Sunday, August 4, 2019

Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 29 July-4 August 2019


The whole week



Culture under fire at the Imperial War Museum. © Andy Morgan

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: During school holidays, read our guide to family vacations in London - regardless of age and budget.

CAMDEN FRINGE: The Camden Fringe Performing Arts Festival will kick off on Monday, offering comedy, theater, dance, circus and magic shows throughout Camden for a month. Not all events are budget-friendly, but browse the program carefully and find many tickets for just a fiver. Different locations and prices, book in advance, July 29th - August 25th


CULTURE UNDER ATTACK: You could do much worse on free shows than in the Culture Under Attack series. It includes three simultaneous exhibitions dealing with the ethical effects of the destruction of culture to win a war - here is our full 5-star review. Imperial War Museum, free, just show up, until January 2020

Monday, July 29th



Tropical craft at Drink, Shop & Do

LOVE ISLAND: It's the last night on Love Island, and the final action from the villa - including the announcement of the winners - will be shown for free on a large screen at Camden Market. Food and drinks can be bought at stalls and in restaurants nearby. Camden Market North Yard, free, just show up, 6 to 11 pm. Elsewhere, the creative cafĂ© and cocktail bar Drink, Shop & Do make up the finale with tropical crafts, glittering and, of course, a show of the episode. Drink, Shop and Make (King's Cross), £ 5, book in advance, 6 pm


AUTHOR: Live A Little is a new novel from North London, in which two elderly people end their lives. Tonight, author Howard Jacobson gives a talk on the book. Owl Bookshop (Kentish Town), £ 5, book in advance, 18.30 clock


HEADS AND BODY: Play the Party Game for Kids Heads and Bodies - but it's for adults only and there's alcohol on hand to add to the fun. Draw your head, fold it over, the next person pulls his shoulders and so on, until he unfolds at the end to reveal a monster. The Book Club (Shoreditch), for free, just show up, 19-20.30 clock

Tuesday, July 30th



Come and play at Morden Hall Park

COMES AND GAMES: Active adventures such as volleyball, rounders, cricket and archery can be played and played free of charge at Morden Hall Park during the summer holidays. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and aims to bring families together to spend time outdoors. Morden Hall Park, free, just show up, July 30th - August 29th


JAPANESE LIFE: Celebrate the new travel book Be More Japan on an evening dedicated to the art of Japanese life. All historical, artistic and cultural peculiarities are discussed in a podium discussion, which contains numerous tips for planning trips and excursions. Stanford's (Covent Garden), £ 4, book in advance, 19-20.15 clock

Wednesday, July 31st



Science Museum stays open until late at night

THERE IS A FUTURE: In the current environmental crisis, should we have children or remain childless to protect the planet's future? This is the debate on this evening of performance and installation art that focuses on the links between reproduction and ecology. Ugly Duck (Bermondsey), £ 5, book in advance, 6 to 9 pm


SCREENING: Come on baby, why do not we paint the city ... at a free screening of the Chicago music movie. While Velma and Co make the Cell Block Tango on the big screen, you can keep the pedal-driven cinema going by hopping on one of the standard wheels (or putting yourself under the covers and having others do the work). Southbank Center, free, just show up, 9pm


MUSEUM LATE: It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means the Science Museum will only be open to adult events and activities. This month celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Activities include a multimedia concert, cocktails on space, and the opportunity to bring home and grow Rucola seeds (see what they did there?). Science Museum (South Kensington), free, book in advance, 18.45-22.00 clock

Thursday, August 1st



Hattie Briggs plays a free gig in Paddington

LIVE MUSIC: After working in Paddington, you can spend an evening of live music taking place in a floating park. Take a lounger, eat and drink in the nearby restaurants and watch live performances by singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs. Merchant Square (Paddington), for free, just show up, 17.30-19.30 clock


MUSEUM LATE: England's oldest medical college, the Royal College of Physicians, stays open late into the night for the public to explore their exhibits and objects. See artwork by Sir Joshua Reynolds and unusual medical objects and take part in a curator-led tour, all under one roof (listed building). Royal College of Physicians (Regent's Park), free, book in advance, 5.30 pm


TIME OF THE RAJ: Political journalist Anita Anand reports on her research on Britain-India relations in the early 20th century, focusing on how the use of archives can help testify to the stories of individuals. In particular, Anand focuses on the lives of two very different people, a princess and a suffragette, the other a murderer. National Archives (Kew), free, book in advance, 18: 30-20: 30

Friday, August 2nd



Little Gay Brother performs at the Southbank Center

PEOPLE'S WAR: The author and lecturer Jonathan Fennell gives a free talk on the history of the British and Commonwealth armies during World War II. Learn about the experience of ordinary soldiers in these armies and the impact of Home Front incidents on their work. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book in advance, 11.30 clock


PALACE GARDENS: The wonderful Lambeth Palace, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, hosts a monthly garden party. For a donation of £ 5, you can take a look around the walled garden beside the River Thames. We found it pretty charming when we were there. Lambeth Palace, £ 5, just show up, 12-15 clock


Little gay brother: The queer performance collective Little Gay Brother brings its tour show to the Southbank Center. The free performance uses music, dance and humor to challenge the perception of the sexes and builds on the current Kiss My Genders exhibition. Southbank Center, free, just show up, 5.30 pm

Saturday, 3rd of August



Free acrobatics in Hounslow

FLIGHT FESTIVAL: The RAF Museum opens its doors to a complimentary family weekend featuring various activities around its impressive collection. Watch demonstrations of hot air balloons and birds of prey, dress up as an RAF pilot, or get involved in crafting activities. RAF Museum (Colindale), free, easy to emerge 3-4 August


ACROBATICS: Visit Hounslow for a free open air acrobatics performance. Gravitas consists of two performers and focuses on the subject of gravity, with the dancers challenging their limits. Bell Square (Hounslow), free, just show up, 15-17 clock


CORE MELT: Today begins the weeklong Meltdown Festival of the Southbank Center, curated by Nile Rodgers of Chic. Not all events are free - and many are sold out - but there are many affordable events, including today's Disco Wonderland, a day of singing and dancing that is open to all. Southbank Center, free, just show up, from 16 o'clock

Sunday, 4th of August



Waltham Forest Mela is free

VINTAGE SALEBargain hunting at Vintage Kilo Sale. Once you've paid your entrance fee, you'll pay for anything you want - meaning you can only spend 50p when you're stumbling across a tough belt. However, there are 6 tons of inventory, so maybe bring some more money. York Hall (Bethnal Green), £ 3 Earlybird Access (Reservation Required) / £ 1.50 Public Admission (show up only), 10-16 clock

CUBITT SESSIONS: It's the last day of this year's Cubitt Sessions - free music performances outdoors. Check out the full line up - Sunday is family day, so expect world music and international culture. Coal Drops Yard (King's Cross), free, emerge, from 13 o'clock


WALTHAM FOREST MELA: The current Waltham Forest district of London hosts a Mela - a huge, free festival for the whole family. Expect music from around the world, a fashion show, spoken performances, South Asian street food, a funfair and much more. Leyton Jubilee Park, free, just show up, 14 to 21 o'clock


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