Free and Cheap Events

March 20, 2017

Free & Cheap this week

FOOTPRINTS OF MEMORY: This exhibition at Amnesty International's Shoreditch offices is raising awareness of people — particularly students — who have disappeared in Mexico in recent years. It features 40 pairs of shoes worn by people when they were searching for their family members, and messages for the missing. Amnesty International (25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA), free, just turn up, 20-31 March, 9am-6pm

#IAMYEZIDI: This photography exhibition portrays the hardships faced by Yezidi women in Iraq. Includes stories of women who have escaped slavery and rescued their children from ISIS captivity.Lacey Contemporary Gallery, free, just turn up, 21-26 March

THE BEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY: We always look forward to the Deutsche Börse 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

ELECTRICITY: Been to Wellcome Collection's Electricity exhibition yet? It charts humanity's history of believing God created lightning, to the futuristic Masdar city in Abu Dhabi, via experiments with twitching frogs legs and the construction of the National Grid. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, until 25 June

February 13, 2017

Free & Cheap

ROYAL ACADEMY CELEBRATION: Celebrate Anthony Green's 40th anniversary as a Royal Academician. The Tennant Gallery will, for the first time, focus on his recently completed work, a 3m-tall portrait, The Fur Coat, "Hazana". It tells the story of his mother's second marriage. £4/£3, book ahead, until 30 April

THE LONDONERS: Whether it's wrestling, waitressing or politics, London has become a hub for job seekers. Explore 400 years of London living with The Londoners: Portraits of a Working City, an exhibition covering the period 1447-1980. London Metropolitan Archives, free, just turn up, until 4 July

HARRY POTTER: This free Harry Potter exhibition has been extended. There's graphic artwork from the films, including designs for the newspapers used as props, and Hogwarts textbooks. MinaLima store, free entry, just turn up, noon-7pm daily

January 13, 2017


SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY: Lose yourself in Zara Hussein's sculptural installation Numina at Barbican, combining designs of the Islamic world with modern digital arts. Free, just turn up, until 25 January

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE: Multimedia exhibition Journey to Justice, at Morley Gallery, tells the story of the US civil rights movement, its connection with the UK and the impact it had on the world. Using a series of 'bus stops', the exhibition focuses on the stories of people who are less known in the UK. Free, just turn up, until 3 February [open Monday-Saturday]

December 11, 2016


MAPPING VICTORIAN LIVES: Explore Charles Booth's London; his poverty maps are on display at the LSE Library Gallery. Marking the centenary of the social reformer's death, the LSE is displaying a selection from the archives of his survey. Free, just turn up, until 17 December


ADVENT WINDOWS 2016: Celebrate the Christmas season with Advent Windows: 2016. Greenwich's St Alfege's Church is unveiling a newly decorated window in its living advent calendar every day until Christmas Eve. You can check the locations of each window here. Free, just turn up, until 2 January


WINTER WONDERLAND: Winter Wonderland takes over Hyde Park for the 10th consecutive year. Enjoy festive attractions and entertainment including funfair rides, The Nutcracker On Ice and ice skating. Some attractions require pre-booking. Free entry (charge for some events), just turn up, until 2 January


CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER: More London has welcomed back its Christmas Market. Get your dose of festive cheer; enjoy warm drinks, buy handcrafted gifts and feast on delicious food. Free, just turn up, until 2 January