Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 25 September-1 October 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 25 September-1 October 2017

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SHELTER EXHIBIT: Marking the Jewish festival of Sukkot, this exhibit offers an immersive space for reflection on themes of shelter. You can also take the opportunity to chat and socialise with others. Jewish Museum London (Camden), free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE: Head to the British Museum for an opportunity to learn about the largest and most important Buddhist monuments in ancient India. British Museum, free, just turn up, 10.30am-5.30pm

ART NOW: At the Tate, Simeon Barclay has an exhibit to demonstrate how he believes we "construct and perform our identity." Tate Britain, free entry, 10am-6pm, until 5 November

WOMAN'S HOUR: In partnership with BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council, this exhibit features pieces that have been shortlisted for the Woman's Hour prize. Victoria & Albert Museum, free entry, 10am-5.45pm

SWAYAM ART EXHIBIT: To commemorate 70 years of Indian independence, these artists showcase their eclectic artworks ranging from spirituality to tribal and figurative. Bhavan (West Kensington), free, 11am-6pm, until 2 October

STREET FANS: When street art meets fans you get... well, Street Art and Fan Making. Artists such as Otto Schade and Lily Mixe will be putting their own spin on the classic original folding fan to create one of a kind new concepts. The Fan Museum, £4, just turn up, 11am-5pm, 19 September-31 December (except Mondays)

ROCKSTAR DANCER: Jozie 'Lovestar' DiMaria has danced with and trained some of the biggest names in rock music, and is now debuting an exhibition Through the Eyes of a Motley Crue Dancer, giving the rest of us a glimpse into the crazy world of glam rock. Until Saturday 30 September. Karma Sanctum (Soho), free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

Monday 25 September

Media gadgetry in times of yore

MULTIMEDIA 1900: Learn about how media gadgetry was experienced by early users, and imagine a day in the life of some early Londoners in Edwardian Britain. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

CHRISTIE'S LATES: This evening will celebrate the life and career of one of Hollywood's most famous icons. Through the objects she collected and used, gain insights into what made Audrey Hepburn tick. There's also a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Christie's, free, just turn up, 6pm-9.30pm

ANGLICAN ATHROPOLOGIES: Part of a lecture series celebrating excellent women, join Dr Jane Williams for a discussion on the poetry of Barbara Pym. Westminster Abbey, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

PARTY PIRATES: Aussie rock band Lagerstein are back in Blighty for their Young Dumb and Full of Rum tour. Expect a heavy pirate theme, Australian accents, mayhem, chaos, and any other inverted superlatives you can think of. Star of Bethnal Green, free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm

Tuesday 26 September

Pietro Consagra's Tiles

TILES EXHIBIT: The Italian cultural institute present a lecture on Italian abstract sculptor Pietro Consagra, whose work they are currently showing. Italian Cultural Institute (Belgravia), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 20 November

SMALL HILLS: Looking for a hill to climb or an outdoor adventure? Well, why not join author and award winning travel writer Phoebe Smith as she discusses her new book Britain's Best Small Hills? Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

COMEDY CAFE: Engage your funny bone and head on down to London's longest running competition for up and coming stand-up comics. There are newbies getting in their first five minutes and the old timers working on their latest material. Miranda at Ace Hotel, £1, book ahead, 7pm, until 31 October

RIVER OF BEER: No, some pop-up in Shoreditch hasn't manufactured an artificial river of beer for you to slosh in. But you can learn the role that the Thames played in the history of brewing in Britain; with historian Martyn Cornell. The Pier House, £3, book ahead, 7.30pm

FUNNY FEST: It's the last day of the Objectively funny festival. There's a wide range of acts to enjoy, from TV panel show stars to cult heroes. The Albany, £1, book ahead, 2pm-1am

STORIES UNDER THE STARS: Grab a pillow and your little one and snuggle up for some children's stories about journeys, friendship, and understanding including 'Rafi the Refugee Rabbit'. Jewish Museum London, free, just turn up, 9.30am-10am

Wednesday 27 September

Get fit and watch a flick

ROMAN LONDON: London boasts all the features of a modern metropolis but the city is ancient. At this lecture you can learn the secrets of Londinium and where Roman London was founded. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Enjoy an evening of science and learn about the biology of our bodies when you take a journey through the human digestive system. There's also the wonders of the animal kingdom, stand-up comedy, and a live recording of the award winning podcast Science(ish). The Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm

RIDE AND WATCH: Pedal to Stratford, then pedal even harder while you take in a ride in movie — pedal as you watch a film onscreen — inside Stratford's Olympic park. Lee Valley Velo Park, free entry, 7pm-8.30pm

WAKE UP AND WORK OUT: Join Strictly Come Dancing Star, and renowned ballerina, Darcey Bussell, as she kicks off National Fitness Day with this free workout. Paddington Recreation Ground, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Thursday 28 September

Check out classic cars in Greenwich

POETRY AIRING: It's National Poetry Day, so bring your poetry along to this event hosted by the Poetry Society’s own Paul McGrane. The Poetry Cafe (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 2.30pm-3pm

VEGAN NIGHTS: Join Truman Brewery for a night featuring all things vegan. There's vegan food, beer, cakes and shakes, plus live music to keep you entertained. Boiler House (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 5pm-10pm

MODERN TIMBER: Take a glimpse at what the the future of timber housing might look like at this panel discussion on paradigms, technologies and the future of wooden housing. There's plenty of food and drink too. The Building Centre (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-8.30pm

SENSORY OVERLOAD: Artists and lighting/sound designers Emily Motto, Ed Haslam, Henry Howe and Jack Dale have created something huge and intriguing for Art Lick Weekend along this year's theme of Finding Solutions. Nexus Space will guide you through the room, whilst tactile glowing orbs host sensors that trigger sound and light animations. Platform Southwark, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

VINTAGE CARS: Get to Greenwich and have a look at some vintage cars. There will be plenty of other car enthusiasts to have a natter with, and there's good quality street food too. Greenwich Market, free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

BRITISH BIGFOOT: Maybe the reason that Sasquatch can't be found in the States is because he/she has been lurking in England all along. Join photographer Harry Rose as he shares his theories on this elusive primate. The Bell (Aldgate), £4.40, book ahead, 7.45pm

Friday 29 September

Poetry (not) in motion

WORDS IN SIGHT: This solo show is part of a narrative photography series presented by renowned photographer Gillian Hyland. The photographs on show serve as visual representations of poems written by the artist over the past decade. The Irish Cultural Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

DRAWING WITH NATURE: This collecting session led by Helen Frosi takes an experimental approach to drawing aspects around the River Wandle, including using juices from berries as ink. River Wandle, free, book ahead, noon-5pm

DANTE NYC: Fancy a taste of New York in London? Dante NYC will be popping up at Madison's Rooftop Bar for a week long take over. There will be plenty of cocktails, live entertainment and great city views. Madison Rooftop Terrace (St Paul's), free, book ahead, 4pm-9pm

MUSEUM LATES: The Natural History Museum go underwater this month, exploring biodiversity and marine science. Natural History Museum, free entry, 6pm-9.30pm

Saturday 30 September

Have you got the legs fro a Mega Walk?

HAAGEN DAZS TASTING: With the last dregs of summer heat leaving the capital you still have an excuse to cool yourself down with a scoop of ice cream. This Saturday is your last chance to sample scoops from Haagen Dazs' pop-up in St Pancras. St Pancras Station, £4, just turn up, 9am-9pm

MEGAWALK: Why not take on London's longest established long distance walk with a guide and take in the sights around the highest points in sub-urban London. Make sure to bring a packed lunch. Contact for more details. Crystal Palace Railway Station, free, just turn up, 9.15am-6.30pm

REGENT'S FASHION: Calling all fashionistas, this is your last chance to get down to Regent Street for London Design Festival and London Fashion Week. A complimentary programme of events, talks and activities awaits you. Regent Street, free, just turn up, 10am-7pm

ANDY WARHOL EXHIBIT: To mark the 30th anniversary of Andy Warhol's death, Croydon's RISE gallery is hosting a month dedicated to the artist. The celebration includes, a street exhibit of contemporary artists' tributes, screenings, talks and other activities. Rise Gallery (Croydon), free, just turn up, 10.30am-6pm

MICHAEL ALFORD EXHIBIT: Culture vultures should try and flap their wings along to this exhibit by award winning artist Michael Alford, featuring his new work. Wimbledon Fine Art, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

RAISING THE STANDARD: Bring your little ones along to this fun day in Blackheath. There are stalls, workshops, live music, and plenty of fun for the kids including two bouncy castles, arts and crafts, hula hooping, face painting and much more. The Royal Standard (Blackheath), free, book ahead, noon-8pm

Sunday 1 October

Last chance to get Haagen Dasz at St Pancras Station

LONDON BRIDGES: Do you fancy walking 10 miles across 12 of London's most iconic bridges? Well you're in luck, as the London Bridges Challenge has just opened for 2017 applications. Battersea Park, £5, book ahead, 9am

BULLSHITIUM LONDINIUM: There's plenty of bullshit and even more bollox on this factually inaccurate tour of London. But what do you care, the truth retired long ago; it's the era of fake news and Trump after all. All that's left is how you prefer to be lied to, and this tour is a good place to start. Leadenhall Market, free, book ahead, noon-4pm

UPSTART CROW: This fest has more to do with crooning than crows. So get down to Spitalfields and enjoy live entertainment from a variety of singer/songwriters from various backgrounds and genres. Spitalfields Market, free, just turn up, noon-8pm

MEET WITH A POEM: It's World Coffee Day today and to celebrate, Julius Meinl, the Viennese coffee roaster, wants you to serenade your significant others with poetry in their cafes across the nation. The Cinnamon (Clapham), free, just turn up, all day


Last Updated 22 September 2017