Free & Cheap London Events: 4-10 November

Ruth Hargreaves
By Ruth Hargreaves Last edited 64 months ago
Free & Cheap London Events: 4-10 November

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

Donate your scribbles to artist Jess de Silva, 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 4 November

FILM: A series of mountain-themed free film screenings are at W London as part of its 'Verbier takeover'. Take a look here for the schedule, but be aware it's first come first served and the screening room is only a 39-seater. Free, just turn up, until 8 November

THEATRE FUNDING: The National Theatre looks to the future in a series of platform events, the first of which focuses on theatre funding (tomorrow it's all about regional theatre). £4/£3, prebook, 5.45pm

ART: Curious Duke Gallery is the setting for a panel discussion and Q&A about the relationship between artist and gallerist, led by two gallery directors and Londonist's own (and bloody brilliant if we may say so ourselves) Tabish Khan. Free, prebook, 6-8pm. Now sold out.

HOLLYWOOD & HITLER: Learn about Hollywood’s dealings with Nazi Germany from author Ben Urwand, who reveals the complex web of interactions that were weaved in the 1930s, at the Wiener Library. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

QUANTUM COMPUTERS: Winning the 'niche subject' award for this week's listings, this public lecture at University College London sees computer scientist Peter Shor discussing "error correction for quantum computers". Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

Tuesday 5 November

BATTLEFIELD MUSICIANS: Stephen Mason of the International Military Music Society describes some of the battlefield experiences of British Military bands, and examples of the musicians' bravery during the World Wars, at Guildhall Library. Free, prebook, 2-3pm

DUTCH POET: Palestinian-Dutch Ramsey Nasr is an award-winning poet, actor and author. He was Poet Laureate of the Netherlands between 2009-12 and tonight he talks at the Dutch Centre. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 6 November

STREET ART: CAPA London Centre on Cromwell Road brings together curator Garry Hunter and street artists Paul "DON" Smith and Ben Wilson to create a chewing gum piece of art on the pavement outside in front of the centre, before engaging in a panel discussion on the evolution of street art. Free, just turn up, from 11am (panel discussion at 1pm)

WAR HORSE: Award-winning co-director of War Horse, Marianne Elliot talks about the production’s extraordinary journey, from early National Theatre workshops through to first performances and then international success. £4/£3, prebook, 5pm

NEW FILM: Three emerging filmmakers get 30 minutes to showcase and talk about their work, at Whirlygig Cinema's Spotlights. Head to Hackney Attic, where tonight's films focus on drama. £5/£4, prebook, 7.30pm

Thursday 7 November

IROQUOIS: Len Taphouse, author of The Spirit of the Iroquois, is at Guildhall Library to give a potted history of the ‘Iroquois’ and the ‘Navahoe’, otherwise known as the ‘horse and cart of the Atlantic’ — an historical experiment of one tanker that was built specifically to tow another. Free, prebook, 2pm

GALLERY LATE: Based around The Courthauld Gallery's latest exhibition The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, this late opening allows you to explore the main collection, enjoy live music, cocktails and art workshops. Entry is £6/£5 but you can get in for free if you dress up as your favourite artist, just turn up, 6-9pm

Friday 8 November

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY: The World Press Photo Exhibition brings together award-winning photographs from around the world which capture the most powerful, and often disturbing, images of the year. It's displaying at the Royal Festival Hall. Free, just turn up, until 26 November

MEDIA FEST: Individuals from across the global media industry come together for two days of panel discussions and film screenings at One World Media Festival. Explore the ethics of using non-local news reporters, find out how to get your documentary off the ground, or simply learn how media can change the world. Free, prebook each session, until 9 November

Saturday 9 November

LIVE DRAW: Artist Jess de Silva invites the public to help shape a 350cm long drawing with their scribbles, at Gallery Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill. Make your mark, watch Jess work live, then see the piece previewed in its entirety. Free, just turn up, 12-5pm

Sunday 10 November

STORYTELLING: Join former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo and Olivier Award-Winning designer Rae Smith for an evening of art and storytelling at the New London Theatre. Rae will bring some of her designs to life on stage, while Michael reads from his celebrated works. £4/£3, prebook, 5pm

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 03 November 2013