At the start of each and every month I bring you a list of free things that you can do in the capital. From outdoor ideas to free events in London, you will find something that suits you and helps out your budget.
The weather for August isn’t forecast to cool down anytime soon, so whether you are looking to make the most of the boiling temperatures, or shelter from the sun indoors, there are free events in London this summer to suit everyone during the hottest months the city has seen in years.
Here I have put together 10 free things to do in London in August, I would love to hear if you try any of them.
- Visit God’s Own Junkyard
God’s Own Junkyard is a dazzling haven of neon lights, tucked away in Walthamstow. Head to the end of the Victoria line to visit this unmissable display of lights- once you’re there, it really is a case of the more you look, the more you see. Every time you take another look at a corner, there will be another sign to catch your eye. It’s completely free to enter, but if you fancy spending a couple of pounds, you can nibble on some biscuits and lemonade whilst surrounded by the lights in their cosy café.
- Notting Hill Carnival
If you’re looking for free events in London, Notting Hill Carnival is the one. It’s held every August bank holiday, and this year falls on Sunday 26th August. It is the biggest street festival in Europe, so if you’re in London over the bank holiday, you won’t want to miss out. The carnival includes a huge parade of street performers, dancers and musicians, and a ton of Caribbean food stalls.
- Mudchute Farm
City farms are a fantastic place to visit (especially if you are entertaining any little ones) and luckily we are spoilt for choice in London. At Mudchute farm, entrance is completely free and you can wander around the farm to see the goats, sheep, pigs and llamas.
- Southbank Centre Beach
Yep, there’s a beach in London this summer! For the rest of the month, there is the opportunity to feel the sand between your toes at the Southbank Centre. With 85 tons of golden sand, it will almost feel like you’re at the seaside!
- Votes For Women Exhibition
If you’re finding yourself weary from the sun and in need of some respite, the Museum of London is holding an excellent exhibition called Votes for Women. The exhibition details the lives of some lesser known suffragettes, as well as displaying some personal possessions of Emmeline Pankhurst and Louise Mary Eates.
- Summer of Sound on The Roof
On the roof of the John Lewis store on Oxford Street, you will find a summery green space away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds on the streets below. It’s completely free, and is open every day of the week in August. Free events in London can be hard to come by- this is a great one as you can stop by whilst you shop.
- Picturing Forgotten London
This is another free activity for those who fancy shying away from the sun for a couple of hours. Head to the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell to see films, drawings and photos of places that have been forgotten by London over the years.
- Knit and Nibble Time
For anyone with a creative bone in their body, Knit and Nibble Time is the perfect place to socialise and learn to knit (or crochet) or even to perfect your craft with likeminded people. Head to the Peckham Pelican on Tuesday 14th August to get started.
- Borough Market
Borough Market is right in the centre of London, and is always teeming with people. Despite the fact that Borough Market is filled with food stalls, you can choose to make a trip to the beautiful market for free- take a wander around and extend your afternoon by exploring nearby areas along the Thames.
- Free Walking Tour
Free walking tours are offered in so many major cities in Europe, and London is no exception. Free walking tours are an amazing opportunity to explore a city- even if you are already a resident there! It is usual etiquette to pay a tip to the tour guide for their time, but how generous you would like to be is up to you.