Best Places To Watch The London Marathon And Other Things To Do This Weekend

Plus, how to get some free clothes

Best Places To Watch The London Marathon And Other Things To Do This Weekend

by Sian Rowe |

With one week ’til payday and life costs accruing faster than #milifandom hashtags (those family weddings, that week away in September that you've already booked are starting to rack up) you might be in need of some cheaper events for this weekend. While in this situation it's probably best to stay in and watch TV there are alternatives. All of the below could cost you under £10.

The cheapest way to get involved in The Marathon

London Marathon, UK Wide

Sun April 26

Two options here - either cheer on the country’s fittest runners (and cuddly bananas, people-dressed-as-dinosaurs etc) from the comfort of your sofa or get a head start on all the people that will be inspired to run after watching by going for a FREE jog yourself. Rope your housemate / mum into throwing a space blanket over you and hanging you a Lucozade as you collapse back on the sofa.

The event to fix some clothes for free

***Clotho Fashion Hackathon @ Google Campus ***

*Sat April 25 *

Even more convinced Google is trying to own everything we do thanks to this new event on London's most ridiculously named roundabout . The tech company / internet overlords are opening their doors this weekend for a customising event from clothing exchange Clotho. They have a selection of clothes that are currently damaged to be turned into something new and beautiful. They provide the sewing machines, tools, materials (and ‘sustainable’ snacks) you (in their words) 'just need to bring along yourself and your imagination'.

**The exhibition that really matters

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Immigrant Diaries @ Southbank Centre, London

*Fri April 24 *

Spend £10 wisely by attending the new edition of the immigrant diaries at Southbank Centre. Presented by comedian Sajeela Kershi the panel including songwriter Aziz Ibrahim and actor Daniel Taylor tell their stories about immigration. Not to be missed, especially at a time when UKIP are still pushing their very thinly veiled racism and anti immigrant measures including the replacing of Italy's Mare Nostrum programme has resulted in a disaster that ’s killed over 800 people.

**The new place for pizza and beer **

***Crust Conductor @ Brick Brewery, Peckham ***

There's now a big broken red bus parked next to Peckham Rye station but, rather than another TFL fuck-up, the Crust Conductor is South London's latest pizza spot in the courtyard of the local Brick Brewery. Take down a slice while sipping on something that's being made right behind you. Pizza costs from £6.

The book that’ll inspire you (for charity)

JK Rowling - Very Good Lives

Out Now

The new book from Harry Potter author JK Rowling is a worthy use of £6.99. Rather than a work of fiction it's her 2008 Harvard commencement speech in book form, asking questions like 'how can we embrace failure and And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?' Sales of the book go to Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

**The day party worth taking the afternoon off for **


@ Beaver Works, Leeds***

Fri April 24

Can’t afford an entire night out but do have time to take off work. Round up some friends and spend the afternoon at Leeds’ Beaver Works. They’re currently offering tickets if you can get down before 6pm for £5 (+£1 booking fee) with a line up completely packed with 30 DJs and 6 bands from the Terrace (Nubian Twist & more) to Red Room (Lakuti), Basement (Allan Byallo), Warehouse and Bar. In addition there will be street food, vinyl vendors, film and visual installations. £1 from each ticket goes to The Pipedream Projects supporting children in India.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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