Free & Cheap London Events: 18-24 November

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By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 59 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 18-24 November

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

Learn what research work Parkinson's UK does, details below.

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

Monday 18 November

CRYSTAL ENERGY: Discover how computational chemistry is helping us to understand materials which could have a significant impact on the future of clean energy, such as lithium batteries for electric cars. At The Royal Society. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 6.30-8pm

DEBATE TRUST: Whose Voices are Heard? is a series of debates bringing together young people and experts from various spectrums to discuss young people’s complex relationship with authority. Today's debate is titled Trust in Authority. £5/£3/free with code FWonTrust, prebook, 6.30pm

Tuesday 19 November

TOGETHER: Give a bit of your time to listen to panellists debate how to make the world a better place, under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Today’s theme is ‘together'. Free, just turn up (early arrival recommended), 6.30-8pm

PAST AND FUTURE LIFE: Dr Paul Upchurch presents the latest fossil evidence at the Grant Museum's 17th annual Grant Lecture, exploring the relationship between animals and climate change and how this may impact on our future. Free, just turn up, 6.30-9pm

Wednesday 20 November

FESTIVAL: Held every year since 1946, the Musicians Benevolent Fund Festival of Saint Cecilia celebrates music and musicians, Featuring a special service at Westminster Abbey this year. Free (donations welcome), prebook, 11am

JAZZ: More free jazz at Foyles Charing Cross. This time it comes Ezra Collective — a quintet with its roots in the Tomorrow's Warriors Young Artist Development Programme at Southbank Centre. Free, just turn up, 6-7pm

PARKINSON'S: Parkinson's UK hold a lecture at the Royal Institution, looking at the research work the charity does and how new treatments are tested in clinical trials. Free, prebook, 6.30-8pm

SHORTS: Shorts on the Platform screens four short films on domestic violence and immigration issues with intervals between each of them for the opportunity to comment, and followed by a panel discussion. Free, prebook, 7pm

Thursday 21 November

INVESTIGATING TREASURE: Timed to coincide with The Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London, a talk at The Goldsmiths Centre shows how laser-scanning, modelling and computer design can reveal the work of 16th and 17th century jewellery craftsmen. Free, prebook, 11.30am-12.30pm

PIG IDEA: Get porked in Trafalgar Square today as The Pig Idea, a campaign encouraging the feeding of waste food to pigs, holds a Feast to support the initiative. Complimentary pork dishes will be served to those who manage to snuffle them out before they all disappear. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm

HOLOCAUST ART: An illustrated lecture at the Wiener Library examines the extraordinary number of artworks produced against all the odds by victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

GIG: Singer songwriter Josh Osho performs a free gig at Aloft London Excel, sign up quick to guarantee your ticket. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

PHILOSOPHY: To celebrate UNESCO World Philosophy Day 2013, The Philosophy Foundation in partnership with Conway Hall are hosting an evening of storytelling, philosophy and play readings. Free, prebook, 7.30-10.30pm

Friday 22 November

MUSIC SPEED DATE: A take on traditional speed dating, Remixed Speed Dating at Rich Mix gives you four minutes to swap ideas with established musicians, producers and remixers. If you like what you hear there will be the opportunity to catch up later in the bar. Free, prebook, 1-9pm

FILM: London-based cinema Passengerfilms screen Roman Polanski's Chinatown at Shoreditch Village Hall along with a selection of short films and talks, as part of an exploration of water politics. £5, just turn up, 7pm

Saturday 23 November

ANIMATED DRAWING: Juneau Projects presents a family-friendly animated drawing workshop at King's College London, where you can learn how to bring drawing to life using highlighter pens and coloured lights. Free, just turn up, 2pm

MARRIAGE: A work-in-progress show all about marriage is at Shoreditch Town Hall today. Free, prebook, 2.30pm

Sunday 24 November

SWISHING: Learn more about textile reuse at a Super Swishing event at Islington Assembly Hall. Exchange your second-hand clothes for those of others, then join an upcycling workshop so you can hold onto your new wares for longer. Free, just turn up, from 2pm

SPIRITUALITY: Improvisation and role play are the focal points of an interactive group workshop at Unity in Islington, where inner wisdom and spirituality will be explored. Free, just turn up, 7pm

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

Last Updated 17 November 2013