Free Events in London
October 2014

There are many free events in London happening every day of the week. From comedy to kids activities to music and the arts, you are guaranteed to find a free event of interest to you.

If you discover any other free London events or have any comments about the events listed on this page, contact What's Free in London and let us know.

London Gothic

Category: Educational, Library

The City of London

Date: Monday 17 November 2014 (all day)

​From terrible crimes to gruesome legends, London has long been to the backdrop to horrifying tales which quickly take root in popular imagination. Digging into the depths of the archive, this exhibition presents documents and images which record both fact and fiction, including manuscripts put on public display for the first time.

Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Cost: £0


Enemy in Noir - 7 Short Films'

Category: Cinema

Shorts On Tap

Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014, starts 7pm

Featuring the 6 winning short films from our latest events 'Enemy at the Gates' and 'A Touch of Noir' plus one new film hand-picked.

Location: Juno Shoreditch, 134-135 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JE

Cost: £0


18th Annual Grant Lecture: Why aren't there any marsupial whales?

Category: Lecture

University College London

Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014, starts 6.30pm

Reproductive strategies vary wildly across vertebrates. Some species lay eggs, while other bear live young; some have larval stages with and undergo extensive changes before adult-hood, while others develop directly into forms similar to their parents.

Location: University College London, University Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Cost: £0


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UCL Art Museum on Tour: A Thousand Words at the Petrie

Category: Art, Museum, Tour

University College London

Date: Thursday 20 November 2014, starts 6.30pm

Using the Petrie Museum’s rich collection of artefacts and works of art, participants will be led through creative writing exercises exploring rhetorical means to relate to art differently.

Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Cost: £0


Five Years to Dockyard Apprentice

Category: Lecture

Guildhall Library

Date: Thursday 20 November 2014, starts 2pm

Len Taphouse served an apprenticeship as an engineer with Harland & Wolff, at North Woolwich, between 1956 and 1961. He relates the wild goose chases, the hardships endured, as well as the highlights. He tells of the characters in the docks and some of the associated stories about them

Location: Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH

Cost: £0


Tamara Jovandic

Category: Art, Exhibition

Arts Depot

Date: Thursday 06 to Friday 28 November 2014

The powerful work of Tamara Jovandic brings new life to the traditional concept of the nude in art, as this exhibition uses the body to explore themes of sexuality, submission and freedom. North London-based artist Jovandic aims to re-awaken the traditional nudes with bold strokes and a vigorous approach to strong themes.

Location: 5 Nether Street Tally Ho Corner, London, N12 0GA

Cost: £0


One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975) on the Big Screen

Category: Cinema

University College London

Date: Tuesday 25 November 2014, starts 6.30pm

In this classic comic espionage a team of nannies join forces with Scotland Yard and set off to find top secret documents stolen by Chinese spies and hidden within the skeleton of a dinosaur that now sits in the Natural History Museum, Historian of Biology and film-buff Professor Joe Cain (UCL Science and Technology Studies) will introduce the film that will make you question your very existence.

Location: University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Cost: £0


The People Who Are Keeping Me Alive’ Photography Exhibition

Category: Art, Exhibition, Photography

Imperial College London

Date: Monday 17 to Sunday 30 November 2014

The exhibition has focused on 20-25 individuals who are responsible for the care of one cancer patient, Rina Dave. It portrays the people behind the profession from three different hospitals: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Stanmore.

Location: Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ

Cost: £0


George Montague

Category: Music

Arts Depot

Date: Sunday 23 November 2014, 12.15pm

This piano-hitting, string-twanging, gravity-defying singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist with nearly 5 million views on YouTube, is exciting audiences with his infectious energy and contagious original songs.

Location: 1 Phoenix St, London, WC2H 8BU

Cost: £0


Folk in the Foyer: Na-Mara

Category: Music

Arts Depot

Date: Friday 28 November 2014, 8.30pm

Join Hertfordshire-based duo (Rob Garcia and Paul Macnamara) for an evening of well-travelled folk music. Na Mara will be incorporating the mandolin, mandola, bandurria and classical guitar to perform Celtic music from across the British Isles, alongside their translations of traditional songs originating from areas of France and Quebec.

Location: 1 Phoenix St, , London, WC2H 8BU

Cost: £0



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Friday Late

Category: Special Event, Museum, Lates

Victoria and Albert Museum

Date: Friday 28 November 2014, 6.30-10pm

The original contemporary late night event. An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings. Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00. Friday Late is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Cost: £0