Free & Cheap London Events: 30 September-6 October

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 127 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 30 September-6 October

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

Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter talk at The Shed on Friday

Monday 30 September

SHARKNADO: Yes, it's true. Crap Film Club are screening the 'bloody hell how did this get commissioned' TV movie where it Actually. Rains. Sharks. Go to The Book Club in Shoreditch. £3.50 advance / £4.50 on the door, 7pm

SATIRE: Andy Zaltzman rips into the establishment in a headline slot at The Good Ship in Kilburn. One of the best satirists around. £4 advance / £5 on the door, 8pm

Tuesday 1 October

COMEDY: Angel Comedy in Islington has put together a week of free gigs featuring – among others – Daniel Simonsen, Sara Pascoe, Arthur Smith, Simon Munnery and Jarred Christmas. Free, just turn up, doors open 7pm

HUMAN RIGHTS: What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us? asks a panel that includes MPs Emily Thornberry and Caroline Lucas, at the LSE. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

SHRINKING: The Grant Museum screens 1957 movie The Incredible Shrinking Man with an introduction from Historian of Biology Professor Joe Cain. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Wednesday 2 October

SAUCY: Enjoy a mildly erotic poetry night at  the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green with Kirsten Irving, Jon Stone, Anja Konig and Jerrold Yam. £3, just turn up, 7pm

WALK: Take an illustrated walk around Holland Park and surrounds and find out about some of the people who've lived nearby. Free, prebook, 2pm

Thursday 3 October

POETRY: It's National Poetry Day and the Southbank Centre, as always, pushes the boat out with a day of free readings from Simon Armitage, Aoife Mannix, John Hegley, Francesca Beard, Patience Agbabi and more. Free, just turn up, from 1pm

WRITING: Five writers, including Emma Darwin and Lloyd Shepherd, read from their work and talk about writing history, at the Working Men's College Library in Camden. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Friday 4 October

THEATRE: Imelda Staunton and Jim 'Carson' Carter talk about their experiences of working at the National Theatre in the NT's temporary venue, the bright red Shed. £4 / £3, prebook, 6pm

MALAYSIA: 20 Malaysian restaurants park up in Trafalgar Square selling food and ingredients to take home, as well as live entertainment and an art exhibition. Free entry, just turn up, 12-10pm

Saturday 5 October

DANCE: Follow a dance performance on a heritage showboat as it travels Regent's Canal from Granary Square, part of Dance Umbrella 2013. Bring a smartphone and headphones. Free, just turn up, various times Saturday and Sunday

NIBBLES: Enjoy free treats from five restaurants and shops in Nunhead on the Appetite Festival food trail. Free, follow the trail yourself, 2-5pm

Sunday 6 October

HISTORY: 1800s war nurse Mary Seacole guides visitors round the Horniman Museum and tells her story, to start Black History Month. Free, just turn up, various times Saturday and Sunday

ART: Find a gallery near you that's participating in Art Licks Weekend, running special events and exhibitions showcasing emerging artists. Free, just turn up, Friday-Sunday

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

Last Updated 29 September 2013