Hanging out by the Serpentine costs nothing at all. Pedalos £5 for 30 mins. Image by Big Rock Cat.
In the summertime, when the weather is hot
There are things you can do that won't cost a lot
Friday: Experience 'Electronic Opera' at Tate Modern Live as a tryptich of film set to music goes off at 22h in the Turbine Hall. Free.
Saturday: Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner will be recreated in Southbank Centre Square between 12-3pm as part of the London Literature Festival involving puppets and 150 school kids and is absolutely free. It's also Greenford Carnival Day which launches Ealing's amazing summer festival season, between 12-7pm in Ravenor Park (adults £1). Oh and there's also a little thing called the Pride parade kicking off from Baker Street at 1pm
Sunday: Hot on the heels of the Barbican's Waterside dome, the Bedford Square Pavilion opens this weekend outside the Architectural Association Schoo, 36 Bedford Square. Entitled Driftwood, we hope it'll be an ideal place to shelter from the sun and imagine ourselves by water.
Tuesday: At the British Library tonight find out about "The Royal Commentaries of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega: The Dawn of Latin America’s Cultural Identity" for zero pee between 6.30-8pm in the conference centre.
Wednesday: Like short films? Tonight the Roxy hosts the London end of Quick Flick World with 3min London entries competing for some excellent prizes, plus the best of the films from all the 10 other cities around the world taking part. £3, 8pm.
Thursday: OK this is less a cheap thing than an added extra but if you've always fancied a look round London's pinkest museum then perhaps tonight is the night. The Fashion and Textile Museum is hosting a talk about changing silhouettes and lingerie (that's undies, yeah) between 6.30-8pm. Admission to the exhibition is £10, the talk is free and there's a glass of wine for you too. Call to book your place on 020 7407 8664.