lambeth: 34 free things to do

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free lambeth entertainment

BFI Southbank Mediatech. Lambeth, SE1. Free viewing of thousands of films and TV programmes from the British Film Institute archives. Tuesday to Friday. More info. 

Clapham Common Bandstand. Lambeth. Built in 1890, it is the largest bandstand in London. Restored in 2006 at a cost of over £1m. Home to free musical events from July to September. More info. See on map.

Herne Hill Free Film Festival. Lambeth. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Classic films shown free indoors and outdoors. Run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. More info.

Horniman Gardens Bandstand. Lambeth. Free band concerts from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday during August. Includes Asian music. The bandstand offers a fine view of London's skyline. More info. See on map.

Horniman Museum. Lambeth. Join a group of adult music-lovers who meet every week at the museum to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections. More info. See on map.

Morley College. Lambeth. Free lunchtime concerts at the Westminster Bridge Road campus of Morley College. More info. See on map. 

free lambeth events

Lambeth Country Show. Lambeth. Country show with more than 150,000 visitors. Vegetable and flower competitions, sheep dog and owl displays. Every July. More info.  

Streatham Common Kite Day. Lambeth. Kite festival held on a Sunday in May. Aerobatic displays by expert kite flyers. And bring your own kite. More info.

Waterloo Classics. Lambeth. Casual classic car and motorcycle show and meet-up, with market stalls. Third Saturday of the month behind Waterloo Station. More info. 

lambeth green spaces

Bonnington Square Garden. Lambeth. The product of a wonderful initiative by local residents in 1994, this pleasure garden was created from bomb damaged waste land. Contains a great wheel rescued from a demolished marble factory, After dark fairy lights create a magical atmosphere. More info. See on map.

Brockwell Park. Lambeth. A historic park between Brixton, Dulwich and Herne Hill. Ornamental ponds, formal flower beds, a walled Old English herbaceous flower garden and a 19th century clock tower. Contains Brockwell Hall and the Brockwell Lido - an outdoor pool created in 1937. More info. See on map.

Clapham Common. Lambeth. Mentioned as common land in the Domesday Book of 1086. The land was drained in the 1760s, and from the 1790s onwards fashionable houses for wealthy business people were built around it. Acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1877 to create a public park of 220 acres. More info. See on map.

Streatham Common. Lambeth. Purchased for use as public open space under the Metropolitan Commons Act of 1878. A long tradition of cricket playing since the 18th century, and currently a successful annual kite festival in May. An adjacent formal garden, The Rookery, has old cedar trees and a White Garden similar to that at Sissinghurst Castle. More info. See on map. 

Vauxhall City Farm. Lambeth. Free to access and open every day except Monday. Specialises in educational, recreational and therapeutic services including school trips, workshops, gardening projects, birthday parties and riding lessons. More info. See on map. 

lambeth markets & shops

Herne Hill Market. Lambeth. A Sunday street market with more than 50 stalls selling locally-produced foods and arts and crafts. All produce is from within a 100 mile radius. Located in the Station Square shopping precinct. More info. See on map. 

Rosebery's. Lambeth. A privately owned auctioneer, based in Knights Hill, West Norwood. Auctions covering Asian Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Modern Design, Fine Ceramics, Glass, Silver, Jewellery, Paintings and Collectors' Items. Also Fine Wine, Whisky, Vintage Fashion and Antique Furniture. More info. See on map. 

lambeth memorials

West Norwood Cemetery. Lambeth. Established in 1837, this is reckoned to contain the finest collection of sepulchral monuments in London, including 69 listed buildings and structures graded Grade I or II. It contains a crematorium, a memorial garden, and a chapel on top of a gently rolling hill with views across south London. Railings and walls were kept high to dispel fears of body snatchers. Among the occupants are many inventors, engineers, architects and builders, including Sir Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the automatic machine gun. More info. See on map. 

free lambeth Museums

Chocolate Museum. Lambeth. Independent museum and chocolate shop founded by Isabelle Alaya, a French artisan chocolatier. More info. See on map. 

Newport Street Gallery. Lambeth. This gallery, open without charge to the public, is funded by, and displays works owned by, the artist Damien Hirst. More info.

notable lambeth buildings

Anderson Shelter. Lambeth. The owner of a World War II back garden Anderson Shelter kindly accepts visits by interested members of the public on certain days. More info. 

Brixton Windmill. Lambeth, 1816. Built as a wind powered mill, and operated as such till 1864. it was converted to steam in 1902 to produce white flour. More info. See on map. 

Lambeth Palace. Lambeth. The Palace was acquired by the Archbishopric of Canterbury in 1200 and has since been the official residence of the Archbishop. More info. See on map

London Eye. Lambeth, 2000. The world's most elegant Ferris Wheel, an initiative of the husband and wife team of architects David Marks and Julia Barfield. More info. See on map. 

National Theatre. Lambeth, 1976. Created after a 100 year campaign. Denys Lasdun's brutalist masterwork. Simple on the outside, complicated within. More info. See on map. 

Pullman Court. Lambeth. 1933. An outstanding modernist development in Streatham Hill of 218 flats, designed by Frederick Gibberd. More info. 

Royal Festival Hall. Lambeth, 1951. Leslie Martin's centrepiece to (and only surviving part of) the Festival of Britain. Friendly fifties modernism at its best. More info. 

SIS Building. Lambeth, 1994. Terry Farrell's design evokes Mayan and Aztec temples. Built on site of a glass factory, vinegar works, and gin distillery. More info. See on map. 

St. George Wharf Tower. Lambeth, 2014. At 50 storeys and 594 feet, the UK's tallest residental building. Highly energy efficient. Designed by Broadway Malyan. More info. See on map. 

lambeth places

Hungerford Bridge. Westminster/Lambeth. 1864 steel truss railway bridge replaced an 1845 footbridge designed by Brunel. New walkways added in 2002. More info. See on map.  

Lambeth Bridge. Westminster/Lambeth. Opened in 1932 on the site of a horse ferry (thus Horseferry Road). Notable for its obelisks with pine cones. More info. See on map.  

South Bank. Lambeth. Industrial riverside land transformed (starting with the Festival of Britain in 1951) into a vibrant area for theatre, cinema, and music. More info. See on map. 

Waterloo Bridge. Westminster/Lambeth. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, and opened in 1942. Reinforced oncrete beams, clad in stone, shaped like arches. More info. See on map. 

Westminster Bridge. Westminster/Lambeth. Seven arch cast iron bridge built in 1862. Designed by Thomas Page, with Gothic detailing by Charles Barry. More info. See on map. 

Thames Foreshore. Lambeth. The Thames foreshore is a surprising place at low tide.  In places it resembles a beach. Watch metal detectorIsts, searchers and diggers, operating subject to a paid licence. More info.

free lambeth talks

Morley College. Lambeth. Free public talks including talks by artists and designers at this adult education college founded in the 1880s. 11,000 students. More info. See on map. 

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