London; its busy, its glitzy and way too damn expensive. Did I say glitzy?
Even as a life long Londoner, I can’t afford to alway be at the latest new club, restaurant or pop up shop. Believe me there are a lot of pop up shops. So I’ve come up with this list of free ideas, but you may still need a bus pass to enjoy these!
Build up a skill
1. Draw something: Pick a spot and doodle the day away.
2. Skate. Take your pick of skate parks around London. The skate parks on the Southbank and Brixton are always busy!
3. Take pictures. Where it’s for your poorly followed Instagram page or your slick portfolio, jump on a bus and see where your oyster takes you. Then go photo crazy!
4. Get lost. Yes, do some orienteering in London. I’m sure some of us do this everyday. I still get lost in London for peets sake!
5. Just walk. Not sure if this is really a skill, but with the amount of swerving I do on Oxford Street it should be considered as one! But with all this tech we’ve become exposed to, it’s nice just to do something simple like go for a walk.
6. Apply for tickets to the Apple Music Festival (aka Itunes Music Festival).
7. Enjoy looking at some of the best architecture in the world at Open House London (19-20th September 2015).
8. Enjoy a jaunt at the Parallax Art Fair in Chelsea (Oct 2015).
9. London Design Festival is just around the corner. With a number of free and paid events around the city, there’s a something for everyone.
10. Visit this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavillion designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano before it vanishes on October 18!
Museums and Galleries
11. Visit the Saatchi Gallery where the exhibitions are usually free, but check before you travel. They sometimes close for works or other events.
12. See the “Art of the CV” Exhibition. It’s being held at Bedford Square Gardens for one day only! (Sept 18th 2015)
13. Go along to the London Print Design Fair. It hits town at the end of October. This will be the 4th edition of the fair, you can get free tickets for the London Print Design Fair here.
14. Visit the award-winning Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. Note: children under 14 aren’t recommended to enter the exhibit.
15. Go underground and see what’s on at the Crypt Gallery, one of London’s more secret galleries. They also hold performances from time to time. From October 7th to 10th, 4.48 Psychosis will be showing (tickets £14.44).
Whatever you decide to do in your spare time, make sure you enjoy it. Life is too short and London is too vast to live a boring life!
Words by Deborah Ajia
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