Free And Cheap London Events: 1-7 June 2015

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Free And Cheap London Events: 1-7 June 2015

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It all gets a bit intense at Keats Festival

WANDSWORTH HERITAGE FESTIVAL: There’s a fortnight of events on offer for all age groups to celebrate heritage in the borough as part of Wandsworth Heritage Festival 2015. See individual events for pricing and booking information. Until 7 June

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: The Deutsche Börse 2015 Photography Prize is on at The Photographer’s Gallery★★★☆☆ Free, until 7 June

KEATS FESTIVAL: Keats House on Hampstead Heath hosts a week of events with performances, talks, films, workshops and family activities, and a chance to meet the new poet-in-residence Michael Rosen. Most events free, some booking required, until 7 June

UP YOURS: Artist Gram Hilleard uses postcards to offer translations of developer speak into cynical, plain English. Free, until 7 June

DIY CULTURES: Rich Mix exhibition DIY Justice  focuses on the War on Terror, prisons crisis and curtailment of civil liberties, and ways we can fight back. Free,until 12 June

WHAT IS LUXURY?: The V&A’s exhibition, What Is Luxury?, focuses on luxurious objects in everything from fashion to diamonds. The collection of items ranges from the elegant to the downright impractical ★★★☆☆ Free, just turn up, until 27 September

ILLUSTRATION AWARDS: See this year’s entries to the V&A Illustration Awards at the museum. Works consist of book, editorial and student illustration. Free, just turn up, until 2 August

Monday 1 June

Voicelab at Southbank Centre

MARILYN MONROE: Mark the birthday of the actress at Drink Shop Do with a workshop where you can create your own Monroe-esque bra out of paper. Free, 7pm

VOICELAB: Voicelab is Southbank Centre's vocal initiative offering monthly drop-in workshops which aim to get more men singing. Men of all ages and abilities are welcome at this informal singing workshop. Free, 7pm-8.30pm

POETRY AFTER DARK: Poetry After Dark at Rich Mix is a night of classy, mature, sultry and passionate poetry and spoken word performances, where mature young people from different parts of London can come together to perform or enjoy the work of others. Free, prebook, 8pm

Tuesday 2 June

CLERKENWELL: Visit the scene of the Clerkenwell outrage, learn about the area's revolutionary past and even see the very well that gives it its name on this lunchtime guided walk. £3, prebook by emailing andy@cattowalks.co.uk, 12.45pm

CHRISTIE'S LATE: South Kensington auction house Christie's is open late for an evening themed around 20th Century design. Expect specialist talks and guest speakers. Free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm

THEATRE PLATFORM: The choreographer Javier de Frutos and director Rufus Norris discuss their new production of Everyman with Bonnie Greer at the National Theatre. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

Wednesday 3 June

Photo of Paul Merton © Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE: The International Carl Bernhard Wadström Conference on Human Rights and the Abolition of Slavery takes place today and tomorrow at Swedenborg Hall. Free, prebook, 3-4 June

LAMBETH PALACE: Lambeth Palace has the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London, and is open to the public on the first Wednesday of the month during the summer. See roses and flowering perennials along the 100metre long terrace, scented-leaved Mediterranean plants in the Chapel Garden, lilacs and hydrangeas enjoying the early summer. Adults £4, children free, 12pm-3pm

PAUL MERTON: Comedian Paul Merton is the subject of a Platform at National Theatre, where he is in conversation with fellow Comedy Store Player, Lee Simpson. This Platform is followed by a book signing of the paperback of his autobiography Only When I Laugh. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

STUART ARCHITECTURE: Gresham College holds a free lecture at the Museum of London about the building of royal palaces from 1701-1714. Free, just turn up, 6pm

NORDIC PARTY: Flow Festival, Scandinavia’s leading arts and music festival celebrates the 2015 festival with a Nordic party at Birthdays with free food, music and drinks. Free, prebook, from 6.30pm

WRITERS IN EXILE: Three writers who live in exile across Europe share the stories that come to them, at Waterstones on Piccadilly. The writers are Hassan Blasim, Hamid Ismailov and poet Ribka Sibhatu. Free, prebook, 7pm

DASH ARTS: The Dash Cafe at Rich Mix features live music, film, performance literature and discussion, providing opportunities to participate and encounter work that sheds new light on the region of the Post Soviet States. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Thursday 4 June

SCHIZOPHRENIA: A new exhibition opens at Rich Mix today, entitled Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too. It's an exhibition of recent works by the artist Sanchita Islam, including work exploring issues of postpartum psychosis, a scroll addressing psychological and actual warfare, created with mental health patients in Brussels. Free, until 27 June. Today, as part of the exhibition, there's a panel discussion about the effect of creativity on mental health. Free, 7.30pm

WE ARE ANIMALS: Otto D’Ambra holds his first UK solo show at Curious Duke Gallery. Humans meet the inanimate as love and societal ideals collide into a chaos of hybrids, like a swordfish nestling on a woman's naked body. Free, until 27 June

EUROPEAN LITERATURE: The Free Word Centre hosts an event where eight books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live to an audience and expert jury. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Felicity Ward and Dane Baptiste are on the bill at the Princess of Wales pub in Primrose Hill. £4, prebook, 8pm

Friday 5 June

Laugh Out London holds a Disney comedy night

DISNEY COMEDY: Laugh Out London offers up a Disney themed comedy night at the Camden Head with a line up including Thom Tuck, Lou Sanders, Beth Vyse and Adam Larter. Mouse ears optional. £4/£5, prebook, 8.30pm

Saturday 6 June

AFRICAN CULTURE: Open The Gate celebrates its 6th anniversary at Rich Mix. The regular event brings together world culture, in the form of live music and an African market. Free, 12pm-1am

BUG HUNT: Head to Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham for a bug hunt, where little ones can discover all sorts of bugs and minibeasts. £2 per child, just turn up, 12.30pm-3pm

JUPITER NOCTURNE: The Jupiter London Nocturne is a series of cycle races taking place in the streets around Farringdon and Smithfield Market. Free, just turn up, from 3.30pm

Sunday 7 June

Big Sunday at Forty Hall

BIG SUNDAY: The Forty Hall Estate in Enfield has a heap of free activities going on for all the family today, including a craft market, live music, historic games, sports and more. Free (workshop wristband £3.50), 12pm-7pm

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

Last Updated 31 May 2015