Free And Cheap London Events: 24-30 October 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 24-30 October 2016

All week

HALLOWEEN: Check out our ghoulish guide on how to celebrate Halloween — from spooky dungeon tours to pumpkin carving, a Halloween ball to Dracula performance, there's something to frighten everyone this week.

DIWALI: Bright Rangoli art adorns the floors while over 3,000 flowers make up Richard Bragg's floating installation in Canary Wharf. See live Bhangra and Gujarati Folk dancing too. Free, just turn up, 26-30 October

Monday 24 October

SCIENTIST TALK: Yahoo London research scientist Miriam Redi explains how to take advantage of computer vision at BCS London. Free, book in advance, 6.30pm

INSPIRING SHOW: Discover what it's like to be diagnosed with cancer aged 19, in uplifting, award-winning, one-man show The Eulogy of Toby Peach. All proceeds go to blood cancer charity Bloodwise. £2, book in advance, 7pm

Tuesday 25 October

KIDS' HALLOWEEN: Take the kids to Benjamin Franklin House for scary stories and ghoulish games. Free (donations welcome), book in advance, 4pm

HISTORY OF DATING: Before the era of Tinder and online dating, lonely hearts columns and magazines for singles were commonplace — University of Sussex's Zoe Strimpel explores the passionate letters of 70s Singles magazine at QMUL. Free, book in advance, 6pm

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: David Katz discusses reggae vibes and the genius of Lee "Scratch" Perry at Peckham's Bussey Building. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

David Katz and Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Wednesday 26 October

RUSSIAN FILM: Calvert 22 is screening the premiere of Elixir, a  modern day fairytale set in Russia. The film is followed by an interview with director Daniil Zinchenko. Free, book in advance, 7pm

POKEMON COMEDY: Bulbasaurs and Charmanders inspire the stand-up and sketch acts at Angel Comedy 2.0 — comedians include Chris Coltrane, Thom Tuck and Alexander Bennett. £4/£5, book in advance/just turn up, 8pm

Thursday 27 October

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Find out how epilepsy treatments are developing with Professor Sebastien Ourselin, a researcher helping develop EpiNavTM. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm

SCEPTICS' GHOST HUNTING: Do people really fake ghosts to get a new council house? and other ghostly questions are uncovered with paranormal researcher Hayley Stevens at The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, E1 7EX. £4, book in advance, 7.45pm

Friday 28 October

MELTING MOUNTAINS PHOTOGRAPHY: Discover how the earth's geology is changing through striking photos of Iceland's landscape at APT Gallery in Deptford. Free, just turn up, 6pm

V&A LATE: Live grime music, a twerkshop (yep, a twerking workshop) and West African-inspired cookery classes take over V&A's late, in partnership with gal-dem, an online magazine and collective. Free, just turn up (some events are ticketed), 6.30pm-10pm

Captivating photos of Iceland's changing landscape are on display at APT Gallery.

Saturday 29 October

AFTERNOON ART TOUR: Take a tour of the historic Royal School of Nursing which includes the Georgian townhouse of a former prime minister, the 1920s College of Nursing as well Peter Liversidge's RCN centenary art installation. Free, just turn up, noon-4pm

CODING FOR KIDS: Technology is the future, so help your little ones get a head start with a Halloween-themed coding class in Whitechapel. It's BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop). Free, book in advance, 2pm

Sunday 30 October

FILM AFTERNOON: Equality and diversity charity Metro have organised a screening of a trio of films by Isaac Julien, all of which explore race and sexuality. Free, book in advance, 2pm

POETRY SLAM: Surprise your ears with a poetry feast, head to Word4Word at the Theatre Royal, Stratford. Free, book in advance, 7pm

BBC Slam Champion Kat Francois hosts the Word4Word poetry slam.

Last Updated 21 October 2016