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London Insider Calendar: April 2018

The best cultural and creative events in London this April

March did little to convince us that spring was on its way in London: with the so-called “Beast from the East” weather front bringing snow to the city, we don’t blame you if you didn’t get out and about last month as much as you’d like. Thankfully, the April Insider Calendar is here, featuring our curated selection of the best events in London this month.

Art

Monet and Architecture

National Gallery
9th April – 29th July 2018
Cost: from £18.00

The master of Impressionism returns to the National Gallery for the artist’s first solo show in London in 20 years. Monet’s name elicits reveries of lush gardens and sun-baked fields, but this exhibition chooses instead to focus on the technique and style of Monet’s man-made structures. A great opportunity to see many works held in private collections.

Coffee

London Coffee Festival

Old Truman Brewery
12th – 15th April
Cost: from £14.50

Packing out the Old Truman Brewery for three days, the London Coffee Festival is back! An unmissable opportunity to sample some of London’s finest new brews, watch the experts at work, and discover some pioneering coffee tech.

Theatre

The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter Theatre
Until 14th April
Cost: from £15.00

An evening at the theatre is always a bit of a treat, and this adaptation of Harold Pinter’s most successful play is no exception. An all-star cast including Steven Mangan and Toby Jones take to the stage, performing demonstrably how this intense psychodrama continues to captivate audiences.

Photography

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Somerset House
20th April – 6th May 2018
Cost: from £6.00

Somerset House is the stunning backdrop to some of the world’s finest photography in this year’s record-breaking Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Featuring the winning, shortlisted and commended images for this year’s awards, the Exhibition is a feast for the eyes as the 600 photographers push boundaries and tease viewers with their skill behind the lens.

Hone your creative skills on a photography Experience with award-winning photojournalist Stuart Freedman in East London.

Fashion

Fashioned from Nature

Victoria & Albert Museum
21st April 2018 – 27th January 2019
Cost: from £12.00

Detox catwalk in Indonesia, 2015. Courtesy Greenpeace / Hati Kecil Visuals

This landmark exhibition puts clothing from the 17th century to the present day under the microscope, examining the complex relationship between fashion and nature. The exhibition will feature designers including Christian Dior and Vivienne Westwood using to the natural world as inspiration, and looks towards the future with a profound and hopeful insight into the evolution of the sustainable garment industry.

Food and Drink

Tales from the Kitchen Library

Tramshed, Shoreditch
Tuesday 10th April 2018 and other dates
Cost: from £125

Using his Rolodex of chef contemporaries and industry pioneers, Mark Hix brings together a delightful series of good food and insightful conversation. Relax in the kitchen while chefs produce a five-course tasting menu and share their stories of a life in the kitchen.

April is also the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a place on Insider Karim’s one-off charity street art Experience, supporting local charities through Raise Your Hands. Tickets and more information available here.