Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 17-23 July 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 17-23 July 2017

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There's a new resident at the Natural History Museum

LONDON RIVIERA: If the weather's looking decent, get yourself down to City Hall for the London Riviera festival. Every evening there's different entertainment, including film and sport screenings, dance classes, and live music. Best of all, it's free. Just turn up, until 31 August

COLOURFUL MAZE: Artist Camille Walala has used her signature colourful, patterned designs to create a psychedelic maze that sounds part puzzle, part fun house, part Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole. Solve clues, look at things from different angles, and embrace the fun of playing. NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula), free, just turn up, until 23 September

SEE THE WHALE: South Kensington's new centrepiece has been unveiled. Head to the Natural History Museum to see Hope, the blue whale skeleton, suspended from the ceiling of the Hintze Hall. While you're there, why not check out the museum's impressive new Whales exhibition? Natural History Museum, entry is free, just turn up, ongoing

Monday 17 July

Decisive Moments by Colin O'Brien

DECISIVE MOMENTS: See through the eyes of Colin O'Brien, an east London based photographer, in a retrospective collection of his black-and-white 'social documentary' style photographs. Hanbury Hall, free, just turn up, 8am-5pm, until Saturday 12 August

STREET DANCE: By the time filmmakers decide Step Up 6 is a good idea, you'll be ready to audition with some serious moves and this street dance workshop will have been the beginning of your story. A high energy workshop where you can learn the basics and get co-ordinated. Lewisham Southwark College, free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm and 2.10pm-3.10pm

UNDISCOVERED TALENT: Calling all aspiring musical theatre stars, 100 Wardour Street are hosting an open mic night of show tunes, songs, ensembles and musical mayhem. 100 Wardour Street, free, 8pm-10pm

Tuesday 18 July

Raise money for education in Malaysia by having a laugh

EDUCATING MALAYSIA: Do your good deed of the day by simply having a laugh. ABC is a comedy night in aid of girls' schools in Malaysia, featuring Josie Long, Phil Wang, Yuriko Kotani and MOON. The Harinder Veriah Trust assists two schools in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, which provide poor girls with primary and secondary education. The Bill Murray, Islington, £5, just turn up, 8pm-10pm

COMICAL TIMING: Get the giggles from some up and coming and professional comedians in a modern Mediterranean restaurant that has seen the likes of Alan Sugar, Bill Bailey and Olly Murs sit at its tables. Grove Bar and Restaurant (Hammersmith), free, book ahead for a table, 7.30pm-9.30pm

DANCE DANCE DANCE: It's a Kizomba party at Loop Bar where you can step in time to this Angolan dance. The slow, romantic rhythm should see you through to the early morning hours whether you're a beginner or a regular dancer. Just follow along with the other dancers and you'll be perfecting the moves and having fun in no time. Loop Bar, 19 Dering Street, £5, book ahead, 9pm-1.30am

Wednesday 19 July

The Necropolis Line: from battlefield to grave

NECROPOLIS LINE: Climb aboard and follow the final train journey made by hundreds of first and second world war servicemen and women on their way to burial at the leafy Brookwood Military Cemetery. Waterloo Station, free tour (pay your own train fare), book ahead, 10am-2pm

PHOTO EXHIBIT: The Lost Men of Syria can be found in a first solo exhibition of works by photojournalist Edward Jonkler. Saatchi Gallery, free, just turn up, 10am-8pm, until Wednesday 9 August

LIFE QUESTIONS: How have different cultures made meaning from the universe? How have these values changed the course of history? Environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and US author and campaigner Jeremy Lent are talking about the bigger picture, and what needs to change to ensure a sustainable future. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 6.30pm

SHORT FILMS: Shorts On Tap are back with a selection of Comedy Short Films that aim to have you rolling in the aisles, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers in question. 93 Feet East (Shoreditch), £3, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Thursday 20 July

Open Senses Festival

SIGHT UNSEEN: It's the last day of this unusual collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital, Open Senses, and national disability charity Sense has produced an intriguing showcase of the work of Marcus Inniss. He's a deafblind artist who uses design and photographic art to depict life with sight loss. Moorfields Eye Hospital, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

SOLAR POWER: Do something unusual today and learn how to build an actual solar panel with Repowering London, specialists in co-producing community energy programmes with local groups in the city. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

BOAT RACE: A fiercely competitive annual favourite returns, the Paddington Dragon Boat Regatta will begin near the brand new Floating Pocket Park and race the length of the Merchant Square canal to be first past the finishing line. Merchant Square (Paddington), free, just turn up, 5pm-9pm

CALLING CAVERS: Live vicariously through author and cave diver Martyn Farr who is delivering a talk about the history of cave diving, the discoveries, and the tragedies with a wine reception to follow. Stanfords Bookshop (Covent Garden), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Friday 21 July

Transitions by Raquel Chinchetru

REFUGE IN ART: It's your last chance to explore the stories of real stories of refugees through Raquel Chinchetru's art, which looks at both individual and collective perspectives of people seeking asylum. Conway Hall, free, just turn up, 9am-10pm

CROWDED: Become a guinea pig in the crowd at Crowd Control Festival, where researchers have planned a weekend of exhibitions, experiments and spontaneous happenings. It's to test the collective interactions between individuals, groups and their environments. Hackney Wick, free, 6-9pm, until Sunday 23 July

HATTON GARDEN FESTIVAL: Hatton Garden plays host to two jam packed days of entertainment, competitions, talks, workshops and the big Diamond hunt — perfect for those who are thinking of popping the big question sometime soon... Hatton Garden, free, just turn up, noon-6pm, until Saturday 22 July

Saturday 22 July

Nashville Meets London

COUNTRY STARS: Nashville lands at Canary Wharf for a weekend music festival to warm the hearts of any country music fan. This year's lineup includes US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, along with UK-based acts. Canada Square Park, free, just turn up, 2pm-10pm, until Sunday 23 July

INTO THE WILD: Get back to nature with London Wildlife Trust’s fun activities for all the family including pond dipping, bug hunting, nature crafts, stories, games & songs. Camley Street Natural Park, free, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm

ALL'S FAIR: Love music? Love markets? Camberwell Fair is celebrating diverse people, culture and community in the local area with two quality music stages, 40 market stalls, food, bars and games. What are you waiting for? Camberwell Green, free, just turn up, 12pm-9pm

INCLUSIVE PORTRAITS: Last chance to seeJimmy Robert's European Portraits, which opened on the first anniversary of the Brexit vote and explores ideas of inclusion and exclusion, belonging and identity and how these are constructed. PEER (Hoxton), free, just turn up, noon-6pm, until 26 August

Sunday 23 July

Free dance classes at Pineapple Studios

ST PAUL'S: If the entrance fee has always put you off a visit to St Paul's Cathedral, this is a great opportunity to not only it under the magnificent dome, but also listen to some angelic notes from the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia who are performing Kleine Orgelmesse. St Paul's Cathedral, free, just turn up, 11am-noon

PINEAPPLE STUDIOS: If you've ever wanted to be the next Louie Spence, or just adore his crazy antics, then free dance classes at the Pineapple Studios may be just the experience you're looking for. Lesson styles for beginners include Street and Hip Hop, Bollywood, Burlesque, Jazz, Tap and Commercial dance. Pineapple Dance Studio (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

NOSE AROUND: Fancy having a nose around Opera Holland Park? Maybe even singing on the stage, or conducting the orchestra? Now's your chance, at this open day full of free and fun activities for all the family to enjoy. Opera Holland Park, free, just turn up, noon-5pm


Last Updated 14 July 2017