Cheapskate London - Friday 24 May 2024

🎉 Our bank holiday special edition

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Dear Cheapskater,

We’re back with another bank holiday special after we received so much fantastic feedback about our last one!

There are SO many incredible free events happening over the next few days, from the launch of the Brick Lane Beach Club with Norman Jay, to “Biscuit Day” at Bermondsey’s Blue Market. Whatever you end up doing this long weekend, we hope you have a great one!

We’ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday.
Kate and Georgia x

PS. Congrats to our reader Melody, who won a pair of tickets to see Come As You Are author Emily Nagoski in conversation (as promoted in our most recent newsletter). Scroll down for another fab free-to-enter competition…


The OG Willy Wonka

FILM 📽️ Herne Hill
Friday, from 8pm

Watch the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory on a huge screen at the Herne Hill Velodrome tonight. Bring something to sit on & warm layers.

Icons Only

PARTY 🪩 Dalston
Friday, from 8pm

Celebrate the start of the bank holiday at Ridley Road Market Bar, which is hosting Icons Only - a party dedicated to the kings & queens of disco, RnB, soul & pop.

A black man in sunglasses looking to the right. In a brown suit.

Norman Jay live

PARTY/MUSIC 🎶 Shoreditch
Saturday, from 2pm

Brick Lane Beach Club is having a free launch party this Sat & it’s being headlined by groove pioneer & Notting Hill Carnival legend Norman Jay (MBE).

Soapbox Science

LEARN 🧑‍🔬 Waterloo
Saturday, 1-4pm

Queen’s Stone on the Southbank will become a hub of scientific sharing this Sat, with world-leading researchers taking to their soapboxes to present new ideas.

Biscuit Day

WORKSHOP 🍪 Bermondsey
Saturday, 12.30-4.30pm

Bermondsey’s Blue Market is celebrating “Biscuit Day” on Sat. It’s a day of a family-friendly activities, live music, dancing, art & (of course) biscuits.

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Competition time! 🏋️‍♀️💪

For this fun competition, we’ve teamed up with Our Yard at Clitterhouse Farm, an innovative social enterprise that’s working to protect the historic Clitterhouse farm buildings in north Cricklewood.

Our Yard is running a fitness session tomorrow morning - & we have a pair of tickets to give away for free! The session will involve a heart-pumping mix of exercises & training drills which are adaptable & suitable for all abilities.

The pair of tickets will go to the first reader who replies to this email with ‘OUR YARD’. Good luck! 🤞

Dunkirk at the Docks

SHIPS 🚢 St Katharine Docks
Saturday, 11am-5pm

St Katharine Docks is hosting a large gathering of Dunkirk Little Ships (boats & warships involved in the Dunkirk evacuation between 26 May & 4 June 1940).

Having a Gigl

COMEDY 🎙️ Cambridge Heath
Sunday, from 7pm

Gigl Comedy is returning to East End pub the Sebright Arms this Sun, with an evening of comedy, featuring award-winning & TV comedians, along with rising stars.

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Laughter’s free

COMEDY 🎙️ Angel
Sunday, 2-6pm

Some of the best comedians in the UK will be performing from the roof of The Bill Murray for free at the Angel Comedy street party. Book ASAP.

Woof About Southside

DOGS 🐕 Wandsworth
Sunday, 11am-5pm

Southside Shopping Centre is celebrating a year of being dog-friendly with a day dedicated to canine companions, with activities including pet tarot readings.

Curry Club returns

EAT 🥘 London Fields
Sunday, 1.15pm

Curry Club, the amazing initiative which provides pay-what-you-can community meals “with all the frills”, is returning to Hackney Chinese this Sun lunchtime.

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Seven-mile cycle

MOVE 🚴 various locations
Sunday, 10am-3pm

It’s 100% free to take part in the Ford RideLondon FreeCycle, which is suitable for all ages & abilities, & is set on a traffic-free route through central London.

Vintage flea market

MARKET 🛍️ Aldgate
Sunday, 12-5pm

Judy’s Vintage Furniture & Flea, which sells furniture from the mid-century onwards & fashion from the 20s to the 00s, is taking over Leadenhall Market.

Peckham Festival

Monday until Saturday

Market Place Peckham is hosting a huge, six-day party to celebrate its relaunch. There’s a jam-packed schedule of events, including a “family day” this Mon.

Pop Up Africa’s back

SHOP 🛍️ Liverpool Street
Monday, 10am-5pm

Pop Up Africa - a lively market which transforms Spitalfields - into a bustling African market with dancing, live music, product, food & more - is returning this Mon.

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