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April Events 2024

Having trouble deciding on the best spots for photography in London?

Then check out the amazing events in the London and Watford area this month. These events are more geared towards photography and art.

From the whimsical dance of cherry blossoms to the proud stance of tulips and the delicate carpet of bluebells, our surroundings are bursting into a kaleidoscope of colours. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast eager to capture the ephemeral beauty of spring or simply someone who delights in the joy of meandering through floral marvels, this season promises an enchanting palette of experiences.

Last Updated: 1st April

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Pokeman Championship at Excel 4th till 6th
All things Pokeman, a pop-up Pokémon Center in Excel centre. Giving fans the chance to see the cute faces of Charmander, Jigglypuff, Pidgey, and lots more.
Find out more here.

Freestyle Painting Lab 4th till 8th
Dive headfirst into a whirlwind of joy and colour at the Freestyle Painting Lab! Situated in the heart of London, this unconventional workshop is about more than just holding a brush in hand; it’s an invitation to step out of the daily grind and express yourself without boundaries.
Find out more here.

World Unseen exhibition at Somerset House 5th till 7th
Brought to you by Canon, this immersive, first-of-its kind photography exhibition enables everyone – blind, partially sighted and sighted visitors – to experience imagery in an entirely new way.
Find out more here.

Vaisakhi 2024 at Trafalgar Square – 6th
One of the biggest festivals in the Sikh calendar, Vaisakhi, celebrates Sikh and Punjabi traditions, heritage, culture, and the birth of the Khalsa (modern day Sikhism).
Find out more here.

London Games Festival – 9th to 25th
London Games Festival is supported by the Mayor of London. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment) – with a mission to make London the games capital of the world. London is already the biggest games cluster in Europe, home to over 500 games businesses. Since it started in 2016, Games London has helped generate nearly £100m for games businesses that have participated in its programmes.
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London Coffee Festival at Truman Brewery – 11th to 14th
The London Coffee Festival is the world’s greatest coffee and hospitality event, embracing London’s bustling coffee scene and its creative subcultures. The event features over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food brands, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, music, art exhibitions and an educational Lab programme.
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Books In The Park in Lewisham – 13th
A brand-new book festival comes to Lewisham this Spring at the borough’s largest green space, Beckenham Place Park. 
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Spring Plant Fair at Garden Museum – 14th
From shade specialists to plants for pollinators, meet the growers and pick their brains on what will flourish in your garden, balcony or allotment. Stalls at this year’s fair will include Great Dixter Nursery and Beth Chatto’s Plants & Gardens, providing a rare opportunity for Londoners to shop garden plants grown by these beloved and historic nurseries.
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Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival – 16th till 2nd May
Be astonished as over 100,000 tulip bulbs erupt in colour in one of the UK’s most extensive displays of planted tulips. Celebrate the start of spring with a visit to Hampton Court Palace as our tulips emerge to herald warmer days to come. Enjoy 60 acres of colourful royal gardens as you immerse yourself in Henry VIII’s famous grounds.
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Colour Walk Meetup at Spitalfields Market – 18th
It is an informal gathering of colourful, creative souls who meet, dressed in their finest, to walk, talk and strut their stuff. Excellent for photography.
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Ballerina in the Bluebell Woods – TBA
Through the woods with the bluebells and a wonderful ballerina. The ballerina will be doing ballet poses amongst the bluebells at sunset (No Bluebells Damaged), with a maximum of five people and a minimum of four people. The date will be announced once the bluebells have come up.
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London Marathon – 21st
The London Marathon first took place in 1981 and has become one of the most popular marathons in the world. The route takes in many of London’s best landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf. Good for photographs along the route.
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Tulips with model – 21st
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a photoshoot at Tulleys Farm with models and tulips at Tulip Fest! Step into the colourfields, a natural spectacle featuring over 500,000 tulips. A date will be set soon when the tulips are in their prime.
Find out more here.

The Last Caravaggio at National Gallery – 18th till 21st July
May 1610. Caravaggio is in Naples working on the last picture he’d ever paint. Two months later, he died in mysterious circumstances. But it was during his final tumultuous years that Caravaggio made some of his most striking works. His characteristic style includes tightly cropped scenes and dramatic lighting. He used real models with dirty feet and grimy fingernails.
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EARTHFEST 2024 at Kings Cross – 18th to 21st
London’s flagship sustainability event, inspiring positive climate action. At an iconic London venue, King’s Cross, Earthfest will bring together and showcase more than 200 sustainable businesses, 100 key-note speakers, 50 schools, and local artists, and engage and inspire over 100,000 attendees across four days.
Find out more here.

Salon Privé London at RHC  – 18th till 20th
For three days only, from 18th to 20th April 2024, immerse yourself in the world of luxury cars – both classic and modern – and enjoy an unforgettable experience surrounded by automotive excellence. We invite patrons of the finer things in life to join us in an unmatched unification of cars, cuisine and lifestyle.
Find out more here.

Ceramic Art London at Olympia – 19th till 21st
The international ceramics event is back for its twentieth year, held at Olympia. It is run by the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (CPA), which was established in 1958 and is the national body representing ceramic artists in the UK. Its aim is to advance and encourage the creation of fine works in ceramics, foster and extend the public’s interest in such objects, and promote their value in society.
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Sony World Photography Awards exhibition – 19th to 6th May
The highly anticipated Sony World Photography Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this April, bringing extraordinary images – from luscious landscapes to impressive architecture, striking street shots to moving documentary projects – to an iconic location.
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Eid in the Square 2024 – 20th
The Mayor of London’s free, annual festival returns to the capital’s iconic Trafalgar Square for the 19th year to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
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London Marathon – 21st
The London Marathon first took place in 1981 and has become one of the most popular marathons in the world. The route includes many of London’s best landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, The Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
Find out more here.

St George’s Day 2024 – 21st
Now in its 17th year, the Mayor of London’s annual St George’s Day festival is back to turn London’s most iconic square red and white in honour of our patron saint. 
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Photographic Nature Walk in Whippendell Woods with Bluebells – 24th
Take a guided walk from Cassiobury Park to Whippendell Woods, led by Andrew Lalchan (local photographer); we will explore spring flowers and bluebells. This walk offers opportunities to take nature photos, and Andrew will be on hand to provide and advise. There should be plenty of wildlife and bluebells in mid-spring!
Find out more here.

Brew//LDN between the bridges – 24th till 27th
Brew//LDN, the UK’s largest and most diverse craft beer festival, is back this year with the mission to offer people quality beer, premium street food and great music. It’s the perfect kick-off to the festival season.
Find out more here.

Expressionists: Kandinsky at Tate Modern – 25th to 20th October
Explore the groundbreaking work of a circle of friends and close collaborators known as The Blue Rider. In the early 20th century they came together to form, in their own words, ‘a union of various countries to serve one purpose’ – to transform modern art. The artists rallied around Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter to experiment with colour, sound and light, creating bold and vibrant art.
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Classic Car Boot Sale at Kings Cross – 26 to 27th
This is a place to celebrate music, food, fashion, design and of course, the eye candy that is classic cars, bikes and commercial vehicles.
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Refik Anadol : Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive at Serpentine North – 7th April 
A pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence, artist and technologist Refik Anadol is known for his innovative media works and large-scale public installations. Echoes of the Earth: Living Archive, Anadol’s first major institutional solo exhibition in the UK, envelops viewers in immersive environments that utilise years-long experimentation with visual data of coral reefs and rainforests and showcases the creative potential of AI.
Find out more here.

Holbein at Tudor Court, Buckingham Palace – till 14th April 2024
Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century.  From his arrival in England in search of work, he rose to royal favour, chosen to paint the portraits of Henry VIII, his family and leading figures, among them Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More. By his death, Holbein’s work was as admired by his contemporaries as it is today. His portraits inspired the next generation of artists in depicting Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
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Cute at Somerset House – till 14th April
A major new exhibition exploring the irresistible force of cuteness in contemporary culture. CUTE brings together contemporary artworks, including new artist commissions and cultural phenomena such as music, fashion, toys, video games and social media, in this brand-new show examining the world’s embrace of cute culture and how it has become such an influential measure of our times. It will seek to unravel cuteness’ emotive charge, revealing its extraordinary and complex power and potential.
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The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks – till 21st April
Tom Hanks narrates an epic experience that offers a unique new perspective on humankind’s past and future voyages to the moon.
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Silent Writings Barbara Kruger – 4th  till 22nd April
Outernet Arts and Serpentine continue an innovative partnership, presenting a digital artwork, Silent Writings, by American artist Barbara Kruger that explores how we communicate and connect with each other. In Silent Writings, 2009/2024, Barbara Kruger explores how we communicate and connect with global events and with each other. The piece weaves images and words in an attempt to engage issues of control, power and dominance. 
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Shuvinai A Shoona: When I Draw, The Perimeter – till 26th April
Shuvinai Ashoona makes drawings which engage with the complexities of life, land and community in the Canadian Arctic, through fantastical motifs and modes of storytelling. The work interweaves scenes from everyday Arctic life with imagery associated with Inuit animism and shamanism. This is the first time Ashoona’s works will be shown in Europe since receiving a Special Mention by the awards jury at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.
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Entangled Pasts, 1768 – now at Royal Acadamy of Arts – 28th April
J.M.W. Turner and Ellen Gallagher. Joshua Reynolds and Yinka Shonibare. John Singleton Copley and Hew Locke. Past and present collide in one powerful exhibition. Over 100 major contemporary and historical works as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism – and how it may help set a course for the future.
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Zheng Bo – Bamboo As Method – 28th April
This site-specific and participatory installation creates a place for contemplation and serves as a reminder of the restorative qualities of nature within the urban landscape of Somerset House and central London. Zheng’s commission will be the newest addition to the annual Somerset House Courtyard Commission Series, which features international, contemporary artists who exemplify innovative thinking across sustainability and ecology. 
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Burtynsky: Extraction / Abstraction at Saatchi Gallery – till 6th May
This exhibition marks the largest exhibition ever mounted in the 40+ year career of world-renowned photographic artist, Edward Burtynsky, who has dedicated his practice to bearing witness to the impact of human industry on the planet. Curated by Marc Mayer, former Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the exhibition will feature 94 of Burtynsky’s large-format photographs as well as 13 high-resolution murals, and an augmented reality (AR) experience.
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When Forms Come Alive at Hayward Gallery – 6th May 2024
Spanning over 60 years of contemporary sculpture, this exhibition highlights ways in which artists draw on familiar experiences of movement, flux and organic growth. Inspired by sources ranging from a dancer’s gesture to the breaking of a wave, from a flow of molten metal to the interlacing of a spider’s web, the artworks in When Forms Come Alive conjure fluid and shifting realms of experience.
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Angelica Kauffman at RA – 1st till 30th June
Angelica Kauffman RA was one of the most celebrated artists of the 18th century. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Europe’s most sought-after painters. Known for her celebrity portraits and pioneering history paintings, Angelica Kauffman helped to shape the direction of European art. 
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Sargent & Fashion exhibition at Tate Britain – 7th July 2024
Celebrated for his striking portrait paintings, this exhibition sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s acclaimed works. It explores how he worked like a stylist to craft the image of the sitters he painted, whom he often had close relationships with. Sargent used fashion as a powerful tool to express identity and personality. He regularly chose the outfits of his collaborators or manipulated their clothing. 
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Yoko Ono: ‘Music of the Mind’ at Tate Britain – 1st September
Delve into the powerful, participatory work of artist and activist Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono is a trailblazer of early conceptual and participatory art, film and performance, a celebrated musician, and a formidable campaigner for world peace. Developing her practice in the United States, Japan and the UK, ideas are central to her art, often expressed in poetic, humorous, profound and radical ways.
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Enzo Mari at the Design Museum – 29th till 8th September
This major exhibition will celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives worldwide. Mari was also an artist, teacher, theorist, and more. During his prolific career, he created countless enduring and timeless designs, filling the homes and streets of the Milanese and beyond.
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Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence – 2nd till 22nd September
Tropical Modernism was an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.
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