Free and Cheap Events

August 22, 2017

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL:

 The Carnival begins in a small way on Saturday, although most of the action takes place tomorrow and Bank Holiday Monday. Here's our complete guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2017 — what's on, when it's happening, and how to get the best out of it. 26-28 August

June 28, 2017

What’s on this week

FOOD FESTIVAL: Bask in the sunshine and sample a range of delectable treats as this walking banquet of gourmet traders descend on Ealing Common. A bandstand provides the soundtrack to the afternoon while you globe-trot between cuisines — be sure to turn up hungry. Ealing Common, £3 entry, just turn up, 1-2 July

CITY AGRICULTURE: Ditch city life for the weekend and enjoy the delights of the countryside. A fresh produce marquee, an equestrian show, fairground rides, a birds of prey display and a rare sheep show all feature in this agricultural festival right in the city. Mudchute Park and Farm, free, just turn up, 1-2 July

GLUTEN-FREE: London's original gluten-free street food celebration returns to Camden. Featuring innovative and delicious dishes, enjoy the best in gluten-free cakes, bread, desserts and worldwide foods. Jamestown Road (Camden), free, just turn up, 1-2 July

RIVERS WEEK: This week-long festival celebrating London's waterways comes to an end this weekend. The full programme is here — pick from walks, talks, river dipping and more.26 June-2 July

PRIDE: The parade isn't until next weekend, but there are plenty of Pride in London events this weekend including a cycle ride, video game day, museum tour, Victoria Park picnic and much more. 24 June-9 July

April 24, 2017

Free & Cheap

A MAGICAL FLORAL DISPLAY: Rebecca Louise Law has suspended 10,000 irises from the ceiling of this gallery, creating a somewhat magical environment to enjoy. NOW Gallery (Greenwich Peninsula), free, just turn up, until 7 May

SELFIES: Are selfies art now? Saatchi Gallery thinks so — it's got a whole exhibition dedicated to selfies, from painted self portraits to celebrity snaps. Saatchi Gallery (Chelsea), free, just turn up, until 31 May

THE BEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY: We always look forward to the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize as the benchmark of photography as art. The finalists' styles change dramatically every year, and this annual exhibition has included many impressive winners in the past. The Photographers' Gallery, £4 (free before noon), just turn up, until 11 June

RUBENS & REMBRANDT: The two names alone should get art fans excited. The National Gallery has a display of these two Old Masters in (the often hard to find) gallery B. Rembrandt's self-portraits are brilliant, showing a young artist on the up, and a somewhat morose old man towards the end of his years. Couple these with the bold Biblical scenes of Rubens and you're onto a winner. National Gallery, free, just turn up, until 16 July

April 24, 2017

Whats on…

HARRY POTTER: This extremely popular exhibition of designs and artwork from the Harry Potter films is still going on. See wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet, 'wanted' posters, and Hogwarts textbooks, among other film props. House of MinaLima (Soho), free, just turn up, ongoing

POP-UP MUSEUM: The National Maritime Museum has popped up in Lewisham shopping centre; explore the museum's collections and come up with your own sailor's ditty box. Lewisham Shopping Centre, free, just turn up, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

FREE FILMS: Glue your eyes to the silver screen at the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival. There's a diverse selection of picks too, so it's truly something for everyone. Various locations, free, first come first served, 21-30 April