With the carnival keeping the flies away from many of London's tourist traps, today might be a good time to wander around one of the capital's markets: Petticoat Lane has a good mix of clothes, music and electrical goods, and is open from -2pm. Wentworth Street, E1. Tube: Liverpool Street.


For a more traditional day out, hearken back to a time when cars had real character, and pumped even more toxins into the environment than they do now. Harewood House near Leeds has a rally of vintage cars, motorbikes and steam traction engines. The show starts at 10am. Telephone 0113-2886331 for further details


If jungle, reggae and ragga aren't for you, stop short of Notting Hill and visit London's Royal Albert Hall, where the Proms season continues with dance-themed music, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". From pounds 4 to pounds 18. Tel: 0171 589 8212. Tube: High Street Kensington



Liverpool's Bottle Park plays host to Lea Anderson's all-woman dance company The Cholmondeleys. Their latest work, Car, tells the story of six women and a Saab 900, the very same car in which the dancers travel from city to city. Entry is free.