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Free And Cheap London Events: 27 February-5 March 2017

Isabella Palumbo at MostArt Centre

All week

CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Isabella Palumbo spent two months in Cuban taking pictures of locals and listening to their stories. She discovered a beautiful country full of potential, blocked by the myth of revolution. MostArt Centre, free, just turn up, 10am-11pm

DIFFERENCE FESTIVAL: The University of Westminster is the most internationally diverse university in the UK and they're throwing a festival to celebrate that. There'll be demonstrations, lectures and discussions. University of Westminster, free, book ahead, various times

100 YEARS OF ROALD DAHL: In honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of Dahl's most famous characters.  Celebrate this phizz-whizzing anniversary at the British Library with Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits. Free, just turn up, until 21 May

HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE: This small two room exhibition at John Soane's Museum looks at the life of Robert Adam — an architect who designed stately homes across the UK, including Osterley Park in London. John Soane's Museum, free, just turn up, until 11 March

Monday 27 February

YOUTH MUSIC: Rock, Pop and Urban Regional Festival gives musicians aged 21 and under, the chance to perform in a professional setting. See the next wave of great British talent. Rich Mix, free, book ahead, 1pm and 6pm

TOWN HALL TALKS: Come to a town hall talk that examines the very nature of people congregating in large groups for talks. So meta. Battersea Arts Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm

ROOFTOP STORYTELLING: Head up to the Viking bar atop the Queen of Hoxton and join award winning storyteller Giles Abbott, as he weaves a tale of betrayal and loss. Queen of Hoxton, free, just turn up, 7pm-8pm

Beth Vyse at Oh Boy, Comedy!

Tuesday 28 February

FILM QUIZ: Calling all cinephiles: the Hackney Attic's film quiz is for you. One of the few places in life you can actually be rewarded for your couch potato lifestyle. Hackney Attic, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

SMILEY CULTURE: Join MC Asher Senator, who launches his new book Smiley and Me. It looks at the birth of the British MC. Senator reads anecdotes from his book and gives a little live performance to boot. Rye Wax, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9pm

COMEDY: Oh Boy, Comedy! host their 1st birthday with a bumper line-up. It's headlined by Beth Vyse, described as 'the biggest idiot on the fringe... with a wicked imagination.' The Rose & Crown, pay what you want, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 1 March

PUB SCIENCE: There are so many animals on Earth — but how much do we really know about them and how they live? Dr Ross Piper investigates this... in a pub. Old King's Head, donation recommended, just turn up, 6pm

COMEDY SHORTS: Come along and watch some comedy short films (and meet their creators) at The Book Club. The event is deaf and hard-of-hearing friendly. The Book Club, £3, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

DIGGING FIRE: The Great Fire Of London was a while ago — but we can still learn a lot about it through archaeology. Gustav Milne talks about his experiences and insights from fire digs. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 3pm

Thursday 2 March

WHALES: Ever wondered what's it like to be a whale? This talk goes inside the world's largest mammal's mind to try and explain how they think. It's probably more accurate than lying submerged in your bath after a particularly large dinner. London School of Economics, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

KEATS NIGHT: The National Theatre presents a night dedicated to one of the greatest romantic poets, John Keats. Leading poetry and prose performer Ruth Rosen, reads some of the great odes and poems written by Keats. National Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

A Very Secret War: Bugging The Nazis In WWII

Friday 3 March

BUGGING NAZIS: During the second world war, British intelligence bugged the conversations of German prisoners of war for an upper hand. Dr Helen Fry examines this deceptive act. Bentley Priory Museum, £3, just turn up, 11am-noon

GYM THEATRE: "Will has one true love but is it Bec or the gym?" Head to Pleasance Theatre for a semi-staged performance of A Gym Thing. Pleasance Theatre, £5, book ahead, 7.45pm

KARAOKE: Bethnal Green Working Men's Club are keeping it simple with a karaoke night — time to show that you were always meant for superstardom. Free shots for people with the nerve to get up on stage. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, free, just turn up, 8pm-1am

Peckham Salvage Yard

Saturday 4 March

PECKHAM SALVAGE YARD: This is south London's go-to destination for vintage gems, featuring over 50 hand-picked traders. Copeland Gallery, free, just turn up, 11pm-6pm

WANDER TOOTING: Join Saira for a wander around Tooting. Visit Tooting Markets and the historic Streatham Cemetery before ending up at the magical Sewing Machine Museum. Tooting Broadway station, suggested £4 donation, just turn up, noon

REFASHIONING DENIM: London Fashion Week is amazing, but for the everyday consumer, most of what's on show just isn't affordable. This workshop teaches you how to work your denim into something completely unique. Barnardo's Shop, free, book ahead, noon-3pm

Sunday 5 March

THE GOOD LIFE: We live in a consumerist society — something The Good Life intends to investigate through talks, art and film screenings. Market Peckham, free, just turn up, 10am-3pm

ACOUSTIC SUNDAY: Cosy up in The Crypt in Dalston for a festive Acoustic Sunday, presented by Sound Advice UK. Things will kick off with an open mic session, before whittling through a selection of east London's finest acoustic musicians. The Crypt, free, just turn up, 2.30pm-8pm

Funzing

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

LDN Talks @ Night |Neuroscience of Powerful Habits
Every January you do the same thing. You make a New Year's resolution to lose weight, be thriftier, quit smoking or possibly even to start exercising. Yet how many of us find ourselves in the exact spot we started in once the month is up? This talk by Dr Gabija Toleikyte, explains why the brain resists changing habits of a lifetime. She'll also explain how to create long lasting change, by working with your brain rather than against it. Get tickets

BucketList Talks - How to follow your dreams
Hear crazy true stories from the people who've probably done everything on your bucket list. Be inspired by tales of marathon running, exploring the Arctic at 16 and driving to Mongolia. Get tickets

Anyone Can Throw on the Potter's Wheel with Vinni
Inspired by THAT Patrick Swayze scene in Ghost? Discover the essentials of pottery and have a go at making your own pot. Expert Vinni will guide you through the history of pottery and clay, before you get a chance to use a pottery wheel to make your own pot. Get tickets