SALUTING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY
Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner or a visiting resident, this is one annual event you’ve probably heard about but may not have seen. The Queen’s actual birthday falls on 21st April and is marked by a series of salutes. Make your way to Green Park and you’ll see the 41-gun salute at noon; or, at 1pm, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park or a mighty 62-gun salute at the Tower of London. Green Park is particularly spectacular with the galloping King’s Troop of the Royal House Artillery – and their one and half-ton guns. Happy birthday Ma’am.
Tube station: Green Park Station
When: Tuesday 21st April
CHELSEA ART FAIR
We’re always pleased to highlight events that enrich our local area and the Chelsea Art Fair has become something of a fixture after nearly 20 years. This festival of 20th century art features work priced from around £500 to £20,000, with the prices vetted to ensure they reflect current market values. Over four days, there’s a cornucopia of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings and prints.
Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea
Tube: South Kensington Station
When: 16-19 April
THE BOAT RACE
For the 160th time, Oxford and Cambridge vie for supremacy over four lung-busting, muscle-shredding miles. For the rest of us, it’s a gentle pastime, nursing a glass and watching the start at Putney, with the aid of big screens. Other good vantage points include the area around Fulham Football Ground, the north side by Hammersmith Bridge, and at Barnes as the crews head for the finish at Mortlake.
For the first time ever, The Newton Women’s Boat Race will also take place on the same day and on the same course as the men's race. Previously the women's race has taken place in Henley.
Start: Putney Bridge at 5.50PM (Women's race starts at 4.50PM)
Tube station: Putney Bridge Station
When: Saturday 11 April
THE LONDON MARATHON
The London Marathon 2015 will once again showcase the breathtaking sight of some 30,000 runners. This year they will range from Paula Radcliffe as she makes her final marathon attempt – to, at the other end of the spectrum, assorted pantomime horses, gorillas and other plucky and slightly unhinged fun runners as they pound 26.2 miles of unforgiving roads. We salute them. Do check the website for the best spectating points.
Finish: The Mall
Tube Stations: St. James’s Park, Green Park
When: Sunday 26 April
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