, the day before St George's Day which is on 23rd April each year.

 
 
 

Tea Dance at St Katharine Docks

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: Friday 21st April 2017

 

Bring your dancing shoes to St Katharine Docks and join the famous Rag Roof Players for a tea dance in celebration of British National Tea Day on Friday 21st April. This year it happens to coincide with Her Majesty's 91st Birthday - so you'll also get to hear a 62 gun salute being fired off from the nearby Tower of London at 1pm. There will be two dance sessions, from 12noon to 2pm and between 5pm and 7pm, where you can dance to vintage music from the 1920s to the 1950s. The popular World Food Market will be onsite from 11am to 3pm to help you... keep on dancing!

 
 
 

Virgin London Marathon 2017

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 23rd April 2017

 

The largest fund raising event in the world, the London Marathon, returns to the capital in April. One of the top five international marathons, it sees around 38,000 runners - serious competitors, celebrities and charity fun runners - flood the streets of London to tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile route. Attracting thousands of spectators, the course comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

 
 
 

The Big London Flea

Epic Dalston, Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: Sunday 23rd April 2017

 

North London's largest indoor vintage market, The Big London Flea, comes to EPIC Dalston this April. Taking over the ground floor of the former ABC cinema, the market brings together more than 50 handpicked vintage traders, ranging from veteran vintage sellers such as Spitalfields and Bermondsey markets to locals simply clearing out their loft. Browse salvaged, one-of-a-kind, and lost and found objects as well as handmade items, with everything from 20th century furniture to vintage clothes.

 
 
 

Classic Car Boot Sale

Lewis Cubitt Park and Square, Handyside Street, South Bank, London, N1C 4AY

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017

 

The Classic Car Boot Sale returns to Lewis Cubitt Square in King's Cross this weekend, with an impressive collection of classic cars and vintage goods. Curated by the Vintage Festival team, the event sees over 100 petrol heads park up their classic cars and vintage vehicles to trade fine vintage fashion, homewares and pop culture memorabilia from their boots. Further goods on sale will include vinyl records and accessories. There will also be street food, booze, music, dance and walkabout entertainment.

 
 
 
 

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, Hyde Park, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: Friday 21st April 2017

 

The Queen celebrates her 91st birthday in 2017 and on 21st April - The Queen's actual birthday, which she celebrates privately - the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. The 41-gun Queen's Birthday Gun Salute in Hyde Park takes place at midday, there's a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. It's a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it's also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in a Royal Park - with a ton and a half of cannon in tow. While the Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes are held to celebrate her actual birthday on 21st April, there are further celebrations for her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour.

 
 
 

Depot Open Weekend: Secrets of the Underground

London Transport Museum Depot, 2 Museum Way, London, W3 9BQ

Tube: Acton Town Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017

 

The London Transport Museum Depot in Acton hosts one of its popular Open Weekends in April, this time taking the theme Secrets of the Underground. One of the few occasions when the west London depot is open to the public, the event is a rare opportunity to see inside the working depot and will offer a programme of talks, interactive displays, tours and family activities. Hear stories from Hidden London, the museum's hugely popular series of disused Underground stations; listen to historian Oliver Green as he reveals the story behind the Kingsway Tramway Subway; and get a behind the scenes look at Crossrail, with talks about designing for underground spaces and stories from the engineers. There will also be miniature train layouts, family crafts, quirky artefacts, and street food and refreshments.

 
 
 

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 21st April to 7th May 2017

 

In the year the World Photography Organisation marks the 10th anniversary of its awards, the large-scale London exhibition includes rarely seen work by Martin Parr, who receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. His work is shown at Somerset House along with five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world. Selected from 227,596 images, the winning, shortlisted and commended works cover everything from fashion to travel, portraiture to sport and photojournalism to architecture. In the professional competition shortlisted entries include Alessio Romenzi's images of Libyan forces in the Al Jiza neighbourhood.

 
 
 

Virtual Reality Show

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 20th, 21st and 22nd April 2017

 

The Business Design Centre presents the groundbreaking Virtual Reality Show this April, inviting visitors to experience and appreciate the incredible immersive technology for themselves. The first in a series of international interactive events, the show will bring together top brands and innovators working in VR. Visitors will be able to enjoy immersive art, step into a virtual surgery and even go virtual reality skydiving.

 
 
 

RA Lates: America Dreaming

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 22nd April 2017

 

Linked to the current America After The Fall exhibition, the Royal Academy of Arts presents a late-night event this weekend. America Dreaming invites guests to travel back to 1930s America, a time when the idea of the American dream provided motivation for those struggling with unemployment, urbanisation and industrialisation. This special late-night event will explore the myth of the American dream in all its glory through immersive experiences and curated activities. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an after-hours private view of the exhibition, as well as cocktails and fancy dress. The dress code is all-American vintage.

 
 
 

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