Spent a little too much over the summer months? We’ve got you covered. This City Cheats looks at all the fun and free summer activities going on around London this September. The London Design Festival is bringing a number of free talks at the London College of Communication, and the summer is still full of life if you head to the top floor of John Lewis on Oxford Street. Oh, and there is a free wine tasting event too (yes, you heard us right!). Find out more about these plus a handful of other things to do below.
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Seresin Wine Tasting
The New Zealand Cellar
49 Brixton Station Road
Wednesday 26th September 2018 6-8pm
Nearest Tube: Brixton
Calling all wine lovers…there’s a free wine tasting event coming to town! The New Zealand Cellar, which calls Pop Brixton it’s current home, is running a series of wine tasting events over the next few months including a few free ones too! This session will be run by Tamra Kelly-Washington, a Winemaker at Seresin, who will be there to answer all your wine related questions. As these events are hugely popular we would recommend you arrive early for a 6pm start!
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London College of Communication: Everything Happens So Much
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle
Various Dates in September
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle
As part of the London Design Festival 2018, London College of Communciations is running a number of free events for the launch of Everything Happens So Much. This is a new manifesto that will be seeking to uncover new directions in design, and celebrating the launch of a new research platform called Supra Systems Studio. The launch night is on Wednesday the 19th of September with Sarah Weir as a keynote speaker (drinks will be provided!). Further sessions in the month include ‘Make your own mini-comic’ and a fabric jewellery workshop. All events are free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
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Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road
Until 20th October
Nearest tube: Mile End
This September and October, Tower Hamlets Local History Library has been transformed into the 1914 headquarters of the East End suffragettes, which is otherwise known as The Women’s Hall. The space has been created to educate the public about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes, a radical group led by Sylvia Pankhurst. There are creative workshops, film screenings and guided walks alongside the exhibition. There is even a ‘Cost Price Restaurant’ which seeks to recreate wartime food. Find out more here.
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Summer Of Sound On the Roof
300 Oxford Street
Until 29th September 2018
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Summer is definitely not over where The Gardening Society is concerned! Earlier this summer, the rooftop of John Lewis in Oxford Street was transformed into a green paradise away from the busy shoppers below to experience a Summer of Sound. Centred around London’s love of music and entertainment, there is everything from food and drinks to an immersive sound studio for you and your friends to enjoy. It’s free to sit back and look over the panoramic views of the city, along with live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Further information and upcoming live acts here.
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96 Euston Road
Monday – Sunday Until 25th November 2018
Nearest tube: St Pancras
This huge library in Euston is home to over 200 million items and counting; from 60,000,000 patents to 13,950,000 books! From Monday-Sunday until 25th November, the British Library will be hosting Sir John Ritblat’s Treasures of the British Library. It will be telling the remarkable human stories that have shaped the world over two thousand years through showcasing some of the most significant books, manuscrips and sound recordings. On show will be everything from Shakespeare to the Magna Carta to The Beatles, and entry is completely free!
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Deptford Market Yard
Every Saturday 10am and 4pm
Nearest tube: New Cross Overground
Nestled under the railway arches is the newly redeveloped Deptfrod Market Yard, where traders are selling everything from craft beers, cocktails and tandoori fried chicken. From the 1st of September, Deptford Bites will reside here every Saturday between 10am to 4pm, brought to you by the collective Eat Me Drink Me. It will bring together a selection of the best produce and street food traders London has to offer, along with craft stalls with a focus on South East London makers & designers. The courtyard will be filled with delicious street food from the likes of Belly N Bao, and fresh farm produce from Dreamin Dough and Hounds About Town to name a few! There’s also live music each week for you to listen to as you browse the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.
If you manage to catch one of the many free events in London this September, let us know in the comments below!