Free & Cheap London Events: 17-23 June 2013

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

On Solid Ground photographic exhibition opens today at the Courtyard of St Martin in the Fields. Details below.

Monday 17 June

LITHOGRAPHS: Trowbridge Gallery displays the original lithographs from the 1954 edition of painter Henri Matisse’s work at their gallery on Kings Road, Fulham. Free, just turn up, until 11 July

TWO DEGREES: Artsadmin’s Two Degrees festival is an arts-based festival that showcases what is wrong with our world and what we can do to change it. Tackle financial issues over breakfast or smash/rebuild every day objects, plus a host of other daily, free events. Free, just turn up, until 22 June

REFUGEES:  As part of Refugee Week, the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics hosts an exhibition that explores the experiences of women refugee academics and celebrates the contributions of refugees to UK intellectual life. The exhibition will be accompanied each weekday with lunchtime talks by female refugees. Free, RSVP to talks on info.cara@isbu.ac.uk, until 22 June

Tuesday 18 June

BARISTA TRAINING: Not to be confused with barrister training (which is probably a lot more time-consuming and a lot less free), Broadgate will be offering free coffee training session today at Broadgate Welcome Centre in conjunction with local coffeehouse The Liberty of Norton Folgate. Sessions last for 45 mins and can be booked in advance via events@broadgate.co.uk. Free, prebook, sessions between 8.30am-5.45pm

CONCERT: A lunchtime concert at Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead takes place today. Featuring duo works by Haydn, Martinu and Arensky, it is a peaceful and informal way to spend your lunchtime. Free, just turn up, from 12.45pm

SEA STORIES: Join Passengerfilms for an evening of film and discussion devoted to exploring the question: is it possible to tell a narrative about the ocean, or is a ‘sea story’ about seeing something else? Go along and you might find out. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 19 June

LONDON BRIDGE IN AMERICA: The story of London Bridge being uprooted and moved to Arizona is a bizarre one. Tonight at the British Library author Travis Elborough speaks about his book on the subject and tells the tale of this extraordinary event. Free, prebook, 12.30pm

WEST END LIVE: The best seats in the house are going for free today, as the stars of hit musicals Billy Elliot, Wicked and Spamalot take part in an intimate performance on the roof garden at Cardinal Place. Free, just turn up, 12.30-1.30pm

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS: Raw, real-life tales, told on stage. Join Natural Born Storytellers at The Camden Head tonight for stories of what clothes define us and why, favourite items of clothing and their sentimental/comical/outrageous backstories. If you have a story you can join in, or just turn up and listen. Free, just turn up, 8.15pm

Thursday 20 June

SOLID GROUND: International Rescue Committee UK sent seven award-winning photographers to seven communities across the globe and asked refugees of disaster what home means to them. On Solid Ground: building a picture of home tells the stories of those starting afresh, rebuilding homes and embracing new means of survival. At the Courtyard of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Free, just turn up, until 31 July

POLISH LITERATURE: Litro Magazine, London’s leading short story magazine, celebrates the publication of its Polish themed issue with an evening of readings, discussions and live music inspired by Polish literature, at St Pancras station. Free, just turn up, 6pm

CAMPFIRE: Katrina Larkin, co-founder of the incredibly successful Big Chill Festival, will be talking as part of Campfire at ditto TV studios tonight about her journey. Free, RSVP online, 7pm

KARAUKE: If you fancy singing to the backing of a live ukelele band, then Karauke is for you. Just head to The Royal George on Goslett Yard, pick your song and do your thing. The ukelele band take care of themselves. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Friday 21 June

LAB FILM: Celebrating the work of emergent filmmakers, The Lab Film Festival is a new laboratory to nurture new ideas, projects and visions around film. Short film screenings, talks, workshops and events will take place across the East London area. Free, just turn up, until 30 June

MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY: Music photographer David Redfern hosts an exhibition of some of his most iconic prints at Audio Lounge from today. He has shot music greats over the years including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. Free, just turn up, until 12 July

GYPSY ROMA THEATRE: As part of Gypsy Roma Traveller History month, Hackney Empire hosts Crystal’s Vardo, a children’s play about a young Gypsy girl who runs away from home but has to rely on the help of school children to find her way back home. Free, prebook, 7pm

Saturday 22 June

BARNES TRAIL: Join the Barnes trail launch event today. See the trail opening with Zac Goldsmith MP, follow the 2.3 mile route around the points of interest in the village, and take part in a family quiz afterwards. Free, just turn up, 10am

CHARITY FESTIVAL: In celebration of Small Charity Week 2013, the team behind it are organising an outdoor mini-festival in Russell Square. Live entertainment, music and giant games will be on hand, plus over 40 charities will have the opportunity to engage with the public and celebrate their work. Free, just turn up, 11.30am-4.30pm

SUMMER PARTY: Hushpuppies, the shoe brand, hosts an afternoon Dog Days Summer Party on the roof garden at Rockwell House. Live music and BYOB. Free, apply to win tickets, 1-7pm

Sunday 23 June

VIGIL: Join the South East London Folklore Society for an inclusive, secular vigil that is open to all faiths, at Crossbones Graveyard on Redcross Way. Creative offerings such as poetry reading and singing will take place and all attendees are encouraged to bring a flower, ribbon, totem, and memento or short poem. Free, just turn up, 7pm

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

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