For sure London can be expensive but there are also plenty of things to do where little or no money is involved, and the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is a perfect example.
Around half of the collection at the London Film Museum belongs to former commercial and advertising photographer Jonathan Sands, who did much of his work at the world famous Elstree Film Studios in 1997.
Sands ended up buying a prop and event company called Weird and Wonderful in 2001 and it was this purchase that enabled him to build two film museums, one on the South Bank which opened several years ago, and this one in Covent Garden, which opened in 2012.
Exhibitions are always changing, so you never quite know what you're going to get, but hey, if you're in Covent Garden doing other things, you've nothing to lose by popping in to the London Film Museum for a quick look around. Previous displays have included a look at the life of movie icon Marilyn Monroe, and an exploration of Covent Garden as a movie location.
The permanent exhibition at the museum, called Capturing the Shadows, takes a look at the old established media – shadow theatre and the optical lantern, photography, and kinetic animation – noting how they all helped towards the invention of cinematography.
If you're into movies, and interested in the stories behind as well as in front of the camera, then consider dropping by the London Film Museum when you have chance.