Photo: Totally Thames.

Photo: Totally Thames.

our pick of free london activities in september

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. 

1st Setember 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30 Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band. 15.30 Crystal Palace Band. More info.

1st to 30th September 2019. Totally Thames. A festival which celebrates 42 miles of the River Thames with surprising, diverse, and accessible arts events. More info. 

1st to 30th September 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. 

4th September 2019. Doggett's Coat & Badge Race. A rowing race, run every year since 1715, between London Bridge and Chelsea. Starts at 4pm. More info. 

8th Setember 2019. Music at the Regent’s Park Bandstand. 12.30 Klezmer in the Park, organised by the Jewish Music Institute. More info.

18th September 2019. James I: The Court at Play. Gresham College lecture by Prof. Simon Thurley. The Royal Houses of James I. 6pm Museum of London. More info.

18th September 2019. The Hermes Trio. Debussy and Ravel on flute, viola and harp. Royal Academy of Music, Angela Burgess Recital Hall, 7pm. More info.

21st September 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. 

21st & 22nd September 2019. Open House London. The world's largest architecture festival, giving free public access to more than 800 buildings over one remarkable weekend in September. More info. 

22nd September 2019. World Car Free Day. Cars banned from Bank junction, Cheapside, and Tower Bridge from 10.30am to 5pm. Pop-up playgrounds, picnic areas, games and BMX rides. More info.

25th September 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. 

27th September 2019. Natural History Museum Late. Free late opening (6pm to 10pm) on the last Friday each month with talks and special activities. More info.

27th September 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. 

29th September 2019. Costermongers Harvest Festival. Pearly Kings and Queens process from Cheapside to the Guildhall yard. Annually in September. More info. 

30th September 2019. Howe to Avert a Climate Catastrophe. Gresham College Lecture by Prof. Jacqueline McGlade plus panel of experts. Museum of London 5.30pm. More info.

music & talks

Check out a wealth of free talks at Gresham College, the Royal Society of Arts, and the London School of Economics. And free music at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

other suggestions for September

Duck Island Cottage. Westminster, 1841. With its ornamental barge boards and finials, the cottage is in bizarre contrast to nearby Whitehall grandeur. More info.

Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice. This moving memorial, near St. Paul's Cathedral, commemorates ordinary people who died saving the lives of others. More info. 

Old Bailey. Central Criminal Court. City of London. A crown court dealing with serious criminal cases including murder, rape and robbery. More info. 

And go online to the Trees of London website, which illustrates and identifies trees in seven areas of London which are particularly rich in interesting trees.

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