Friday (Valentine’s Day), 14 February 2014 – Sunday, 16 February 2016: Free shows and activities in London for the weekend


London Ice Festival 2012 - Discobolus

© 2012-2014, LFS – Ice sculpture “Winter Sports” by Belgium team (Frank De Conynck & Dries De Belie)

Being in love shouldn’t mean you have to pay a fortune on Valentine’s Day. In fact we have some ideas for you and your other half that will not cost you a penny. Enjoy and love:

  • Ice sculptor from the UK using chain saw to form his sculpture

    © 2012-2014, LFS – Ice Sculptor at work

    start the weekend on Friday by visiting the London Ice Sculpting Festival 2014. Watch from 12 noon ice sculptors participating in competitions and try yourself (from 4pm to 8pm) to ice sculpt by attending 20-minute masterclasses (children must be 12+ to participate). All for free! On Saturday the Festival is open between 10am and 7pm and on Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm. Time to take some amazing pictures or video with your camera and impress yourself and your friends!

  • PLUS  the daily free, one-hour guided tours (11.30am & 2.30pm + 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays) of the National Gallery (highly recommended); on Fridays there is an extra, late, 7pm tour (the gallery closes at 9pm); a great way to spend your evening!
  • If you haven’t done it before register online (before 6pm on Friday – one-off procedure) at parkrun and participate on Saturday at 9am. Parkrun is a free, 5K timed runs in various (42 so far!) parks in London (Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Finsbury, Richmond etc.) & the UK. Even if you don’t register you can still take part in the parkrun though your name will not be included in the results.

Have an exciting weekend!

To get the full list of events and all their details for the weekend (Friday, 10 January 2014 – Sunday, 12 January 2014), or to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

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It’s that time of the season (for free movies at the Scoop)!


(Extra content was added on 6 September 2015)

Starting today (Wednesday, 2 September 2015) and for four weeks (until Friday, 24 September 2015) there will be a free film screening every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm. The venue is the riverside amphitheatre “The Scoop” at More London (SE1 2DB).

The films to be screened include last season’s  favourites like “The Imitation Game” (2 Sep), “Paddington” (3 Sep), “The Theory of Everything” (11 Sep), “Selma” (17 Sep) and “Still Alice” (22 Sep). There will also be classics like “To Kill a Mockingbird” (9 Sep) and “The Sound of Music” (24 Sep).

Some tips to have a great time:

  • arrive at least one hour early (i.e. 6.30pm) if you want to get a good ‘seat’. Depending on the popularity of the film (and the weather!) it could become a ‘sold-out’ event by 7pm. You can also bring your one food and drinks (though you should avoid glass) and combine the screening with a picnic.
  • bring something really warm to wear (perhaps at 7ish pm is sort of warm but by 9pm it could be freezing)
  • On the first day of this season (2 September 2015) it rained just before and at some point during the screening. The brave cinephiles who stayed were rewarded with a great film (The Imitation Game) - Image by A.P. (© 2015)

    On the first day of this season (2 September 2015) it rained just before and at some point during the screening. The brave cinephiles who stayed were rewarded with a great film (The Imitation Game) – Image by A.P. (© 2015)

    it has to rain cats and dogs for a screening to be cancelled or stopped. If it feels like raining before you go, take a raincoat or even better a small umbrella with you; and something (a plastic supermarket bag perhaps or a bin bag) to sit on the wet surface. Even better, bring something soft to sit on (sitting for two hours on a concrete surface is not great)

  • sound could feel too loud for some so the further back you sit to the first row the better (quieter) will be.

Enjoy!

For more information please visit More London’s website.

And here is the full program with the trailer of each movie:

Wednesday 2 September – The Imitation Game (2014) cert12a. Duration: 114 min.

Thursday 3 September – Paddington (2014) cert PG. Duration: 95 min.

Friday 4 September – Ghostbusters (1984) cert PG. Duration: 105 min.

Wednesday 9 September – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) cert PG. Duration: 129 min.

Thursday 10 September – Frozen (2013) cert PG. Duration: 102 min.

Friday 11 September – The Theory of Everything (2014) cert 12a. Duration: 123 min.

Wednesday 16 September – Moulin Rouge (2001) cert 12. Duration: 127 min.

Thursday 17 September – Selma (2015) cert 12a. Duration: 128 min.

Friday 18 September – Big (1988) cert 12. Duration: 104 min.

Wednesday 22 September – Still Alice (2015) cert 12a. Duration: 101 min.

Thursday 23 September – Zoolander (2001) cert 12. Duration: 89 min.

Friday 24 September – The Sound of Music (1965) cert U. Duration: 174 min.

Friday, 17 January 2014 – Sunday, 19 January 2014: Free shows and activities in London for the weekend


Hello there! We present some free events and activities for the weekend. Most of them are daily or weekly events so if you miss them this weekend you can experience them during another weekend or even another day. Don’t miss the “Chinese Festival: Paper, Painting and Performance” held at the V&A museum though! Here are the events in more detail:

  • start the weekend on Friday with  the daily free, one-hour guided tours (11.30am & 2.30pm + 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays) of the National Gallery (highly recommended); on Fridays there is an extra, late, 7pm tour (the gallery closes at 9pm); a great way to spend your evening! Don’t miss the ones this Saturday with Leslie Primo; his tours are humorous, informative and inspiring!
  • alternatively, try the guided tours at the V&A museum: they are too free, last one hour and they are very inspiring. Introductory tours at 10.30am, 12.30, 1.30 and 3.30pm daily; Theatre and Performance Galleries Tour at 2pm (check at the museum as it doesn’t take place all the weekdays; it is safe to say that it’s on during the weekends)
  • If you haven’t done it before register online (before 6pm on Friday – one-off procedure) at parkrun and participate on Saturday at 9am. Parkrun is a free, 5K timed runs in various (42 so far!) parks in London (Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Finsbury, Richmond etc.) & the UK. Even if you don’t register you can still take part in the parkrun though your name will not be included in the results.
  • Illustration of children and music notesFor those with children aged 2-5, consider storytelling sessions with a touch of music (Sunday, 10.30am & 11.30am – The National Gallery)
  • Finally don’t miss the “Chinese Festival: Paper, Painting and Performance” on Sunday at the V&A (12 noon – 5pm). There will be free, drop-in and available on a first come, first served basis activities and performances related to Chinese culture. Performances and activities include calligraphy, fashion, crafts (make your own decorative paper kite, create a Chinese opera mask, paper cutting, paper folding), music and dance. Some of the events are recommended for children (ages 3+). Click here for the full schedule of activities and performances (PDF document).

Have an exciting weekend!

To get the full list of events and all their details for the weekend (Friday, 17 January 2014 – Sunday, 19 January 2014), or to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

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Friday, 10 January 2014 – Sunday, 12 January 2014: Free shows and activities in London for the weekend


London Ice Festival 2012 - Discobolus

© 2012-2014, LFS – Ice sculpture “Winter Sports” by Belgium team (Frank De Conynck & Dries De Belie)

Hello there! We present some free events and activities for the weekend. Most of them are daily or weekly events so if you miss them this weekend you can experience them during another weekend or even another day. Don’t miss the annual London Ice Sculpting Festival though! Here are the events in more detail:

  • Ice sculptor from the UK using chain saw to form his sculpture

    © 2012-2014, LFS – Ice Sculptor at work

    start the weekend on Friday by visiting the London Ice Sculpting Festival 2014. Watch from 12 noon ice sculptors participating in competitions and try yourself (from 4pm to 8pm) to ice sculpt by attending 20-minute masterclasses (children must be 12+ to participate). All for free! On Saturday the Festival is open between 10am and 7pm and on Sunday from 12 noon to 6pm. Time to take some amazing pictures or video with your camera and impress yourself and your friends!

  • PLUS  the daily free, one-hour guided tours (11.30am & 2.30pm + 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays) of the National Gallery (highly recommended); on Fridays there is an extra, late, 7pm tour (the gallery closes at 9pm); a great way to spend your evening!
  • If you haven’t done it before register online (before 6pm on Friday – one-off procedure) at parkrun and participate on Saturday at 9am. Parkrun is a free, 5K timed runs in various (42 so far!) parks in London (Brockwell, Crystal Palace, Finsbury, Richmond etc.) & the UK. Even if you don’t register you can still take part in the parkrun though your name will not be included in the results.

Have an exciting weekend!

To get the full list of events and all their details for the weekend (Friday, 10 January 2014 – Sunday, 12 January 2014), or to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

Follow us on Twitter for short texts about free shows and events in London or like us on Facebook. If you have any comments or suggestions please e-mail us at: LondonFreeShows@gmail.com


Free films @ The Scoop at More London: 11-27 September 2013


Illustration of filmHere is an idea for the film lovers; starting today (11 September) there will be free screenings of films at the Scoop at More London every week from Wednesday to Friday until the 27th of September.

This year the films to be screened include recent blockbusters like Skyfall and Les Misérables as well as classics like Hitchcock’s The Birds and Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The films will be screened alfresco at the amphitheatre next to the City Hall (2A More London Riverside, London, SE1 2DB) so depending on the weather be well prepared and take warm clothes with you.

If we judge from previous years, most of the screenings are very popular (depending on the film and the weather) so we recommend you arrive at the amphitheatre an hour earlier if you want to secure a good seat. As you are aloud to bring food you can combine the screening with a sort of picnic.

Have also in mind that the idea is that you sit and watch the film on a concrete (cement) flat surface so if you think you will feel uncomfortable bring with you a cushion.

All screenings start at 7.30pm. Here is the full schedule:

  • September, 11 (Wednesday): Skyfall the latest Bond film (2012, with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench). Watch a trailer of the film here
  • September, 12 (Thursday): Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, directed by Ang Lee).
  • September, 13 (Friday): Frankenweenie stop motion animated film (2012, directed by Tim Burton). Watch a trailer of the film here
  • September, 18 (Wednesday): Back to the Future (1985, directed by Robert Zemeckis)
  • September, 19 (Thursday): The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, directed by Sergio Leone; with Clint Eastwood). Watch a trailer of the film here
  • September, 20 (Friday): Les Misérables musical film (2012, with Russell Crowe)
  • September, 25 (Wednesday): Amour French film (2012, with Jean-Louis Trintignant)
  • September, 26 (Thursday): The Birds thriller film (1963, directed by Alfred Hitchcock). Watch a trailer of the film here
  • September, 27 (Friday): Grease musical film (1978, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)

To get the full list of events and all their details in order to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

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Free gigs in May & June 2013 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


On Fridays (but sometimes on Thursdays too), at 12 noon at the Café Consort (Door 12, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP) the Royal Albert Hall often features free lunchtime gigs called “Ignite” by rising (mostly jazz or folk) stars. The quality of the performances is high and in most cases you can be sure you will be listening to some great music. Aim to be there about 30 minutes earlier if you want to have a seat; some of the gigs are very popular and you could end up standing for the whole duration of the performance.
Illustration of musical instruments (double bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, keyboard, drums, harmonica, accordion, violin, percussion, banjo), a vintage microphone and a map of Africa

We have collected the free gigs to be held in May and June 2013 and we present them here. Enjoy!

All gigs start at 12 noon.

  • May, 17 (Friday): Giacomo Smith and Robin Katz’ Club Royale Giacomo Smith (clarinetist) and Robin Katz’ (guitarist) Club Royale performing a mix of jazz music
  • May, 23 (Thursday)Junior Ignite – Out of the Loop rising stars from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Illustration of a double bass, an acoustic guitar and a drumMay, 24 (Friday): Peter Michaels Trio (guitar, double bass, percussion) performing jazz and Brazilian music compositions
  • May, 31 (Friday): Ma Polaine’s Great Decline (vocals, blues harp, a horn section, accordion, guitar, piano, double bass and drums) performing a mix of jazz and blues music
  • June, 6 (Thursday)Trey and Freddie song-writing duo from Sedgehill School in Lewisham who use a mixture of folk, country and indie influences to create their sound
  • June, 7 (Friday): Atonga Zimba playing the koliko (or molo), a two-stringed lute, which is used throughout the savannahs and deserts of West Africa
  • June, 14 (Friday): FB Pocket Orchestra performing hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920/30s and earlier
  • June, 21 (Friday): Melange performing a blend of Middle East and other world music genres

To get the full list of events and all their details in order to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

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Free gigs in April & May 2013 @ Royal Albert Hall, London


On Fridays (but sometimes on Thursdays too), at 12 noon at the Café Consort (Door 12, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP) the Royal Albert Hall often features free lunchtime gigs called “Ignite” by rising (mostly jazz) stars. The quality of the performances is high and in most cases you can be sure you will be listening to some great music. Aim to be there about 30 minutes earlier if you want to have a seat; some of the gigs are very popular and you could end up standing for the whole duration of the performance.

Illustration of musical instruments (double bass, acoustic guitar, trumpet, keyboard, drums, harmonica, accordion, violin, percussion) and a vintage microphone

We have collected the free gigs to be held in April and May 2013 and we present them here. Enjoy!

All gigs start at 12 noon.

  • Apr, 5 (Friday): Moscow Drug Club 1930s Berlin Cabaret / Hot Club de Jazz / New Orleans / Gypsy Campfire Band
  • Apr, 26 (Friday): TG Collective a quartet from the larger TG Collective performing a mix of gypsy jazz, flamenco and contemporary classical music
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  • May, 17 (Friday): Giacomo Smith and Robin Katz’ Club Royale Giacomo Smith (clarinetist) and Robin Katz’ (guitarist) Club Royale performing a mix of jazz music
  • May, 23 (Thursday)Junior Ignite – Out of the Loop rising stars from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • May, 24 (Friday): Peter Michaels Trio (guitar, double bass, percussion) performing jazz and Brazilian music compositions
  • May, 31 (Friday): Ma Polaine’s Great Decline (vocals, blues harp, a horn section accordion, guitar, piano, double bass and drums) performing a mix of jazz and blues music

To get the full list of events and all their details in order to make plans for any future dates please scroll down to the calendar and click on the event(s) you are interested in.

Follow us on Twitter for short texts about free shows and events in London or like us on Facebook. If you have any comments or suggestions please e-mail us at: LondonFreeShows@gmail.com