The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is a popular event which attracts around four hundred pre-1905 vehicles every year. It commemorates the Emancipation Run in 1896, which was held to celebrate the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act', which raised the speed limit from 4 mph to 14 mph (yes, seriously!) and abolished the daft requirement of making every car follow behind a man with a flag.
Strictly speaking it's not a race (100-year-old cars don't race), but seeing as men are usually driving you can bet your life there are plenty of them who want to win! But it is still a fantastic spectacle as they set off on the 60-mile drive from Hyde Park to the Brighton seafront.
You usually have to get up very early to catch them, though -- because they set off for the coast as early as 6.45 AM. You need to be there before 8 AM to see the best of them. They should all arrive in Brighton by 4.30 PM.
Unfortunately they don't allow the public into the actual paddocks where the cars are kept, but you'll still be able to watch them exit from the Serpentine Road (Hyde Park Corner), go past Wellington Arch, and continue down Constitution Hill. They will then pass Buckingham Palace and head up The Mall, and over Westminster Bridge.
County cricket at Lord’s: Middlesex v Derbyshire – 23 to 26 Sep 2019 – Enjoy a few innings of cricket when Middlesex take on Derbyshire in a County Championship game at Lord's.
Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey – 24 Sep 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 – Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey
Gauguin Portraits — National Gallery – 7 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguin's portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years
Nam June Paik — The Future Is Now – 17 Oct 2019 to 9 Feb 2020 – Nam June Paik's pioneering use of video and media images will be explored in a major new retrospective at the Tate Modern
Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery – 23 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – A major retrospective of Bridget Riley's work, including her iconic black-and-white paintings and colour canvases
Buddhism exhibition, at the British Library – 25 Oct 2019 to 25 Feb 2020 – This exhibition will explore the history of Buddhism from its 6th-century origins in India right up to the present day
Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits – 27 Oct 2019 to 26 Jan 2020 – The Royal Academy's landmark exhibition will unite more than fifty of Lucian Freud's self-portraits in a single exhibition
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy The Mall then you might like to visit Buckingham Palace (you can walk it in 7 mins), Clarence House (you can walk it in 4 mins), St. James’s Palace (you can walk it in 4 mins) and St. James’s Park (you can walk it in less than 3 mins)