10 free things to do in London: 30 April – 6 May

1. Molotov Jukebox

Intrigued by the music genre ‘gypstep’? You should be. Think violins, accordions and the occasional trumpet in a calypso, funk, ska, flamenco, samba, electro pop, reggae and soul fusion.

close up of a blue and green accordion

8pm, Monday 30th April
Kings Cross St Pancras Station
Stpancras.com

2. Fashion Lab

M&S, Oxfam GB and London College of Fashion club together to create an eco-friendly fashion pop-up. Bring along your old clothes and a team of budding designers will rework them into something darn splendid. Expect workshops and talks too.

Oxfam and M&S decorate Brick Lane with thousands of old clothes

10am, Tuesday 1st – Sunday 6th May
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Marksandspencer.com

3. Hoxton Ukulele Hootenanny

Make like Jack Johnson and whip out your ukulele for a happy little hootenanny. Bring your own uke or hire one for the evening (£20 deposit).

girl playing a red ukulele

7.30pm, Tuesday 1st May
Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Queenofhoxton.com

4. Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Neo-classical architect and feverish collector of antiquities, Sir John Soane was a brilliant if peculiar man. The first Tuesday of every month, his former home is decked out in candles and kept open late. Eerie and interesting in equal measure.

statue at the Sir John Soane Museum

6pm, Tuesday 1st May
Sir John Soane Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Soane.org

5. Early Doors Disco

A night-out for anyone with work the next day. Expect indie, pop and hip-hop, as DJs man the turntables between 7pm and 11pm.

7pm, Wednesday 2nd May
Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
Earlydoorsdisco.com

6. Mark Melvin private view

Part of Time Out’s ‘First Thursdays’, the Hackney Picture House is launching their latest Mark Melvin exhibition with a private view this Thursday evening.

7pm, Thursday 3rd May
Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE
Galleryhackph.tumblr.com

7. Ten ways to win a maths bet in the pub

Author and broadcaster Rob Eastaway reveals how you can make maths work in your favour. Learn the secrets of newspaper bets and find out how to beat your mates at poker.

7.30pm, Thursday 3rd May
The Lamb, 92 Lambs Conduit Street, WC1N 3LZ
Science-london.com

8. Kit Kat Kaberet

Entertainers to Hugh Hefner, Kitty La Roar and Nick of Time rework some classic tunes with smatterings of audience participation.

Kit Kat Kabaret flyer

9pm, Thursday 3rd May
Cellar Door, Aldwych, WC2E 7DN
Cellardoor.biz

9. Friday Night Skate

If the weather holds out, get your skates on (wahey!) and head to Hyde Park Corner for a marshalled, music-accompanied skate around London.

blue roller skate on concrete ledge

8pm, Friday 4th May
Hyde Park Corner, W1J
Lfns.co.uk

10. Alternative Tour of London

This two hour tour takes you through the heart of London’s vibrant East End. Learn about the secret history and heritage of Spitalfields, Banglatown and Shoreditch and see works from up to 50 street artists.

3pm, Saturday 5th May
East London
Alternativeldn.co.uk

For more things free, take a look at our ‘What’s on’ guide.

{Images: Craig Strachan, Tom Marsh, el.nco, stusmith_uk, GalleryHackPH.tumblr.com, James, Fiona Thomson, urbanretro}

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