If you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know there heaps of free activities in London we’ve already tried out!
- London Take Two… First 90 Days!
- London, 90 Days On
- 15 Things to Do in Winter Londonland
- Ted the Dog Has a Sleepover In London
But on this particular week in March/April 2016, we felt so proud of our efforts we had to share them! Here are 6 free things you can do in London.
Charles Bradley Album Launch
This man is incredible. Soul music is not my number one go-to but I was so engaged! Being in the front-row helped and Charles has a way of staring into your soul to get the message across!
The gig was at Rough Trade Sessions in East London. How did we, along with only around 100 others, get tickets? Harry, my partner bought Charles Bradley’s new album which meant we could attend the gig for free.
Graham Norton Show
Again, thanks to Harry we had another free activity for the week lined up! We were audience members for the Graham Norton Show at ITV studios near Waterloo. And to make the experience better, Harry had submitted a red chair story that had been chosen for filming!
The benefits of red chair story selection:
- Getting into the studio before everyone else – and those lines were lonnnnnng!
- A practice and the real thing in the red chair
- Interaction with Graham Norton and the guests (which included Chris Hemsworth and Kirsten Dunst) during the storytelling
Harry was one of seven people invited to tell a red chair story, and then one of four people actually invited into the red chair during filming. Unfortunately only two stories were aired the following night which did not include Harry’s story! Comment on my post if you want to know what the story was!
If you’re interested in being an audience member for the Graham Norton show, go to SRO Audiences
Another Ted the Dog sleepover
Who is Ned? He’s an intelligent 3 year old cockapoo full of personality. I wrote about our first meeting and sleepover from his point of view here
How did we meet Ned? Borrowmydoggy brought us together! As a borrower you pay 10 pounds per year for a profile. Worth – every – pound.
We enjoyed breakfast (not free) at a local dog friendly cafe, Cinnamon Village before walking Ned around Hampstead Heath for close to 3 hours (free)! Ned still had energy but we were exhausted! It was a beautiful spring day in London with blue sky but sadly still the need for a warm coat.
We got lucky with Ned, literally the first dog we met from the site! And his owner is a dog trainer! You can watch Nedsta as a puppy two years ago, and some of his tricks here
Live Album Recording – Beardyman and the DreamTeam
Beardyman is a genius. The range of ages in the audience of a place like Electric Brixton said it all really.
Beardyman brought some of his favourite artists together including one of my favourites Bellatrix (an amazing beat boxer) to record an album over a matter of hours! In front of a live audience! Oh and it gets better. They had a red bucket in which you could put song suggestions and they made songs out of them!
Tickets on the door were 20 pounds. While not technically free, there were competitions to win free tickets and cheaper last minute tickets available on the Electric Brixton Facebook page.
Our names were on the guest list so we were lucky enough to attend for free. How? Because Harry was attending on behalf of Stimulate Your Soul.
SRO Audiences are currently offering free audience tickets in the London Palladium. The show is a mix of music, comedy and more, and you might even get to see one of your favourite celebrities. Tip – get there early! We got there around 5:15pm and didn’t get in. The show itself wasn’t due to start until around 7:30pm. On the up side if you don’t make it in, you are given priority tickets for another show. It’s very popular so must be good!
Open-Mic Night at Abbey Tavern
Instead of our evening at the London Palladium, we visited our new favourite local pub and by chance it was their open-mic night. So many talented musicians! They had a beat boxer there too! This pub is ahead of the game with a group Cards Against Humanity game every Thursday for 1 pound. Guess where we’ll be next week!
What are your suggestions for free things to do in London?