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.
Surrey vs Nottinghamshire – 23 to 26 Sep 2019 – Enjoy some cricket when reigning champions Surrey take on Nottinghamshire in a County Championship game at the Oval
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
Ant Middleton — Mind Over Muscle – 25 to 26 Sep 2019 – Ex-Special Forces soldier Ant Middleton will be bringing his Mind Over Muscle tour to the London Palladium in September
1980s soul star Alexander O’Neal – 27 Sep 2019 – Alexander O'Neal was one of the eighties biggest R&B stars and you can hear him play at the Indigo in September
Belinda Carlisle at the Palladium – 27 Sep 2019 – Transport yourself back to the 1980s when Belinda Carlisle plays one night at the London Palladium in September
Wilco — at the Eventim Apollo – 28 Sep 2019 – Wilco are hitting the road in the autumn for a European tour that will come to London and take in one night at the Hammersmith Apollo
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)
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