Free And Cheap London Events: 18-24 April 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 18-24 April 2016

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Take a free look at Warhol this week. Image: Bloomberg

WARHOL EXHIBITION: For the first time, Halcyon Gallery presents an exhibition devoted entirely to the work of Pop Art king Andy Warhol. Spanning his entire career from 1950s illustrations to his untimely death in 1987, walk through portraits of iconic figures, consumerist canvases and one of his final pieces, Anatom (Rado Watches). Free, just turn up, 10am (11am on Sunday)

UDDERBELLY: The huge purple cow is back on South Bank for Udderbelly Festival. Though show tickets cost cash, you can wander around the lush fake grass, food stalls and bars for free. Free entry, just turn up, 10am-11pm

PHOTOGRAPHER’S GALLERY: See the short-listed entries for this year’s Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize at the Photographers' Gallery. Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony feature. Free-£3, just turn up, 11am-6pm

Monday 18 April

DA VINCI'S DRAWINGS: Go behind the sketches of one of history's greatest geniuses at the Science Museum today. Inside Leonardo da Vinci's Drawings takes a look at his incredible technical drawings. Free, just turn up, 1pm

THE QUEEN AT 90: Our Liz has got the longest reign in British history and is Head of State of 16 countries. Professor Vernon Bogdanor analyses the tensions between the Queen's changing roles since her 1952 ascent to the throne, at Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm

GAME OF THRONES QUIZ: Think you know your Snow? Put your knowledge to the test at this Game Of Thrones quiz night at The Hopsmiths. £2 (per person — teams of six), just turn up, 8pm

Tuesday 19 April

Be the DJ tonight (see below). Image: Seniju

PALMYRA'S ARCH: In celebration of World Heritage Week 2016, see the unveiling of a scale reproduction of the 2,000 year-old Triumphal Arch from the Palmyra site in Syria, which was destroyed last year. Everyone's welcome to this official launch. Free, just turn up, 1pm

BRING YOUR OWN VINYL: Bring your Record Store Day finds and old favourites to 93 Feet East's BYO Vinyl Night. Take the turntable and turn DJ with the Vinyl Society. Free, just turn up, 6pm

SHAKESPEARE SPECIAL: Leading authors Ben Okri and Kamilla Shamsie celebrate the work of Shakespeare at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel as part of Shakespeare 400. Both writers recently contributed to Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare and will discuss this during the evening. Free, prebook, 7pm

FREE COMEDY: Get your chuckling muscles ready for Oh Boy, Comedy, the Rose and Crown's weird and absurd comedic mix. This Tuesday, welcome Michael Clarke, Loose Brie, Holly Burn — plus loads more. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 April

PROJECT AWESOME: Get a 'power boost of positivity' at Project Awesome's fitness movement at The Scoop, London Bridge. Expect dazzling views of the city as you catch it at its best time. Free, prebook, 6.30am

CROCHET CIRCLE: Get hooked on crochet at the Museum of Childhood's friendly crochet workshop. Bring a hook and some yarn (though there'll also be some available there) and get knotting. Beginners welcome too. Free, just turn up, 2pm

CONFLICT IN THE UPLANDS: Mark Avery discusses his latest book, Inglorious: Conflict In the Uplands, at Housmans book shop this Wednesday. Hear the ever-controversial author as he discusses fieldsports in the countryside, the book's major theme. £3, just turn up, 7pm

£5 YOGA: Bring out your best downward dog with Brixton Yoga. If it's your first class, you pay just a fiver for this class at Dogstar — perfect for a midweek wind down. £5 (for first timers), prebook, 7pm

Thursday 21 April

FOOD MARKET: Consider your lunch sorted — Guildhall Yard food market returns this week. Over 20 stalls from Greek wraps, Jamaican jerk, Korean dumplings and hoards of sweet treats. Is it lunch time yet? Free (food and drink costs vary), just turn up, 12pm

ORLANDO MARTIN: Playwright Ros Martin leads an afternoon dedicated to the work of British Nigerian actor Orlando Martin, at the V&A. From his 1920s ballet career, silent films and groundbreaking stage performances, discover the career of this now-largely forgotten actor. Free, prebook, 2.30pm

LECTURE: The Royal College of Physicians asks the important questions about dementia this Thursday. Can we cure it? How can we manage it? And how can we help those affected and their families? Join the discussion with Professor Martin Rossor. Free, prebook, 6pm

KNITTING: Make your own headband under the guidance of needlemaster, Louise. She'll teach you the techniques needed to cast on and get creating at Eurolink Brixton. Needles and wool included too. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

LIBERTY SHOPPING: Shopping in aid of Cancer Research's Women Of Influence Campaign — we like it. Enjoy free drinks from Bloom Gin, shopping discounts, a DJ set from Vogue Williams and loads of prizes and giveaways. 10% of all Liberty purchases on the night will be donated to Cancer Research. Free entry, prebook, 5pm

Friday 22 April

Hear music from the Magic Kingdom tonight (see below). Image: gtsviper96

PROJECT AWESOME: See great views of the city on your workout with Project Awesome at Primrose Hill. See the sun rise during your workout with this friendly fitness class. Free, just turn up, 6.30am

NO PETTICOATS HERE: Discover the fascinating stories of the women of the first world War through the songs of Louise Jordan at this National Portrait Gallery Late Shift. Then tour the gallery after hours with refreshments. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

DANCE: Fling yourself into folk dancing at this class with Friday Feet at Cecil Sharp House. Learn the basics of dance from all over the world. You don't even need to bring a partner. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Saturday 23 April

FIRE STATION OPEN DAY: Check out a working fire station with this open day at Fulham Fire Station. Discover the equipment used by fire fighters, meet some and take part in a host of family-friendly activities. Free, just turn up, 10.30am

CANCER RESEARCH OPEN DAY: Get a fascinating insight into pioneering cancer research at UCL today. Hear from some of the world's foremost cancer specialists and take tours of the UCL Cancer Research Facility, Cancer Institute or UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre. Free, prebook, 10.30am

ST GEORGE'S DAY: Yes it's that day of all things British, so drape yourself in the Union Jack and get to Trafalgar Square to feast on British dishes, play family games and maybe witness the weird British art of Morris Dancing... for the Feast Of St George. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

CLUB 414: Slip into a Psychedelic Trance at Brixton's Club 414 this Saturday. Join the folk from Futurity for their second party of 2016. Free, just turn up, 2pm-11pm

Sunday 24 April

Tour a bluebell wood this Sunday. Image: Tyla

LONDON MARATHON: Watch the marathon from all over the city for free today. Cheer on your favourite fancy dress outfits and charity runners, plus the professionals. Avoid tourist hotspots (like Tower Bridge) — the Isle of Dogs tends to be a quieter area. Free, just turn up, from 9.15am

PERIVALE WOOD: This west London wood welcomes everyone to its Open Day this Sunday. Discover the secrets of this huge woodland, with over 600 species of fungi, 544 species of moths and hundreds of mammals and birds. Look out for the thousands of beautiful bluebells, too. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm

£5 YOGA: Bring out your best downward dog with Brixton Yoga. If it's your first class, you pay just a fiver for this class at Dogstar — that's your Sunday relaxation sorted. £5 (for first timers), prebook, 7pm

£1 COMEDY: That works out at less than a penny a laugh (probably). Make Sunday nights loads funnier with four fabulous comedians at Top Secret Comedy Club. Alistair Williams, Jack Barry, Rory O'Hanlon and Suzy Bennett spoil you with stage antics. £1, prebook, 8pm

Last Updated 17 April 2016