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    What's on in London this April 2017 near Canary Wharf

    This is a wonderful time of year to be in London. We've got Hollywood stars at the theatre, tall ships in Greenwich and a traditional 'big top' circus nearby. Easter Sunday is on 16 April and brings a four-day holiday weekend to enjoy too.


    Boom! Straight in with a big name actor in a small London theatre. This is the show to see this month as Jude Law stars in the world premiere of Obsession at the Barbican Theatre.

    Based on the 1943 film by Luchino Visconti, Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in this penetrating social drama. Performances open on 19 April and run until 20 May 2017.

    The film was based on James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, and this stage production features a company of Dutch and British actors.

    Gino meets Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.

    Ticket-holders can stay for a post-show talk on Thursday 27 April. And Obsession is being broadcast live to cinemas around the world on Thursday 11 May.


    Another reason to visit the Barbican Centre this month is for Sound Unbound: The Barbican Classical Weekender on 29 and 30 April.

    This ambitious weekend-long project involves all of the Barbican's family of orchestras, and unusual spaces at the Barbican Centre are opened up for new musical experiences.

    The weekend gives audiences the chance to explore new sounds and rediscover familiar ones in a relaxed festival environment. The artists performing most definitely blur the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental and pop music.


    31 March to 2 April offers three days of fashion shows, live entertainment and shopping discounts at the Canary Wharf Spring Fashion Event.

    There are fashion shows throughout each day in Canada Place and Jubilee Place, and all are free to watch. There are hefty shopping discounts to be had so get your spring wardrobe sorted at the start of the month.


    This exhibition is a good reason to head to Mayfair this month. Justin Mortimer - It Is Here opens at Parafin Gallery on 31 March and is on until 21 May 2017.

    Mortimer is a London-based artist and It Is Here is a collection of powerful, haunting, paintings depicting scenes of protest, war and a world in a state of disorder. The paintings combine imagery sourced from the internet with archival material from old books and magazines in order to visually interpret a world in global instability.

    Mortimer won the BP National Portrait Award when he was just 21 and has painted portraits of famous names from David Bowie to the Queen. He now focuses on articulating the present state of affairs. It is not a pleasant vision, though Mortimer finds extraordinary moments of beauty in passages of paint depicting smoke flares, the texture of plastic, the colours of flesh or the richness of the night sky.


    From 13 to 16 April Greenwich is hosting the start of the Rendez-vous Tall Ships Regatta. The regatta, organised by Sail Training International, will sail from Greenwich to Quebec in Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

    The Tall Ships Festival is at the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. Some ships will be open for visitors to get on board to look around and talk to the crew.

    There are fireworks each evening and a Parade of Sail on Sunday 16 April starting at 5pm from Deptford Creek as the whole Tall Ships fleet sails together down the Thames to the sea.


    During The Tall Ships Festival you could book one of the events on the Cutty Sark in the evenings.

    On 14 April there's The Sailor’s Ball where you can have swing dance lessons and then boogie to a live band. Choose the premium ticket for access to the Main Deck at 9.15pm to see the firework display over the River Thames.

    On 15 April it's Beef, Beer, and Boats for a two-course sailor's dinner underneath London's very own Tall Ship. Sing along to sea shanties and chat to a curator while dining on a long, shared table beneath the ship's gleaming hull.


    For a wonderful traditional circus in a 'big top' you can't beat Zippos Circus. Their 2017 Jigit!tour starts at Blackheath and they have shows from 5 to 18 April.

    This year brings plenty of new acts including the Khadikov Jigit Riders from Kazakhstan who perform trick riding skills not seen in a UK circus ring for 30 years. And there's The Hot Dogs who are a canine comedy act.

    The show also has comics, jugglers, trapeze acts, an incredible contortionist and the Globe of Death – motorbike riders looping around inside a metal sphere.

    The circus tent is heated so there are no chilly evenings and you'll spend 2 hours watching through your fingers in disbelief at the daredevil skills of these performers.


    For more traditional entertainment, who not visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Easter Fun Fair? It's on from 1 to 17 April, midday to 9pm daily, at the Stratford Waterfront.

    There's fun for all ages with the dodgems, rollercoasters and carousels. Toddlers will love the teacup rides and the big kids will scream on the high drop rides.

    There's a £1 entrance charge (under 3-year-olds got free) and then you buy tokens for the rides.

    Tuesday 4 and 11 April are special 'wristband days' when you can go on unlimited rides at allocated times.


    The London Marathon is on Sunday 23 April and you can watch the start at Blackheath or cheer on the 40,000 runners at Canary Wharf as they approach mile 19 of the 26.2-mile course.

    They'll certainly appreciate the support!

    By staying at Fraser Place,  you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in April 2017. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

    You can also check-out what's on in Kensington, by clicking here


    Laura Porter writes and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

    Image credits: Obsession: © Jan Versweyveld  |  Sound Unbound: © Mark Allan  |  Justin Mortimer: © Justin Mortimer  |  Zippos Circus: © Piet-Hein Out  |  London Marathon: © Virgin Money London Marathon