Cheapo Weekend for April 14-15: Coffee, Clothes and Architecture

Becky Matthews

A good weekend for coffee lovers, vintage shopping and free exhibitions. London Coffee Festival (14th and 15th April) – From £14 The festival at the Old Truman Brewery will feature over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls. See world-class baristas in action, sip coffee-based cocktails and visit the roastery. Book a three-hour brunch, lunch or teatime session. Tickets are cheaper online than on the door and the price includes coffee and food tastings, as well as access to workshops and demo.

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Brixton Vintage Kilo Sale (14th-15th April) – Free entry At £15 for a kilo of clothing, you might find yourself struggling to keep it to a carryable weight but you can get a new spring wardrobe sorted for the price of a t-shirt at Topshop.

The Architecture Drawing Prize (14th-15th April) – Free Closing weekend of the collaboration between MAKE and The World Architecture Festival to recognise both hand drawing and technical rendering in architecture. This is a free exhibition of the winning entries, so if you’re interested in seeing the development of the built environment from scratch, this is for you.

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition (14th-15th April and ongoing) – Free Look to stars, planets, nebulae and more at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This free exhibition celebrates the best astrophotography taken by photographers all over planet Earth.

Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound (14th-15th and until 13th May) – Free As the name suggests, this exhibition is an auditory rather than visual experience. Celebrating the origin of recorded sound, it follows a timeline from 1877 featuring key events in sound recording history, with rare and unpublished recordings as well as a specially commissioned audio installation by composer Aleks Kolkowski. The exhibition is part of the Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archives. The exhibition can be found in the entrance hall of the British Library.

London Visions – (14th-15th April) – Free Last chance to see how artists, architects and designers reimagine London. The free exhibition uses video installations, architectural narratives and video games to explore imaginary visions of the city based on the challenges we face today. Head to the Museum of London for a glimpse into predictions of tomorrow’s world. No need to book ahead, you can drop in daily from 10 am, but the event has been listed as suitable for adults only.

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