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What To See, Do And Experience In April

From an exhibition dedicated to 1970s disco, to the annual boat race, and a chocolate masterclass right in time for Easter, here’s how to stay entertained this month.

See the works by iconic photographer Bill Bernstein: For all of those who love disco and the 1970s, this exhibition is for you. Brought to you by Glitterbox and hosted at the Defected Records HQ in East London, this display of photographs by revered photographer, Bill Bernstein will transport you back to disco’s heyday .

In the thick of dance, disco, and subcultures, Bernstein famously captured the hedonism of New York’s ’70s club scene at legendary nightspots from Paradise Garage to Better Days, and, of course, Studio 54.

“I am incredibly excited to exhibit my photographs at Defected’s offices between 19-29th April. There’s an obvious connection between Glitterbox’s philosophy and the creative, magical and inclusive spirit of 70’s New York. A signed special edition of my Last Dance book will be available for visitors and is a true documentation of a scene that united so many.” Bill Bernstein, Photographer

“Bill Bernstein made a conscious decision to capture the theatre that evolved through those glorious New York parties. The dance floor was the soul of these clubs – arena’s of fabulous combat, where both the marginalised and the revered felt the freedom to shine. Bernstein’s photos transport you back to that very moment shot on film, enhancing your own perception into New York’s rich cultural history. Inspired by those much heralded parties from the ’70s & ’80s, Glitterbox is proud to present Last Dance, an exhibition celebrating those glory days of disco.” Simon Dunmore, Defected Records Founder

Address: The Basement, 23 Curtain Road, EC2A 3LT


Visit the Savoy Theatre: On the 25 April, at the Savoy Theatre will host The Joy of Text which will see the coming together of leading actors who will perform funny text conversations. Directed by film and theatre director Josie Rourke, the evening is Isabella Macpherson of Platform Presents and Amy Gardner of Finite Films.

“The Joy of Text will see the world’s greatest actors performing the world’s funniest text conversations at the Savoy Theatre on April 25th. Inspired by an hilarious exchange between her Mum and Brother that she has kept on her phone for years, film and theatre director Josie Rourke puts together a fast, raucous and breathtaking “I can’t believe you typed that” evening in support of the Platform Presents Playwrights Prize, produced by Isabella Macpherson of Platform Presents and Amy Gardner of Finite Films.

The growing cast includes Aki Omoshaybi, Catherine Tate, Denise Gough, Dougray Scott, Indira Varma, Iwan Rheon, Tamsin Greig, Nicholas Pinnock, Pearl Mackie and Pippa Bennett-Warner.” Isabella Macpherson, Platform Presents

Address: The Savoy Theatre, Savoy Ct, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET


Celebrate Liv Ullmann: In the year whereby she was awarded an Honorary Oscar for her exceptional contribution to the art of film, this month the BFI is paying homage to actor, director and writer Liv Ullmann.

“At the moment of identification the audience meets a person, not a role, not an actor. A face meets a face” Liv Ullmann

Join Ullmann in conversation on Friday 8 April as she returns to BFI Southbank to discuss her career in film and television as part of the BFI season that celebrates this deeply respected actor-director.

Address: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT


Watch the 2022 Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race (and eat): Providing the perfect spot at which to experience the much-anticipated Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race, the Rick Stein Barnes restaurant will be serving a special Champagne three-course lunch for the occasion.

Address: Rick Stein Barnes, Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High St, London SW14 8SN


Virtual chocolate tasting experience: April is the month of all things chocolate and for those who want their own luxury take, award-winning British chocolatiers, Rococo, is hosting an online tasting experience on Saturday 17 April. Try 12 different chocolates, from artisan bars, handmade truffles and chocolate nibbles, all explained by a Rococo specialist.


Enjoy some live music: London’s iconic live music venue, Ronnie Scott’s, has announced its upcoming shows for the month. There’s a mix of artists across genres, with musicians including Monty Alexander, Yellowjackets and Natalie Duncan all performing at Ronnie Scott’s.

Address: Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT


See the 2022 RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show: The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Saatchi Gallery continue their partnership this month as they present the 2022 RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show. The annual exhibition returns to showcase a whole host of works by leading botanical artists and photographers across three galleries.

“We are thrilled to be exhibiting some of the most exciting botanical art and photography at Saatchi Gallery again this year. The work submitted has been of an extremely high standard and we are excited for these artists and photographers to have the opportunity to showcase their work and delight new audiences.” Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator, RHS

Address: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

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