free london ENTERTAINMENT

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London offers free open air cinema, free music in churches, parks and music colleges, free opportuniies to take part in radio and TV programmes, and even free theatre tickets to swell the audience on slow days.

OUR free ENTERTAINMENT FAVOURITES

BBC Audience. Westminster, W1. The BBC offers free tickets to join the audience in hundreds of TV and radio shows each year. More info. 

BFI Southbank Mediatech. Lambeth, SE1. Free viewing of thousands of films and TV programmes from the British Film Institute archives. Tuesday to Friday. More info. 

Greenwich Park Bandstand. Greenwich, SE10. The Friends of Greenwich Park stage free concerts at the Greenwich Park Bandstand during July and August each year. More info. 

My Box Office. Heavily discounted or free tickets to London theatre shows. You are expected to turn up, to be discreet about the offer, and to dress appropiately. More info.

RADA Play Readings. Camden WC1. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art offers free tickets, bookable online, for rehearsed play readings of a wide range of new work. More info.  

Regent's Park Bandstand. Westminster. Sunday afternoon concerts throughout July and August featuring classical, jazz, and brass band music. More info. 

Royal Academy of Music. Westminster, NW1. Free public concerts, at lunchtime and early evening, by the extremely talented students of the academy. More info.

St. Martin's in the Fields. Westminster, WC2. Lunchtime concerts every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm. The church, designed by James Gibbs, was built in 1726. More info. 

St. Paul's Cathedral. City of London, EC4. Free and unticketed organ concerts from 4.45 pm to 5.15 pm on most Sundays. The Grand Organ of St. Paul's dates from 1870. More info. 

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free london cinema

BFI Southbank Mediatech. Lambeth, SE1. Free viewing of thousands of films and TV programmes from the British Film Institute archives. Tuesday to Friday. More info. 

Camberwell Free Film Festival. Southwark. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Free classic films in outdoor and indoor venues. Run entirely by volunteers to build communities through film. More info.

Catford Free Film Festival. Lewisham. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Building communities by helping people see films they may not have seen in places to which they may not have been. More info.

Ealing Free Film Festival. Ealing. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Free classic films indoors and outdoors. Run entirely by volunteers as an exercise in community building. More info.

Herne Hill Free Film Festival. Lambeth. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Classic films shown free indoors and outdoors. Run by volunteers for the benefit of the community. More info.

New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival. Lewisham. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Building communities through free film showings run by volunteers. More info. 

Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival. Southwark. The original Free Film Festival. Based on its success the organisation now runs free film festivals in several London boroughs. More info.

Portobello Film Festival. Kensington & Chelsea. Independent film festival each September, with all showings free to the public, Going for 23 years. More info. 

Streatham Free Film Festival. Lambeth. Organised by Free Film Festivals. Classic films brought free to the community by volunteers. Indoor and outdoor locations. More info.

free london music

Clapham Common Bandstand. Lambeth. Built in 1890, it is the largest bandstand in London. Restored in 2006 at a cost of over £1m. Home to free musical events from July to September. More info. See on map.

Cubitt Square. Camden. Cubitt Square, part of the Kings Cross re-development offers a free programme of open air classical music, jazz, and opera. More info. See on map. 

Greenwich Park Bandstand. Greenwich. The Friends of Greenwich Park stage free concerts at the Greenwich Park Bandstand during July and August each year More info. 

Grosvenor Chapel. Westminster. Free organ concerts at 1.10 pm to 1.50 pm on many Tuesdays. The architecture of the chapel, built in the 1730s, inspired many churches in New England. More info. See on map.

Heath Street Baptist Church. Camden. Free classical music concerts by students and other musicians at 1pm and 6pm every Tuesday. In the heart of Hampstead. More info. See on map. 

Horniman Gardens Bandstand. Lambeth. Free band concerts from 3pm to 6pm every Sunday during August. Includes Asian music. The bandstand offers a fine view of London's skyline. More info. See on map.

Horniman Museum. Lambeth. Join a group of adult music-lovers who meet every week at the museum to listen to music and learn about musical traditions inspired by the Horniman collections. More info. See on map.

Kings Cross Music. Camden. A programme of free open air concerts at Lewis Cubitt Square, just north of Kings Cross Station. More info. 

Morley College. Lambeth. Free lunchtime concerts at the Westminster Bridge Road campus of Morley College. More info. See on map. 

Regent's Park Bandstand. Westminster. Sunday afternoon concerts throughout July and August featuring classical, jazz, and brass band music. More info. 

Royal Academy of Music. Westminster. Free public concerts, at lunchtime and early evening, by the extremely talented students of the academy. More info.

Royal College of Music. Kensington & Chelsea. Numerous high quality free afternoon and evening concerts by the students of the College. Some, even though free, require online booking in advance. More info. See on map.

St. George's Hanover Square. Westminster. Free organ concerts at 1.10 pm to 1.50 pm on many Tuesdays. The church, designed by John James and built in 1725, is frequently used for society weddings. More info. See on map.

St. James's Park Bandstand. Westminster. A temporary bandstand is erected in St.James's park during summer only. It is situated south east of Marlborough Gate and the Mall. More info. See on map.

St. James's Piccadilly. Westminster. Free lunchtime recitals in a Wren church at 1.10pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday except Bank Holidays. More info.See on map. 

St. Margaret Lothbury. City of London. Free organ recital at 1310 every Thursday except in August in church designed by the office of Christopher Wren. More info. See on map. 

St. Martin's in the Fields. Westminster. Lunchtime concerts every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1pm. Also jazz music in the Crypt. More info.

St. Paul's Cathedral. City of London. Free and unticketed organ concerts from 4.45 pm to 5.15 pm on most Sundays. The Grand Organ of St. Paul's dates from 1870. More info. 

Temple Church. City of London. The Temple Church, which dates from the 12th century and forms part of the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, provides many free lunchtime organ concerts at 1.15 pm. More info. See on map.

Victoria Embankment Gardens Bandstand. Westminster. The bandstand in Victoria Embankment Gardens has a programme of musical events during the summer. Featured in Michael Caine's film The Ipcress File. More info. See on map.

Westminster Abbey. Westminster. Free organ recitals at 5.45 pm on most Sunday afternoons. The Harrison & Harrison organ was installed for the coronation of King George VI in 1937. More info. See on map.

Westminster Cathedral. Westminster. Free weekly Grand Organ recitals are held from 4.45 pm to 5.15 pm on Sunday afternoons. More info. See on map. 

free london radio & tv audiences

Applausestore. Provides free tickets to those wanting to join the audience at numerous TV shows including ITV's Britain's Got Talent, and Amazon's The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson. More info.

BBC Audience. Westminster. The BBC offers free tickets to join the audience in hundreds of TV and radio shows. Take place at Broadcasting House, Langham Place, W1 and other London venues. More info. 

SRO Audiences. Offers free audience tickets for a wide range of TV shows. These have included The Vicar of Dibley, The IT Crowd, The Voice, Live at the Apollo, and Tonight at the Palladium. More info.

free london theatre

My Box Office. Heavily discounted or free tickets to London theatre shows. Costs £15 per annum to join. You are expected to turn up, to be extremely discreet about the offer, and to behave and dress appropiate to the venue. More info. 

Play by Play. Free theatre tickets (subject only to a small service fee of around £2) for London theatres. Participants are expected to follow proper theatre etiquette and to applaud appropriately. More info.

RADA Play Readings. Camden. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art offers to the public free tickets, bookable online, for rehearsed play readings of a wide range of new work. More info. 

Rose Playhouse Open Days. Explore the archaeological remains of one of London's first theatres, built in 1587. Open days every Saturday afternoon. More info.

The Audience Club. Free tickets (subject to a small admin charge) for first nights and previews of plays and concerts. Also musicals, concerts and cabarets, operas, dramas, comedy stand-up, burlesque, and dance. More info. 

The Scoop. Southwark. The Scoop is an 800-seater amphitheatre next to City Hall on the South Bank. It offers free open air musical performances (July), theatre productions (August) and film screenings (September). More info. See on map.