What's on in London this April 2016 near Canary Wharf, London
The Easter holiday start the month so enjoy chocolate-themed fun across the capital. Then, later in the month, you can cheer on those running in the London Marathon.
The first London Marathon was in 1981. It's a flat and fast course that starts in Blackheath, heads east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf and the Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace.
This year, the Marathon is on Sunday 24 April and there are lots of viewing opportunities. Be aware the Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge areas get very busy so stick with a Canary Wharf location to cheer on the runners. About 36,000 people run the marathon each year and you'll see some wonderfully ridiculous fancy dress outfits being worn as well as world class athletes.
For a quieter day out, head to Greenwich Park to see the deer in The Wilderness Park. Greenwich is the oldest of London's deer parks and has a safe enclosure for the animals. There are paths leading to special viewpoints from which you can enjoy watching the herd of 16 fallow deer and 14 red deer. Do remember, this isn't a petting zoo and the deer are wild animals but visitors are welcome to admire these graceful animals every day.
The O2 at North Greenwich has a new exhibition about this legendary boxer. I Am The Greatest opens on 2 April (and runs until 31 August) and looks at Muhammad Ali's story both inside and outside of the ring. From his humble beginnings in Kentucky to becoming the three times heavyweight champion of the world and one of the most recognisable sports figures of the 20th century.
The exhibition has more than 100 artefacts including unseen footage, photographs and rare personal memorabilia, plus a full-size boxing ring on display.
Over at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The ArcelorMittal Orbit has LEGO fun from 2 to 10 April. The Bricks in the Sky exhibition has some of the world's best known skyscrapers made entirely from LEGO bricks, including the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and a new model of the BT Tower – which can be seen in real life from the Orbit.
During the exhibition, professional LEGO artist Warren Elsmore will be live building the London skyline as seen from the UK's tallest sculpture. Visitors can join in and build what they see and the best creations will be incorporated into Warren's final construction.
The Orbit looks a bit different at the moment as there's building work going on to add a very long and very cool slide from the top to the bottom. Hopefully, it should be opening next month.
And while you are at the Olympic Park, how about taking a guided boat tour to explore the waterways across the park? Tours last for 45 minutes and run daily between 12 noon and 5pm. They leave on the hour (subject to tide and weather conditions) from near the London Aquatics Centre.
CIRCUS IS IN TOWN
An annual treat, Zippos Circus is at Blackheath from 24 March to 5 April. This is the start of their 2016 tour which is a celebration of 30 years of Zippos Circus. The acts include cats but not big cats. No, these are domestic acroCats. There's also trapeze without a safety net, knife throwing, foot juggling, clowns and the wonderful Norman Barrett MBE as ringmaster and with his performing budgies.
Over in Camden, the annual CircusFest 2016 is at the Roundhouse from 4 April to 24 April. There are high-flying UK and international circus acts offering foyer performances and a weekend of free hula-hooping, acrobatics and street dance workshops (9-10 April).
The Cutty Sark theatre has a fun evening event on 8 April. Austentatious is theatrical comedy to create an improvised Jane Austen novel. The audience suggest book titles at random and the show begins. Performed in period costume and accompanied by live music, this comedy performance is an immersive and fun experience.
On Tuesday 19 April there's An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show at Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden. Get up and dance like it's the summer of 1963 to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. This concert celebration features: Be My Baby, She’s Like the Wind, Hungry Eyes, I’ve Had The Time of My Life and more.
By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in April. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon!
Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and AboutLondonLaura.com, plus she contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.
Image credits required:
Muhammad Ali: Credit: Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO)
Greenwich Park: Royal Parks