Free & Cheap London Events: 24-30 June 2013

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

Lemn Sissay runs free poetry workshops and public readings this week. Details below.

Monday 24 June

WIMBLEDON SCREENINGS: Get your fill of tennis this summer with free outdoor Wimbledon screenings taking place at New Street Square (weekdays only), Cardinal Place, and Bankside Mix. Free, just turn up, until 7 July

POETRY: Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay runs a series of poetry workshops and public readings this week. Lemn was the first poet to be commissioned for the 2012 Olympic Games and in 2010 received an MBE from the Queen for Services to Literature, so you will be in good hands. See website for full listings, until 28 June

SEEK, FIND, LIVE: A week of events for anyone with an interest in social sciences starts today, courtesy of Birkbeck, University of London’s To Seek, To Find, To Live programme. All events are free, check website for listings, until 28 June

Tuesday 25 June

DNA: Enjoy art works created in response to one of the most significant breakthroughs of modern science — the discovery of the structure of DNA, at Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London Strand Campus. Free, just turn up, until 27 July

HIV EXHIBITION: An exhibition on the Riverside Walkway, Southbank showcases interactive artwork featuring throughout-provoking images of young people affected by HIV, as part of Body & Soul’s award-winning Life in my Shoes campaign. Free, just turn up, until 7 July

TENNIS BALL ART: 12 artists have turned a tennis ball into a piece of art to raise money for the Greenhouse Charity. See their creations from today at 63 Broadwick Street. Free, just turn up, until 1 July

ROMA HOLOCAUST: As part of Gypsy Roma Traveller History month, Roz Mortimer displays rare film footage featuring survivors of, and witnesses to, the Roma Holocaust as they tell their previously unknown stores. Free, RSVP to amber.linell@hackney.gov.uk, 6.30pm

Wednesday 26 June

SCIENCE COMEDY: Explore the science of comedy this month at the excellent Science Museum Lates. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

FILM CLUB: The Duke Mitchell Film Club is back and this time they are at The King’s Cross Social Club showing Men From The Gutter, an ultra-violent (yay) epic set in Hong Kong. Free, just turn up, 8pm

MOOT WITH NO NAME: Researcher and writer Gareth Medway will be speaking at The Devereaux as part of The Moot with No Name. Gareth writes on esoteric subject and specialises in comparative religion and the history of occultism. £3/£2, just turn up, 8pm

Thursday 27 June

GAY HISTORY: How old is the oldest chat-up line between men? What did Shakespeare think about cross-dressing? Who was the first lesbian? Join author Richard B. Parkinson at Gay’s the Word bookshop for a discussion around his book A Little Gay History. £2, just turn up, 7pm

KARAOKE AND QUIZ: If you know your TLC from your SWV then head to Bedroom Bar Shoreditch today for a 90s hip hop/RnB karaoke and quiz. Free, just turn up, 7pm

NOISE: Oxford House Gallery in Bethnal Green hosts an evening of experimental music and sound art, with talents from across London performing their work live. £3 (includes a drink), just turn up, 7pm

UFOS: Join the UFO debate today at the Bell pub on Middlesex Street with a panel of UFO investigators and experts, who will be discussing their ideas of the reality, meaning and significance of the UFO phenomena. £3/£2, just turn up, 7.30pm

Friday 28 June

CLOCKS: Join Wallace Collection’s team of conservators for a special walking tour of the collection where you can see them open many of their historic clocks and wind their mechanisms. Free, just turn up (limited spaces so first come first served). 1-2pm

SINGING THE CHANGES: A pop-up exhibition charting the last 30 years of LGBT civil rights is told through the voices of Europe’s longest-running LGBT choir, the Pink Singers. Free, just turn up, 6-9pm

Saturday 29 June

BEING HEARD: At The Moment of Being Heard is a festival that brings together works but artists who engage with sound and modes of listening. Nearly all of the events are under a fiver, and tonight a film by Tom White explores sound on neighbourhood estates screens for free. See website for listings, until 8 September

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Blackshaw Theatre Company hosts a free summer festival at The Selkirk in Tooting today. There will be live music, comedy, face painting and, possible most importantly, CAKE. Free, just turn up, 4pm-midnight

Sunday 30 June

SOUTH LONDON FESTIVALS: Venture south of the river today for two south London festivals: the last day of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival and the second day of the Sydenham Arts Festival, both of which treat visitors to a host of free and cheap art, musical and family activities. Free, just turn up, see websites for listings.

FOLK: A live, alternative folk night at Tooting Tram & Social tonight with singer, songwriter and poet, Ben River. Free, just turn up, 6pm

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

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