Free & Cheap London Events: 8-14 April 2013

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

Watch Handmade Nation for free at The Railway in Streatham. Details below.

Monday 8 April

POETRY: David Parry has turned the Gruntlers into Allthing, and is curating an all-afternoon poetry moot at the Poetry Cafe. £5/£3, just turn up, 2.30pm 

BOOKS: The Sohemian Society hosts a booking reading night with Max Decharne on his latest book, Capital Crimes, and David Barbarossa talking about the 1970s London punk scene in his latest novel, Mudsharks. Upstairs at the Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

Tuesday 9 April

WONDER: Today is your last day to catch Barbican Centre’s Wonder Street Fair where there are drop-in activities, demonstrations and performances designed to open your mind through art and science. Free, just turn up, from 12pm

STORYTELLING: Liars’ League, where actors read stories written by writers, heads back to the Phoenix with tales of Twist and Turn. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 April

FILM SCREENING: Join Crafty Pint at The Railway in Streatham for a screening of Faythe Levine’s documentary film of the DIY craft movement, Handmade Nation. We have been told there will be pints and popcorn too. Free, just turn up (can reserve a table by email), 7.30pm

Thursday 11 April

TREE TALES: Dulwich Park is the location for a series of family workshops, activities and events all about trees. Free, just turn up, until 13 April

ART: Gaynor O’Flynns new cross-discipline exhibition, The Artist Naked and Blurred opens today at Hanmi Gallery. Free, just turn up, until 19 April

LONDON FOLKTALES: Storyteller Helen East will be will sharing tales from her latest book, London Folk Tales and the Old King’s Head, Borough. £2.50/£1.50, just turn up, 8pm 

COMEDY: Nick Hall – from hit sketch group The Three Englishmen presents a jam-packed evening of comedy at The Slaughtered Lamb, along with Tom Hensby and Beasts. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Friday 12 April

FESTIVAL: Alchemy is an annual festival at Southbank Centre of music, dance, literature  and design from India, the UK and South East Asia. Some of the exhibits are paid but there are plenty of free event in the Foyer and today there is a fashion show focussing on innovations coming from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Free, prebook, 6pm

Saturday 13 April

OUTSIDER ART: Why not take the day to check out London’s most bizarre and inventive art exhibitions. We made a list of the best of them and all of them are cheap or free.

Sunday 14 April

LECTURE: Rob Brotherton leads this lecture on the history of anti-vaccination and the conspiracy theories around it over the centuries. £3, just turn up, 11am

Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun.

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