Free And Cheap London Events: 11-17 August 2014

Interesting and unusual things to do for a fiver or less this week. For more ideas have a look at our Free & Cheap page.

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ART: Take a look at our August art events listing and find art openings happening this month. You should find the perfect fit to your creative side among painting, photography, drawing and more. Lots of free ones as well.

BRIDGE EXHIBITION: Museum of London Docklands’s largest ever art exhibition, Bridge, is now open. It consists of historical and contemporary depictions of London’s bridges in the form of artwork, film and photography. It also considers how bridges are used in London today. Free, just turn up, until 2 November

GO TO THE BEACHCamden Beach is back at the Roundhouse. Why not head there with friends and pull up a deckchair? It’s free, and feels like being at the British seaside (it’s even got the capricious weather). Free, just turn up, until 23 August 

MUSIC: The epic BBC Proms are in full swing at the Royal Albert Hall. Consult our guide to making the most of your Proms experience and consider our top ten highlights from the programme. Promming tickets from £5.

Monday 11 August

WW1 COMMEMORATION: TestBed1 in Battersea hosts the visual installation Chronicles of Courage, which commemorates the First World War. The installation mixes life stories through filmed performance, archive footage, photographs, animation and music. Free, until 17 August  

BRITISH LIBRARYBenjamin Bankhurst talks about his book Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750-1764, which focuses on the relationship between Ireland and Irish America during the First World War. Free, prebook by email, 12.30pm  

MUSIC PERFORMANCE: Former Feeder front-man Grant Nicholas presents his first solo album with a live performance and signing at HMV store in Oxford Street. Please note that the event is on a first come-first served basis and any schedule change will be notified on social media. Free, just turn up, 6pm

STORYTELLING SLAM: The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts an International Story Slam night. Five of the USA’s finest story slammers challenge five of Britain’s best. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 12 August

V&A TOURS: The Kensington museum is offering tours of its galleries led by expert volunteers. Meeting point is the entrance hall, check website for types and timing. Free, just turn up, all day 

ALEXA CHUNG: The broadcaster, journalist and fashionista is at Westfield London (White City) to sign copies of her best-selling book IT, a collection of her personal writings, drawings and photographs. Free, prebook, 12.30pm

SPEAKEASY: Drink, Shop, Do in King’s Cross hosts an evening featuring readings, vintage tunes and cocktails. We’re sure you’ll get the right inspiration after a drink or two. Free, prebook by email, from 7pm

LIARS’ LEAGUE: The Phoenix on Cavendish Square hosts the monthly Liars’ League. Actors and authors stand up to tell stories they have written along the theme of Beauty & Beast. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 13 August

PHOTOGRAPHYDissolve: Reflections on Canary Wharf is on display at Long White Cloud. This café and art gallery located in Hackney Road launches a new exhibition featuring photographs by Marsha Dunstan. See the tall and grey buildings of Canary Wharf dissolving into colourful water reflections. Free, until 31 August

MUSIC NIGHT: The Social in Fitzrovia hosts a music night called The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All. Expect emerging talents performing psych rock and special DJ guests. £5, just turn up, from 7pm

FILM SCREENING: Marmalade Me at South London Gallery is a screening event inspired by the writings of Jill Johnston and is connected to the exhibitions currently on at the gallery. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

THE AWAKENING: Kate Chopin’s feminist novel The Awakening sent shockwaves through American society when it was first published in 1899. Now, over 100 years on, the novel and its modern relevance is being celebrated at Waterstones Hampstead. £5/£3, prebook7pm

FREE GIG: The Strongroom bar in Shoreditch hosts a free-entry music night. On stage is Albert Cerny, Dextric and Jovel. Free, just turn up, from 7.30pm

WOMEN WRITERSLoose Muse, hosted by Agnes Meadow, is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres. There are also open mic spots. Takes place at The Poetry Café in Covent Garden. £5/£3, just turn up, 8pm 

Thursday 14 August

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: Oxo Tower Gallery presents Framing Hope, displaying photographic artworks by Jillian Edelstein. The exhibition celebrates FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty. Free, until 31 August 

ART: Emblem is on display at Gallery 223. Expect an environment made of paint, sounds and machinery which explores themes of honour, industrialisation and consumerism. Free, until 30 August 

POTTERY TALK: Join Rebecca Wallis, Curator of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass sections at the V&A Museum, and learn more about French pottery art. Meeting point is the Grand Entrance. Free, just turn up, 1pm

SUMMER NIGHTS: The ever-popular Camden Lock Night Market is back. The main focus is international street food, accompanied by live music, film screenings and late night shopping. Every Thursday until 4 September

ARCHIVE TOURLondon Metropolitan Archive in Farringdon offers a free tour of its premises that explains how to use the research facilities. Free, prebook2pm

FILM SCREENING: Take a journey into the Sinai desert and join the screening of The Orchard Keepers at the Mosaic Rooms in Earls Court. The screening is followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director Bryony Dunne. Free, prebook by email7pm

BEHIND THE SCENES: Explore what’s going on behind the scenes at the Horniman Museum. Join the curators and museum staff for an evening of talks and tours of the museum’s collection. £5, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY CLUB: Comedy Knights presents a night of Alternative Live Comedy at Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane. £3, prebook, 7.30pm

Friday 15 August

JAZZ FESTIVAL: Canary Wharf’s summer of free events continues this weekend with a free jazz festival. See website for full schedule (PDF). Free, just turn up, until 17 August

WALK IN THE PARK: Take a walk around Kensington Gardens and discover the connection between the park and its Peter Pan statue. Walkers are encouraged to dress up and children must be accompanied by an adult. £5, prebook, 11am

LAURA BATES: Writer and activist Laura Bates discusses her new book The Everyday Sexism Project at the ICA. £5, prebook, 1pm

FAMILY FUN: The touring Festival of Triangles holds an afternoon of creative fun at Abbey Community Centre in Kilburn. The activities are for children aged 5-12 plus their parents. Free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

Saturday 16 August

FREE BIKES: To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme (she doesn’t look a day over three), the hire fee is being dropped this weekend, provided you dock every 30 minutes. There are also special cycling events taking place this weekend. More details hereToday and tomorrow 

MID CENTURY: Bettina Scarlett’s Mid Century Market returns to Hammersmith with a strong focus on all things 50s. Stallholders are experts in the era, selling items such as authentic vintage clothing and unique handmade jewellery. £3, just turn up, 10.30am-4pm

FAMILY FESTIVAL: The Elephant and the Nun is a family festival in Burgess Park, Southwark. Expect the usual village fair events (stalls, pet show, live music) alongside Africa Live, an event showcasing African culture , and activities for children at the BMX track. Free, just turn up, 12pm-8pm

SEVEN DIALS: The shopping area in Covent Garden hosts Spotlight, a summer festival consisting of stage performances, a solar cinema and a literary salon. Shopping happenings include discounts in stores such as Pepe Jeans and Fred Perry, a pop-up Karine Jackson salon and shoe customisation at Superga. Free, just turn up, 12pm-7pm

FILM SCREENING: The whole family can watch The Lego Movie outdoors for zero pence at Regent’s Place on Euston Road. Free, just turn up, 1pm

RECORD FAIR: Dig A Little Record Fair heads to a new location this month. Eltham GPO hosts the daytime meet up for anyone interested in music. As well as specialist sellers being on hand with records to sell and trade, there will be DJs providing the music. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

CHARITY GIG: Oxjam Clapham presents Summer Shakedown, an afternoon of music, DJs, fun and games at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham. Artists playing on the night include Forleigh and 3/4, Kenesha, Mark Mathews and Paul Freeland, alongside a raffle, face painting, various other stalls and special drinks promotions including an Oxjam Cocktail. £3, just turn up, 4pm-11pm

Sunday 17 August

GARDEN MARKET: Cottons Garden Market on Kingsland Road has food stalls and crafts. Free entry, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

GUIDED WALK: The Tudor manor and ancient bishop’s residence of Fulham Palace opens its gates to the public for a guided tour of its gardens. £5, just turn up, 2pm 

Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun. Or pop over to BrokeInLondon.com who also have plenty of great ideas.

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  • Gillian Lawrence

    Superb list of accessible lovely jubbly stuff.

  • jemmy button

    Also 17 August, Walthamstow’s free street arts festival Street17 12-5pm Walthamstow Town Square E17 7JN – art, music, dance, film, BMX, skating, free running – demos, workshops and activities.

  • jemmy button

    Also 17 August, Walthamstow’s free street arts festival http://street17.co.uk/
    12-5pm Walthamstow Town Square E17 7JN – art, sculpture, music, dance, film, BMX, skating, free running – demos, workshops and activities and more.

  • grazia

    also 23rd August bass Music Festival http://www.thelondonbassmusicfestival.com