10 free things to do in London: 23-29 April

1. New Cross and Deptford Film Festival

An unbelievably cool film festival – New Cross and Deptford are taking films out of the cinema and plonking them in the heart of the local community. Think bike-powered screenings of Harry Potter in adventure playgrounds and human rights footage inside prison cells.

New Cross Deptford Film Festival sign

27th April – 6th May
Lewisham
Freefilmfestivals.org

2. Museum lates

Get your geek on… without the kids around. This week the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are burning the midnight oil and keeping their doors open extra late. Grown-ups only.

woman staring at an exhibit during the later opening hours at the Science Museum

6.45pm, Wednesday 25th April
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
Sciencemuseum.org.uk

6.45pm, Friday 27th April
Natural History Museum
Exhibition Road, SW7 5BD
NHM.ac.uk

3. Urban Block Party

If you are significantly cooler than us and/or you think the word ‘safe’ doesn’t refer to a strong fireproof cabinet with a complex lock, get yourself to this underground music festival.

South London’s Old Vic Tunnels will be playing host to acts including Wiley, P Money and Clement Marfo and the Frontline (this means absolutely nothing to me). The event will close with an MC rap battle, while graffiti artists Neas and Vibes will be showcasing their flair with spray cans.

This is a free event, but you will need a ticket. Sign up here.

Converse block party flyer

2pm, Sunday 29th April
Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, SE1 7NN
Jdsports.co.uk/page/converse-block-party

4. The Big Ride

Raid your wardrobe for some red and white garb, jump on your bike and join in London’s Big Ride. The central London route has been cleared of those pesky cars and buses, so you can ride safe in the knowledge you’re not about to be flattened by the Number 29.

bike against a wall with pacman graffiti

11am, Saturday 28 April
Park Lane
LCC.org.uk

5. Fulham Fest

When I think of Fulham, I think of Sloaney men with upturned collars, sporting gilets and eating venison. I don’t think of underground music festivals, but maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong all these years.

Four venues are hosting rock, indie, folk and electro-pop gigs in Fulham this Friday.

Although this is a free event, you will need a wrist band. You can get your mitts on one here.

map of venues for Fulham Fest

7pm, Friday 27th April
Various bars in Fulham
Underthebridge.co.uk/fulhamfest

6. Daylight Music

The gorgeous Union Chapel are swinging open their ecclesiastical doors to the public for free. Performers include Ana Silvera and Alexander’s Festival Hall.

12 noon, Saturday 28th April
Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 2XD
Unionchapel.org.uk

7. Gagster’s Paradise

Top comedians from the London circuit come together for a night of free comedy. Expect Matthew Crosby (of Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 cats fame) alongside a bunch of other talented funny types.

The outside of the horse pub in Lambeth

7.30pm, Friday 27th April
The Horse, 124 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7RW
Gagsterscomedy.co.uk

8. ‘Creativity, innovation and quality of life’ lecture

Brand strategist and visiting professor Patrick Jordan examines the importance of creativity, innovation and staying happy as Larry.

6pm, Thursday 26th April
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, 10 Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
City.ac.uk/events

9. MAP Poetry Live

According to the organisers, this live poetry event will mostly involve ‘poetry and drinking’ – never a bad combination in our opinion.

Map Poetry image

8pm, Wednesday 25th April
R-Bar, 237 Mile End Road, E1 4AA
Take a look here for the Facebook group.

10. Roots Music

Head to Round Midnight every Monday for acoustic blues, folk, gospel and blue grass from a host of performers.

Round Midnight Bar flyer

8pm, Monday 23rd April
Round Midnight, 13 Liverpool Rd, N1 0RW
Roundmidnightbar.com

Take a look at our ‘What’s on’ guide for a smattering of all things free and fun. 

{Images: Science Museum London, Alex_Pink, Ewan_Munro, Robin Hamman}

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