With the festive season over for another year, we are all feeling the January pinch. As purse-strings tighten we have trawled the web to uncover the best things to see in London this week, for free! Beat the blues and venture out of your comfort zone this January, a new year calls for new adventure and it starts right here with our penny-pinching edit..
With a wealth of museums and art galleries covering the city, there has never been a better time to take advantage of the amazing free exhibitions that London has to offer. Top of our list this week is The Saatchi Galleries ‘Champagne Life’. Marking the thirtieth birthday of the Saatchi Gallery, this exhibition is the first of its kind to present a display featuring all-female artists. From Tracey Emin and Jenny Saville to Paula Rego and Phoebe Unwin this collective of both established and emerging female artists sets out to celebrate the work and talent of female artists over the last three decades. If its diverse practice and beautiful design that you are craving, this is the exhibition for you.
Need a laugh to cheer up those January blues? Head down to Angel Comedy at the Camden Head in Angel for side-splitting nights of free entertainment, seven days a week (donations are voluntary). A popular choice amongst the comic crowd, with both open-mic segments and experienced acts performing their best sets, expect a big crowd so get down early to grab the best seat. Monday nights are improv shows, Tuesday’s offering is an hour-long solo show and Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday’s feature new acts and Friday’s and Saturday’s are reserved for comic’s slickest sets! Get ready to laugh out loud, this is most definitely the funniest free ticket in town!
The National Theatre plays host to Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn’s musical take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ wonder.land presents an exhibition of digital experiences, designed to immerse its audience in weird and wonderful worlds. Discover a world of virtual reality where you’ll experience a physically reactive Kinect version of the wonderland, view an augmented reality magic mirror wall and immerse yourself in a virtual reality music video, complete with a 360° pulsating garden landscape. Take your senses on a strange and stunning journey through the South-bank’s very own wonder.land and you’ll be amazed at what you find.
Not your usual city tour, this one takes you off the beaten tourist track as you explore London’s trendiest district. Discover the history and culture of London’s ‘alternative’ East End, taking in the sights of the famous Brick Lane and hipster favourite, Shoreditch. You’ll be taken on a journey through the creative hub of East London and uncover the most stunning and thought provoking street art as well as being educated in current issues within the area. Take a scenic walk and learn more than you could imagine about London’s bustling East End from where it all began to the present day.
Wind down after all of your festive frolics with big band tunes bought to you by flautist Gareth Lockrane. Lockrane leads a large ensemble through high-octane, big band arrangements, complete with mesmerising solo’s and featuring some of the UK’s best musicians, including Mike Outram and Alex Garnett at the 606 Club in Chelsea. This musical spectacle is the perfect antidote to the busy party season, sit back, unwind and appreciate the tones of Lockrane’s ensemble.