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What's on in London this April 2018 around Canary Wharf, London

This month is not all about those April rain showers as there's the 'chocolate-eating fest' to start the month. Easter is a great time to be in London. Do note, all large shops are closed on Easter Sunday (1 April) but small shops and attractions are open.

HARRY STYLES

One Direction frontman Harry Styles added more dates to his sold-out world tour including two nights at The O2 on 11 and 12 April 2018.

Styles has had massive international success with his solo album which has been at no.1 in over 55 countries. This has meant he has made history as the biggest debut sales week for a UK male artist's first full-length album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

LONDON MARATHON

Since 1981, the London Marathon has been an extraordinary annual event for charity. The 26.2 mile course is flat and fast with around 40,000 people taking part.

The runners always need the support of cheering spectators and the course comes right through Canary Wharf. From mile 15 to 19 the runners are in the area, and you could go over to Greenwich to see the runners by the Cutty Sark at mile 7 too.

MADE LONDON

MADE London returns to Canary Wharf from 25 to 29 April. It's a design and craft fair held in the stunning East Wintergarden showcasing the best contemporary designer makers in the country.

This fair is a wonderful chance to buy unique handmade products or to discuss commissions and future collections with the designers.

The show features high quality homeware, fashion, jewellery, lighting and furniture from a range of materials including ceramic, textile, wood, leather, silver and more.

FEAST OF ST GEORGE

While St George's Day is on Monday 23 April we can celebrate the patron saint of England at the Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 April.

From midday and throughout the afternoon, there's plenty of food on offer (English food, of course) as well as live music and free family fun.

On previous years we've had cooking demonstrations and an interactive trail through central London so hopefully they'll be lots to do.

MONET AND ARCHITECTURE

Also at Trafalgar Square, at the National Gallery this time, is the fantastic Monet and Architecture exhibition. On from 9 April to 29 July, see the 'Father of Impressionism' in an entirely new way, in the first exhibition devoted to Claude Monet's relationship with architecture.

Comprising more than seventy paintings, the exhibition spans Monet's long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912. From his compositions of villages and picturesque settings, through his exploration of the modern city, the exhibition also features London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Waterloo Bridge.

TINA TURNER MUSICAL

Presented in association with Tina Turner, TinaThe Musical is on in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre.

This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. The show chronicles the 78-year-old's rise to fame, including her turbulent relationship with ex-husband Ike.

Featuring her much loved songs, the show promises to be an emotional rollercoaster and the mother of all singalongs.

PAINT JAM

Paint Jam London returns to Canary Wharf with their pop up art studio on Thursday 26 April. From 1-2pm, you can join in the Pollock Splatter Painting workshop in Crossrail Place Roof Garden.

The session explores the joy of splatter painting like the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Participants can splatter, flick and throw paint to achieve that unmistakable Pollock look.

This is great way to release some creativity in the middle of your day and every level of art skills is welcome. These workshops are popular so it's best to book in advance.

AFTER HOURS TOUR

On 24 April, enjoy an after hours tour and rum tasting at the Museum of London Docklands. From Grog to Mojito is on from 6.30-8.30pm in the Docklands warehouse location.

On this exclusive tour you'll discover the history of rum and sugar, from its inextricable connection with the slave trade and the West India docks, to its essential roles in today's cocktails. And yes, you'll be trying run and cocktails along the way.

If you are planning your trip in April, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls and only a 15 minutes tube ride to Westminster for Big Ben and the London Eye. 

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com 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.

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