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Our top 5 free yearly events in London

| Free events | 04/04/2012

By Romazur (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Romazur (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Get out and enjoy London for free at some of the best free annual events around

Do you find yourself turning down invitations to go out with your friends? Is the main reason for declining the invite because you cannot afford it? Well, we have a solution to that problem. You don’t always have to pay an entrance fee at some events. Some events are absolutely free (excluding the obvious – travel, food & drink). We have found a few annual events for you to visit that come without a price tag. Some are coming up soon so pay attention to the dates.

Festivals

London Film Festival

The 56th BFI annual London Film Festival will be back in force in October this year. The two week festival (being held 10th – 25th October 2012) showcases some of the best film work that can be found from all around the United Kingdom. Some of the films have been featured throughout the year already in local cinemas. The features and shorts submissions have also just opened for applicants to submit their work. Catch some of the festival films for free, live at Trafalgar Square. Visit the BFI website – www.bfi.org.uk for more information and future updates.

City Of London Festival

The City of London festival takes place in and around the capital every year to celebrate the history of the capital and all of the things London has to be proud of. With events taking place in a large amount of venues including St Paul’s cathedral, there are loads of events to get involved in that are free to attend. Combining the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with all the fun, you can’t miss out. Visit the official website – www.colf.org for more information about the event.

Carnivals

Notting Hill Carnival 

Known as one of Europe’s biggest street festivals around, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place every August. The carnival takes place over a three day period (the second day being safe for kids, the third adults only) on the last bank holiday of the summer. The first day is allocated to the annual Steel Band competition that sees groups of steel band players join together and compete to be crowned the best band. The Notting Hill carnival has taken place each August Bank Holiday since the year 1966, in the heart of West London. Find the best bits that the West Indian Community have to offer. Vibrant coloured costumes, music and food can be found across the twenty miles of the carnival stretch. Visit the official website – www.thenottinghillcarnival.com to keep updated.

Carnaval Del Pueblo

Held in Burgess Park, London, the Carnaval Del Pueblo takes places every August (This year’s event will take place on August 18th). Celebrating Latin American culture, people from all across the globe join together and celebrate the history and traditions bought over from all of the eleven Latin American countries. Known as the biggest Latin American outdoor event in Europe, it’s an event that you wouldn’t want to miss.

This year’s event will be moved to London Pleasure Gardens at Royal Victoria Docks in East London. Visit the official website www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk for more information on what you can find on the day of the event.

Special Events

London Sky Ride

Bringing cyclists from all across the UK together is the annual Sky Ride. Free to join in and attend, it’s the biggest free bike ride that can be found in London. No matter your age, it’s a perfect event for all the family to get involved in, as long as you all own a bike! Ride in a small social group or get involved in one of the big rides. Register and check where the next Sky Ride will be on their website – www.goskyride.com. Prizes are up for grabs for anyone that registers online too.

It will be a jam packed year for celebrations with the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics coming to town, so why not enjoy all of what the capital has to offer before then absolutely free.

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