If a London holiday package is on the cards for you this April, then you ought to make sure you visit any (or preferably, all) of these top-notch festivals taking place. There is something for everyone – the foodies, bookworms, and the music-lovers alike.
London Games Festival
26th March – 6th April, 2020
Consider yourself quite the gamer? Well, the city of London is playing host to just the festival for you for its fifth year, with events scattered all around the city. The program includes industry seminars, Now Play This (a festival of experimental game design which takes place at Somerset House from 3-5 April), the Games Character Parade and one the industry’s favourite events in the gaming calendar, the BAFTA Game awards. It balances fun and educational expertly, making it both entertaining as well as informative. Keep updated with the hashtag: #LGF2020.
Eat & Drink Festival
27th March – 13th April, 2020
Those who have eaten at some of the restaurants near Paddington have something in common: an appreciation for good food and drink. This is the primary appreciation around which the Eat & Drink Festival pivots. In conjunction with ITV at Kensington’s event-hubspot, Olympia, you will find this indoor food festival brimming with flavours, aromas and foodie-bliss. Nowhere else in the city will you find such hearty dedication to modern cuisine, mixology and independent produce. Not only will you eat your way around the festival (and boy, will you eat, so make sure you arrive hungry), but you are also provided with the opportunity to learn culinary skills, watch demonstrations from icons of the culinary world, sip on exquisite new wines, beers and spirits that you don’t just find at your average supermarket, and expand on your understanding and usage of ingredients and flavour.
Address: Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX
1st April – 30th September, 2020
This Southbank festival runs throughout the Spring and Summer, originally London’s first and certainly one of its best pop-up festivals. 2020 marks the 11th Underbelly Festival, and they will be heading into their second decade with great gusto and a jam-packed schedule. Underbelly Festival puts on the lot, really getting to the underbelly of what makes culture-enthusiasts tick – theatre, drag, comedy, circus, cabaret, live podcasts… it really is the pinnacle of all-things-entertainment. Though the full programme will be announced as the date gets closer, one feature that is 100% a go for the festival is Austentatious, a side-splittingly funny show which takes the shape of an improvised Jane Austen novel. This is both a silly and astute tribute to the works of one of England’s most revered authors. Definitely worth booking one of these events into your Easter weekend, or one of your April bank holidays.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1
The London Coffee Festival
2nd – 5th April, 2020
If you rate yourself an expert of the coffee bean, or perhaps if you worship it as the precious resource which gets you to work on time every morning, then the London Coffee Festival at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery should be top of your list. Though your first coffee of the day will undoubtedly be at your Paddington Accomodation’s breakfast table, your next will be courtesy of some of London’s most respected coffee masters. From barista workshops to latte art displays, all bases of this caffeinated drink are covered. Though grounded in the beverage (excuse the pun), there is also food, coffee-art, music, and an espresso-ly good time to be had.
Address: The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR
European Poetry Festival
3rd – 14th April, 2020
The European & Nordic Poetry Festival has a number of events taking place in London as part of a smashing poetic line-up. Poets from around the European continent gather together to remind us of the beauty as well as the overarching literary value of poetry and the written word. The grand event of the festival is on 4 April, and includes 32 poets, who are coupled off to create exceptional collaborations for this night in particular. Another stellar event is taking place on the 6th, where Swiss poets will collaborate with their British-based counterparts.
UK Garage Festival
10th April, 2020
UK Garage Festival is the UK’s biggest indoor garage festival, showcasing the best of UK Garage DJs, MCs & Live PAs. Though the line-up has yet to be announced, you can keep an eye on the updates to make sure when they know, you know: If last year’s line-up of the likes of Twista, Ultra, MC Vapour, and Easy Rider are anything to go by, you can expect the best of the best from the UK garage scene.
Address: Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0PF
The Vintage Festival
17th – 18th April, 2020
There are no vintage clothes or antique crockery to be found at this festival – the vintage referred to is of the fermented grape variety. That’s right, The Vintage Festival is where wine-lovers should be heading in April when they aren’t bar-hopping the best bars in Paddington. Sponsored by the Sunday Times Wine Club, this has all the notoriety and clout to make you leave, 380 wines later, a connoisseur. Of course, the organisers are well-aware that pairing wine with the finest foods is mandatory to the tasting experience, so that element is very much catered for with a wide range of mesmerizing morsels. The full programme will be released two weeks prior to the event’s commencement, so you will have plenty time to build yourself a daily schedule of tastings, shows and talks.
Address: 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX
Looking to taste and experience your way around London this April? Well, it has never been easier, and you hardly have to venture very far from your hotel in Paddington to find all these wonderful options. Scattered from Greenwich to Trafalgar Square and everywhere in between, London has a festival for every preference.