Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 1-7 July 2019

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Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 1-7 July 2019

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Watch Wimbledon at King's Cross and other venues

WIMBLEDON: It's Wimbledon week! If you haven't got tickets to watch the action live in SW19, get yourself down to one of these London locations where the matches are being screened. If you're really keen to get close to Centre Court, peruse our guide to handling the on-the-day queueing system. 1-14 July

SUMMER SCIENCE EXHIBITION: Get stuck into science at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition. The week-long festival consists of talks, performances and hand-on exhibits — find out about the possibilities of living on the Moon, and the timber towers that could appear on city skylines of the future. Royal Society, free, just turn up, 1-7 July

Bedford Square Festival takes place over four days

WATERSIDE CINEMA: Book ahead for screenings of classic and new films including Bohemian Rhapsody, Call Me By Your Name and Pulp Fiction at the pop-up Waterside Cinema. It's set against a backdrop of an urban lake, and beer, soda and traditional sweets are available to buy throughout the film. Republic (Poplar), free, book ahead, 2-7 July

LONDON'S GRAND DESIGNS: Free outdoor exhibition London's Grand Designs looks at London's most striking architecture and innovative engineering between 1675 and 1986, starting with St Paul's Cathedral. See blueprints, drawings and photographs of various buildings from London Metropolitan Archives. Guildhall Yard, free, just turn up, 2-14 July

BEDFORD SQUARE FESTIVAL: Bloomsbury garden Bedford Square opens its gates for the Bedford Square Festival, taking place in the garden itself and nearby venues. Exhibitions, talks, yoga classes, guided talks and film screenings are all on the programme. Bedford Square, free, some events require booking, 3-6 July

Monday 1 July

What climate change lessons can we learn from Bangladesh?

CLIMATE CHANGE: Bangladesh is one of the areas most vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to its geography, and its economic situation. In this talk, climate change experts look at how the issue is being faced in Bangladesh, and what lessons can be learned from the country and employed in other parts of the world. Royal Geographical Society (Kensington), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

PRIDE OPEN MIC: Established and up-and-coming LBGT performers are invited onto the stage at this Pride open mic night. Poets, musicians, magicians, dancers and other talents are all welcome to perform, in an open and friendly environment where everyone's encouraged to be themselves. The Ivy House (Nunhead), free, just turn up, 8pm-11pm

Tuesday 2 July

Team London Bridge offers a free guided walk

GLASS AND STEEL: Take a guided walk celebrating the ever-evolving architecture of the historic area of London Bridge. In the last half century, the area has gained the new London Bridge, Guy's Hospital, The Shard, and plenty of other buildings. The Scoop (More London), free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

NEWSPAPER MAN: Attend a lecture about an extraordinary pair of pictures painted by artist Michael Andrews in the early 1960s. Professor Mark Hallett talks about the painted collage type pictures. British Academy, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

PRIDE FILM SCREENING: Head to Nunhead for a Pride film screening, and watch 2011 film Cloudburst. It's the story of an older lesbian couple who escape their care home and take a trip to Canada to get married. The Ivy House (Nunhead), free, just turn up, 8pm-10.30pm

Wednesday 3 July

Pick your own fruit and garnishes at an allotment party

JOURNEY TO MARS: Get an insight into the possibilities of life on Mars at this talk, which focuses on NASA's exploration of the red planet. Find out whether it could be a home for humans, and what it can teach us about life elsewhere in the universe. Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Westminster), free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

ALLOTMENT PARTY: Pick your own fruit for your drink at Smirnoff's pick-your-own allotment party. Once you've selected your garnishes, top mixologists whip them up into a drink for you. Nomadic Community Gardens (Brick Lane), £5, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

PRIDE QUIZ: Gather your quiz team and head to the Pride in London Jubilee Capital Quiz. Part one is questions on all aspects of LGBT life, including a picture round and music round. The second part is a University Challenge-style play-off between two top teams. The Ivy House (Nunhead), £2, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Thursday 4 July

Learn about the history of policing by women

YOUNG MARKETEERS: Local schoolchildren sell their homegrown fruit and veg in a one-off Young Marketeers' Sale at Borough Market. The produce has all been grown in their school grounds, and the event helps them to develop entrepreneurial skills. Worth supporting with the purchase of a carrot or two. Borough Market, free entry, just turn up, 11am-1.30pm

POLICING BY WOMEN: Historian Dr Clifford Williams gives an overview of the changing nature of the work done by female members of the police over the last 102 years. His research has looked into the different attitudes of various local police forces. LSE Library, free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

LOST PHOTOS: Hear curator Dr Barbara Warnock discuss the Wiener Library's latest exhibition, Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs Of Gerty Simon. It showcases the work of German Jewish photographer Gerty (Gertrud) Simon, who captured many important political and artistic figures in Weimar Berlin, including Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Liebermann and Albert Einstein, before continuing her work in Britain as a refugee escaping Nazism. Wiener Library (Russell Square), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Friday 5 July

Visit Lambeth Palace Gardens

TURNING TIDES: Head to Greenwich Peninsula for the first weekend of Turning Tides Festival, a free event of live music, film screenings, morning raves, drag queens and other eclectic forms of entertainment. Greenwich Peninsula, free, just turn up, 5-7 July and 12-14 July

GARDEN OPEN DAY: The usually-private Lambeth Palace Gardens are open to the public for the afternoon, raising money for local charity The Barons Court Project. Wander through the Archbishop of Canterbury's walled garden, replete with flowers, statues and even a pond or two. Lambeth Palace, £5, just turn up, 12pm-3pm

MANGA LATE: British Museum stays open late for a Manga evening, tying in with the current exhibition on the Japanese art form. Take part in drawing workshops, watch a cosplay parade, enjoy live music performances, and indulge in some sake tasting. British Museum, free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm

Saturday 6 July

Visit the Hayman's Gin Distillery

JESTER FESTIVAL: Fortune Green's summer fair is a typical local fete... with added jesters. Activities include a climbing wall, face painting and garden games among the jester shows, along with art and craft, food and drink and charity stalls. Fortune Green (West Hampstead), free entry, just turn up, 6-7 July

PARSONS GREEN FAIR: The whole community is invited to Parsons Green Fair, which offers live performances, street food, and over 100 stalls to browse. Stock up on everything from antiques to Indian kaftans, visit the petting zoo, have a go on fairground rides and much more. Parsons Green, free entry, just turn up, 11.30am-4.45pm

PRIDE: It's Pride Parade Day, so expect to see plenty of rainbow flags, glitter, and outrageous outfits if you're in London today. It's an extra special celebration this year, as it marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which sparked the LGBT rights movement. The parade begins at Portland Place, winding through Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall Starts at Portland Place, free, just turn up, from 12pm

GIN OPEN DAY: Hayman's Gin opens its south London distillery to the public for an open day. Meet the Hayman family behind the brand, and sample the gins in seasonal cocktails. Hayman's Distillery (Balham), free entry, just turn up, 2pm-6pm

Sunday 7 July

Shop for bargains at the Adams Antiques Fair

ANTIQUES FAIR: Rummage through goods belonging to antiques dealers from all over Europe at Adams Antiques Fairs. Over 140 stalls are expected at the event, selling everything from jewellery to furniture to art. The Royal Agricultural Halls (Westminster), £4, booking recommended, 10am-4.30pm

LIMEFEST: Live music, fun, games, entertainment, face painting and street food are all promised at; LIMEFest 2019 an annual free festival in Limehouse. Ropemakers Fields (Limehouse), free entry, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

Last Updated 28 June 2019