Free And Cheap London Events: 27June-3 July 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 27June-3 July 2016

Skint? On a budget? Looking for cheap things to do in London? We hear you, which is why we've put together this list of things happening in London this week that cost £5 or less. You're welcome.

The Northbank Summer Festival

All week

WATCH WIMBLEDON: No ticket for Centre Court? No problem — keep up with all the tennis action at one of these screenings across London. Plenty of them are free. 27 June-10 July

NORTHBANK SUMMER FESTIVAL: Northbank Summer Festival takes place at Victoria Embankment Gardens (next to Embankment station). Expect food markets, live music, bootcamps and more. Free, just turn up, 27 June-29 July

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: Head to West Greenwich Library to see a free exhibition of travel photographs, from locations including Australia's Great Ocean Road, Moldova's Memorial Park and the salt flat roads of Gozo. Free, just turn up, 27 June-30 July

LONDON BRIDGE CITY FESTIVAL: Summer may not be all that we'd hoped for (yet!) but that's not stopping the Summer Festival going ahead down at The Scoop by More London. The programme is full of free film and sport screenings, theatre performances and more. Free, just turn up, until October

HARRY POTTER: You may not have tickets for the play, but you can still get your Harry Potter fix in London at this free Potter exhibition. See Hogwarts textbooks, issues of The Daily Prophet and the original Marauder's Map. Free, just turn up, until February 2017

Monday 27 June

LONDON FOG: Head to the Museum of London for a Gresham College lecture about different artistic representations of London fog by artists such as W L Wyllie, Monet, Whistler and the Japanese artist Yoshio Markino. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

Get your Harry Potter fix at House of MinaLima. Details above.

Tuesday 28 June

BOWIE'S OTHER BRIXTON: Cool Tan Arts leads a free walk around Brixton, tracing post-war Brixton’s other histories through the changing and changeable gaze of David Bowie. Starts at Stockwell tube station, finishes in Brixton. Free, just turn up, 6pm

POPLAR FILM: Poplar Film hosts an exclusive talk from Graham Humphreys who illustrated the storyboard for The Island of Dr. Moreau, followed by a documentary about the making of the film: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. Free, book in advance, 7pm

THE WAILERS: Head to Rye Wax in Peckham for an evening reminiscing about reggae supergroup The Wailers, headed up by historian and BBC radio producer Colin Grant. Free, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 June

HUNGER PAINS: Kayleigh Garthwaite's book Hunger Pains provides a voice for foodbank users and volunteers in the UK, and an insight into the realities of foodbank use. This event sees a panel of experts discussing some of the issues raised in the book. Free, book in advance, 1pm

SUMMER KORFBALL: Highbury Korfball Club is offering free beginner level adult korfball sessions every Wednesday in June and July. The sport is similar to netball and basketball, and is played in mixed teams of four people. Free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm

EXTINCT MAMMOTHS: Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum gives a lecture about ice age mammoths, the threats they faced, and how similar threats are faced by modern day elephants. Takes place at Alexandra Park School in Muswell Hill. Free, book in advance, 5.30pm

Try your hand at korfball with Highbury Korfball Club

Thursday 30 June

MAKE THE FUTURE LONDON: Make The Future London is a family festival focusing on ideas around alternative energy sources. Rachel Riley, Jamie Laing and Alex Brooker will all make an appearance, and elsewhere on the programme are live science shows, a chance to meet scientists, and more. Free, book in advance, 30 June-3 July

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE SOMME: On the eve of the Battle of the Somme centenary, the Imperial War Museum stays open late for film screenings, live music, poetry and more. Free, book in advance, 8pm-midnight

Friday 1 July

LAMBETH PALACE GARDENS: Today's the month;y opening of Lambeth Palace Gardens, a chance to see the oldest continously cultivated gardens in London. £5, just turn up, 12pm-3pm

FRIDAY LATE: The Wellcome Collection keeps its doors open late for an evening themed on the pursuit of pain. Free (some events ticketed), just turn up (get there early — it gets busy), from 7pm

Saturday 2 July

The RA Burlington Gardens Festival

ART NIGHT: The first London Art Night takes place tonight, with events organised by the ICA happening at ten locations across London. Dance artist Cecilia Bengolea presents a new video installation in Covent Garden Piazza, while Laure Prouvost takes over several rooms of Admiralty Arch. Free, book in advance, 2-3 July

BURLINGTON GARDENS FESTIVAL: The Royal Academy spills out onto the streets today for a festival of art installatons, performances, workshops and entertainment. Join in with a screen printing workshop, watch a film, or make your mark on the silver ink wall. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

Sunday 3 July

CROYDON AIRPORT: Croydon Airport's monthly open day is today — go along and have a look around the world's oldest air traffic control tower, and the rest of the airport. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

TRANSPORT FESTIVAL: Regent Street closes to traffic for a transport festival today. Black cabs, tube carriages and buses will be rolled out on the street, including historic vehicles, letting the public get a closer look. Family activities and games, food and drink stalls and more will also be there. Free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

Last Updated 24 June 2016