Free And Cheap London Events: 5-11 October 2015

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Free And Cheap London Events: 5-11 October 2015

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

All week

Chris Haughton is one of the winners of the World Illustration Awards for his work designing a children's hospital.

THE EDGE: 6328 Studio in Brixton is a group of contemporary artists who work and exhibit in a variety of mixed media. The Studio's inaugural (free) exhibition takes place this week. Free, just turn up, 5-8 October

PARLIAMENT FESTIVAL: Festival of Freedoms is a series of free talks and workshops focusing on equality legislation. Highlights include talks on women's suffrage, the Magna Carta and the legacy of British slave-ownership. Free, some events bookable, until 25 October

WORLD ILLUSTRATION AWARDS: Once again, the winning entries to the World Illustration Awards go on display at Somerset House. Go along to see work from the worlds of books, advertising, editorial and more. Free, just turn up, 5 October-1 November

TOWER OF BABEL: A massive Tower of Babel constructed out of bone china shop fronts has been erected in the V&A. Good luck trying to find your local out of the 3,000 on display. Free, just turn up, until 1 November

ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHY: We highly recommend visiting the Royal Observatory in Greenwich to see stunning photographs of our solar system. Free, just turn up, until 26 June

Monday 5 October

ROMAN LONDON: Gresham College holds a Museum of London lecture about artefacts and the study of life in Roman London. Find out how items including jewellery and domestic utensils give an insight into the past. Free, just turn up, 1pm

JANE EYRE: Tonight's National Theatre Platform features director Sally Cookson talking to Rachel Cooke about her adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre. £4/£3, prebook, 5.30pm

FREE EXPRESSION: Does free expression have its limits? That's the topic of debate at Nunnery Gallery in Bow tonight. A panel of speakers from the worlds of art, journalism and social change ask crucial questions on free expression and censorship in the arts. Part of Battle of Ideas 2015. £4.89, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 6 October

Learn to knit in Waterloo

KNITTING WORKSHOP: I Knit London in Waterloo hosts a free learn to knit workshop, as part of a community knitting project taking place on Lower Marsh. Free, prebook, 6pm

CHRISTIE'S LATE: Christie's auction house in South Kensington is open late to  celebrate its 40th anniversary. Drop in for a drink, hear experts talk about art, interior design and collecting, and to see what happens behind the scenes of the UK’s busiest saleroom. Tonight's theme is Old And New. Free, just turn up, 6pm

FILM LAUNCH: London School of Economics hosts the launch of new short film, Ordinary Streets. Through the lens of Rye Lane in Peckham in south London, the film engages with issues of migration, urban multiculture and regeneration. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

20,000 LEAGUES: UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology is open late for a chance to explore the exhibits. There's also a screening of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and an open mic. Free, 6.30pm

CANCER DISCUSSION: How would you use £20m to beat cancer sooner? That's the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge. Tonight in Parsons Green, hear from some Cancer Research UK scientists about their work. Free, prebook, 7pm

ANTHOLOGY: Head to the Star of Kings in King's Cross for the launch of The Emma Press Anthology of Age. There will be readings from several of the poets involved. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 October

PALACE GARDENS: It's the monthly opening of Lambeth Palace Gardens, the oldest continuously cultivated gardens in London. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available to purchase. £4, just turn up, 12pm-4pm

GAZA-ISRAEL: There's a Gresham College lecture at Barnard's Inn Hall about whether the Israel-Palestine armed conflict is lawful. Free, just turn up, 6pm

WHY CITIES SUCCEED: London School of Economics holds a public lecture about why cities succeed and fail today. World-leading economic geographer Michael Storper challenges many conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Lambeth Palace Gardens open to the public

Thursday 8 October

MOUTH AND FOOT PAINTING: The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists launch a free exhibition at Camden Image Gallery today. The works on display feature just the mouth or foot of British icons from the worlds of sport, music and entertainment. Each piece of art has been created by disabled artists who themselves are only able to paint by holding a brush with their mouth or foot. Free, just turn up, 8-13 October

BEYOND EARTH: Dr Lewis Dartnell, a UK Space Agency Research Fellow, is in a tunnel in King’s Cross to talk about how physics is shaping our hunt for extra-terrestrial life. Free, limited spaces available on the day, 6pm

EAST END BACKPASSAGES: Head to Tower Hamlets Local History Library for an evening with local writer and tour guide Alan Gilbey. He's currently working on a project about local history for every day of the year. Mixing poems with songs  it will gradually evolve into an epic performance about life in Tower Hamlets today. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

TAROT TOUR: South East London Folklore Society hosts Geraldine Beskin of The Atlantis Bookshop talking about tarot in London. Specifically, 22 London landmarks correspond with the major Arcana. At the Old King's Head on Borough High Street. £3/£1.50, prebook, 8pm

AUTHOR TALK: Young debut author Max Porter is at Stoke Newington Bookshop to discuss his debut novel Grief is a Thing With Feathers. £3, 8pm

Friday 9 October

POET IN THE CITY: Luke Wright presents his fast paced, witty poems in a pre-concert performance at Kings Place tonight. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

BRIXTON BRIEFCASE: Talented wordsmith and West London rapper, Mystro aka MysDigg, and award-winning DJ Mr Switch are on the line-up at Brixton Briefcase at Pop Box Brixton. Free, prebook, 7pm

Saturday 10 October

BOOKS ARE MY BAG: Stoke Newington Bookshop celebrates the launch of Books Are My Bag with vinyl and paper artists from Dalston-based Puck Collective taking over the windows for the day. Free, just turn up, all day

AFRICA ON THE SQUARE: This celebration of African culture takes place in Trafalgar Sqaure, with live music, DJs, dancing and a talent show. There’ll also be an African market, food stalls, a fashion show and lots of activities for kids. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

Sunday 11 October

HONEY SHOW: The London Honey Show takes place at Lancaster Terrace, celebrating the sweet stuff. There's a honey competition, Beekeeper of the Year competition, speakers, exhibitors and more. £1 entry fee for charity, 11am-4pm

RUGBY PARTY:  There's a disco-off at The Magic Roundabout, Old Street in the spirit of the Rugby World Cup. The rugby will be shown all day, along with music from DJs from the rugby nations.Free, just turn up, 3pm

Last Updated 03 October 2015