Eastertime in London sees longer days and (hopefully) warmer weather, as well as England's famous April showers. While you're here don't miss the cherry trees in flower, a gallery filled with light (and lights), a new play by Britain's leading playwright, and a wonderfully atmospheric museum - see the details below.
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Arguably Britain's greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard is known for the intelligence, wit and emotional depth of his work, and the opening of his latest play is a major theatrical event. Leopoldstadt follows one Viennese family through the epic upheavals of the 20th century, taking in war, revolution, famine, the Nazi annexation of Austria and the Holocaust. This passionate, heart-breaking tale of endurance is directed by Patrick Marber, and runs until 16 May at Wyndham's Theatre on Charing Cross Road.
Cherry-blossom time may not be quite the national event in Britain that it is in Japan, and London can't quite compete with Tokyo, but its beautiful Royal Parks offer plenty for the cherry connoisseur. Though the longest avenue of cherry trees in London, on Chester Road in Regent's Park, was replaced with younger (and smaller) trees in 2015, they still make an impressive sight, and there are fine displays in St James's Park and at Lancaster Gate in Hyde Park.
The Welsh-born artist Cerith Wyn-Evans started out as a film-maker, but is now best known for his stylish installations, which often fuse light with sound and text, and won him the 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. His exhilarating new exhibition (which runs until 19 April) takes over the hangar-like spaces of White Cube Bermondsey, with mobile sculptures and large-scale neon works that riff on themes from Marcel Duchamp and Proust, and others that combine elements of helicopters, drones and satellites.
Most visitors to London will have been to the Natural History Museum, but for a less crowded and more intimate experience, the Grant Museum of Zoology is worth seeking out. Established in 1827, it predates the Natural History Museum by 50 years, and houses a spectacular (and sometimes spooky) collection of skeletons, stuffed animals and curios, including dodo bones and a jar full of moles. Part of University College London, it is open Monday to Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.