Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 8-14 May 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 8-14 May 2017

Things to do for £5 or less in London this week.

All week

Trump features heavily in a collection of political cartoons

100 DAYS OF TRUMP: Works by political cartoonists Peter Brookes of the Times and Matt (Matthew Pritchett) of the Telegraph are on display, covering topics such as Trump, Brexit and Boris. Chris Beetles Gallery (St James's), free entry, just turn up, until 20 May

THIS IS HULL!: This exhibition focuses on one community's fight against racism, featuring Richard Lees' 1979 silkscreen posters for Hull Rock Against Racism. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, until 26 May

PHOTOGRAPHY: As House of Vans relaunches after a spruce up, the Independent Photography Festival opens at the venue, featuring photos from all over the world. House of Vans (Waterloo), free entry, just turn up, until 27 May

PHOTOGRAPHY: This new display showcases the work of 12 photographers, on the theme of space. They've all been shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet photography prize. V&A Museum, free, just turn up, 6-28 May 2017

FREE FILM FESTIVAL: Herne Hill Free Film Festival has a great line up, including La La Land, Easy Rider, Moana and The Big Lebowski. Various locations, free, book ahead, until 29 May

Monday 8 May

SCIENTIFIC BREXIT: What impact will Brexit have on the scientific community — on both sides of the Channel? The Royal Institution hosts a summit with a panel including scientists, policymakers and key influencers to discuss what the outcome will be. The Royal Institution, free, book ahead, 1pm-6pm

CELEBRITY: LSE hosts a debate discussing what it means to be a celebrity today. Has the internet and social media changed the role of celebrities? What are their rights and responsibilities in the modern age? LSE, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

Tuesday 9 May

The Honourable Artillery Company holds a public open evening.

A PHOENIX REBORN: The Monument commemorates London's recovery from the Great Fire. Using this as a base, find out what London's recovery and rebirth really entailed. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

OPEN EVENING: The annual open evening of the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road takes place tonight, with military displays, helicopters and armoured vehicles, a parachute jump, and a police dog display. Finsbury Barracks, free entry, just turn up, from 5pm

FRENCH ELECTION: A panel of experts debates what the outcome of the French election tells us about prospects for the left in France. LSE, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

Wednesday 10 May

LEICESTER SQUARE: Think you know Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square? Go a little deeper with this talk about the tourist hotspots and find out more about the area's past residents including Sir Joshua Reynolds, Baron Albert Grant and Sir Mortimer Wheeler. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

Thursday 11 May

MEDIEVAL POETRY: Music, performances and discussions are all part of this exhibition opening, inspired by 14th century epic poem Piers Plowman. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Friday 12 May

The Kentucky Cow Tippers play at Southbank Centre.

KENTUCKY COW TIPPERS: Kickstart your weekend with live music from five-piece group The Kentucky Cow Tippers, who perform renditions of classic bluegrass songs. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm

ARMY NURSING: To mark International Nursing Day, find out about the history of army nursing, from the Crimean War through to the first world war, beginning with Florence Nightingale's famous efforts. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

Saturday 13 May

LEGO MOVIE: Wear the littl'uns out with an hour-long skate session, then park them in front of a screening of The Lego Movie. Choose between watching the film yourself, or tucking into brunch at the cafe. House of Vans (Waterloo), free, just turn up, 10.30am/12.30pm

POETRY MAGAZINE FAIR: Browse a hall full of UK poetry magazines at the first Poetry Magazine Fair. There will also be pop-up readings throughout the day. Holy Redeemer (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 11am-4.30pm

Sunday 14 May

The Covent Garden Puppet Fayre. Photo: Andrew Smith

ANTIQUES FAIR: 140 stalls of fine antiques from all over Europe come to Westminster for the latest instalment of Adams Antiques Fairs. Lindley Hall, £4, just turn up/book ahead, 10am-4.30pm

DULWICH FESTIVAL: Food and drink stalls, bars, craft stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle, live music and donkey rides are just some of the things on offer at Dulwich Festival Fair. Goose Green, free entry, just turn up, 11am-4pm

PUPPET FESTIVAL: The annual (and excellent) May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the roots of Punch & Judy puppet shows, believed to have originated in Covent Garden. St Paul's Church, free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

KITE DAY: Eyes up, as a host of kites take to the skies in Streatham. Watch displays of power kites and pairs kites, and visit the stalls at Streatham Common Kite Day. Streatham Common, free entry, just turn up, 11am-5pm

TREASURE PLANET: Today's offering from House of Vans' Little Rippers Film Club is Treasure Planet, in which a secret map inspires a treasure hunt across the universe. House of Vans (Waterloo), free, just turn up, 12.15pm

CHESTNUT SUNDAY: Watch the traditional Bushy Park Chestnut Sunday Parade, followed by the funfair with rides, stalls, historical re-enactments, live music, arena shows and more. Bushy Park, free entry, just turn up, 12.30pm-4.30pm

Last Updated 05 May 2017