Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 10-16 July 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 10-16 July 2017
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WATCH WIMBLEDON: We can't all be at Centre Court, but luckily we've curated a list of all the best places to experience the next best thing — watching all the action on a giant screen. Various locations, free, just turn up, until 16 July

SHUBBAK FESTIVAL: This festival offers a window ('shubbak' in Arabic) into contemporary Arab culture, featuring an ambitious lineup of film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate across two weeks in the capital. Various locations and prices, 1-16 July

Monday 10 July

Piano Sessions with Arthur

GREEN BELT: It doesn't appear on maps, it isn't signposted and it's hard to know where it is. What is it? The Green Belt of course. Discover the vision behind its creation with this talk from author John Grindrod. Conway Hall (Bloomsbury), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm

LIVE MUSIC: Arthur has been hammering honky tonks since his hands could first reach the keys. Join him as he puts on a show of rhythm 'n' blues, irregular riffs, and southern soul in this evening of live music. 100 Wardour Street, free entry, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

CLUB NIGHT: This weekday club night is spread across three rooms of the world famous nightclub, Heaven. Expect a real mix of musical delights from genres including deep house to R'n'B and hip-hop. Heaven, £5, book ahead, 11pm-5am

Tuesday 11 July

How to Be Good at Everything

ANXIETY: There are moments we all might prefer to avoid — presentations, big meetings, bungee jumping. Perhaps you might approach these situations differently if you took on a different mindset — find out more at this talk. Club Zetter (Clerkenwell), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

EDINBURGH PREVIEW: Being a millennial is hard, right? Luckily best friends Jay and Katie have all the answers, and they're willing to share them with you in this riotous hour of absurd, grotesque and boldly original sketch comedy. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £5, book ahead, 7.45pm-8.45pm

Wednesday 12 July

Parks to Pavements walk

PARK TO PAVEMENTS: Nature isn't as rural or remote as it may seem — there's plenty to surprise city dwellers closer to home. Combine your experience of 'urban' and 'natural' environments on this walk taking a fresh look at what nature means. Wellcome Collection, free, book ahead, 3pm-4.30pm  

PUB LAUNCH: Unfiltered, unfinned and unadulterated: all the beer at this new pub is sustainably produced, sold and consumed under one roof. They'll even be serving 6% cookie beer — now there's one we've not seen before. Long Arm Pub (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 6pm-11pm

BRUTALLY FUNNY: Garrett Millerick has just bought a house in the heart of Brexit country, and is consumed by home improvement, car magazines, property values and reality television. In other words, he's become what he most fears: Jeremy Clarkson. Hear more at this Edinburgh preview show. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £5, book ahead, 9pm

Thursday 13 July

Why Ragnarök is Going to Happen

PAPER CLAY: Italian ceramist Paola Paronette's paper clay exhibition opens today. Using a blend of paper, card and clay, she produces vessels that seem weightless when alone, yet like skyscrapers and sea creatures when grouped together. Contemporary Ceramics Centre (Bloomsbury), free, just turn up, 10.30am-6pm (until 5 August)

STYLISH LONDON: We all love prancing about London's stylish shops, restaurants and attractions. Join Insider London author Rachel Felder and a panel of London experts as they reveal their favourite hidden spots in the capital. Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

END OF THE WORLD: In Norse myth, Ragnarök is the end of the world via huge volcanic explosion. At this South East London Folklore Society event, folklorist and author Carolyne Larrington looks at whether there's anything the gods can do to stop it, and if not — is there any consolation to be had in total annihilation? The Old King's Head (London Bridge), £3, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

Friday 14 July

The City is Ours

SUMMER SHOW: The annual showcase at Chris Beetles Gallery features over 200 examples of works in watercolour, oil and sculpture, spanning over 200 years. This year's highlights include a remarkable group of 17 atmospheric works by George Haydock Dodgson. Chris Beetles Gallery (St James's), free, just turn up, 10am-5.30pm

THE CITY IS OURS: Learn how and why our cities are changing, and what worldwide communities are doing to improve city life at the opening day of this brand new exhibition. It's also the first at the museum to be presented in both English and French. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm (until January 2018)

FEAST YOUR EYES: You've probably eaten at Nando's before, but have you ever looked up and admired the art on the wall? This pop-up gallery celebrates the work of seven South African artists whose pieces have accompanied the meals of millions. Nando's Soho, free, just turn up, 11am-9pm (until 16 July)

Saturday 15 July


HYDE PARK: Explore wild meadows in the heart of London on this walk through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. There's even a chance to discover the secret life of bugs, as you use a sweep net and magnifiers to capture and observe a host of resident invertebrates. The Education Centre (Hyde Park), £5, book ahead, 10.30am-midday

SECRET GARDENS: From the dreamy St-Dunstan-in-the-East church garden to Cross Bones, an old burial ground for paupers and prostitutes, there are plenty of secret gardens to discover. This walk reveals some of these beautiful sites and the history behind them. Monument, £4, book ahead, 11am-2pm

VEGAN BEER FEST: Spanning three spaces, this festival features a beer hall, beer market and a sit down beer and wine cafe. So pretty much beer, beer and more beer, which sounds perfect to us. It's all vegan too. Hackney Downs Studios, £5, book ahead, 11am-8pm

FOODSTOCK: Imagine the legendary Woodstock, but for food. That's how tasty this festival is, with a whole two days of street food, live music and local craft beer to salivate over. Battersea Park, various prices, book ahead, 12pm-6pm (15-16 July)

STREET PARTY: This annual street party returns with a spectacular line up of performances from artists and the local community, as well as family friendly activities, cocktails and live music. Whitecross Street (Islington), free, just turn up, midday-6pm

FOOD FEST: If you were stranded on a remote desert island, what would be your ultimate desert island dish? That's the question catered for at this day of food, music and fun. Stock up on tokens, because we're told you're going to want to eat a lot. Red Market (Old Street), free, just turn up, midday-11pm

CIDERDOG: If you're in the mood for a staggering selection of 100+ reasonably priced British ciders (and let's be honest, who isn't?), then this is the one for you. All tastes are catered for, from very sweet to super dry. The Miller (London Bridge), free, just turn up, midday-late

Sunday 16 July

Greenwich World Cultural Festival. Photo: Roswitha Chesher

FAMILY FUN: 'Princess Freda', a Dunkirk Little Ship is on hand for free boat trips, departing Chiswick Pier every 45 minutes. There's a great selection of stalls to entertain the children, freshly cooked BBQ food and a bar on hand, too. Chiswick Pier, free, just turn up, 11.30am-4pm

GARDEN PARTY: A fabulous and fresh selection of makers exhibit alongside veteran artists and designers. Over 50 artists spread across two days means there's plenty of time to grab yourself a screen-print, ceramic, summer dress, or much more. William Morris Gallery, free, just turn up, 12pm-6pm

WORLD CULTURE: Enjoy an afternoon of free dance, theatre, music and circus from around the world at Greenwich World Cultural Festival, which is returning for its ninth year running. Eltham Palace and Gardens, free entry to festival (usual charge for entry to Palace), just turn up, 12.30pm-5pm

POWER OF PLANTS: From beautiful to medicinal, Keats knew the power of plants. Sow your own health-giving herb while learning more about herbs and flowers on this Family Day. Keats House (Hampstead), free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm


Last Updated 13 July 2017