Unmissable Things To Do In London in April 2017

Unmissable Things To Do In London in April 2017

We’re back with another epic DIY list of Things To Do In London to put a spring in your step this April!

This month’s top picks include circus spectacle, cheeky cabaret, musical hilarity, wacky weirdness, tasty grub, flirty fun, thinky theatre & much more…

Cabaret & Circus

Shows at Mirth, Marvel and Maud | Throughout April | Various Times and Prices

The gorgeous former Granada cinema in Walthamstow opens its doors for live performance with a line up including the hilarious Clementine’s Fabulous Roadshow.

It’s Not Yet Midnight… | Roundhouse | 10-23 April | 7:30pm | £19.50-£32.50

Don’t miss the main circus event in London in 2017 from Compagnie XY. Lyn Gardner from the Guardian says it’s ‘The rock’n‘roll circus where everything’s possible!’.

Fancy Chance: Flights of Fancy | Soho Theatre | 25-29 April | 7:30pm | £10-£15

Alternative Miss World Winner and all round cabaret legend Fancy Chance brings her unique blend of offbeat comedy, original song, and outrageous film.

Mariah & Friendz: April Fools & Bank Holiday Spesh | BGWMC | 1 & 30 April | 9pm | £8-£10

Outrageous fun at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club including a nono for those who suffer coulrophobia: a clowns special on April Fool’s Day and a MAYDAY SLAYDAY special on 30 April.

Deep Trash: Royal Trash | BGWMC | 29 April | 7:30pm | £6-£10

A bonkers mashup of arty turns and strokey chin thinks including our up and coming fave Moa Johansson, .

Comedy

Musical Comedy Awards

Musical Comedy Awards | Lyric Theatre | 10 April | 7:30pm | £19.50-£25

An unmissable night of light relief from 2017 all to a beat you can shake your money maker to. Ed Chappel’s Musical Comedy Awards has become a legendary event to celebrate an important and often underrepresented comedy genre. Join their host Tina T’urner Tea Lady for guffaws galore in the west end.

Extreme Sports | Rosemary Branch Theatre | 20 April | 8pm | £15

Join Abandoman’s James Hancox for a night of newly-invented games and madcap hilarity.

The Comedy Happening | The Albany, W1 | 25 April | 7pm | £7

‘Alcoholic has been Quint Fontana’ hosts this night of comedy at the Albany.

Weirdos: Live From Stonehenge | The Bull Murray | 25 April | 8pm | £7.50

We’re never quite sure what to expect from Weirdos, except that it will be bonkers. This time it’s Stonehenge themed. Nuff said?

Barbara Nice: Raffle! | Underbelly Festival | 29 April | 7:45pm | £15.50-£22

A comedy raffle from the Janice Conolly’s hilarious alter-ego at the newly revamped Underbelly Festival on the South Bank.

Food & Drink

Hip Hop & Dim Sum | Birdie Num Nums, New Cross | 20 April

YUM YUM it’s Hip Hop and DIM SUM at the quirky independent cafe opposite Goldsmiths in New Cross.

Festivals

Southbank Centre Urban Festival

Urban | Southbank Centre | 1-17 April

Urban dance and culture takes centre stage at Southbank Centre. Join a free hip hop dance class or watch others shake their shimmy (safer but less fun). One highlight for us is Randolph Matthews Friday Tonic which is the perfect way to wonder toward the weekend.

Hotbed 2017 | Camden People’s Theatre | From 25 April

Alternative performance has long needed a festival of SEX. And Camden People’s Theatre have willingly obliged. Don’t miss Wondering Hands’ night of Sex and Puppets.

Film

Short Sighted Cinema: Women in Comedy | Rich Mix | 6 April | 7:30pm | £10-£12

Funny women rock the big screen in Short Sighted Cinema’s night.

Music

Mouth to Mouth | Dalston Superstore | 6 April | 9pm | FREE

Free ‘Intergalactic, transcendental queer happening’ in the heart of Dalston.

Music Is My Medicine | White Post Cafe, Hackney Wick | 7 April | 8pm | FREE

Jamie Renton offers musical therapy with and eclectic mix of African, Latin, funk, soul, reggae, jazz, blues, Balkan and beyond. Listen to the mixcloud here to warm up your mind.

Theatre & Performance Art

Chinglish | Park Theatre | Until 22 April | 7:30pm | £20-£29.50

David Henry Hwang’s hilarious east meets west comedy comes the Park Theatre.

Carabet | The Others | 5 April | 8pm | £6

New comedy threesome Lobster Quadrille present a first preview of their hour long character-fuelled romp which includes: ‘a forgotten bag searching for its owner’. Harrowing but hilarious.

The Macbeths | The Pleasance | 18-30 April | 7:45pm

We saw an early preview of this karaoke and CCTV dinner party version of the mardy Bard’s bloody tale and loved it.

Love And Then Lighthouses | Tristan Bates Theatre | 27-29 April | 8pm | £12

‘A show full of disco lights, smoke machines and beacons in the darkness. A DIY guidebook for a teenage journey through the pitch black Yorkshire night.’

Pootopia: An Allegorical Fairytale | Battersea Arts Centre | 27-29 April | 7pm | Pay What You Can

This says it all:

‘A man and woman negotiate the use of a single toilet. Two visionaries celebrate the toilet as a testament to society. A revolution is brewing in Pootopia: the land where all Poos are created equal. ‘

This masterwerk comes from our faves Vacuum Theatre and shit ain’t smelled this good for years.

Launches & Openings

Spike + Earl Launch | Camberwell | 1 April

The coffee social enterprise’s new haunt located in the former Southwark Town Hall in Camberwell opens it’s doors. Get hyper!

Ekcovision Opening | Hoe Street, Walthamstow | 6 April | 6pm

Walthamstow cocktail bar with a quirky style opens its doors. We can’t wait to try the Popcorn Punch which fuses Blackwell Jamaican Rum with lime, popcorn syrup, pineapple and a cheeky float of Overproof Gosling 151.

Origami Studio Launch | 117-119 Denmark Road | 8 April | 6pm

An art star’s paradise is born in Peckham.

Curios

Piñata | The Montague Arms, New Cross | 4 April | 7:30pm | £4

A mixed bill night of comedy, cabaret and music in New Cross’ punk public house.

Hooray For Hollywood Party | Vout-O-Reenee’s | 8 April | 7:30pm | £5/£7

Em & Em know how to throw a wild and wonderful party. Journey into a subterranean wonderland (a member’s club for the surrealistically distinguished) as your favourite Hollywood character and emerge reborn.

Pitch Slap VS BallieBallerson | 8 April | 10pm | £15

A night bringing ‘lesbians and balls together for one night only’.

Sunday Assembly: Let’s Get Childish | Spotlight, E14 | 9 April | 10:45am | FREE

Discover your inner child at church for the non-religious with live music, speakers and life-affirming fun.

Pop Horror V | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 12 April | 8pm | £6/£7

Horror movie club night returns with the hilariously titled ‘Cher Witch Project’.

Oh My God It’s The Church | The Borderline | 16 April | 8pm | £11

An Easter themed mock evangelist church service for the debauched.

Did we miss the perfect April event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.