Free and Cheap Events

October 2, 2015
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London’s Little Gardens: St Vedast Alias Foster

We've already been round some sites of old City churches, now gardens, but here's a tranquil haven in a City church that's open for business. St Vedast alias Foster is a stone's throw from St Paul's and also benefited from Wren's hand (and Hawksmoor, too), but tucked away on Foster Lane it gets a tiny fraction of its neighbour's visitors.

The courtyard is accessed through an anonymous alleyway to the north of the church's main doors, and what peace awaits the visitor. Sit awhile on one of the benches (covered, so it's a lovely resting spot even when it rains), enjoy the plants, examine the plaques left from years past and touch a piece of Roman London — an old slab of pavement, uncovered beneath St Matthew Friday Street when it was demolished in the 1880s. Once you're done in the garden, don't leave without pausing to admire the stained glass windows in the actual church.

This isn't a place to turn up with a few mates and a beery picnic on a summer's day — it is, after all, part of a church and it's there for quiet contemplation — but it is one of our favourite hidden spots in the City.

The courtyard is open whenever the church is open, which is currently Monday-Friday 8am-5.30pm, Saturday 11am-4pm and Sundays.

September 21, 2015

Brixton Come Together

 

brixcometogetherBrixton Come Together Festival is returning for a weekend of music, film, activism, photography, literature and gastronomy.

The festival, now in its fourth year, will take place this weekend September 25 to 27.

This year’s theme is “Social Housing, not Social Cleansing”.

The independent festival will feature community stalls that aim to connect, promote and support local struggles/campaigns; focussing on the rapid gentrification of the area – which prompted the birth of the Reclaim Brixton movement back in April.

The event will be held at the Black Cultural Archives, the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Village and Windrush Square.

There is a full program of live music, DJ’s, workshops, talks, films, healing, yoga and Brazilian carnival. Performers include Omar, Nina Mirand and Potent Whisper.

There will also be a new children’s area with a Selva interactive performance, a circus and theatre fusion.

The full list of musicians, artists, speakers and performers, from Brixton to Brazil, will be announced soon.

For more information or to get involved email: cometogetherbrixton@gmail.com or visit Brixton Come Together’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
September 21, 2015

BAttersea Art Station

*Sat, 26th Sep 2015
Sun, 27th Sep 2015 

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Battersea Art Station is an open exhibition celebrating art inspired by Battersea Power Station. Just under 400 artists from around the world have submitted over 500 pieces of artwork, ranging from striking black and white photography, poetry, film, contemporary neon interpretations, classic oil paintings to cast iron sculptures.

In addition to the exhibition, the weekend will also feature a number of exciting activities on each day providing entertainment for all ages. Highlights include a 3D Lego Big Build of Battersea Power Station, featured art works from the Royal College of Art and pieces from the Wandsworth Borough Collection, live printmaking with the up and coming ‘Print Wagon’, musical performances, special Family Saturday activities including BAC’s ‘The Bees Knees’ indoor play space, on site construction & architectural photography exhibition from View Pictures, a Battersea Power Station inspired brunch and Sunday film screening programme. BAC’s well-known Scratch Bar will have food and drinks available to purchase for guests throughout the weekend.

September 6, 2015

SWEET ‘ART’ SUMMER FESTIVAL:

Shoreditch is hosting its first summer arts festival over three venues. Expect an exciting week of art, installations, music and activities. Everyone is invited to interact with the beach-ball ball-park installation, snack on themed edibles and drinks, and enjoy a night of live music, live painting and DJs at this arty party. Free, just turn up, until 13 September