Things To Do In London On The Cheap: 5 – 11 November

Things to do in London for a fiver or less.

This week ends with Remembrance Sunday / photo by londonbackpacker

Monday: Remember, remember…. it’s the 5th of November and you can watch fireworks for free in Maxilla Gardens W10, Southwark Park, Roundwood Park NW10 and behind the Town Hall in Walthamstow.

Watch creepy, bittersweet and surreal short films with the return of Bar Shorts, upstairs at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington from 7pm (free entry).

There’s a week-long programme of John Berger-inspired happenings taking palce around the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, including talks, screenings, discussions etc and all events are free.

Tuesday: It’s Election Night for the US and the Lexington’s free entry from 11pm for an all-nighter of results coverage. Or you can stay home and watch it on telly, which may well be cheaper in the long run.

Wednesday: The Dash Café present Armenian Music with Tigran Aleksanyan at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green from 7.30pm (free).

Thursday: Find out about Jewish Folklore of the East End at SELF’s monthly meeting upstairs at the Old Kings Head, Borough from 8pm (all welcome – entry £2.50).

Ever thought about travelling to Serbia and the Balkans? Stanfords hosts a “meet the travel expert” evening from 6.30-8pm (£5, please register).

In the wake of the US election results, watch-along, Tweet-along and laugh-along-a BBC Question Time at the Hackney Picturehouse from 8.30pm (tickets £5).

Friday: Take a look at some amazing photojournalism as the World Press Photo exhibition opens on level 2 at the Royal Festival Hall at 10am – it’s on until 27 November and open till 10pm (free entry).

The British Museum is open till 8.30pm (free entry) and screens Laurence Olivier’s Henry V from 6.30pm (£3, members £2).

Saturday: Enjoy some pomp and procession with The Lord Mayor’s Show putting marching bands, horses, vintage cars, carriages, a steam roller, a Sherman Tank and the new Lord Mayor himself on the route from Bank to Aldwych starting from 11am.

Board the Dixie Queen on the Thames to take a look at new London paintings by artist Ed Gray. There’s a free tour of the works by Ed at 3pm (Saturday and Sunday) and admission to the boat is free too from 11am-6pm.

Sunday: It’s Remembrance Sunday. The traditional National Service of Remembrance takes place at the Cenotaph and there will be the two-minute silence at 11am.

There’s a special Lest We Forget weekend with children’s activities and a Wall of Remembrance at the RAF Museum in Colindale (free entry).

Join the Ceremony of Remembrance at the Imperial War Museum at 11am, followed by a peace lecture at 2pm. Kids can contribute to a craft poppy field (free entry).

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