August brings the Notting Hill Carnival, the Prudential cycle ride through the central streets of London, and the Frieze open-air sculpture show. Also free open air music at the Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross and at the bandstand by the boating lake in Regent’s Park.
In September enjoy Totally Thames (above) - with surprising arts events along 42 miles of the River Thames. Open House London - the world’s largest architecture festival giving free access to more than 800 buildings. The Portobello free Film Festival. And the annual procession of the Pearly Kings and Queens from Cheapside to the Guildhall Yard.
British Legion Poppy Factory. Making 11 million poppies for Remembrance Sunday.
Columbia Road Flower Market. Comes alive every Sunday with a riot of flowers and plants.
God’s Own Junkyard. Colourful and eccentric museum with 700 neon signs - all lit up.
Gresham College. Excellent free lectures by top academics. Going since 1597.
Hackney City Farm. Get up close to pigs, goats, chickens, donkeys, ducks and geese.
London For Free. Eleven self-guided walks. Include the Thames, Westminster and the City.
London Glass Blowing. Red hot glass blown by hand in Bermondsey. You can have a go.
London Pavement Geology. About the stones from which 1500 London buildings were built.
London Remembers. 5000 plaques, monuments and statues marking the famous dead.
Novelty Automation. Hilarious satirical slot machines made from scrap by Tim Hunkin.
Regent’s Park Bandstand. Music in Regent’s Park. Every Sunday in July and August.
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. The remarkable industrial history of the Lea Valley.
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