Photo credit:Mayor of London.

Photo credit:Mayor of London.

our pick of free london activities in august 2019

1st to 31st August 2019. Frieze Sculpture in Regent's Park. Westminster. An annual open-air show of contemporary sculpture, in the south east corner of Regent's Park. More info. 

1st August 2019. Cubitt Sessions music at Kings Cross. Errollyn Warrent sings from her Ivor Novello winning songbook. 6.30pm, Coal Drops Yard. More info.

3rd August 2019. Cubitt Sessions music at Kings Cross. Coal Drops Yard 6.30pm. Four young singers from the English National Opera with a programmke from Purcell to Berstein. More info.

3rd & 4th August 2019. Prudential Ride London. Westminster. Roads are closed in central London for an annual free 3-day cycling festival. Organised by the Mayor of London. More info. 

4th August 2019. Cubitt Sessions music at Kings Cross. Coal Drops Yard. 1pm Naala sings a hybrid between electronica and elemental RnB. 2.30pm Hannah James Jigdoll. 3.45pm Kabantu. 5pm Cherise Adams-Burnett and Renato Paris since Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. More info.

4th August 2019. Music at Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30pm, Duke Street Big Band. 3.30pm The Heroes Band. More info.

11th August 2019. Music at Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30pm, South London Jazz Orchestra. 3.30pm Kix Jazz Orchestra. More info.

17th August 2019. Waterloo Classics. Monthly classic car and motorcycle show and meet-up, with market stalls. Third Saturday of the month behind Waterloo Station. More info

18th August 2019. Regent Street Summer Streets. Regent Street closed to traffic. Food, drink and entertainment in a festival-like atmosphere. More info.

18th August 2019. Music at Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30pm, London Metropolitan Brass. 3.30pm NLB City of London Brass. More info.

24th to 26th August 2019. Notting Hill Carnival. Kensington & Chelsea. An enormous street festival. Music, floats, and dancers in spectacular costumes. Every August bank holiday since 1966. More info.

25th August 2019. Music at Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30pm, Rory Ingham Quintet. 3.30pm Barnes Concert Band. More info.

26th August 2019. Music at Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30pm, Grimsdyke Brass Band. 3.30pm Regent Community Brass. More info.

28th August 2019. Science Museum Late. Free late opening (6.45pm to 10pm) on the last Wednesday of each month, with talks and special activities. More info. 

29th August to 15th September 2019. Portobello Film Festival.Kensington & Chelsea. Independent film festival with all showings free to the public, Going for 23 years. More info. 

30th August 2019. Natural History Museum Late. Free late opening (6pm to 10pm) on the last Friday each month with talks and special activities. More info.

30th August 2019. V&A Friday Late. Free talks, performances and music from 6.30 pm to 10 pm on the last Friday of every month except May and December. More info. 

OTHER SUGGESTions FOR august

Primrose Hill. The summit of Primrose hill is one of the most magical places in London. Spectacular southerly views over the city. More info. 

V.V.Rouleaux. Ribbons & trimmings. Westminster. A breathtaking emporium of ribbons, tie backs, trimmings, tassels, feathers and flowers, in 100 colours. More info. 

Royal Artillery Memorial. The masterpiece of the sculptor Charles Sergeant Jagger, who had himself served as an infantryman in the First World War. More info.

And go online to the London Pavement Geology website, describing the stones and rocks to be found in more than 1500 buildings and pavements of London.

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