London On The Cheap: 20-26 May

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London On The Cheap: 20-26 May

Anyone for cricket? Cheap stumps in Regents Park by psyxjaw via the Londonist Flickrpool

Things our readers suggest you do this week via our Facebook page are to have your first swim of the year at Hampstead ponds for a 2 pound donation (thanks Virch Delacroix) and visit the 'View Tube' on The Greenway in Stratford overlooking the Olympic Stadium and have a look at the progress - free, and there's a cafe (oh yes, Andy Wilkes, we concur). We can't condone the suggestion you go shoplifting in Carnaby Street but if you want to pay Tony Burton £1 to help him move house, that's your look out.

Tonight: UTTER SEXUALITY promises sexy spoken word tonight and if you get there 7.30pm it's just a fiver with Hull's dirtiest poetic postman topping the bill. At Cross Kings, 126 York Way N1.

And it's Private View Thursday up Vyner Street, E2 (try and act interested in the art and not just the beer) - thanks Oli!

Friday: Take a walk round Hogarth's London with Antony Clayton, author of Decadent London. Meet inside Westminster Reference Library at 6pm, free but book your place 020 7641 5250 or email

Saturday: Surrey Docks Farms holds its Spring Fair and celebrates the opening of a new section of Thames Path with sheep shearing, bees, baby animals, yoga walks and much more. 10am-5pm, free.

It's Self Publish, Be Happy Weekend at the Photographers Gallery with a display of 50 photobooks, talks and book signings. Free admission.

Visit Nettle Weekend at the Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden with a yurt on the West Lawn, nettle education, refreshments and gifts. We say take a dock leaf with you.

If you're out shopping at Westfield, look out for dancers from English National Ballet doing some Swan Lake extracts plus street dancers, Bhangra beats and get jiving with the London Swing Dancers as a warm up to the Big Dance weekend. Midday to 7pm, free.

Walk London are having a special Spring/Summer weekend of it with more than 50 free, led, heritage, history and culture walks of all sorts of lengths taking place all over town. Thanks to @netwench for the tip off.

Sunday: In Brick Lane's Banglatown A Baishakhi Mela is the largest celebration of the Bangla New Year outside of South Asia. Procession of giant mechanical animals starts 11am from Bishops Square, Mela continues 12-7pm at Weavers Fields, Allen Gardens & on Brick Lane, E1.

Over in Wandsworth, Home Live Art present The Shimmy: an alternative arts festival. Take your dog down for the Wandsworth Wag dog show and pet fancy dress picnic, interact with artists and installations or get dancing in the disco shed and more. Between 1-5pm at Putney Wharf, Deodar Road & Wandsworth Park, SW15, free.

And don't forget those free tickets for travelling on the new East London Line.

Monday: Try and get a ticket for Business Question Time with Boris Johnson and that bloke off the Apprentice (the winner, not Sugar). Subjects for discussion include Crossrail, skills, employment and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Apply here.

Seventies sci-fi classic Logan's Run is tonight's Extraordinary screening at the Roxy with documentary filmmaker Andy Kimpton-Nye hosting a Q&A with very special guest Jenny Agutter. 7pm, £5 (£2.50 members).

Tuesday: In our post election, coalition government world, just how relevant are political parties? Explore Partisanship with the Big Ideas guys at The Wheatsheaf, Rathbone Place from 8pm, free.

Wednesday: Take a chance on some new comedy with The Ideas Factory on the 3rd floor of The Old Crown Pub, New Oxford Street. 8pm, free entry.

Help your fellow readers stay thrifty - let us know about cheap and free events happening in your hood. Email, leave a comment or tweet us @londonist. And please do let us know if you follow up on our cheap suggestions, thanks

Last Updated 20 May 2010