Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 5-11 August 2019

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Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 5-11 August 2019

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It's the last week of this Tatty Devine exhibition

E H SHEPHARD: It's the final week of this exhibition, which shows another side to artist E H Shephard, best known for illustrating AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh books. He spent many years working as a cartoonist for Punch, and some of his illustrations and cartoons from this period are on display. Chris Beetles Gallery (St James's), free, just turn up, until 10 August

MELTDOWN: Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival continues all week, and there are plenty of free events on the programme. See the full line-up for free gigs, and the Vogue Ball. Southbank Centre, various prices, until 11 August

PRIMATE PHOTOS: Last chance to see this exhibition of photos taken at a primate sanctuary in South Africa. Photographer Anne Heinonen accompanies the shots with extracts of her diary, in which she recognises herself in the animals' behaviour. Theatro Technis (Camden), free, just turn up, until 11 August

TATTY DEVINE: Also closing this week is an exhibition looking at the history of popular jewellery brand Tatty Devine. The London-based company is 20 years old, and this show looks at stories of some of its more iconic pieces. Lethaby Gallery (King's Cross), free, just turn up, until 11 August

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: There's still plenty going on in our guide to spending the summer holidays in London, including exhibitions, free attractions and family days out.

Monday 5 August

Enjoy free outdoor theatre in Canary Wharf

TARGET PRACTICE: Children aged 5+ and their carers are invited to have a go at target practise, by dropping mini parachutes onto a target. The activity ties in with the current Abram Games exhibition of war posters. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, just turn up, 5-6 August

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Chapterhouse Theatre Company brings its interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream to a free, open-air theatre in Canary Wharf. Expect Elizabethan costumes, a live musical score, and plenty of enchanting romance. Westferry Circus (Canary Wharf), free, just turn up, 7pm

LONDON SKEPTICS: London Skeptics in the Pub take on Flat Earth theories in this month's meet-up. Hear from Michael Marshall of the Be Reasonable podcast, whose 2013 interview with the Vice President of the Flat Earth society brought the theory to light for many people. He's since attended the UK's first Flat Earth Convention to get an insight into the reasoning behind the idea. The Monarch (Camden), free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Tuesday 6 August

See a free magic show at the Wellcome Collection

PETER PAN: Take a family-friendly guided tour around Kensington Gardens, following in the footsteps of Peter Pan and his creator, J.M. Barrie. Fancy dress is encouraged, with a prize for the best child's costume. Kensington Gardens, £5, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

MAGIC SHOW: Tying in with the current Smoke and Mirrors exhibition, attend a free performance by Steve Bagienski. The magician, scientist and psychologist reveals how easy it is to convince our minds to believe in magic and pseudoscience. Wellcome Collection (Euston), free, just turn up, 1.30pm-1.50pm

Wednesday 7 August

Museum of London hosts a dementia-friendly event about London's docks

LIFE ON THE DOCKS: Museum of London Docklands hosts a special event aimed at those living with early-stage dementia and their companions/carers. Hear and share stories of the people who lived and worked around London's docklands, and take part in sensory workshop. Museum of London Docklands, free, book ahead, 2pm

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: I see a little silhouetto of a man... last year's smash-hit film Bohemian Rhapsody, telling the story of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is shown for free on a large screen by the canal in Paddington. Grab a deckchair or blanket, and stock up on refreshments from the local stalls and restaurants. Merchant Square (Paddington), free, just turn up, 5.30pm-7.30pm

BOOK SHOPPING: London Review Bookshop's late night opening is a chance to browse its shelves after hours, and linger over a glass of wine as you pick your new read. Get 10% off any books you purchase on the night, and treat yourself to a cake from the store's Cake Shop. London Review Bookshop (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm

Thursday 8 August

Free film screenings begin in Leicester Square

SUMMER SCREENINGS: The first of a series of free films screenings in Leicester Square take place today. The theme is Feel Good Thursday, with Peter Rabbit, Babe, Mamma Mia, Groundhog Day and Dumbo on today's programme. Just drop in for one, or stay for the whole day. Leicester Square, free, just turn up, 8-11 August

RESCUING LONDON: London Metropolitan Archives hosts an illustrated talk about the history of both the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service. It focuses on their time under the London County Council (prior to the creation of London's boroughs) and looks at the buildings they worked from and the people they employed. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

FOLKLORE SOCIETY: South East London Folkore Society's monthly meet-up focuses on the folklore of plants. Go along to the pub to find out about folkloric plant concepts, and enjoy a bit of storytelling and singing. The Old King's Head (Borough), £5/£3, book ahead, 8pm

Friday 9 August

See Lego animals at Brent Cross

ANIMAL PARADISE: Brent Cross Shopping Centre unveils a few new animal residents, all created out of Lego. The 14 plastic sculptures are split into themes based on their native lands, and visitors can also play with Lego at a graffiti wall and brick pit. Brent Cross, free, just turn up, 9-19 August

A CHILD OF BOOKS: British Library opens a new display, A Child of Books, consisting of 19 prints created in a collaboration between artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers and visual artist Sam Winston. They tell the story of a young boy on his journey into the world of make-believe. British Library, free, just turn up, 9 August-27 October

ABANDONED PRISONERS: Author Rupert Wieloch gives a free talk about the little-known story of 15 British prisoners captured in the Russian Civil War. He used unpublished letter, diaries and memoirs to piece together their story for book, including how they became an embarrassment to the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and War Secretary Winston Churchill. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

Saturday 10 August

Take part in a family fun day

FAMILY FUN DAY: Head down to the canal for a family fun day, with free workshops, live music and food and drinks stalls. Have a go at pot painting, tie-dye, pottery, and upcycling workshops, and get yourself some eco-friendly face glitter to embrace the festival spirit. Here East (Hackney Wick), free, just turn up, from 10am

STORYTELLING: London Dreamtime hosts a family-friendly storytelling event, with interactive fairytales, music and Irish stories, against the backdrop of the regular Blue Market. The Blue Market (Bermondsey), free, just turn up, 11am-2pm

LIVE MUSIC: The first in a series of free live music sessions takes place by the river today. South-east London based singer and guitarist Mary-Grace Dineen performs a set in the shadow of the OXO Tower. Gabriel's Wharf (South Bank), free, just turn up, 1pm-3pm

Sunday 11 August

Meet Queen Elizabeth I on board the Golden Hinde

VINTAGE CLOTHES: Have a rummage through tonnes — literally — of vintage clothes and accessories, and pay for your new clobber by weight. It's priced at £15 per kilo, but there's no minimum purchase, so you could pick up a belt for as little as 50p. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £3/£1.50, book ahead from earlybird access from 10am

MEET THE QUEEN: Hop on board the Golden Hinde for an audience with Queen Elizabeth I and a series of history activities. Actors play the former monarch and her guards on board a replica of the ship where she had Sir Francis Drake knighted. The Golden Hinde (Borough), £5, book ahead, 11am/1pm/3pm

BIKE RIDE: Celebrate the 9th anniversary of the TfL hire cycles with a free, led bike ride from Hyde Park to Southwark. See the sights of London, including the Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park and London Eye, while using TfL’s segregated cycle lanes. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 2.30pm-4pm

Last Updated 02 August 2019