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London Insider Calendar: April 2017

A guide to the best creative events this month

The sun is playing hide-and-seek and we can say with a fair degree of confidence: welcome, spring! Here are our top picks for must-do and must-sees this month – our monthly Insider Calendar. If you’re looking to get the most out of sunny skies, check out some of the city’s most breathtaking views. If you’re looking for a quintessentially British experience, visit one of our favorite afternoon tea parlours for National Tea Day, you won’t be sorry.

Photography
Sony World Photography Awards
21 Apr – 7 May
Cost: £7.00 – £11.00

© Camilo Diaz, Colombia, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography AwardsCamiloDiaz_Colombia_NationalAwards_2017

This year’s exhibition features the winning, shortlisted and highly commended images from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, showcasing a broad variety of photography – from wildlife to street photography. The exhibit will also present a varied range of work from celebrated photographer Martin Parr – a must see!

Food & Beverage
London Coffee Festival
6 Apr – 9 Apr
Cost: £16.50+ 

Image Courtesy of: 2016 Photo Gallery – James Bryant / Gary HandleyCoffee experience - James Bryant : Gary Handley

This caffeine-fuelled event will take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Get to know over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, enjoy tastings, workshops, coffee-based cocktails (of course) and plenty of entertainment. To dive deeper into coffee, join Chloe Callow on the London coffee Experience of your dreams.

Shopping
Canalway Cavalcade
29 Apr – 1 May
Cost: Free

Canal Boat family experience

The perfect family-friendly outing. This event is technically a pageant of boats, but really it’s a great excuse for a day of activities. Stalls, live music, competitions and delicious food & drink stands are guaranteed to offer a fun time.

Art
Queer British Art @ Tate
5 Apr – 1 Oct
Cost: £15.00

Image: Simeon Solomon, Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864, TateSappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864 by Simeon Solomon 1840-1905

The exhibition will feature works from John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney from 1861 to 1967, showcasing art that speaks to and about LGBTQ identities.

Fashion
The Big London Flea
23 Apr
Cost: Free

Flea Market

Making our “best-of” list once again is this unique bargain shopping experience, brought to you once again by Hackney Flea Market. Thrifting and gifting are the name of the game.

Antiques
Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
4 Apr – 9 Apr
Cost: Free

Image Courtesy of: Spring Decoratives Fair – Art Deco specialist Jeroen Markies Art-Deco-specialist-Jeroen-Markies-

This family-run fair was the first to unite the antiques and interior design trades in 1985. This unique attribute is evident in the fact that dealers style their stands as rooms, so visitors can imagine how items might work in their own homes. Go for: period design, antiques, Art Deco, post-war and late 20th-century design.

Featured Image: © Mustafa Jindi, Emirati, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.