April is the time for London to bid adieu to the chilly weather of winter and welcome in the bloom of the onset of spring, temperature begins to rise and that in turn draws people outdoors to enjoy the sunshine.
The month of April also gives a chance for tourists to make the most out of their stay in London. The improved weather also favours the green spaces in various London parks, thus making them a pleasure to visit. Outside Central London, ducklings and chicks are an ever present attraction at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.
Notable events lined in April:
The London Marathon
The London Marathon is regarded as largest annual fundraising event. Every year approximately 36,000 athletes cover a distance of 26.2 miles through London streets covering notable landmarks including The London Eye, Tower of London before the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace. Large crowds throng the sidelines to support and cheer the participants.
St. George’s Day
St. George’s Day marks the death anniversary of the patron saint of England. Observed on 23rd April 2016, celebrations commence in Trafalgar Square that gets dressed in tones of red and white on the preceding Saturday, 20th April 2016. Food stalls are planned to be staged, with primary focus on authentic English food, as well as live demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
St. George’s Day this year also coincides with 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare’s. Shakespeare’s globe has planned activities to commemorate this day.
Regarded as the most auspicious day in Sikh Calendar, Vaisakhi denotes the time of historical harvest. This day is usually celebrated with continued reading of Sikh scripture for three days, recitation of sacred hymns and prayers for the well being of human race.
To mark this day, activities are planned at the city hall that includes turban tying displays, folk dances and more. Community stalls are also proposed to e put up on More London Riverside, serving vegetarian food prepared by the Sikh community.