Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 7-13 August 2017

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Free And Cheap London Events This Week: 7-13 August 2017

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Forget Edinburgh, this is the Camden Fringe

CUBITT SESSIONS: It's the last week of King's Cross's programme of live music performances spanning a range of genres, from classical to experimental jazz. Check out what's on each day. Lewis Cubitt Square (King's Cross), free, just turn up, until 13 August

QUAKER TAPESTRY: Started in 1981 as a project to brighten up a children's room, this tapestry (often compared to the Bayeux Tapestry) makes a rare appearance in London. The piece features 77 embroidered panels and was worked on by 4,000 people. Friends House (Euston), free, just turn up, 7-18 August

CAMDEN FRINGE: Forget the Edinburgh Fringe — Camden is hosting a festival full of the best comedy, opera, Q&A's and poetry this side of Hadrian's Wall. Camden People's Theatre, various prices, book ahead,until 27 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. NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula), free, book ahead, until 23 September

Monday 7 August

Kids will love learning about the creepy crawlies that inhabit London's Royal Parks

HOKUSAI AND HIS VISION: An exhibition on the life and art of renowned woodblock print and book illustration artist, Katsushika Hokusai, a man celebrated for his subtle understanding of line, form and balance. Embassy of Japan (Piccadilly), free, just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm

SNAIL CARAVAN: Join this giant story-telling snail in getting closer to nature. Learn more about the wonderful world of invertebrates and the fascinating creatures that inhabit London's Royal Parks. Bushy Park, free, just turn up,11am-3pm

HOMEMADE ESSENTIALS: Why splash out on pricey cosmetics when you can make your own? You'll even be able to take home everything you create, from hand cream to body butter. Poplar Union, £3-£5, book ahead, midday-2.30pm

LAUGH OUT LOUDER: There's 'haha' and then there's 'can't stop laughing, my cheeks hurt' funny. Your host and comedian for the evening, Junior Booker, is definitely the latter. Boxpark Croydon, free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Tuesday 8 August

Discover the history of Sydenham Hill Wood

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Ditch the office and enjoy some live music during your lunch break. This week, treat yourself to some Debussy and Franck. St Clement Danes (The Strand), free, just turn up, 1.10pm-2pm

SYDENHAM HILL WOOD: Saved from development in the 1980s, this fascinating area is now a local nature reserve. Uncover the site's history in this free talk by the London Wildlife Trust. Dulwich Library, free, just turn up, 2pm-3.30pm

DIGITAL SKILLS: Digital marketing is more than just a tweet, Facebook or LinkedIn post these days. Harness the power of analytical tools and learn the power and pitfalls of each in this free workshop. Aldwych House, free, book ahead, 5.45pm-7.45pm

Wednesday 9 August

Enjoy a screening of Oasis: Supersonic

LGBT WALKS: Visit key sites in the life and death of Joe Orton, a gay Islington playwright who died 50 years ago this summer, on this guided walk. Also discover other LGBT 'firsts' from the area in the aftermath of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Angel tube, free, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

FILM NIGHT: Experience some of the best music films, and hear the music through an incredible sound system. This week, it's Oasis: Supersonic - and your ticket includes the obligatory popcorn. The Half Moon (Putney), £2, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

Thursday 10 August

Dance Off in Merchant Square

TANGIBLES: Three established UK ceramists showcase their works, ranging from bowls that evoke weather-blown seascapes to vases that suggest desolate rural tracts. Contemporary Ceramics Centre (Bloomsbury), free, just turn up, until 2 September

INTERACTIVE TREATS: These street games have delighted audiences in streets and squares in more than 30 countries, and now it's London's turn. Invented in Catalonia, this weird and wonderful kit for games is made from everyday objects. Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, free, just turn up, 11am-3pm

SECRETS OF THE MOVIES: A snapshot of contemporary poster design and behind the scenes photography from the best UK films released in cinema this year. Don't forget to check out the LEGO model cinema, too. The Gallery (Soho) free, just turn up, until 24 August

DANCE OFF: Merchant Square's fountain area transforms into a dance floor battle stage for one day only, as different acts battle it out to be the crowd's favourite whilst a DJ spins the tunes. Merchant Square (Paddington), free, just turn up, midday-2pm

FOODCYCLE: Sit on a smoothie bike, pedal away and use surplus fruit and vegetables to make smoothies in aid of people at risk of food poverty. Exercise has never been so rewarding. Museum of London (Barbican), free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

PECHAKUCHA: Originating in Japan, this is a fast and fabulous night of individual presentations where nobody can speak for more than 6 minutes. And what can they talk about? Anything! HASSELL Studio (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm

IN GODS WE TRUST: Iconic Spanish duo create a colour-saturated spectacle as they create large-scale murals across Unit London's Wardour Street facade and gallery. It's the perfect backdrop to their new 15 canvas body of work. Unit London (Soho), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

The colour saturated spectacle of In Gods We Trust

Friday 11 August

FAMILY FRIDAYS: Choose shapes inspired by the historic buildings and gardens, and get stamping with paints to create your own mini marked masterpiece in this printing workshop. The Charterhouse, £3.50, book ahead, 11am-1pm

BLOOD ROYAL: Part of the museum's summer lates programme, this is a great opportunity to explore this new exhibition featuring some of the most important collections of Tudor portraiture in the UK after hours. Society of Antiquaries of London (Piccadilly), free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

LIVE IN THE LIBRARY: A group of critically acclaimed musicians joins together to play jazz classics from the likes of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, all served up with a healthy serving of southern-style street food. Poplar Union, £5 in advance, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm

Saturday 12 August

Sample London's best Latin-American street food

HIDDEN GEMS: Walk Southwark's hidden gems on this exploration of the area, featuring the Albion channel, the quirky ecological park, the views from Stave Hill and the farm animals at Surrey Docks City Farm. Canada Water, £4, book ahead, 11am-2pm

SAFARI FESTIVAL: Celebrate the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond at this festival showcasing the work of a curated group of cartoonists and publishers. Protein Studios (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm

COMIDA FEST: Eat tacos in Mexico City, a bandeja paisa in Botogá and an acai bowl in Rio de Janeiro — all without leaving London. This Latin American food festival promises a tantalising journey through the best cuisine from the continent. Potters Fields Park (London Bridge), free entry, just turn up, 12-13 August

KATHY'S PARLOUR: Visit this parlour, seemingly closed for the weekend — but who knows what you'll discover with a peek through the windows? There's plenty of surprises in this piece of immersive street theatre. Bell Square (Hounslow), free, just turn up, midday-4pm

SINESTESIA: Follow the animalistic journey of survivors to a safe-zone in a post-apocalyptic world, in this atmospheric outdoor show presented by Barcelona-based experimental dance company, Iron Skulls. Giffin Square (Deptford), free, just turn up, 1pm and 2.30pm

CEILIDH DANCING: Come and dance, Scottish style. There'll be live music and a family friendly atmosphere, so no matter what your skill level, you needn't be afraid to put your dancing shoes on. Kensington Gardens, free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

UNFILTERED: Pop the social media filter-bubble and break out of the echo-chamber in this interactive exhibition designed to expose you to a range of opinions and experiences on topical UK and global issues. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm

SILENT MARCH: Local shopping streets will be transformed into a sea of placards as individuals march anonymously in support for their own causes and personal crusades, in an event designed to provide a platform to all. Bell Square (Hounslow), free, just turn up, 4pm-5.30pm

Sunday 13 August

Try some alcohol-free alternatives to your favourite beverages at the Mindful Drinking Festival

MARVELLOUS MAPS: Did you know that the National Maritime Museum's collections hold around 100,000 historical maps and sea charts? Learn about the ways people have navigated the globe in the past and even create a map of your own in this creative art workshop. National Maritime Museum, free, just turn up, 11am-1pm and 2.45pm-3.30pm

MINDFUL DRINKING: As more and more people across the UK are joining the mindful drinking movement, come and try some delicious alcohol alternatives at the Mindful Drinking festival — featuring a sunny roof garden to sample your alcohol-free beverages in. Bermondsey Square Hotel, free entry, just turn up, midday-6pm

CARNIVAL PIONEERS: A free family friendly festival featuring three live stages, paying homage through music to those who have made invaluable contributions to the local community. There will also be special tributes to those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Portobello Green, free, just turn up, midday-9pm

SPIRAL WALK: If you like walking in London, you'll enjoy the 24th stage of the London spiral walk — taking in the green space and views of the city through Norwood into Beckenham, and finishing up at Crystal Palace. Norbury station, free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

RAILWAY RHAPSODY: Ever since its inception, the railway has cast a spell over our nation. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for the rhymes and reasons why the enchantment lingers still. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

Last Updated 09 August 2017