Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 19-25 June 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 19-25 June 2017

Things to do in London for £5 or less this week.

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Cheeky chappies at Croydon Heritage Festival

CROYDON HERITAGE: In the run up to the Croydon Heritage Festival beginning 24 June, a host of lead up events will get your brains in gear, from archaeological displays to talks on attracting bees to your garden. 16-30 June

LONDON RIVIERA: As part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, live music and DJs, yoga classes and family-friendly entertainment are just some of the free events on offer at the London Riviera. This week, pick from reggae aerobics, a film screening, and more. Next to City Hall, free, just turn up, until 31 August

Monday 19 June

ITS Digital Archives at The Wiener Library

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: The Wiener Library is home to the ITS Digital Archive, which has provided researchers with an opportunity to explore the under-researched topic of displaced Hungarian Jews who fled to safety in the face of the Holocaust. Find out more in this talk. The Wiener Library, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

WRITING THE NORTH: How does the environment and natural landscape shape your writing? Poet and presenter Ian McMillan and author Marie-Elsa Bragg discuss how notions of nature, folklore and culture are become intrinsically linked to text and influence how you write, in relation their own work. Waterstones Piccadilly, £3/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

IN STITCHES: You may have seen Tim Key on TV comedy favourite Taskmaster. See him perform new and old material. The Bill Murray (Angel), £5, book ahead, 9.30pm-10.30pm

WEEKDAY RAVE: If you're already missing the parties from the weekend, Popcorn: House Dance RnB has you covered with four rooms of Deep & Tech House, Vocal Progressive, Techno, Dance and Rnb & Hip Hop. Heaven Nightclub, £5, book ahead, 11pm-5am

Tuesday 20 June

Between Dog and Wolf Guided Exhibition

LONDON LIFE: Russian artist Natalia Avdeeva presents her latest series '100 drawings in 100 days', paintings and drawings of London's landscapes and life. Bankside Gallery, free, just turn up, 20 June-2 July

GUIDED EXHIBITION: Uncover the histories of three areas of south London: Battersea, Herne Hill and the Brighton Road in the exhibition Between Dog and Wolf, which contrasts historical images, archival documents and objects with contemporary watercolour landscapes, mapping and sound recordings. Morley Gallery, free, book ahead, 7pm

CHEEKY PREVIEW: Laugh Out London presents two top comedy acts, Live at the Apollo star Ivo Graham and the brilliant Eleanor Tiernan, before they head out to Edinburgh Fringe. The Antelope (Tooting), £4 (advance)/£5 (just turn up), 7.30pm

GIGGLE FACTOR: Get in the competitive spirit with this stand up comedy competition in the setting of an award-winning, modern Mediterranean restaurant. Who will get through the heats for the ultimate prize? Grove Bar and Restaurant (Hammersmith), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 21 June

Summer Soave wine tasting

EMPOWERING WOMEN: Shop for unique limited edition fashion at this Female Power Pop Up by the London Designers Collective and freshen up that summer wardrobe. 35 Thayer Street (Marylebone) free, just turn up, 10am-7pm

ORGAN VIBES: Performing a Rheinberger programme with students from the Royal College of Music, experienced organist Laurence Long will ease you through the mid-week blues with uplifting organ music. Union Chapel (Islington), free, just turn up, 11am

WINE TASTING: What better way to celebrate it's mid-week than an evening sipping on wine all the way from the Venetian hills in #SummerofSoave? Clerkenwell London, free, just turn up, 4.30-8.30pm

BREXIT BOTHER: If Brexit is still leaving you confused and out in the cold, get up to speed with this lecture on the consequences of the British Referendum decision and the implications going forward. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

Thursday 22 June

Strongroom Cider & Cheese Festival

FOOD TRUCKS: Top chefs make another appearance at this food truck festival which has moved to Stratford City, along with a selection of the centre's best loved restaurants, offering an array of new concepts and cooking and cocktail masterclasses. Westfield Stratford City, free entry, just turn up, 12pm-8.30pm (until 25 June)

CIDER AND CHEESE: Get that festival feeling at the Strongroom Cider & Cheese Festival in Shoreditch. Cider lovers can get masterclass in the good stuff, and fruity friends can try the apple pressing station where you can make your own juice, to a backdrop of live music and DJs. Strongroom Bar, free, just turn up, 5pm-1am

UNREAL ENTERTAINMENT: Walk the line between virtual and reality in a festival which explores alternate realities through art and technology. Will technology improve our future, making it efficient, sustainable and happy or could it be our downfall? Featuring exhibitions, installation, performance and workshops. 47/49 Tanner Street (London Bridge) free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm (until 25 June)

MENTAL HEALTH: Discover the benefits of the creative arts to health by getting stuck into hands on workshop Nursing the Image, in support of the highly stressful nursing profession. Royal College of Nursing Library, free, just turn up, 11am-1pm

Friday 23 June

Naked Dough's pop up cafe

RURAL ARTISTRY: A vast art collection hits The Photographers’ Gallery with an exhibition of American artist and photographer Gregory Crewdson's Cathedral of the Pines. The Photographers' Gallery, free (until noon)/£2.50/£4, just turn up, until 8 October

COOKIE DOUGH: It's your last chance to get your hands on Naked Dough's edible cookie dough in Old Street Underground Station. With flavours like Unicorn Food and Nutting Better, you'll be sorry to miss this fun pop up cafe. Old Street station, just turn up, 8am-8pm

UNDER TRACKS: Railway arches are some of the best spaces in London, largely because of what many have been turned into. Check out this photographic collection by Ted Kinsey documenting how arches are used today, from an aerial trapeze gym to micro-breweries. The Underdog Gallery, free, just turn up, 11am-7pm (until 25 June)

MIDSUMMER FEST: Celebrate Midsummer's Eve at Aquavit in St James's Market. Live music, pop-up bar, food stands; all your favourite London festival entertainment in one place for a magical evening — as long as Puck doesn't turn up to cause mischief. Aquavit, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm

Saturday 24 June

Vinyl Night at Studio 45

IT'S ALL INSTRUMENTAL: Whether you've never touched an instrument or once put a violin down and forgot to pick it up again, Learn to Play Weekend is offering free music lessons for both adults and children on piano, guitar, violin, trumpet and drums - or try something new on the Yamaha Venova. Yamaha Music store, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

EMERGING ARTISTS: Split between the Royal College of Art's two campuses in Battersea and Kensington, the very best of emerging contemporary art and design is on show from over 600 postgraduate students. Much of the work will also be on sale or commission, so get yourself a piece of the action before they're famous. Free, just turn up, noon-6pm

LONDON FOLKLORE: Discover the Legend of the Peckham Toymaker and other London folklore with London Dreamtime's Vanessa Woolf. Based on a lost Southwark Council oral history project, this storytelling experience is for adults only. Goldsmiths University, free, just turn up, 3pm-4pm

VINYL NIGHT: The epitome of cool, this vinyl only night of music has all the Soul, Ska and Rhythm 'N Blues you're looking for, with special guest artists Abi Clarke and French Fred. The Social (Little Portland Street), free, just turn up, 7pm-1am

QUIZ & TWIST: Do you know your sports trivia? If so, challenge the members of local football team Raynes Park United CFC at their club for a themed quiz. Once the final whistle blows, dip and twist the night away to the DJ into the early hours. Prince George's Club (Raynes Park), £1, just turn up, 7.30pm

Sunday 25 June

Unusual Antiques at Adams Antiques Fair

MAKERS MARKET: Sizzling street food, workshops, art, craft, music and more is waiting for you at Beckenham Market. A great way to spend a summery Sunday in the great outdoors. Venue 28 (Beckenham), £2/free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

AMAZING ANTIQUES: Explore the longest running antiques fair in London and find a hidden treasure you just have to have. This particular fair specialises in fine jewellery, silver, ceramics and paintings. The Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, £4, just turn up, 10am-4.30pm

MASTERFUL MUSIC: Listen to the brilliance of Franz Josef Haydn as the Cathedral Choir comes together with the City of London Sinfonia to perform his orchestral masses under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Free, just turn up, 11am-12pm

SHADOW WORLD: Winner of Best Documentary Feature at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, ‘The Shadow World’ reveals how the international trade in weapons fosters corruption and creates widespread suffering. A discussion with Andrew Feinstein (author of The Shadow World) & Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei (Bahrani human rights activist now living as a refugee in London) will follow the screening. The Scout Hut, Raynes Park, £5, book ahead, 7pm

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Discover the Secret History of the London Underground


The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Last Updated 21 June 2017