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Funny April Fools Pranks That Shocked and Awed London Residents

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April Fool’s Day has been a British tradition since the late-1600s. While it’s not an “official” holiday, many people celebrate by pulling practical jokes on their friends, family and co-workers. In England, London is at the heart of the wackiness, often taking the jokes so far that residents, tourists and even news reporters, take them seriously.

Here are 7 of the funniest and most unbelievable April Fool’s Day pranks that the people of London have fallen for!

First Class Tube Service

In 2015 Transport for London (TFL) announced that all underground trains would have a first class carriage. TFL knows full well that most people would rather cough up a few extra pounds than have to squeeze between two bodies on their morning commute; it’s not actually a bad idea!

Easyjet Perfume

In 2015 the words of Easyjet, the scent was to “evoke the musty smell of a packed A-319 airbus.” If there’s one thing you don’t want when you’re on holiday, it’s the smell of 150 passengers’ body odour. Fortunately, it wasn’t true.

Warburtons Bread-Shaped Skyscrapers

In 2014 Warburtons announced that they were in the process of building two bread-shaped skyscrapers in the City of London overlooking Square Mile. These buildings were to fit right between The Gherkin in order to complete the sandwich.

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Greenwich University’s Algae Burger

In 2014 Greenwich University announced that it would be serving a brand new burger that could boost the immune system. They stated that the main ingredient was algae and the purpose behind the creation was to combat the flu during freshers week.

Richard Branson’s UFO

In the early hours of April 1st 1989, Richard Branson dressed up as an alien and flew a custom designed hot air balloon that was shaped like a UFO over London. To make the illusion even more realistic, he even brought strobe lights on board that blinked every ten seconds.

The Thames Aquacab

In 2015 Addison Lee – the UK’s largest mini cab company – announced a new line of vehicles called the Aquacab. These amphibious cars would supposedly be fitted with custom designed nautical satnavs, allowing passengers to travel via the River Thames.

The M25 Change of Direction

In 1991 the London Times reported that the M25 would become a one-way motorway in order to relieve congestion. They stated that the traffic would go clockwise on Monday’s Wednesdays and Fridays, and counter-clockwise on Tuesdays and Thursday. Even the BBC fell for the joke and aired an interview with angry locals.

Big Ben Goes Digital

While the BBC are usually the first to fall for the jokes, they have also been known to take part in the action. In 1980 they famously reported that Big Ben would be converted to a digital clock in order to modernize the area. BBC Japan took the joke a step further by auctioning off the clock hands!

Want to get away from all of the mania and wackiness this April Fool’s Day? The London Helicopter can provide the perfect escape.

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit London This Spring

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Spring is the perfect time to discover London’s great outdoors: bars open their beer gardens, pop-up markets spring up out of nowhere, all of the major parks are filled with picturesque fresh blossoms. Need more convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you must visit the capital between April and June.

The London Marathon

This is one of the biggest events of the year. Every April London’s streets are cordoned off, making way for 40,000 runners. The atmosphere is electric, with legions of spectators cheering, drinking and waving flags.

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FutureFest

Every year FutureFest features a line-up full of the latest innovations in the tech world. Along with showcasing products, you can also watch real life robotics in action and attend talks from some of the world’s leading tech-gurus.

The Royal Parks are Stunning

There are eight Royal Parks of London covering over 2,000 hectares of public land. During the spring they are strikingly beautiful and where all of the locals tend to gather when the sun comes out.

St. Patrick’s Day

Outside of Ireland, London is without a doubt the best place to be. On Sunday 15th March, a marching band will walk through Trafalgar Square playing Irish classics. Expect dancing, singing and of course… lots of drinking.

The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race

This is perhaps one of London’s most bizarre traditions. Every year the rival institutions race two goats around Spitalfields City Farm. Alongside the race there are live bands, bookmakers taking bets and plenty of pop-up bars serving alcohol.

London Craft Week

Across seven days this May, the London Craft Week will showcase ancient skills and new emerging talents throughout London’s most famous art galleries. This year’s focus is on Bloomsbury and Mayfair, which have both been central hubs for craftsman for centuries.

The London Pet Show

This year’s London Pet Show will take place at the Excel Centre. Here you can meet owners and breeders; get advice about animal care and training; and catch rabbit jumping, dog dancing and even duck herding shows.

Covent Garden May Fayre

Convent Garden is always busy, but in May the shenanigans are taken to a whole new level at the annual puppet Festival. This year marks the 40th anniversary and will feature an old school Punch and Judy show and brass band.

The Crime Museum

Scotland Yard’s Crime Museum has been on display for the first time since it was started in the 1800s. To see real life death masks, Jack the Ripper memorabilia and a whole host of other gruesome (and real) articles from London’s history, visit this one-off exhibition before it closes in April.

Photo London

Photo London is a photography fair that takes place at Somerset House. This year marks the second instalment and promises to be bigger and better than last year with new exhibitions, and more workshops and training programmes for the locals.

If you’re looking for something to do in London that’s completely out of the ordinary, take a ride on The London Helicopter. There’s no better way to admire the beautiful city in the springtime than watching the picturesque skyline from above.

Family Friendly Easter Events in London

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Easter weekend falls on the first bank holiday of the year (Friday 25th to Monday 28th March). When you have kids in tow, Easter Sunday becomes one of those all-important dates on the calendar. While you may not be particularly enthusiastic about eating yourself into a frenzy, there are still plenty of things to do with the family that don’t revolve entirely around chocolate bunnies and eggs.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical – based on the Roald Dahl classic – has been gaining rave reviews since it first premièred two years ago. Since then it has undergone several cast changes. If you’re looking for some entertainment in the West End, watching a stage show of the world’s greatest chocolate maker seems quite fitting for this glutinous holiday.

The Passion of Jesus

Don’t forget, Easter isn’t really about chocolate eggs and a certain sneaky bunny, it’s about the death and resurrection of Christ. This year the Wintershall Players will be performing The Passion of Jesus, along with real horses, donkeys and doves. The open air re-enactment has a cast of over 100 people and is expected to draw huge crowds. If you can’t get a good spot, have no fear. The entire performance will be broadcast on projector screens.

The Small Films Marathon

Each day during the whole of Easter the Victoria and Albert Museum for Children will play back-to -back screenings of animated children’s classics – expect to see Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss, and Ivor the Engine. After the screening, feel free to take the accompanying exhibition to learn about each production and view the real storyboards and sets.

Land of Lions

The first day of Easter (Friday 25th March) marks the official grand opening of Land of Lions at the London Zoo. This project has been under construction for almost two years and will have installations that allow visitors to get up close and personal with these wonderful majestic creatures.

Cadbury’s World Factory Tour

While Cadbury’s World isn’t located in London, it’s easily accessible from London. On this tour you’ll get to learn all about the history of the Cadburys brand, watch the production line from beginning to end, and even try making your own chocolate. If you travel via train, you will also qualify for a 30% discount on admittance.

Harrods

Harrods is one of London’s most famous department stores. While children probably won’t want to stroll around one million square feet of retail space, they will certainly want to sample some of the fine work of the in-house chocolatiers. Here you will find some of the best chocolate England has to offer… and with prices to match. Harrods isn’t cheap, but when you see and taste the quality, you’ll understand why.

If you’re looking to try something a little different this Easter, why not take a trip on The London Helicopter? Private trips can be arranged for entire families, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the beautiful city from a whole new perspective.

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