Free And Cheap London Events: 12-18 December 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 12-18 December 2016

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The Mini Big Band hosts Big Band Christmas Karaoke this Saturday at the Southbank Centre. Photo: Southbank Centre

ROALD DAHL'S BIRTHDAY: In honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of Dahl's most famous characters. Head to the British Library for Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits to celebrate this phizz-whizzing anniversary. Free, just turn up, until 21 May 2017

TAKE A VIEW: Stop off at Waterloo station and admire British landscape with Take A View's Landscape Photographer of the Year. Winners from the 2016 entries will have their shots displayed for the public to admire in the station. Free, just turn up, until 5 February 2017

180 YEARS OF LONDON BRIDGE: Learn the history of London Bridge, the capital's oldest rail station. Head to the pop-up exhibition charting the 180-year history of the station at London Bridge. Free, just turn up, until 23 December

BRICK FLIPS: Enjoy Lego recreations of your favourite scenes and films on Monday. Head over to the Apthorp Gallery for Brick Flicks, an exhibition bringing film's most iconic moments to life in Lego. Free, just turn up, until 31 December

ADVENT WINDOWS 2016: Celebrate the Christmas season with Advent Windows: 2016. Greenwich's St Alfege's Church is unveiling a newly decorated window in its living advent calendar every day until Christmas Eve. You can check the locations of each window here. Free, just turn up, until 2 January

Monday 12 December

Bearpit Podcast (Podcast): Xmas Special

HUMANS IN REVOLT: Need to let loose and forget about the craziness of 2016? Then Shorts On Tap's Humans In Revolt - Funk This Shit is for you. Head to Brick Lane for four short films on empowerment and human strength and a night of dancing and letting go. Free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

BEARPIT PODCAST: Head to the Mainhouse at Pleasance Theatre for Bearpit Podcast (Podcast): Xmas Special for a laugh with Ipswich Radio's 7th most popular entertainment podcast. Join Mat Ewins, Fin Taylor and Matt Winning for this hilarious night. £5, book ahead, from 7.30pm

STATE OF DISARRAY: Still looking for that perfect Christmas present? Old Street station is hosting State of Disarray's 'reckless fashion revolution'. Get your hands on unique and limited edition clothing. Free, just turn up, until 24 December

Tuesday 13 December

HAND TWINS: Award-winning artist, Stephanie Kane has created live work in the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Apple Store, Covent Garden. Now you can see her most recent work, Hand Twins, at her Soho studio featuring pieces exhibited at the Tate Modern. Free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Get that festive feeling with the Paternoster Square Christmas Market. Enjoy mulled wine, delicious food and boutique shopping. Free, just turn up, until 15 December

PECKHAM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: Relax with an evening of classical music from the Peckham Chamber Orchestra as it celebrates its 3rd birthday. The concert at Peckham Liberal Club features works from Corelli, Holst and PCO composers Pauline Oliveros, Rose Dagul and Hannah Catherine Jones. Free, just turn up, 8.30pm-10pm

Wednesday 14 December

BOOK LAUNCH: Camden Arts Centre is launching Ben Rivers's first monograph, Ways of Worldmaking. River, and design and art collective åbäke, discuss the book with programme curator Sophie Williams. Free, just turn up, 7pm-8.45pm

PENNY LECTURES: London is a city full of little curiosities and unknown stories. Join author Henry Eliot for a discussion about his amazing book Curiocity: In Pursuit of London... for just a penny! Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm

Thursday 15 December

Get Gospel is performing in St Martin's Courtyard on Thursday. Photo: St Martin's Courtyard

EAST TO WEST: Discuss history, politics and the beginnings of human rights law with East West Street author Phillipe Sands QC, at a Ukrainian themed evening at Second Home. £3/members go free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

ST MARTIN'S GOSPEL: Gospel group Get Gospel perform unique Christmas arrangements in their own style of gospel and soul, in St Martin's Courtyard. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Thursday 15 December

ANGEL COMEDY RAW: Give yourself a laugh with Angel Comedy Club's Raw, as stars, new talent and experienced acts try out their new material — leaving you to be the judge. Free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

STAR GAZING: Journey across space with Dr Guillem Anglada Escudé, and hear his account of the discovery of an Earth-mass planet in orbit around Proxima Centauri — the nearest star to the Sun. The Idea Store is hosting this amazing journey. Free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

NIGHT MARKET: Head over to the Geffrye Museum for Christmas Night Market. Do a bit of late night shopping, drink mulled wine or take part in a finger knitting jewellery workshop with I Make Knots. Free (workshop is £5), just turn up, 4pm-9pm

Friday 16 December

CHILDREN'S BOOK FAIR: Celebrate the best of contemporary children's literature with Parasol Unit at The London Children's Book Fair. The day includes book signings, a live drawing session and workshops. Free, just turn up, until 17 December

LUNCHTIME TALK: Crossrail's artist in residence, Julie Leonard has put together Above and Below the Line, telling the story of the diverse workforce behind the Crossrail project. Join Leonard as she gives a tour of the exhibition at New London Architecture. Free, book ahead, 1.15pm-1.45pm

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS: Celebrate Chinese culture with the Southbank Centre's China Changing festival. Explore China's relationship with the UK with 2016 Young Photographers Competition at Royal Festival Hall, as young photographers aim to dispel and break down the cultural stereotypes of China. Free, just turn up, from 10am

Saturday 17 December

CHARACTER ENCOUNTERS: Keep the little ones occupied as you sail across the Thames to the National Maritime Museum for Character Encounters. Explore the struggles of tea trade between Britain and China, dive into the sea with Neptune or learn about life as a Caribbean woman from Pearl Morris. Free, just turn up, noon-3pm (different time slots)

CHRISTMAS KARAOKE: Channel you inner rockstar at Royal Festival Hall, and sing on stage, with a 10-piece band in front of (hopefully) adoring fans. The Mini Big Band returns to the Southbank Centre for Big Band Christmas Karaoke, giving visitors the chance to perform a selection of songs, including Christmas favourites. Free, just turn up, from 10pm

Check out Character Encounters at the National Maritime Museum. Photo: Royal Museums Greenwich

Sunday 18 December

BE HERE NOW: Channel your inner peace with Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation at Farmopolis. Practise relaxation and meditation by the river, surrounded by stunning greenery. £2.50, book ahead, 10am-11am

CHRISTMAS DECORATION WORKSHOP: Get crafty with Plant Art as it returns to Farmopolis for a Christmas decoration workshop. Choose from different workshop for the chance to make either bows and hanging spirals, clay stars and moons or origami lanterns. Donation suggested, book ahead, 11am-4pm

PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE HORNIMAN: Nature and photography lovers unite! Head over to the Horniman for the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and explore the natural world's beauty and diversity. Free, just turn up, until 15 January 2017

Last Updated 13 December 2016