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by Matthew Cook (subscribe)
Matthew Cook - a writer in East London who never tires of the new and crazy events that spring up in London.
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There are those days when we just have to get out of the house come the weekend, yet perusing our hollowed bank balance we see limited opportunities for fun times. Or maybe once arriving in this beautiful city for your fancy getaway, you realize London can be on the pricy side in places.

Well you have come to the right place, here is a scheduled day of free fun in and around this varied city of London. This isn't for the faint of heart but if you follow my list closely I'm sure it will be a day to remember.

Once you've munched your toast or devoured your milk soggy cereal I will allow a small time to reflect, then we have to get to work, lovely days do not make themselves you know.

12pm - To ease into the days festivities of cost free attractions we will start with the Philharmonia Orchestra's digital installation 'Universe of Sound: The Planets' at the Science Museum.

There are few places in London as lovely as South Kensington during the sunshine, and a short walk from the station you will find the Science museum. This interactive installation will have have no problem waking you up for the rest of the day as it re-creates the feeling of being part of an orchestra. You will be able to take on roles such as the conductor, composer or musician. Duration about 30mins.

1.30pm - No time to dilly dally, as you stroll back to the tube through the hopefully sunny streets of South Kensington. Gracing the seats on the highly respected London tube network we should find ourselves rumbling towards the South Bank, where the first mobile poetry emporium is underway.

Head Chef Poet Tim Clare leads a series of talented poet sous chefs in creating made to order poetry for those on the go verse lovers. Walking down the South Bank gazing at jugglers, break dancers and circus performers is always a great spectacle, especially when concluded with flavorsome poetry. Duration around 1 hour when including South Bank strolls.

2.30pm - I'm not a strict man so I shall allow time for yourselves, find some nice place to eat, I cant do all the work for you. But there is a lovely Vietnamese place in Shorditch called Mien Tay that's all I'm saying.

4pm - I'm hoping you're well fed and ready for more free fun, a short bus ride from the scrumptious Vietnamese place will take you to our next extravaganza. St Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington is housing Shobana Jeyasingh's Too Mortal Dance Production.

Jeyasingh uses the churches environment and feel to push the audiences thoughts about this buildings power of solace, wonder and History. Having performed in varying church locations across Europe Jeyasingh's Jumping and dancing over pews creates an interesting thought provoking spectacle.

8pm - I now suggest you make your way to Angel to soak up the rest of the sunshine some of the beautiful beer gardens and pubs throughout this part of the city. Once you've had your fill walking around Angel, we shall conclude our day of free fun with a superb line up of the Angel Comedy acts at the Camden Head.

With great music, interesting poetry, original dance and choice comedy I'm sure this will be a great day out. If you do choose to give this a try, then you will most likely see a lanky old Englishman leading the way.

Science Museum
Exhibition Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 2DD.

Poetry Takeaway
Festival Pier
South Bank, London SE1 8XZ

Shobana Jeyasingh
St Mary's Old Church
Church Street, Stoke Newington
London N16 9ES

Angel Comedy
2 Camden Walk, Angel
London N1 8DY
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Why? Free
When: Saturday June 30th
Where: All around Central London
Cost: Free
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i know what I feel be doing tomorrow...PUTTING ON MY WALKING SHOES! keep up the tips buddy!
by rita. (score: 0|4) 3703 days ago
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