Free And Cheap London Events: 29 August-4 September 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 29 August-4 September 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.

All week

Africa Utopia festival is at Southbank Centre

ART EXHIBITION: Ting-Tong Chang's exhibition at Asia House uses machines to explore the relationship between human and nature. Free, just turn up, 23 August-2 September

LONDON'S BURNING: To mark 350 years since the Great Fire of London, art installations, talks and food festivals are taking place as part of London's Burning festival. Free (some events charge), book in advance, 30 August - 4 September

AFRICA UTOPIA: Celebrate all things African at Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia festival. From jazz to African crafting techniques, black history walks and more, there's plenty to choose from. Most events free, check website for details, 31 August-4 September

Monday 29 August

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL: The Notting Hill Carnival continues with the grand finale today. Watch the parade and groove to the beats of Europe's biggest street party. Free, just turn up, all day

LUNCHTIME MUSIC: Hear classical, contemporary and avant-garde music in a 12th century church in Tottenham. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm-2.30pm

TYBURN WALK: Follow the footsteps of the Catholic martyrs from the site of Newgate Prison, to the site of the Tyburn tree at Marble Arch. The walk ends with a Latin Mass service. Free, just turn up, 1pm

Notting Hill Carnival. Photo: ken_tsuda

Tuesday 30 August

AFRO-BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION: The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill hosts Sao Paolo-born percussionist Adriano Adewale, who will play a variety of Amazonian percussion instruments. Free, just turn up, 3.30pm-4.30pm

LSE LECTURE: Nobel Prize winner Professor Joseph Stiglitz explains why he thinks getting rid of the Euro is the key to Europe's future, in a free lecture at London School of Economics. Free, book in advance, 6.30pm-8pm

DRAMA SHORTS: Watch short films featuring a lost traveller, nostalgic men and a newly-discovered family secret. Part of Hackney Attic Film Festival. Free, book in advance, 7.30pm

Wednesday 31 August

Explore the Science Museum at night. Photo: Gábor Hernádi

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Discover who your phone speaks to behind your back, how to trick facial recognition software, and how data is evolving at the Science Museum's monthly late opening. Age 18+. Free (some events charge and require booking), 6.45pm-10pm

DOCUMENTARY: Discovery the history of mechanics, starting with clockwork machines that emulate life. The screening of Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams at Asia House shows how our relationship with technology has changed. Free, book in advance, 6.45pm

Thursday 1 September

Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang comes to the river for Totally Thames festival.

FIRE OF LONDON: Browse through potions, silver, rare books and other items which survived the Great Fire of London at this Royal College of Physicians exhibition marking the 350th anniversary. Free, just turn up, until 16 December

THAMES ART INSTALLATION: See Ik-Joong Kang's Floating Dreams in the middle of the Thames next to Millennium Bridge. Composed of 500 illuminated drawings, the artwork remembers the millions of Koreans displaced during the 1950-53 Korean War. Part of Totally Thames festival. Free, just turn up, until 30 September

DRAWING CLASS: Explore your artistic skills at in a drawing class at Selfridges, under the guidance of artists from the Royal Drawing School. All materials provided. Free, just turn up, 5pm

80S DISCO FILM: The Last Days of Disco featuring Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale is tonight's film offering at The Water Poet in Spitalfields. Grab a drink and discuss the film after the screening. Pay-what-you can, just turn up, 7.30pm

Friday 2 September

THE MONUMENT: Entry to The Monument is free for one weekend only, as part of the Great Fire of London commemorations. Climb 311 steps to the top and enjoy views over the river. Free, book in advance, free 2-4 September only (normal charges apply on other days)

Enjoy views from The Monument for free for one weekend only.

Saturday 3 September

FIRE FOOD MARKET: Grab a beer and set your taste buds alight with street food cooked on open-flame grills and wood-fired ovens. Take a look at the light installations in Guildhall Yard too. Free entry, just turn up, from 6.30pm (continues tomorrow from 5pm)

Sunday 4 September

ANGEL CANAL FESTIVAL: Watch Punch & Judy shows, listen to live music, and take part in canoeing at the annual Angel Canal Festival at City Road Lock. There are 80 stalls selling everything from bric-a-brac to canalware and food. Free, just turn up, from 11am

Last Updated 31 August 2016