London events in August
Visit London on the cheap in August, by trying these great free events
to • Notting Hill
The Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is the biggest and busiest street festival in Europe, attracting over a million revellers.
to • National Gallery
Ed Ruscha's 'Course of Empire' is his take on American civilisation, inspired by Thomas Cole's 19th-century series of the same name.
to • Tower Bridge
Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge, so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo.
to • Speakers’ Corner
If you visit Speakers' Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.
to • National Portrait Gallery
Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
to • One New Change
One New Change is a shopping centre close to St. Paul's Cathedral, which offers some great views from their roof terrace.
to • Horse Guards
The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 O'Clock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards.
to • Little Venice
Have a nice walk around Little Venice, past all the pretty houseboats, and stop for a cup of tea in one of the nice cafes.
to • Horse Guards
Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is usually a lot less crowded.
to • Covent Garden
Enjoy some free street entertainment in Covent Garden -- everything from buskers, acrobats and clowns to opera singers.
to • Tower of London
The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old, and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night.
to • Westminster Abbey
You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free, which combines a traditional mass with a choir.
to • St. Paul’s Cathedral
If you attend a choral Evensong service at St. Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.
to • Parliament Hill
Enjoy London's skyline from the top of Parliament Hill, which takes in the Gherkin, London Eye, St Paul's and Canary Wharf.
to • Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is a lot higher than it looks, and boasts one of the finest views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.
to • Hackney Marshes
Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.