10 free things to do in London: 16-22 April

1. Alternative Fashion Week

For all things innovative, eclectic and edgy, head to Spitalfields for the Alternative Fashion Week. Expect fashion shows, stalls, live music and the latest pieces from up and coming designers.

Model at London's alternative fashion week wearing an exotic green hat with a yellow flower in her mouth

Monday 16th – 21st April
Spitalfields Traders Market, Crispin Place, Brushfield Street, E1 6AA

2. Morning yoga at South Bank Centre

Part of the South Bank Centre’s Alchemy Fest, the centre’s hosting free yoga classes every morning this week. You don’t need to be able to get your ankles over your ear lobes to fit in – all experience levels are welcome.

woman at a yoga class  against a mottled blue wall

10.15am every day until Saturday 21st April
Clore Ball Room, The South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

3. St George’s Day at Trafalgar Square

Expect pop-up gardening installations, music-hall classics, entertainers, face painting and treasure hunts as Trafalgar Square commemorates that bloke who slayed dragons.

man and woman in white and red striped cat suits in London's Trafalgar Square

12 noon, Saturday 21st April
Trafalgar Square, WC2

4. Free movie Sunday

This pub come fringe theatre puts on classic films every Sunday afternoon. They’re working their way through the decades, delving into cinematic gems from the 70s, 80s and 90s over the next few weeks. Check out their Facebook page every Friday to find out what’s coming up next.

tables and chairs inside the Drayton Arms Pub on Old Brompton Road

3.30pm, Sunday 22nd April
Drayton Arms, 153 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0LJ

5. Shake Your Tail Feather

For anyone intent on doo-wopping that thing, the Hackney Picture House is going all 60s on us. Expect Motown and sixties soul.

advert for Hackney Picture House's Shake Your Tail Feather night

8pm, Friday 20th April
Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE
See here for the Facebook event.

6. Crystal Palace Broadcast Tower Light Show

To mark the digital switchover’s final push, Arquiva will be decking the Crystal Palace Broadcast Tower with enough lights to ensure that the whole of South London won’t see another star for the next six weeks.

Crystal Palace Broadcast Tower lit up with red and white lights

9pm, Thursday 19th April
Crystal Palace Broadcast Tower, Crystal Palace

7. Weirdos Comedy Night

This alternative comedy night showcases some of the best upcoming comedy talent. The club operates a strict invite-only policy for its acts, (hopefully) reducing the number of groan-inducing types that can normally found cradling the microphone at free comedy gigs.

close up of microphone head

8pm, Tuesday 17th April
Kings Cross Social Club, 21 Britannia Street, WC1X 9JE

8. Daylight Music

London’s most hauntingly gorgeous music venue is throwing open its doors this Saturday for free. Performers include Rachel Pantechnicion, Jay Foremand and The Diamond Family Archive.

stain glass window in London's Union Chapel

12 noon, Saturday 21st April
Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Islington, N1 2XD

9. Virgin London Marathon

Head out to cheer on the 35,000 brave folks as they take on the 26.2 mile course. To catch the start of the race from a good vantage point, get to the top of the hill at Greenwich Park. To welcome the athletes as they finish, line yourself along the Mall on the approach to Buckingham Palace. The fastest marathon runners should cross the finishing line at around 11am.

Runner running past a sign reading Virgin London Marathon

9am, Sunday 22nd April
London wide

10. Queen’s birthday gun salutes

The Queen celebrates two birthdays, the jammy little thing. Although the bigger bash is in June, regal types will be firing off gun salutes in ol’ Liz’s honour in Hyde Park this Saturday.

Gun salutes in Hyde Park to mark the Queen's birthday

12 noon, Saturday 21st April
Hyde Park, Mayfair

For more free fun and frolicks, take a look at our calendar. Are we missing anything? Let us know!

{Images: S. Pakhrin, Augusto Mia Battaglia, John Pannell, SparetomatoSpencer Tweedy, Pablo GomezKevin Hoogheem}


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