Free And Cheap Things To Do In London This Week: 1-7 April 2024

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Last Updated 25 March 2024

Free And Cheap Things To Do In London This Week: 1-7 April 2024

Budget-friendly things to do in London this week for £5 or less.

Three young children in a garden
Celebrate spring at Southbank Centre. Photo: Cesare De Giglio

Looking for more free things to do in London? Here are 102 of em! We've also compiled this epic map of free stuff in London.

Try your luck at a pub quiz

Try not to make a fool of yourself at the 1 April edition of the weekly pub quiz at The White Horse in Wembley. For just £2 entry per person, take part to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

£2, 1 April.

Do creative things with a Galaxy Tab

The Creative Station pop-up at Waterloo station offers you the chance to get hands-on with a Galaxy Tab S9 Series, with a slew of free workshops in which you can write, draw, dabble in a digital book club, and even take part in a spot of Rush Hour Crush. Book your spot ahead of turning up.

Free, 1-4 April.

Get stuck into free family activities in Croydon

Centrale & Whitgift shopping centres in central Croydon are hosting a range of family-friendly activities for five days this week. Among them is a hip hop silent disco with DJ Bunny, an interactive LED climbing wall, and a bungee trampoline. Many events are free, while some incur a small charge.

Free-£5, 1-5 April.

A 'bunny' wearing headphones
DJ Bunny is in da house in Croydon.

Celebrate nature in a roof garden

Celebrate the start of spring with a free day of family activities at Southbank Centre's roof garden. Drop in throughout the day to enjoy pop-up performances and artist-led activities, all linked to nature. For ages 3+.

Free, 3 April.

Catch a free lunchtime concert

Lauderdale House in Highgate hosts a relaxed, 40-minute lunchtime concert, with musicians showcasing works written for a combination of voice and instruments. It takes place in the Long Gallery, with views over neighbouring Waterlow Park.

Free, 4 April.

People in suits drinking outside an alleyway pub
Find our about beautiful boozers with a free talk. Image: Viv Lynch via creative commons

Explore some of London's best boozers

City Guide Pete Smith gives a free talk about some of London's best pubs, from those with opulent interiors, to spit and sawdust establishments. The talk takes place at Guildhall Library, and you can watch in person or online.

Free, 4 April

Catch the end of this Barbican exhibition

Final few days to see Concrete and Clay, a free exhibition in the Barbican Foyers, centred around a rarely seen, 1:22-scale model of the Centre and Estate. It's also a chance to view architectural plans, drawings, photos, objects and leaflets from Barbican Centre's original designs.

Free, until 5 April.

Visit the Bell House Garden

For a small donation, take a wander around Bell House Garden, the open space belonging to the Georgian Bell House in Dulwich. Visit the Walled Garden, where food for the kitchen is grown, as well as the rose garden and the woodland walk. There's an Easter egg hunt for kids, and tea and coffee is available to buy.

£5 donation, 6 April.

Vaisakhi in Trafalgar Square
Free Vaisakhi celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square. Image: CCP Grey via creative commons

Celebrate Vaisakhi in Trafalgar Square

The Sikh and Punjabi festival of Vaisakhi is celebrated in Trafalgar Square with an afternoon of free entertainment that's open to everyone. Watch live performances on the main stage, and demos of the Sikh martial art, Gatka. Attend turban tying workshops, and keep the kids entertained with family-friendly events in the marquee.

Free, 6 April

Visit the Sewing Machine Museum

The monthly opening of London's Sewing Machine Museum in Balham takes place today. Visit a collection of dozens of historic sewing machines — the personal collection of sewing machine salesman Ray Rushton — including one from 1865 which belonged to Queen Victoria's firstborn daughter. Read about our trip to the museum for an idea of what to expect.

Free (though charity donations welcome), 6 April.

Children dancing around a maypole with colourful ribbons
Ceilidh around a maypole anyone? Image: Chris Walshaw

Have a go at ceilidh dancing

Head to the Riverside Terrace at Southbank Centre for a family ceilidh jam, centred around a traditional maypole. Learn the dance routine to live music, mixing traditional maypole dancing with street dance moves.

Free, 7 April.