Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 14-20 August 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 14-20 August 2017

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TOP TAPESTRY: The Quaker Tapestry is the product of 15 years and 77 panels of stitching and sewing by 4,000 people from around the world. It's on display at The Light, Friends House with workshops and demonstrations going on all week. The Light, Friends House, free, book ahead, until 18 August

CALLIGRAPHY: A chance to see beautiful Andalusian-Arab calligraphy from real royalty. Her Highness Sheikha Khawla Bint Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi of the UAE is exhibiting works of her art inspired by her poetry. Saatchi Gallery, free, just turn up, until 18 August

LIT UP NATURE:Discover the power of flowers and honey and spend some time outside on Greenwich Peninsula learning the special nature of this bio-diverse green space. Amy Shelton will be creating a temporary herbarium studio where she will press and preserve flowers next to an illuminated lightbox of beautiful presses. Greenwich Peninsula, free, just turn up,14-20 August

DIVERSELY CREATIVE: Publicis UK is celebrating multiculturalism and diverse perspectives in new exhibition There's A Good Immigrant. The artists are migrants themselves, and are showcasing the creativity they bring to British culture. Publicis (Marylebone), free, just turn up, 17 August-1 September

Monday 14 August

Cricketing Question Time

CRICKET QUIZ TIME: Ahead of the England vs West Indies test match, three of the cricketing world's greatest legends, Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Curtly Ambrose and the master blaster himself, Sir Viv Richards will host a Cricketing Question Time in Soho. Antigua Beach Shack pop up (Archer Street), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

GLOBAL SOULS: Elif Shafak is one of today's most respected public intellectuals and cultural commentators, and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Speaking on how the world can navigate today's challenges, she argues we must focus on building bridges, not walls. St. Martin in the Fields, free, book ahead, 7pm

Tuesday 15 August

NEON GARDEN:It's the last day of British paper artist Zoe Bradley's collaboration with Galeria Melissa for her latest installation Neon Garden, creating a vibrant and bold collection of exotic oriental inspired paper flowers, welcoming viewers into a sanctum of femininity. Galeria Melissa (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 10am-7pm

TRANSITIONING ART:How has transition affected your life? 30 emerging Middle Eastern Artists reflect on this very concept in a Transition exhibition with works ranging from fine art, calligraphy, sculpture and photography, to video, zines and installation. Menier Gallery, free, just turn up,15 August-2 September

DESIGNER FUN: Find out what a day in the life of a UX designer is like in a workshop which will let people into the secret of the role these user experience designers play, and how design is more than just what a website looks like. Aldwych House, free, book ahead, 5.45pm-7.45pm

CHANGE THE WORLD: From underground innovators to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Looking at examples ranging from Beethoven to Beyoncé, Dave Randall explores what makes music so powerful. Rye Wax (Peckham), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm

SPACE ARK:Earth has been destroyed, but don't worry — you've been invited aboard the Space-Ark for the very last sketch show in the universe, in a tribute to Earth's best bits. Part of the Camden Fringe. Etcetera Theatre (Camden), £5, book ahead,8.30pm-9.30pm (repeated tomorrow)

Wednesday 16 August

Fancy a free delivery?

GET IN QUICK: Sparkling wine brand Freixenet is teaming up with speedy on-demand delivery service Quiqup to deliver 100 chilled bottles of its new ICE Rosé straight to your door for free for one day only. Central London, (6km radius from W1), free, online, 2pm

WELCOME TO THE STAG: A comedy show about being a woman and a top bloke. And throwing a stag do in 60 minutes. Worth a punt? Hopefully. Oi oi! Part of the Camden Fringe. Camden Comedy Club, £5, book ahead, 9pm-10pm (repeated tomorrow)

CATCHY INTERPRETATIONS: Vintage meets cool with a modern twist, as the Juke Joints perform catchy interpretations of classic pop and R&B songs mixed in with Rat Pack era favourites. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, just turn up, 9pm-11.30pm

Thursday 17 August

Indian Dance Festival

PARADISO: An international creative team and diverse cast come together to produce a sensual, earthly 40-minute dance production inspired by the final part of Dante's Divine Comedy. Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, free, just turn up, 11am/2pm

INDIAN DANCE FEST:This six week journey through Indian dance styles culminates with a folk dance performance from Rajasthani — India's largest state, located on the Western edge of the country. Devonshire Square (Liverpool Street), free, just turn up, 12.30pm-2.30pm

PEDESTRIAN FRIENDLY: Use your lunchtime to walk the Living Streets and discover what makes a pedestrian friendly street. Perhaps one day London could be a true walking nation free from congested roads an pollutions... or maybe not. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

INDIA IN BLOOMSBURY:This guided walk around Bloomsbury will help you discover the people and places that reflect the presence of India in the area. A carefully-chosen 12 places tell the story. Russell Square station, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

SOULFUL LISTENING: Have a toe-tapping good time with BEAT, a group of five young artists with a passion for music. There's a DJ on the decks, two soulful lead singers, a sax player and a live percussionist laying down beats playing a fusion of remixed hip hop, funk, soul and house, including some apparently ingenious mashups of old & new. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, book ahead, 10pm-3am

Friday 18 August

IT'S CALLED ART, MUM: Polly Nor, known for her dark satirical images of women and their demons, presents a full collection of her digital illustrations alongside original hand-drawings, inspired by stories of anxiety and self doubt. Protein Studios (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 18-22 August

LET IT GIBBON:Buy a blank t-shirt, sweatshirt or tote bag (from £10) or bring your own for free and create your own collage to be heat stamped onto it. There's a huge archive of transfers to choose from, and a DJ will be spinning 1970s novelty and children's classics. The Muse Gallery (Portobello Road), free, noon-6pm

WALKING TOUR: Get a breath of London-fresh air with CoolTan Arts’ Beautification Committee. The walk starts in Bermondsey and explores something of Ada Salter’s beautification legacy, before heading to Southwark Park. Meet at Bermondsey station, free, book ahead,5.30pm-7pm

GEFFRYE TAKEOVER: Discover the museum after hours in this event designed for young people aged 14-19. Expect interactive live street art, open mic and art and film workshops, all served up with DIY mocktails. Geffrye Museum (Hackney), free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

UP ALL NIGHT: It's Friday so time for a party with a touch of hedonism and good old fashioned rock'n'roll, burlesque, performance art and DJs to keep you up all night. Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney), £5, book ahead,7.30pm-2am

BLACK QUANTUM FUTURISM:Science fiction realities are woven with African diasporic concepts of time, ritual and sound in this performance exploring the intersections of futurism, creative media and activism in marginalised communities. Serpentine Pavilion, £5, book ahead, 8pm

Saturday 19 August

Sea Cadets' National Band Competition

SEA CADETS: Cadet Kelly eat your heart out, these young Sea Cadets from across the UK are showing off their impressive musical skills against the backdrop of the Tower of London. This event is only held every two years so catch it while you can. Tower of London, free, just turn up, 9am-4pm

O CANADA: In an exhibition to coincide with the 150th birthday of Canada, it's your last chance to see this gallery of Canadian artists such as Andy Dixon, Thrush Holmes, and Andrew Salgado. BEERS London, free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

SPOTLIGHT: Local businesses come together for a day of free on-street activities, promotions and offers, including performances from Disney's West End musicals and a 250-piece choir. The best bit? The whole area is completely traffic free for the day. Seven Dials, free, just turn up, noon-6pm

AFROBEATS: Kick Saturday into gear with Africa Centre's summer festival taking over Great Suffolk Street and jam-packed with live performances across three stages, art, food, and retail stalls. Great Suffolk Street, free, book ahead, noon-10pm

DOWN THE GARDEN PATH: How about a blissful afternoon of music in Bethnal Green to make the most of your Saturday? Here's hoping that the sun gods are on your side. The Gallery Cafe (Bethnal Green), free, just turn up, 1pm-8pm

Sunday 20 August

Talk: Your limitless potential

JUST FOR BIRDS: Cook up a treat for the feathered friends that live in your garden with these bird-feeder garlands, made using ingredients you'll easily find in your kitchen cupboard. Keats House (Hampstead), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

LIMITLESS: No more waiting, no more procrastinating, learn how to fulfil your full potential with this talk by Inner Space which will teach you the tools of how to let go of where you are and go further than you thought you could. The Urdang (Old Finsbury Town Hall), free, book ahead, 4.30pm-6pm

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Take a Fascinating Tour Beneath the Pubs and Pavements of London


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

Go Off the Beaten Track With This 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

Forgotten Old London


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

Last Updated 11 August 2017