Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 4-10 September 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 4-10 September 2017

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Explore Arthur Jafa's exhibition

EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS: Prevailing questions about cultural identity and race are explored in this exhibition by Arthur Jafa. Through films and installations to lectures and other performances, Jafa's work is driven to understand how black cinema and other visual arts will be able to match the power of black music in America. Serpentine Sackler Gallery, free, just turn up, until 10 September

PARK AVE EXHIBITION: Do you want to take better photographs? Park Avenue Resource Centre in Enfield is offering free classes to budding photographers. Go along and improve your knowledge and sharpen your skills. Thomas Hardy House, free, just turn up, 4-30 September

SAMANTHA BITTEN EXHIBITION: Get your weave on at this gallery. This is the first UK solo exhibit of American artist Samantha Bittman. The exhibition features 12 new wall based weaved works. Ronchini Gallery, free, just turn up,5-28 September

INDIAN TREASURES:Marking the 70th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire, Getty Images Gallery is showcasing a rarely seen collection of some of the earliest images of India.  Getty Images Gallery, free, just turn up, until 7 October

Monday 4 September

Free comedy? We're in.

ALPINE TIME TRAVELLERS: Learn about David Bramwell's experiences with the Damanhur community in the Italian Alps. David thinks he has finally figured the Damanhur out and he's going to tell you all about it at this seminar run by London Fortean Society. Conway Hall, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

RIGHT FUNNY COMEDY: You may laugh or you may cringe as this weekly comedy night provides a stage to upcoming comics honing their craft. Come along and see if you can spot the next Billy Connolly. Hawkins Forge, free, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

GOD IS ASLEEP: When you hear the word Transylvania, images of Dracula sinking his teeth into some hapless soul enter your mind. But William Hunter was raised in this mountainous region and he reveals that there a more reasons to visit than bloodthirsty vampires. The Monarch Bar (Camden Town), £3, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tuesday 5 September

The best in Scandinavian furniture design is on display

DAGMAR DESIGN: If you've been to Ikea (who hasn't?), you probably think you've seen enough Scandinavian furniture to last a life time — but you haven't seen these beauties. Furnish your day with this furniture exhibit, where you'll get to see the best in 2oth century Scandinavian design. Circus (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm, until 5 September

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Take in a concert on your lunch break and be treated to the voice of Margaret Cooper and the piano of Laetitia Federic in this French and English recital. St Clement Danes (Strand), free, book ahead, 1.10pm-2pm

DIGI SKILLS: Participate in this free workshop and learn the tools you need to run a business in the digital age. If you're curious about what digital marketing can do for your business then this course might be for you. Aldwych House, free, book ahead, 5.45pm-8pm

SAM HAYWOOD LIVE: Pianist Sam Greenwood, has been hailed around the world for his performances, so why not take this opportunity to watch him in action. You can also pick his brain after he’s finished playing during a live Q&A session. Conway Hall, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 6 September

See London in a whole new light

LATE NIGHT GALLERY: South London Gallery, on the Peckham/Camberwell border, stays open late every Wednesday for an extra chance to see the ever changing contemporary art collection. The museum's cafe, The Habit, is also open late, offering special deals on food. South London Gallery, free, just turn up, 8.30am-9pm

POLICE MUSEUM: Did you know that the City of London Police are the proud holders of an Olympic medal? Find our more at the City of London Police Museum, which tells the history of the force through interesting stories and objects — and stays open later on Wednesday nights. City of London Police Museum, free, just turn up, weekly, 9.30pm-7.30pm

LATE NIGHT MUSEUM: The recently renovated National Army Museum in Chelsea stays open until 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Explore the galleries after the daytime crowds have gone home, and find out what it's like to serve in the military, learn about military traditions and see artefacts including the skeleton of Napoleon's horse. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, just turn up, monthly,10am-8pm

RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT:Take this opportunity to explore London's vibrant landscape and character through dazzling colours, light installations and other ingenious techniques at this exhibition. Oxo Tower Wharf, free, book ahead,11am-8pm, 6-10 September

MIDTOWN WALKS: Strap on your walking boots and take part in this Midtown walk. Among other things you'll learn the story of the rags-to-royalty life of Neil Gwynn who is one of the more interesting characters from Restoration England. Holborn Station Kiosk, free, book ahead, 1pm

BREXITOPIA:This international group of artists has imagined Britain's possible utopian and dystopian Brexit futures. A provocative and informative look into the the forces that will shape us after we leave the EU. Espacio Gallery, free, just turn up,1pm-7pm, 6-16 September

SWEETEST LAUGHS: William Gladstone and Charles Dickens have dined side-by-side at this famous Greenwich tavern, and tonight you can treat yourself to an evening of stand up comedy. Matthew Harrison hosts this one. Trafalgar Tavern (Greenwich), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday 7 September

Explore a rich collection of work on paper at Cube Gallery

WORKS ON PAPER: It's not all about fancy installations, giant novelty sculptures and geometric shapes. Cube Gallery is keeping it traditional with this exhibit, featuring the work of multiple artists who have all crafted their paintings and drawings on paper. Cube Gallery, free, just turn up, 10.30am-6.30pm, 7-30 September

REVERBERATION: This collection of images celebrates the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Artist and photographer Dean Chalke explores all 13 of the legendary tracks through a range of visual techniques. Tonight's the launch of the exhibition. The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, book ahead,6pm-2am

THE CITY IS OURS: Join in with this community of runners and do some good in the process. Goodgym combines runs with physical tasks for organisations that provide support and care to the elderly. Head along to the Museum of London to find out how you can get involved. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

FARRINGDON WALKS: This guided walk visits locations in the Farringdon area that featured in Charles Dickens' novel about the fictional Victorian orphan Oliver Twist. Farringdon station, free, book ahead, 5.45pm

SIGNS OF THE TIMES: These signs will give you a different kind of direction. This solo exhibition by artist Tommy Gurr featuring a varied collection of politicised and satirical road signs will make you contemplate and chuckle. The Underdog Gallery, free, just turn up, 6pm-11pm, 7-17 September

HYBRID AIR: Learn how hybrid air vehicles can stay airborne for up to five days, how they will help the environment, reduce pollution and revolutionise air travel with this talk by Chris Daniels. 2 Savoy Place, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

Find out how you can keep fit and do some good at Museum of London

Friday 8 September

CRAFT ACADEMY: Unbottle your potential at Craft Academy's first course in brewing. To celebrate this they've put together a launch party featuring live music, DJ sets, and BBQ. Florence Pub, free, just turn up,4pm-10pm

ARACHNE GARDEN PARTY: Bring along a picnic blanket, sit back and enjoy a plethora of poems and stories brought to you by Arachne Press. There's also live music and refreshments for a small donation. Manor House Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: Got energy to burn? Get your skates on for the London Friday Night Skate, a free, group skate — everyone's welcome, as long as they've mastered the basics of skating. It starts at Hyde Park Corner, with specific route information published mid-week. A word of warning — if the weather's iffy, check before you go, as it's sometimes cancelled. Free, just turn up, weekly, 8pm

Saturday 9 September

Celebrate all things to do with the New River

DAY OUT IN ERITH: Visit Erith Pier where you can eat lunch at the lighthouse, then take part in the inaugural Pier Commission and make some origami sailboats. Erith, free, just turn up,9.30am-10pm

SECRET RICHMOND WANDERING: Are you a bit of a wanderer? Why not take a wild and picturesque wander through Richmond? See some greens, some gardens, and rivers — and forget you're in London at all. Richmond, £4, book ahead, 11am-2pm

HIDDEN RIVER FEST: Have a splash and a dance in Woodberry Wetlands, celebrating all things to do with the New River. There's canoeing, treasure hunting, creative workshops, and other activities to keep the whole family entertained. Redmond Community Centre, free, just turn up, 12pm-6.30pm

LOOSE LIPS: Enjoy a 12 hour marathon of live music and DJ sets. While you dance the afternoon away to funk, disco, and jazz boogie, you'll also be helping to raise funds to spread awareness of mental health issues. Main Yard Wallis Road, free, just turn up, noon-6pm

Sunday 10 September

EAST VILLAGE MARKET: This trendy market will sort out your sugar and booze fix, and why not pick up something for your pet while you're at it? There's also music and a grassy knoll to park it on, which will be handy after you've had all that wine and confectionery. Victory Park, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

KLEZMER IN THE PARK: Keep it kosher and crafty in Regent's Park at the annual Klezmer party. There's arts and crafts, live music, and plenty of food. Regent's Park, free, book ahead, 12.30-6pm

FILM ON THE LAWN: Grab a blanket, a flask, and some popcorn for screenings of award winning films, including the multi award winning The Chop. You can download the full programme on Discover Films' website. Stephens House and Gardens, free, just turn up, 8pm-9.45pm

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Love Actually


Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets

Last Updated 04 September 2017