The snap election announcement might have put an abrupt end to the Bank holiday feeling, but hey, his weekend has enough on to lift everyone's spirits.
Whether you want to get down to Prince, cheer on the runners at the marathon or discover the secrets of the Underground, there's plenty on to keep you distracted.
1. Secrets of the Underground
There’s more to the Tube than the Circle Line running reliably late, and this weekend there's a rare chance to see behind the scenes. Head to Acton where the usually closed Museum Depot is showcasing its hidden treasures. Not just a few, either: there’ll be 320,000 objects, oddities and curiosities on display from the past 100 years, everything from old vehicles to beautiful old signs.
Info: April 22 – 23, London Transport Museum Depot, Acton, W3 9BQ, ltmuseum.co.uk
2. An Evening of Prince at the Roof Gardens
Marking the first anniversary of the Purple One’s untimely death, the Roof Garden is paying tribute to the Kiss hit-maker with a night of live performances. The evening will kick off with a guitarist wailing along to a live DJ, followed by a band getting down on stage. The party goes on until 2am and there’ll be plenty of barbecue going and drinks flowing to keep everyone’s energy up.
Info: April 21, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA, designmynight.com
3. Celebrate Record Store Day
Record Store Day returns for another glorious year celebrating everything vinyl. As ever, aside from the limited edition releases themselves – which will be available at record stores across London – there’ll be a few events on. Rough Trade West have live music from the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, as well as south London post-punks Shame, while over in Boxpark Croydon, there’s an all day party. Elsewhere, in the Bussey Building, Rye Wax are celebrating indie labels with live music followed by a late night party.
Info: April 22, across London, recordstoreday.co.uk
4. Laser Tag!
Who doesn’t love Laser tag? Relive your best-ever childhood birthday party with Laser Tag: Lost City, which takes the tried and tested formula and puts it into a creepy East End setting: take on your enemies around churches, pubs, a pie shop, graveyards, alleyways and more
Info: April 21 – 22, Secret location in Whitechapel, designmynight.com
5. Celebrate National Tea Day
Americans must be delighted: living up to all stereotypes, we now have a National Tea Day. You’ve got a couple of options: firstly, take the chance to try one of the capital’s best afternoon teas. London is unparalleled for its choices, take advantage. Secondly, the Kensington Roof Gardens are hosting a National Tea Day Festival from 10.30am until 4pm, with tea, tea and more tea: they’ve everything from rare blends to tea dances, and they’ve recruited ‘Queen Victoria’ for photos.
Info: April 21, Across London, standard.co.uk
6. Sing along to Sister Act
A big hit last year, Amacoast Cinema return to the iconic Central Hall Westminster – Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Churchill have all spoken there – with a screening of the beloved Sister Act, accompanied by live performances of the film’s soundtrack from a 35-strong gospel choir and band. Should be a near spiritual experience.
Info: April 21 – 22, Central Hall Westminster Storey's Gate, SW1H 9NH, designmynight.com
7. Watch the Marathon
This Sunday, some 38,000 ambitious runners will make their way along 26.2 miles of prime London turf, contributing to an almighty charity loot of more than £50 million. If you're not running, the least you can do is turn out and offer your full support. We've mapped the very best pubs, bars and restaurants close by the course to cheer from. If you’re running yourself, head to the Hoxton in Shoreditch on the Saturday for a stop in at their prep lounge, and after the race on Sunday, pop over to the Polo Bar by Liverpool Street, where they’re giving out their traditional English breakfast for free.
Info: April 23, Across London, standard.co.uk
Jude Law is back on stage with talk-of-the-town director Ivo van Hove at the Barbican. He will star in a stage version of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film, which tells the dark tale of a couple who fall in love at a petrol station. It will certainly be more glamourous than it sounds.
Info: April 19 – May 20, Barbican; barbican.org.uk
9. New Cross & Deptford free film festival
This is just what it says on the tin: it’s a free film festival happening across New Cross and Deptford. This weekend kicks off with a launch party at the White Hart and a screening of Jon Favreau’s Chef, and over the next nine days, there’s everything from Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E to the stunning documentary 13th.
Info: April 21 – 30, Across New Cross and Deptford, freefilmfestivals.org
10. Sony Photographer of the Year
Head to Somerset House for some truly stunning images: all the winning, shortlisted and commended images from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be displayed alongside a curated view of work from Martin Parr, the famed photojournalist and documentary photographer.
Info: April 21 – May 7, Somerset House, WC2R 1LA, worldphoto.org
11. Celebrate St George’s Day
This Sunday is St George’s Day, and there’ll be a free festival at Trafalgar Square to celebrate. Expect plenty of English food (including a demonstration from top chef Theo Randall), live folk music and even some fairground rides. From midday.
Info: April 22, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN, london.gov.uk
12. Eat, drink and be merry
What better way to spend any weekend than gorging on glorious grub? We have everything you need to know, including London’s best brunches, the capital’s finest Sunday roasts, the best bars the city has to offer, and more of the finest food you can get your hands on.
For those of you still coming to terms with the triggering of a certain Article, there’s also our guide to eating the EU in London.