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London April 2014

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What's on in London in April 2014

Event of the Month

The London Marathon

The London Marathon (13 April)

This April London will open its doors to host one of the most iconic events of the year – the London Marathon. Millions of people from all over the world will watch, scream and cheer on the runners from street corners and pubs right across the city. Such is the popularity of the race that some people even call it London’s 26.2 mile street party.

We're so lucky here at Apex, as the marathon route is right on the doorstep of the Apex City of London Hotel. We’ll be making sure that Edwin – the hotel’s duck in residence – will be there to applaud the runners as they whizz (or in some cases limp) past.

Some supporters may choose to run from the sidelines to show their support, or like the most of us, will choose to just cheer in admiration from the sidelines. Whatever you do, this is one London event you do not want to miss.

Luckily for our Apex City of London guests, the biggest crowds of spectators gather at Tower Bridge, which is less than a 1 minute walk away from the hotel.

Or you may choose to watch the emotional finish as the runner cross the line in front of Buckingham Palace. Make sure to experience this legendary race; gather your friends and family and enjoy this great day out with a fantastic atmosphere.

Location: All around London

Website: virginlondonmarathon.com

Easter in London (18 - 21 April)

Spend the first UK bank holiday of the year in London and make it an unforgettable Easter. With a whole host of Easter bunnies and treats for the whole family, the capital has so much to offer this Easter. Enjoy Easter egg hunts at Cutty Sark, V&A Museum and Kew Gardens - after all it wouldn't be Easter without a traditional egg hunt.

Location: All around London

Website: virginlondonmarathon.com

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9 - 17 April)

Experience the first exhibition devoted to the icon that is Jean Paul Gaultier - France's most rebellious and iconic designer. The exhibition will feature 140+ outfits from the past four decades as well as never-before-seen footage of catwalk shows and concert performances displaying Gaultier's much lauded designs. Luckily for Apex London Wall's's guests, the Barbican is just a five minute walk from the hotel.

Location: Barbican Centre, London, EC27 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square (21 April)

Celebrate St George's Day at the annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square this bank holiday. The feast of traditional English fare is a free and fun day out for the whole family. With an English farmer's market selling delicious treats, like hog roast and homemade pies, and a kids marquee full of activities and an outdoor games area, this is one festival not to miss.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS

Website: london.gov.uk

Explore the City's gardens and churches (Ever Saturday and Sunday in April)

Want to explore the real London? Then experience the award-winning tour and discover London's finest historic gardens and churchyards. Taking place every weekend, the walking tour starts at 1.30pm by St Paul's Cathedral and will provide two hours of historic insights into the City of London.

Location: The City of London

Website: cityoflondonguides.com

London Coffee Festival (3 - 6 April)

The London Coffee Festival is back and is a great place to discover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival attracts more than 15,000 coffee devotees, food lovers and professional baristas and is full of coffee-fuelled activities. Love your coffee? Then is one event you must check out.

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, London EC1 6QL

Website: londoncoffeefestival.com

Oxford V Cambridge Boat Race (6 April)

The first University Boat Race was held in 1829, and has grown to become one of the oldest sporting competitions in the world -- and a favourite date in London's calendar. For the 160th time, Oxford will faced Cambridge in this prominent boat race. Enjoy the race from one of the many riverside pubs - the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Location: River Thames, between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge

Website: theboatrace.org

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget (2 - 12 April)

Located conveniently close to all three London Apex Hotels, The English National ballet's artist director, Tamara Rojo has created a new performance, inspired by the First World War. Commissioned by Britain's top choreographers, this programme entwines classical ballet and contemporary dance in an exciting blend of techniques that is promised to be as touching as it is inspirational.

Location: Barbican Centre, London EC27 8DS

Website: barbican.org.uk

Silent Disco at The View from The Shard (1-2 April)

Silent disco is a craze that has gripped London revellers across the city. Now you can experience the silent disco phenomenon at new heights and dance the night away in Europe's tallest building. Pick your channels and watch three DJs battle it out, playing the best in rock, pop and part classics.

Location: The Shard, London SE1 9SG

Website: theviewfromtheshard.com

International Pillow Fight Day (5 April)

Take part in the world's biggest pillow fight and help put some fun back into the city's public spaces this April. People and pillows from all over the world will be getting involved in this annual festival as London's mass feathery fight will take place under Nelson's column. Make sure not to use any Apex pillows though.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS

Website: timeout.com


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