Writers_Heidi Martin & Rachel Dodson
- Heidi Martin and Rachel Dodson help you save that loan with their top five cultural delights for under a fiver.
With the summer months becoming evermore precious now that shit has got real, you’ve no doubt spent your 3 months frolicking on sandy beaches, drinking out of coconuts and riding giraffes.
Then came the post-summer come down; landing with a bump in a dirty, WiFi-less kitchen with nothing but a bottle of Sainsbury’s Basics vodka by your side for company. I’m sure you will have been continually reminded how expensive it’s going to be living in London. But don’t let those grumpy, jealous people put you off- all you need is a few pounds on your Oyster to see what the capital has to offer.
1. The first Thursday of every month sees some of East London’s top art galleries and museums opening their doors late and putting on a whole host of free events. Take advantage of the free workshops, exhibitions, talks and private viewings at over 130 galleries and museums. If it’s your first time why not join the free art bus tour, taking you to the top three events each month, or follow one of the recommended walking tours, helping you explore East London’s buzzing backstreets, in the safe hands of leading curators and writers.
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2. National Theatre EntryPass: the perfect scheme for theatre fanatics on a budget. Join today and receive £5 tickets to a wide variety of National Theatre productions, as well as access to exclusive events and workshops, discount in the bookshop, cafés and if you really want to impress at the next fancy dress party you also get discount on costume/prop hire. Better still, it’s completely free to join! Othello is playing until 4th October.
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3. Instead of wasting your Sundays waiting for Big Brother to buffer whilst nursing your hangover, why not hop on the Overground to Hoxton and relish in the joys of the Columbia Road Flower Market? With everything from South American flower stalls, to vintage clothes shops and Italian delis, you’ll be drinking in the culture and the hangover will be forgotten before you know it when you see a vase of fresh peonies on your window sill.
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4. Charles Saatchi has proven to be a bit of a twit lately, but his gallery definitely isn’t to be questioned. The grand building is home to some of the most innovative modern art, and all absolutely free of charge. The PAPER, and Richard Wilson 20:50 exhibitions are not to be missed!
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5. Amongst the hub of excitement on Southbank can be found the prestigious Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre. Embrace our wonderful heritage and soak up the atmosphere for a mere five English pounds. Tickets in the ‘Yard’, (the standing space at the front), are only a fiver, and, whilst comfy shoes are recommended, enduring the 3-hour stand is well worth it, we promise!