Free And Cheap London Events: 8-14 August 2016

Skint? On a budget? Looking for cheap things to do in London? We hear you, which is why we’ve put together this list of things happening in London this week that cost £5 or less. You’re welcome.

All week

Watch the Olympics at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

AFRICA POP UP: Big 60, a culture and lifestyle installation celebrating Nigerian culture, is at The Africa Centre this week. There are events like a creative symposium and film screenings to take part in. Free, just turn up, 8-14 August

1700S ROME: Watercolours of Rome, painted in the 1700s by British artist Francis Towne as  warning to Britain to not follow the footsteps of Ancient Rome, are on display at the British Museum. Free, just turn up, until 14 August

DAVID HOCKNEY’S IPAD: Check out landscapes of Yosemite National Park, California, that David Hockney drew on the humble iPad. At Annely Juda Fine Art near Oxford Street. Free, just turn up, until 19 August

RIO OLYMPICS: Cheer on the Brits and watch the Olympics on the big screen at these venues in London. Free, just turn up, until 21 August

SUMMER FESTIVAL: Try Olympic sports and listen to live music at the London Bridge City Summer Festival, taking place in The Scoop at More London. Free, just turn up, until 31 October

Monday 8 August

TOAST GALLERY: Ever wondered how Klimt’s Kiss or Michaelangelo’s The Creation of Adam would look if the canvas were toast? There’s a two-day pop up exhibition in Old Street Station displaying toast transformed into works of art. Free, just turn up, 8-9 August

Tuesday 9 August

BAKING MASTERCLASS: Frances Quinn, the winner of the 2013 Great British Bake Off will demonstrate how to make a unique dessert and drink at a free masterclass at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Free, book in advance, 6pm

FANTASY AUTHOR TALK: Edward Cox, James Barclay and Jon Wallace will discuss their new books, and there’s a chance for you to ask your own questions too at Blackwell’s Bookshop in High Holborn. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

BEER SWAP: Bring a beer to The Rake’s monthly Hop Swap in Borough Market and sample somebody else’s brew. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Make beautiful desserts with Frances Quinn. Photo by Chris Goldberg from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Wednesday 10 August

SPORTS CARNIVAL: Try volleyball, capoeira and football at Tower Hamlets Council’s Sporting Carnival to celebrate the Rio Olympics. The family-friendly event will have live music, funfair rides and arts and crafts. Free, just turn up, from 11am

INSECT WORKSHOP: Entomologist Mike Fray will show you how to use your eyes and ears to identify bees, grasshoppers, crickets and flies at Stave Hill Ecological Park. Bring a picnic. Free, book in advance, 11am

Have a go at capoeira at the Sporting Carnival. Photo by Dan Wade from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Thursday 11 August

BEER ON A BOAT: Have a craft beer on a floating bar on the River Lea, and try your hand at canoeing and paddle boarding. There’s a new reed bed on the River Lea, so go down and celebrate, and listen to wildlife talks from experts. Free, just turn up, 5pm

Friday 12 August

PETER PAN WALK: Take the same walk through Hyde Park that inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan on this family-friendly walk. Dress up is encouraged. £5, book in advance, 11am

KIDS’ WORKSHOP: Let your childrens’ creative juices flow as they help create a banner for Conway Hall (and one for themeselves).  Age 6-14. Free, book in advance, 2pm

£1 CINEMA: Watch Straight Outta Compton, and take part in a rap battle at The Grand’s £1 cinema club in Clapham. There’s free popcorn and entry to the film gets you free entry to the hiphop show (which goes on until 3am). £1, book in advance, 7.30pm

Saturday 13 August

WAR MEMORIAL: See artefacts from the first world war and hear about the proposed war memorial at East Street Market in Walworth. Free, just turn up, noon

SEVEN DIALS FESTIVAL: Seven Dials is going to be traffic-free for Spotlight Festival. There’s an open-air stage for live music and magic performances, as well crazy golf, live portraits and flower crown making. Free, just turn up, from noon

HIP HOP PARTY: Dance to hip hop throughout the ages at the Southbank Centre’s free rooftop party. Spin Doctor and Mo Fingaz are just a couple of the DJs spinning music from 70s funk to recent trap music. Free, just turn up, from 5pm

Spotlight at Seven Dials.

Sunday 14 August

INDONESIA DAY: Head to Trafalgar Square for a celebration of everything Indonesian: folk dancers, spicy food and sandy beaches. Have a go at traditional arts and crafts from the world’s largest group of islands. Free, just turn up, from noon

WRITERS’ ROOM: Have your screenplay read aloud by actors to industry professionals at Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. The theme is home. Free, just turn up, 2pm

Head to Trafalgar Square to celebrate Indonesia.

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