Free & Cheap London Events: 22-28 April 2013

Interesting and unusual things to do for a fiver or less this week.

Detail of a Chart of the English Channel, created by Lucas Jansz Wagenaer, 1584. © National Maritime Museum. Details below.

Monday 22 April

FREE COMEDY FESTIVAL: Very big bargain alert. The Angel Comedy Festival features professional comedians performing across the week. FOR FREE! Free, just turn up, until 29 April

FREE FILM FESTIVAL: Making us feel spoilt with all the free festivals, the Herne Hill Free Film Festival is up and running with new listings being added all the time, so keep your eyes peeled. Free, see site for listings, until 1 June

Tuesday 23 April

ST GEORGE’S DAY: Hoorah, it’s St George’s Day! Most celebratory events took place over the weekend but here are a couple of free events resolutely sticking to the date:

Music, costumes, English ale and possibly Morris dancing at The Lamb Tavern6pm

The Old Queen’s Head is serving up complimentary platters of their new, all English menu, plus there is a themed quiz, games and, yes, Morris dancing. 7pm

Wednesday 24 April

CRAP FILM: That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but most people know the joy that comes from watching with growing disbelief an entirely crap film with your friends. The Crap Film Club presents For Y’Ur Height Only tonight. Free, book table via email, 8pm

COMEDY: As part of a series of fortnightly preview evenings, Invisible Dot is running Two Previews for Five Pounds. Tonight is Colin Hoult and Alex Horne, bargain. £5, prebook, 7.45pm

Thursday 25 April

MAPS: Greenwich curators present some of the most interesting sea charts, maps and atlases (pictured) from the National Maritime Museums’s extensive collection. Free, prebook, 6.45pm

HOOTENANNY: Hootenanny at the Harrison is a thigh-thumping live music night dedicated to bands that sing in folky harmony. Free, just turn up, 7pm

SUB-ART: In July 1940 British war artist and landscape painter Eric Ravilious (1903-42) became unofficial artist-in-residence aboard a submarine. For several weeks he made drawings in the cramped interior, join author James Russell for an illustrated talk about this artistic achievement. Free, prebook, 7pm

Friday 26 April

THE OTHER LONDON: Since Edward the Confessor built his palace and abbey, Westminster has been the focus of Royal London. London’s Other City recounts stories of its development into a centre of high fashion and power politics. Free, just turn up, 2pm

DISCO: Electronic music night, Slipped Disco, slides into its residencyat the Southbank Centre and tonight DJ Ben Osborne plays during the Hayward Gallery’s dazzling Light Show exhibition. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Saturday 27 April

UTTER!: After a long absence, Utter! is back with Utter! Shite, a celebration of shite poetry, comedy and records. There will be open mic, bar tab bingo and stand up. £3.33, just turn up, 3pm

Sunday 28 April

MUSIC FETE: The Boogaloo hosts an entire afternoon of music, home-cooked food and hand-sewn bunting. £3, just turn up, 3pm

COMEDY: An afternoon of tea, cake, dancing and musical comedy with Ida Barr, ‘the people’s pensioner.’ Ida has been working with local talent – a fusion of elders, children and community choirs – to create an intergenerational performance in local heritage site and Victorian mansion Kingswood House. Free, just turn up, 3pm

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