April is an excellent time to visit London; the UK’s capital city is beginning to warm up in time for the summer months and there are a range of Easter festivities to get involved with. It is also early enough in the year to avoid the many tourists that come to London during the peak holiday season.
London has a lot to offer travellers, whether they are looking for a romantic weekend getaway, something to do with the kids or a trip to take in the history and culture of one of the world’s most famous cities. Read on to find out the top events in London in April 2014.
The BNY Mellon Boat Race
One of the world’s longest running sports events, the Oxford and Cambridge boat race on the Thames is a popular competition, often attracting crowds of up to 250,000 people. The race takes place on the Thames between Mortlake and Putney, stretching for four-and-a-quarter miles. This event has a great atmosphere which is more like a festival and than simply a boat race.
The BNY Mellon Boat Race will be on the 6th April 2014 and is free to watch. You can watch from either side of the Thames, though make sure you arrive early to beat the crowds and get a good spot.
The Virgin Money London Marathon
The London Marathon is one of the world’s most popular running events and in 2012 it was the world’s largest marathon with 36, 748 people finishing. This year’s event will be taking place on the 13th of April and is not to be missed.
Competitors will be running the 26.2 mile course to raise money for charity or for personal achievement, with many of the runners in fancy dress. For those watching the race it is more like a street party, so it is a great event to come down and join in cheering on those running the marathon.
For people visiting London with their children, Easter weekend is an excellent time to be in the city. Historic Royal Palaces often put on a number of fun family activities at the Tower of London, so it is worth visiting this famous attraction.
Kids love egg hunts and there are a number of these being run around the city, including Kew Gardens, the Cutty Sark and the V&A Museum of Childhood. If you want to see real eggs and ducklings, then head on down to the WWT London Wetland Centre.
Easter weekend runs from the 18th to 21st of April 2014 and the city can become quite busy during this time. It is recommended to book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Accorhotels have a range of hotels in London, which you can book online here.