Free & Cheap London Events: 27 May-2 June 2013

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

Join the Make Escape on Tuesday for free craft, illustration and stitching workshops

CHELSEA FRINGE: Horticultural happenings across with capital continue this week with Chelsea Fringe festival. There are dozens of events daily to choose from, most of which are free, so take a look and see what tickles your tillage. Until 9 June

Monday 27 May

ACOUSTIC MUSIC: Enjoy an afternoon of chilled out live acoustic music at Boxpark. Free, just turn up, 1-4pm

BERLIOZ: London Symphony Orchestra play live al fresco in Trafalgar Square with a triple bill of Berlioz, which is suitable for all ages. Free, just turn up, 6.30-8pm

STORYTELLINGHelen East is back in Farringdon for another Islington storytelling walk. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Tuesday 28 May

DISCOVER V&A: Today and Thursday you can learn more about the world’s most famous romance – that of Victoria and Albert – and how it led to the creation of the Royal Albert Hall. £3.50, prebook, 10am and 1pm

FAMILY CONCERT: Staying at the Royal Albert Hall, their very own Albert’s Band perform a family concert today as part of their Family ignite concerts. The little ones are encouraged to attend in their favourite regal outfits (although we’re sure Spidermans will still be welcomed). £5/£3.50, prebook, 12pm and 2.30pm

CRAFT: The Make Escape are celebrating their 1st birthday with a Makeversary event at The Hackney Attic. Make hats, sew collars, and create decorations while listening to a live DJ set. There will also be live illustration, exhibitions and prizes. Happy Birthday! Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 May

COVENT GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY: London photographer, Clive Boursnell, has captured and curated a diverse photography exhibition based on the past and present streets of Covent Garden. Free, just turn up, no current end date

ART WORKSHOP: As part of View Tube’s Art programme, today they host a family workshop featuring games and arts activities. Free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

IRANIAN FILM: The Duke Mitchell Film Club brings you Hollywood Iran Style, an evening of Iranian directors working in Hollywood B-Movies. Tonight’s feature is Samurai Cop, alongside other Iranian-themed short films, a quiz and music. Free, just turn up, 7pm

CRAP FILM: Birdemic: Shock and Terror is screening for your viewing (dis)pleasure courtesy of the Crap Film Club tonight, complete with dodgy CGI vultures/eagles/owls/can’t even make out what the other birds are. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Thursday 30 May

FAMILY LEARNING: Join the Ragged School Museum for a slice of Victorian school life. Today, its Easter Holiday programme looks at Dr Barnado and the women who supported him to open his first home for girls. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

Friday 31 May

THATCHER YEARS: Today is the last day you can see this free photography exhibition by Dave Sinclair. During the eighties Dave travelled all over Britain taking photographs of bleak post-industrial Britain, documenting the changes Thatcher made to Britain during that period. Free, just turn up, 10am until late

FREE COMEDY: That’s right, there is no price on laughter (up yours consumeristic society) at The Invisible Dot’s free comedy show. John Kearns headlines. Free, prebook, 7pm

Saturday 1 June

GETTY: Getty Images Gallery’s Best of Archive celebrates a selection of of iconic images from the Getty Images Archive, the world’s largest commercial photography archive with a collection of over 90 million images to choose from. Free, just turn up, 12-5.30pm

FREE FILM: Today is the last day of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival, which has been a blessing not only for free films, but also for populating certain free and cheap London events listings pages. Tonight it ends with a screening of Eat, Drink, Man, Woman in the square outside the station. Free, just turn up, 9pm

Sunday 2 June

HAPPINESS: The Sunday Assembly is a non-religious organisation who meet the first Sunday of every month for inspirational talks, songs and frivolities. Today’s topic is Happiness. Free, just turn up, 11am

FLEA MARKET: The Soho Flea Market is back with a quality line-up of stalls. Browse for bargains or enjoy the free live comedy and music that will be put on throughout the day. Free, just turn up, 12-8pm

OPEN THE GATE: Cultural organisation Open The Gate celebrate their 4th birthday tonight at Rich Mix by holding a 12 hour event of cultural entertainment. An African market and live music will taking place throughout the day. Free, just turn up, noon-midnight

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

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