Free & Cheap London Events: 11-17 November

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 60 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 11-17 November

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

Agnetha Sjögren exhibits her sculptures at Curious Duke Gallery this week.

NOUR FESTIVAL: Kensington & Chelsea’s Nour Festival of Arts continues, with free and cheap exhibitions, talks and music taking place all week.

Monday 11 November

£1 THEATRE: We love a bargain we do, and you can't do much better than Theatre in the Pound at Cockpit Theatre. An eclectic evening of 15 minute performances showcasing new drama, writing, cabaret and all things theatrical, all audience members pay £1 to get in and all participants pay £1 a minute to rent the theatre. Needless to say, it can be a very varied night. £1, just turn up, 7pm (and various dates until June 2014)

RESTAGING REVOLUTIONS: Unfinished Histories present an exhibition at Ovalhouse on the alternative theatre movement in Lambeth and Camden during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Free, just turn up, until 21 December

WELLBEING: A programme of performances, debates and workshops focusing on health and wellbeing commences today, with Arts of Wellbeing Festival. Many of the events are free and over 20 organisations are taking part so there is plenty to see and do. Visit the website for full listings, until 15 November

Tuesday 12 November

LONDON PUBS: City Guide, Tim Kidd, gives an illustrated talk at Guildhall Library about the vital part the City of London's pubs have played in the development of London as an international financial centre. Free (followed by an optional walk for £10), prebook, 2pm

SPACE: Tracy Metz, author and journalist on urban and spatial issues, speaks at the Dutch Centre about architecture, urban development and landscape. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 13 November

POISED DOGS: Swedish born artist Agnetha Sjögren brings "well behaved and poised sculptural dogs" to Curious Duke Gallery, exploring our fascination with our canine friends. Free, just turn up, until 6 December

SCREEN SOCIAL: The music-based and motion design winners and nominees from the Van d'Or Official Selection 2013 showcase at The Book Club in Shoreditch. £4/£3, prebook, 7-11.30pm

Thursday 14 November

PROJECT ART: Artworks produced by collaborations between seven people with severe intellectual disabilities and the seven artists they have worked with over the past three years, exhibit for the first time at Dilston Grove, Southwark Park. Free, just turn up, until 1 December

JAZZ: Enjoy an hour's worth of original and reinvented jazz at Charing Cross Foyles, as The John Lake Trio - a contemporary Eurojazz trio - perform. Free, just turn up, 6-7pm

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR: The Knights Templar was a military and religious order that dominated medieval Europe for nearly two hundred years until it was suppressed in the early 1300s. Simon Brighton talks about the myths and facts at this South East London Folklore Society meeting at The Old King's Head. £2.50/£1.50, prebook, 8pm

Friday 15 November

AFGHAN ART: Leighton House Museum is the venue for the exhibition Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art. A collaboration between the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Qatar and students from Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Afghanistan, the exhibition comprises historical objects donated by the MIA and works created by the students in response to these. £5/£3, just turn up, until 23 February 2013

THE WALL: The blurb for this play (well, we think it's a play) at Shoreditch Town Hall is suitably mysterious, but it seems The Wall is a symbolic border between two countries: Borduria and Syldavia, and we get to see life on both sides of the divide. £5, prebook, 8pm

Saturday 16 November

FILM: Framed Film Festival at Barbican is an annual showcase of the best of international films, events and creative learning opportunities, aimed at children under 12 and teenagers. Many of the film screenings are £5/£3 and today there is the chance to learn stop-motion animation techniques with artist Reza Ben Gajra in a free workshop. See website for full details, until 24 November

BIRTH BOOK: Author Caroline Flint signs copies of her Do Birth book - a guide to labour and childbirth - at the National Theatre bookshop. Free, just turn up, from 11am

Sunday 17 November

BUDDHISM: A free talk and meditation on Modern Buddhism with international teacher and Buddhist nun Gen-La Kelsang Dekyong, takes places at the Institute of Education by Russell Square. Gen-La talks about learning to live lightly, before leading a group meditation. Free, prebook, from 1.30pm

Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun. And see our roundup of Bonfire Night events for more free or cheap frolics.

Last Updated 10 November 2013