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Free & Cheap London Events: 29 July-4 August 2013

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 44 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 29 July-4 August 2013

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

Sunday is the last day you can enjoy Dalston House, details below

Monday 29 July

PARKS: It's Love Parks Week! Take a look at what green events are taking place near you. See website for full listings, until 4 August

ART: Jerwood Makers Open 2013 is an exhibition at Jerwood Space that celebrates the completed commissions of five artists selected by a panel to turn their ideas into practice. The exhibition is free and tonight Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts Magazine, discusses the project with some of the 2013 Jerwood Makers. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

Tuesday 30 July

SPORT: Kids can discover the history of sport at Royal Albert Hall's Discover Workshop with arts, crafts and the chance to make a unique Japanese cushion. £3.50, prebook, 10am and 1pm

MINI-FEST: Mini-Fest (organised by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) pitches up at Hampton Village Green today for outdoor theatre, dance and family activities. Free, just turn up, 12-5pm

MAKE INVADERS: Monthly craft night The Make Escape team up with Once Upon A Console for a night of crafty geekery. Play iconic retro games, join Craft Closet's cross-stitch workshop, and design your own video games characters. Free, just turn up, 7.30-11pm

Wednesday 31 July

CLASSICAL: Join German composer Sven Helbig and the Fauré Quartett for a live performance of Pocket Symphonies, at the Regent Street Apple Store. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Thursday 1 August

FREE WALKS: This August and September the Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association offers free walks during weekdays. The first is today, so pop along and get some culture in your lunchtime. Free, prebook, until end of Sept

TIME: Roundhouse encourages us to see time in a different and rather spectacular way with their new light sculpture installation, Timepiece. Suspended above the Roundhouse’s epic Main Space will be a vast 8-metre faceless clock. Pay what you like, can be prebooked once open, until 25 August

MR PENFOLD: Street artists and screen-printer Mr Penfold displays his bright and bold works at 69 Camden High Street from today. Free, just turn up, until 4 August

BARBA: Gallery@oxo hosts Barba, a photography exhibition by Bruno Melling looking into the intimate world of Italian barbers in London. Free, just turn up, until 4 August

BOB THE CAT: Meet James Bowen and Bob the Cat at Waterstones Covent Garden for a book signing of their latest release, The World According to Bob (please note that as Bob does not have opposable thumbs he is unfortunately not able to sign the books himself). Free, just turn up (but get there early as it will be very popular), from 12.30pm

THEATRE: Rory Kinnear and Lyndsey Marshal talk to Al Senter about their current roles as Iago and Emilia in Othello, at the National Theatre. £5/£4, prebook, 3pm

Friday 2 August

SKETCHBOOK: The Graffiti Life Gallery has invited a variety of artists to submit pages from their personal sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Show, for an uncut look into the artists' creative minds. Free, just turn up, until 4 September

ART: Andy Seize exhibits his impressive body of work including models, prints and sculptures at Londonewscastle Project Space. Free, just turn up, until 22 August

Saturday 3 August

SLEEP BETTER: Inner Space, a personal development centre in Covent Garden, is sharing their tips on how to improve your sleeping habits. Free, prebook, 11.30am

GIG: The Nest Collective offers a lovely selection of English Folk songs with a stripped down acoustic session featuring Sarah Johns Music Party, who has been compared to Billie Holiday, with support from Stephanie Hladowski & C Joynes. £5, prebook, 7pm

Sunday 4 August

TOPSY-TURVY: Today is the last day you can play at being Spiderman at Barbican's excellent Dalston House installation (pictured). Free, just turn up (you may have to queue), 10am-8pm

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

Last Updated 28 July 2013

Julie Langdale

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