Free And Cheap London Events: 25-31 July 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 25-31 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.

All week

Participants in the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show take a well-earned rest. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

VOICE EXHIBITION: Take an acoustic journey at the last week of THIS IS A VOICE at the Wellcome Collection. Discover how our voice determines our role in society and explore the power of words. Free, just turn up, until 31 July

SQUARE MILE PHOTOGRAPHY: Martin Parr, the City of London's photographer-in-residence, has taken over 100 shots of the Square Mile for this display at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Immerse yourself in the London life you might recognise, and the London life you might not. £5, just turn up, until 31 July

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: W N Beal's 20th century photos of boatwomen with bonnets and canal girls with horses around Regents Canal make for a remarkable exhibition at the Canal Museum. £4, just turn up, until 7 August

BRITISH FOLKLORE EXHIBITION: The Museum of British Folklore is holding an exhibition at Christie's in South Kensington exploring British tradition through photography, dolls and other mediums. Free, just turn up, until 1 September

Monday 25 July

SIR MALCOLM RIFKIND: Listen to the former Secretary of State for Scotland talk about his life and career at a lecture chaired by the Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

MEME YOUR MONDAY: Let your imagination go wild at Drink Shop Do in King's Cross. They provide the images, you just have to come up with the puns to create your own meme. Free with a drink, just turn up, from 7pm

Tuesday 26 July

PARK TALK: Author Travis Elborough discusses the past, present and future of London parks at a talk based on his new book, A Walk in the Park, at Stanfords in Covent Garden. £4, book in advance, 6.30pm

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING: Choose a cult classic to watch at the final free film screening at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. We know which one we're voting for. Free, just turn up, 7pm (film begins at sunset)

COMEDY NIGHT: Laugh your socks off with gags from Phil Nichol, Addy Van De Borgh and MC Sion James at The Queens Head Limehouse. Free, book in advance, 8pm

Fingers crossed for weather this good at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Wednesday 27 July

POLICE OPEN DAY: Head to Guildhall Yard for a Police Museum Open Day. Meet people from the City of London's police force's specialist units such as dogs, horses, firearms and traffic, see the specialist equipment used by police officers, and learn more about the City of London Police Museum which will open soon in Guildhall. Free, book tours in advance, 11am-2pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Play retro games and discover the future of gaming at an an adults-only gaming-themed evening at the Science Museum. It ties in with the current Power Up exhibition. Free (some events cost and need booking), just turn up , 6.45pm

Science Museum Lates

Thursday 28 July

DAVID BOWIE TALK: Ex-Smash Hits journalist Sylvia Patterson discusses David Bowie's legacy, and why Ziggy will always be relevant, in a conversation with Paul Morley (who was also part of the team of the the Bowie retrospective at the V&A). Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. £5, book in advance, 6pm

PORTRAIT TOUR: Discover the entries of this year's BP Portrait Awards with a tour of the exhibition led by artist Martin Brooks. Part of the National Portrait Gallery's Lates. Free, just turn up, 7pm

JT LEROY: See documentary The JT Leroy Story, about the fictional American author who duped the world, for free at House of Vans. Screening is followed by a Q&A. Free, book in advance, 7pm

A David Bowie tribute. Photo by sinister dexter from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Friday 29 July

NURSING GAMESHOW: Bring up to five of your friends for a 70s-style gameshow quiz about nursing at The Royal College of Nursing. Wine and nibbles included. Free, book in advance, 6pm

SHAKESPEARE AND 1606: Discover the response Shakespeare's plays had to the tempestuous year that was 1606 in a lecture at the British Museum. It was the year of the Plague, the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot, and the resistance to uniting England and Scotland. £5, book in advance, 6.30pm

EXTREME JENGA: You'll need a poker face and a steady hand to join in with Extreme Jenga at Drink Shop Do — it's not for the faint-hearted. Free when you buy a drink, just turn up, from 7pm

Saturday 30 July

BOAT RACE FINISH: Welcome in teams of sailors as they finish the year-long Clipper Round The World race. The fleet will sail up the Thames, arriving at Tower Bridge at 9.45am, before finishing at St Katharine Docks. Find a spot along the route, or head to the Docks. Free, just turn up, from 7am

DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Kids can be inspired by hieroglyphs and emojis, and design their own digital language with BBC micro:bit at the British Museum. Age 11+. Free, just turn up, all day from 11am

TECHNOLOGY & REFUGEES: Discover the role technology plays in the refugee crisis with a panel of refugees, aid workers and data scientists at the Southbank Centre. This will be followed by music from the Calais sessions. Free, just turn up, 6pm

Use a BBC micro:bit at the British Museum.

Sunday 31 July

FREE FILM SCREENING: House of Vans in Waterloo hosts a free screening of Victoria as part of the foreign cinema season. The German film (with English subtitles) is about a young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin and finds herself in a potentially deadly situation. Free, just turn up, 1pm/3.30pm

Last Updated 22 July 2016