Five things to do in April

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Forget the old misery guts, TS Eliot. ‘April is the cruelest month’? Hardly.

Then again, back when he was penning his uplifting lines, the clocks didn’t go forward until May, so that might well account for a modicum of melancholy.

Today, a century after British Summer Time was introduced, we have the wonderfully long evenings and all manner of equally wonderful things with which to fill them.

You will still need to wrap up a bit, but why not head downriver to catch Romeo & Juliet at The Globe? It’s on from 22nd April to 9th July, and you can book tickets here.

If you feel it’s not quite warm enough for open-air theatre just yet, or if tragic teenage love stories are wont to make you maudlin, you can satisfy your culture hunger at the Tate Modern, where there’s a week left to run of their excellent Robert Rauschenberg retrospective.

Much as culture might moisten the soul, sometimes one wants more robust form of excitement. A look at the runners and odds for the upcoming Grand National should whet your appetite. Tune in or turn up in time for the start at 5.15 on the 8th April.

Speaking of appetite, on the 13th April, Mango Tree are celebrating the traditional festival of Songkran, Thai New Year. If you like the idea of top-flight Thai cooking in a modern setting, an excursion to Grosvenor Place is highly recommended.

Whilst life’s tapestry is exceedingly rich this month, with the Feast of St George, the London Coffee Festival and the Tall Ships Regatta in Greenwich all vying for attention, April also offers an excellent opportunity to book in a day or two of doing absolutely nothing. Fill your four-day Easter weekend with thrills if you will, but leave room in the diary for a few hours’ dolce far niente, perhaps with a book and a glass of something special.