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As proof that you can have a great time in London without breaking the bank, here's our guide to some of the most interesting collections, events and recitals the city has to offer

  • Free culture in London

    Free theatre at The Scoop this summer

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    London Open House
    This annual event gives you the chance to view, for free, hundreds of buildings of architectural interest, many of which aren’t usually open to the public. Check their website for more details.

    London Silver Vaults
    Tucked away in the capital’s legal district, the Vaults hold the largest collection of antique silver in the world. There are free themed selling exhibitions in the entrance Foyer, featuring items for sale from the 30+ shops - ranging from pre-Georgian pieces to modern designs of frames, mirrors, jewellery and cutlery.
    London Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QT (www.thesilvervaults.com). Chancery Lane tube. Open
    9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, until 1pm Sat.

    Scientific discovery
    At the UCL Department of Earth Sciences Collection see a selection of rocks, minerals and fossils on display from this collection of more than 40, 000 geological specimens, painstakingly gathered over the last two centuries. One of the highlights is the Johnston-Lavis volcanological collection of minerals, rocks, photographs and gouaches, collected from about 1880-1912.
    University College London, Gower St, WC1E 6BT (7679 7900/www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/geology). Euston Square tube. Open Wed lunchtimes or by appointment. Closed during exam times.

    Poetry browsing
    The Poetry Library is an exceptionally comprehensive collection of modern poetry and was founded by the Arts Council in 1953 in an effort to inspire and support British poetry. The modern poetry section contains all twentieth- and twenty-first-century work published in Great Britain. You can also find a great selection of works from other English-speaking countries and a considerable collection of translations. Membership is free.
    The Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1 8XX (792 0943/792 0664/www.poetrylibrary.org.uk). Waterloo tube/rail.

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dan
dan

first capital connect are giving away free book samplers at commuter stations including st pancras

Exmoor Singers
Exmoor Singers

Hi all, free concert on Sunday 7th Feb. Union Chapel Islington, 7.30 Thomas Tallis – Spem in alium (40-part motet) Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana Victoria’s Magnificat sexti toni A brand new commission by up and coming composer James Lavino

LSE
LSE

There are also free recitals by LSE choir in St Mary-le-Strand and in other places!

joey
joey

PBH's Free Fringe Mon Mar 2, 7pm, FREE Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR. Nearest Tube Liverpool Street/Bank Acts from the Free Fringe display their comedic skills including Dr Brown, David MulHolland, Jane Bostock, Graham Foster and Ben Briggs. MC Brian Luff. Peter Buckley Hill's Annual Birthday Tue Mar 3, 8pm, FREE Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR. Nearest Tube Liverpool Street/Bank Free Fringe founder and comedy veteran Peter Buckley Hill presents his annual one-man show to celebrate becoming a year older, a thing he could frankly do without. Nevertheless, he'll do old and new material, excerpts from past Edinburgh one-man shows, and whatever he feels like on the night. All welcome. PBH's Free Fringe Wed Mar 4, 7.30pm, FREE Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR. Nearest Tube Liverpool Street/Bank Acts from the Free Fringe display their comedic skills including Gareth Morinan, Haqi Ali, Tom Bell and Daniel Smith. MC Peter Buckley Hill. PBH's Free Fringe Mon Mar 9, 7pm, FREE Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR. Nearest Tube Liverpool Street/Bank Acts from the Free Fringe display their comedic skills including Kate Smuthwaite, Amadeus Martin, Luke McQueen, Mark Restuccia, Stuart Goldsmith and Paul Laight. MC Danny Worthington. PBH's Free Fringe Wed Mar 11, 7.30pm, FREE Lamb Tavern, Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR. Nearest Tube Liverpool Street/Bank Acts from the Free Fringe display their comedic skills including superb Hils Barker, fireball of fun Jessica Fostekew and Graham Foster. MC Peter Buckley Hill.

FREE CINEMA TICKETS
FREE CINEMA TICKETS

Hello Everyone, Starting from this coming Saturday, THE RITZY KIDS’ CLUB has teamed up with Disney to create a mini-Disney season. Here are the titles: 21 June – Aladdin 28-June – Sword In The Stone 5-July – Airbuddies 12-July – The Game Plan Each screening is FREE OF CHARGE to all kids and adults (members and non-members) so come and grab your tickets at the RITZY box-office as soon as you can because they'll go fast!!! RITZY CINEMA Brixton Oval Coldharbour Lane London SW2 1JG