Free & Cheap London Events: 22-28 July 2013

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 63 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 22-28 July 2013

Interesting and unusual things to do for a fiver or less this week.

Camden Beach opens on Saturday, see below. Photo: Stuart Leech

Monday 22 July

ART: It’s a Kind of English Magic is a new display at the British Council by English artist artist Jeremy Deller (who won the Turner Prize in 2004) which aims to give UK audiences a flavour of Deller's larger exhibition, English Magic, currently on show at the Venice Biennale. Free, just turn up, until 21 September

Tuesday 23 July

COMEDY: Free comedy at The Camden Head today with Uncle Henry's Fantasy Hour. Line-up includes Damien Slash, Twins and Anna Morris. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 24 July

CONCERT: Fullerton Children’s Repertory Theater from California perform today at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, staging hit songs from musical such as Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music. Free, just turn up, 4pm

HERITAGE OF VIOLENCE: A Molecular Mass is a collaborative theatrical lecture, presented by charity Cardboard Citizens and theatre company Chickenshed, that reveals the results of six months work looking into the heritage of violence. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

PSYCHONAUT OF PROPHECY: At The Moot With No Name, Tim Heath, Chair of The Blake Society, discusses how William Blake believed it was our duty to challenge the limitations imposed upon us by Society and in doing so, become prophets. At The Devereux pub in Temple. £3/2, just turn up, 7.30pm

Thursday 25 July

3D: Summer has come to the Science Museum in 3D form. Visitors can take part in 3D design workshops, make their own 3D glasses, catch a 3D film and experience the thrill of the 4D and 3D simulators. Free, just turn up, until 1 September

90S FILM FEST: 90s classic and cult films screen outdoors at the Portobello Pop-up Cinema in London, for We Love The 90s Film Fest. Showing tonight is Poetic Justice. £5, prebook, until 28 July

CINEMA: Fitzrovia Lates sees over 20 galleries in the area open late on the last Thursday of every month. Tonight, curator and art historian Evie Salmon leads a talk at Rosenfeld Porcini gallery about their current exhibition, The Birth of Cinema ... and Beyond. Free, just turn up, 6pm

FILM: The Mosaic Rooms presents an evening of short films about the Egyptian Revolution by director Omar Robert Hamilton and the non-profit media collective, Mosireen. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

Friday 26 July

CHARITY: Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry, opens their Sentebale – Stories of Hope exhibition today at Getty Images Gallery, showcasing images by Getty Images’ award-winning royal photographer Chris Jackson of Sentebale’s work in helping the vulnerable children of Lesotho. Free, just turn up, until 10 August

CLOCKS: If you're a clock lover (don't want to misspell that...) then join Wallace Collection’s team of conservators for a special walking tour of the collection where you can see them open many of their historic clocks and wind the mechanisms. Free, just turn up (limited spaces so first come first served). 1-2pm

Saturday 27 July

BIRO ART: London biro artist Mark Powell exhibits his incredibly detailed portraits from today at Hang-Up Gallery. Free, just turn up, until 1 September

COSTA DEL CAMDEN: Summer is here and lazy days on the beach can now be found in London as Camden Beach returns to Roundhouse. Sand, deckchairs and the option to be back by bedtime. We love a London summer. Free, just turn up, until 24 August

SUMMER PARTY: Enjoy two days of live performances, late opening and (hopefully) sunshine at Gabriel's Wharf Summer Party on the lovely South Bank. Free, just turn up until 28 July

DNA: Photo 51, an art exhibition exploring the impact of the discovery of DNA, welcomes visitors to an Open Day at King’s College London’s Strand Campus today with workshops, talks and hands-on activities (extracting DNA from a strawberry anyone?). Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm

FAN MUSEUM: Royal Greenwich and Lewisham Borough residents are invited to a free open day at The Fan Museum, Greenwich. Curator-led tours, fan making demonstrations and children's sessions are all on offer, just make sure you bring ID with your address on. Free (if you are not a local resident then it is £4), just turn up, 11am-5pm

STREET FAIR: The Manor Gardens Centre celebrates its 100th birthday with a street fair featuring live music, entertainment, food and games. Free, just turn up, 12-6pm

STREET PARTY: The Sands End Public House hosts its annual street party in Fulham today, complete with food, bar, music, retail stalls and children's activities. Free, just turn up 12-8pm

ARAB SAILORS: Author Anthony Constable describes the techniques developed by Arab navigators for finding their way across great open stretches of the Indian Ocean, in this lecture at The British Museum. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

Sunday 28 July

FREE FILM: Another free film night courtesy of the Duke Mitchell Film Club. Tonight at The Roxy Screen and Bar you can watch Adjust Your Tracking: The Unknown Story Of The VHS Collector -  a film that tells the story of the underground VHS culture and the collectors who still hanker after those tapes. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun.

Last Updated 21 July 2013