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World Car Free Day is coming to London – here’s where to celebrate

Written by
Alexandra Sims

It’s time to reclaim the roads! London is going automobileless on Sunday September 22 in support of Car Free Day. More than 2 million Londoners live in an area that exceeds legal limits for air pollutants, but hopefully (for a few hours at least) you’ll be able to breathe easy as 20km of tarmac in central London (that’s nearly 200 football pitches in length) and hundreds of smaller roads around the capital ban cars for the day. Santander Cycles will also be offering free hires across the city. Here are some of the best events worth pedalling to on the day.


See car parking spaces transformed into parks, Cheapside filled with hedge mazes and traffic-clogged Bank junction become a festival space with acts performing on a solar-powered stage. Various locations in The City. Free.

Clean Air Run Club

Take advantage of the car-free roads on this 7km high-energy run, which will race right through the heart of London’s traffic-less streets. Grab your mates and cheer yourselves on as you smash this smogless sprint. Starts at King’s College, Guy’s Campus. Tube: London Bridge. Free. 

Sunrise Flow Yoga on Tower Bridge

Stretch out on one of the most famous river crossings in the world at this mass yoga session on Tower Bridge. Arrive at 7am sharp to set up your mat on the landmark for a vinyasa flow and guided meditation. Tower Bridge. Tube: Tower Hill. Free. Register in advance.

Find more reasons to ditch your car with our guide to outdoor London
Find other great things to do this month with our September guide.  

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