Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 5-11 June 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 5-11 June 2017

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

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FESTIVAL OF CULTURE: A free week-long festival celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL through guided tours, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Highlights include a night walk through Dickens's London, playing with maths through coding and stepping into the world of comic superheroes and the political landscape. UCL, free, book ahead, 5-10 June

LONDON RIVIERA: Not jetting off somewhere sunny? You'll have to make do with London's own riviera. Pitching up next to City Hall, this summer festival offers free entertainment every night, including film screenings, reggae aerobics, break dancing and live music. Free entry, just turn up, 1 June-31 August

ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL: London Festival of Architecture runs through this week, and as Europe's biggest annual architecture festival, there are plenty of free and cheap things to see and do with over 450 events spread over the month of June. Various locations and prices, 1-30 June

Monday 5 June

Free crazy golf at Swingers Crazy Golf Club

CRAZY GOLF: To say thank you for a great first year, Swingers are offering free crazy golf all day on their two challenging courses. Wash it all down with half price bubbly and discounted street food from favourites such as Pizza Pilgrims. Swingers Crazy Golf Club (City of London), free, just turn up, midday-midnight

DIAGRAMATIC MATHEMATICS: Maths and art lovers alike will love this one. M.C. Escher used seemingly infinite tilings of the plane with interlocking figures in his work, yet this could not be represented within a finite space — this Gresham College lecture shows how mathematics can offer a solution to this conundrum. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

VISUAL EXPRESSIONS: This exhibition showcases a bright selection of portraits, landscapes and fruit themes by Russian born contemporary artist Nadezhda "Nadya" Yakustidi. Known for celebrating life through colour, her work is inspired by the warmth and vibrancy of Greece, where she now resides. The London Latvian Centre (Bayswater), free, book ahead, 6pm-10pm

Tuesday 6 June

An antidote to post-election despair?

MOOD SHIFTS: Mary Cappello, in performing multi-modal readings from her latest collection of essays, asks the question of whether we can create a poetics of atmosphere as antidote to post-election and post-Brexit airlessness, moodlessness and disrepair. The Horse Hospital (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-8.30pm

THE FIX: Fans of live music are in for a treat as three new hip and happening bands take centre stage at this evening celebrating new talent. Headlining is Phoenix & The Flower Girl, a fantastic new project that's part left-field hip-hop, part visual art. The Social, free, just turn up, 7pm-late

FREE COMEDY: This award-winning Mediterranean restaurant offers up a comedy night in the style of a panel show, featuring comedians Sonia Aste, Anna Dominey and Trevor Tokabi. Forget the TV panel shows, come to this free version. Grove Bar and Restaurant, Hammersmith, free, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 7 June

Discover the history of Clapham Junction. Photo copyright Carlos Perez.

CONSERVATION AREA: This year marks the golden anniversary of the first designated conservation areas. Explore the origins, variety and future challenges for these 10,000 treasured sites in this presentation by Gresham College. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Contemporary maps and photographs accompany this talk from railway historian Steven Taylor, detailing the history and constant expansion of Clapham Junction station over the first 50 years of its life. A must for all railway aficionados. Battersea Library, free, just turn up, 6.30pm

CONSCIOUSNESS: Humans are conscious beings — but are there any other conscious animal species? When did this trait first evolve, and what is its function? This panel discussion brings together philosophers and scientists alike to discuss recent developments in neuroscience and shed new light on these puzzling questions. LSE, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

CRAP FILMS: Crap Film Club puts on another crap classic to get you laughing... most likely at how cringeworthy it is. This time, it's 1980s American slasher film Aerobicide, where the killer dispatches people with a giant safety pin. Weird. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £5/£4, book ahead/just turn up, 7pm  

RAVES AND STREET FOOD: Back in the 90s, Dominic Cools-Lartigue and Matt Munday were putting on raves on Portobello Road. Fast forward to 2012, and they were credited with kicking off London's night time street food scene after launching Street Feast. Find out what they have up their sleeves next at this talk. Today Studios (Hackney Downs), £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

POLITICAL COMEDY: Are you disillusioned with mainstream politics? Do you wish there was a credible alternative to the establishment? Then look no further, because experimental Brixton comedy night Future Sellouts is here, offering up a selection of fresh, original comedy from award winning acts, comics off the telly and rising stars of the scene. Vive la comedy revolución! Dogstar Brixton, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

TWICE AS NICE: Two local resident comedians, Caroline Mabey and Pat Cahill, take the stage in an Edinburgh festival preview, offering a free evening of laughs in exchange for helping test drive their sets. The Duchess Of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, free, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Thursday 8 June

Learn about the most important battle ever fought on English soil.

CONCERT LAB: Ditch the rush hour crush and come for an hour of orchestral music instead. In this latest edition, the orchestra will be liberated from their seats and the audience immersed in music as Southbank Sinfonia's young musicians ask the question: why do orchestras sit still? St John's Waterloo, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm / 8pm-9pm

CROWN AND REBELLION: Renowned medieval historians discuss the most important battle ever fought on English soil — 800 years ago, a royal army defeated a force of French and English baronial troops, ensuring that England would not become a cadet kingdom of France. The National Archives (Kew), free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm

BETWEEN THE LINES: Wandsworth Common is dissected by railway lines, and Battersea's Queenstown Road hosts the intersection of three twisting and turning rail arteries. Explore how the borough was shaped and defined by the railways in this history filled talk. St Mary’s Parish Church, £5 including a glass of wine, just turn up, 7pm

Friday 9 June

Is this the end of neoliberalism?

GRANITE AS HEIRLOOM: Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks, and Caleb Femi, the Young People's Poet Laureate for London, host their first ever photography exhibition deconstructing the young Black British working-class face. Highlighted is the perception that poorer neighbourhoods of London and their culture are seen to be something sinister. Space Studios (Hackney), free, book ahead, 6pm

SHAKESPEARE RETOLD: Tracey Chevalier reworks the Shakespeare classic Othello into a 1970s playground story, featuring a young black boy as he arrives at an all-white school and finds himself at the centre of a vicious plot of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. Dorfman Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

BREAK UP TOUR: Neoliberalism comes under the microscope in this interactive performance, likening it to a band long past its heyday. Having toured the world in triumph for decade to packed houses of adoring fans, the glory days of this economic doctrine are coming to an end. Toynbee Studios (Whitechapel) £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

Saturday 10 June

Seven Dials hosts a food and fashion spectacular.

GUN SALUTE: It's the Duke of Edinburgh's birthday, and as is customary on such occasions, a gun salute by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be taking place in Green Park. Free, just turn up, midday

ARCHAEOLOGY FESTIVAL: The institute is now in its 80th year, and is hosting an archeology festival featuring tours of its world-renowned collections, object handling sessions and a whole host of archeological-related activities for kids and adults alike. UCL Institute of Archaeology, free, just turn up, midday-5pm

FASHION FEAST: Seven Dials goes traffic-free as over 70 shops, bars and restaurants in the area come together for a day of experimental activities, offers and workshops in this free fashion and food festival. When you're done shopping, soak up the sun on the pop-up lawn around the dial, and kick back with a complimentary cocktail. Seven Dials, free, just turn up/book ahead for freebies, midday-5pm

GOOD VIBES: 15 fresh and exciting street food trucks and stalls feature each week at this exciting food festival that has taken up residency in a Shoreditch car park, serving everything from gourmet street food to flowery cocktails and craft beer. Live music is just the cherry on top of this delicious day out. Euro Car Parks Shoreditch, free, just turn up, midday-midnight

Sunday 11 June

A climate change talk with a special focus on India.

CRAFT FESTIVAL: Over 30 independent traders selling their high quality wares pack in to the beautiful ballroom of Balham Bowls Club for a summer craft market. You'll be spoilt for choice for unique handmade gifts — now you'll have no excuse not to find something in time for Father's Day. A great line-up of live musicians soundtrack the event. Balham Bowls Club, free, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

CLIMATE CHANGE: It affects us all. Taking India as a case in point, researcher Jimmy O'Keefe looks at the links between climate, energy, food and water, and illustrates how small changes in climate can make a big difference to people on the ground. Conway Hall (Holborn), free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

ART OF COMMUNICATION: There's a lot more to communication than just talking. Why are we so challenged by something we do so much, and something so essential to relationships? Learn the art of communication and develop your interpersonal skills at this workshop. The Neighbourhood Centre, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-6pm

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Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


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A Secret London Tour


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The Westminster Ghost Walk


The afterlife is an intriguing subject, but how close to ghosts do we truly want to get? For those with a fascination of all things spooky, test your limits with The Westminster Ghost Walk. You'll explore this deeply historic and fascinating area of London and hear tales of ghosts, poltergeists and body snatchers along the way. Your experienced guide will lead you through dark alleyways, haunted buildings and human burial grounds - sharing the chilling secrets London has long been hiding in its past.  Get tickets

Last Updated 13 June 2017