Five of the Best Free Things to Do in London in September

With the start of a new season, we’re going to be saving every penny we have for a new autumn/winter wardrobe, but we’re certainly not going to be staying in. Here’s our pick of the best free things to do in London in September...

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Free Screenings of the Paralympics Games

While Bar Kick is a bit of a Shoreditch favourite, for sport in a quirky setting we’ll be heading to its little sibling, Cafe Kick over on Exmouth Market. Full of character, it feels more like you've stumbled into the sort of tiny European neighbourhood bar you might hidden away off some cobbled street or other. They’re screening much of the Paralympics on small screens - which you can watch while indulging in a bit of tapas and a well-shaken cocktail or two. If the weather’s good and you fancy watching the games alfresco then you could always head to General Gordon Square in Woolwich, which will be screening daily live events and then watch the culmination of the games at the screening of the closing ceremony in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 9th September. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric.

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Address: Cafe Kick: 43 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL; BBC Big Screen Woolwich, General Gordon Square, SE18 6HD; Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN.

Sculptors’ Drawings & Works on Paper Exhibition

There’s a wonderful exhibition about to open at the King’s Place gallery over in King’s Cross this weekend. They’re teaming up with Pangolin London to put on the UK’s largest ever exhibition of sculptors' drawings. Starting on 1st September the exhibition will span the entire gallery and feature three levels of some 200 works from the beginning of the 20th century to today. Featured artists will include Henry Moore, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas. Excitingly, many of the works will be up for sale at an affordable price. Well, we’ve always wanted to our own Picasso...

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Address: 90 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG.

Floating Market in little Venice

If you’ve exhausted our pick of London's best food markets, why not try one that’s a little different? A floating market. Dotted along the Regent’s Canal towpath, amongst the narrowboats and barges there'll be a floating hat shop, vintage emporium Frocks a Float, a sandwich barge and some delicious Rawlings cakes, as well as the seriously eye-catching zebra boat. It’s the most wonderful place to stumble across when cycling along the canal - just make sure you get there before it closes for the summer on September 9th.

Address: Regent's Canal, Little Venice between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, W9 2PB.

Travel Photographer of the Year

From scuba divers swimming with beluga whales to the rainforests in Borneo via crowded trains on the northern border of Dhaka, the Royal Geographical Society is exhibiting an awe-inspiring photography collection for the Travel Photographer of the Year. There’ll also be a showcase of the work from last year’s winner and some fantastic photographs of the Dalai Lama. (If you’re feeling inspired, you can enter ELLEuk’s very own travel photo competition and be in with the chance of winning one of Samsung’s latest cameras.)

Address: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR.

King’s Cross Ice Cream Festival

Is there any kind of festival better than an ice cream festival? Thought not. This is a two-day event over in King’s Cross starting tomorrow. It’s a journey across the history of ice cream, where you’ll not only get to try a tonne of samples, you’ll also get to try out making your own – from traditional processes to some more high-tech ones (that have something to do with 'nitrogen technologies', apparently...) Sweet tooth sated, you could always stop in for a bit of culture at the free Superhuman exhibition on at the Wellcome Collection.

Address: King's Cross, N1C 4AA; Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road, King's Cross, NW1 2BE

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