Put your money away! Here are the week's best free events
For his fourth exhibition at this Mayfair gallery, internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Nara is showing paintings and drawings that combine a deceptively simple style and childlike subjects with themes of anger, alienation and curiosity. He’s not averse to using some ripe language too. Stephen Friedman Gallery. Tube: Oxford Circus. Until Jun 1.
Visit Inner Temple Garden’s pretty peony patch to make your own hand-tied bouquet at this free event which is part of the alternative garden festival Chelsea Fringe. Bring a picnic to have afterwards or dine out on crêpes from a pop-up stand. Inner Temple Garden. Tube: Temple. Sun May 22.
Japan’s brilliant basics brand has refurbished its flagship store and is showing off its new roof terrace with a series of events. This week, street food dudes Kerb are pitching up with food vouchers. Register online for tickets. Uniqlo, 311 Oxford St. Tube: Oxford Circus. Fri May 20.
Laid on by party pros Percolate and their resident DJs Krywald & Farrer, Party People is a weekly summer session. As well as the music, there’ll be food and Crate Brewery beer plus table tennis and football. Get on the entry list here. Mick’s Garage. Hackney Wick Overground. Sun May 22.
Trafalgar Square will be filled with more than the sound of pigeon song as the London Symphony Orchestra blasts Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Suite from ‘Swan Lake’ (arranged by Gareth Glyn) and Symphony No 4. Trafalgar Square. Tube: Charing Cross. Sun May 22.
Over the summer, the Royal Opera House is beaming performances live via a huge outdoor screen. This week, catch Frankenstein and his monster pirouetting across the stage in the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s goth novel. Trafalgar Square. Tube: Charing Cross. Wed May 18.