lambeth: 34 free things to do
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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