Bank holiday weekend and there's a sniff of summer in the air.... whatever the weather stay cheap and cheerful with free stuff to do for the week ahead.
Friday: The East Wing Collection at the Courtauld is participating in Museums at Night (a week late but what the hell). Open from 6.30-11pm, last entry at 10.15pm, free admission. Expect fantasy collage postcard workshops, green jewellery making, live music and performance pieces plus an opportunity to browse this infrequently open, biennial student curated contemporary art show.
Saturday: It's the UBS Opening: Do It Yourself bank holiday weekend at Tate Modern which means 4 days of free stuff going on. On Saturday, catch film, music and performance. Particularly intriguing is Michelangelo Pistoletto as he performs Newspaper Sphere leaving the Turbine Hall and crossing the Millenium Bridge into the streets of London between 5-6pm.
Sunday: It's 1951 at the Museum of London. Grab the kids and get them involved in making posters for the Festival of Britain between 12.30-2.30pm and then in an entirely unrelated activity, try out the working replica of a Roman water lifting machine and imagine being a slave. Fun for all the family!
Monday: Visit the National Maritime Museum's new exhibition, just opened, North-West Passage: An Arctic Obsession. Entry to the NMM is free and we're hoping you'll be able to leave the Arctic behind after, and warm up in Greenwich Park with a picnic and a pink gin, waiting for that wonderful view above.
Tuesday: Track down killer carnivores at the Grant Museum of Zoology at their free exhibition, Tooth and Claw between 1-5pm, 26-29 May.
Wednesday: Amazon Ladies required to get fit with basketball in Borough! Free exercise on offer between 6-8pm (also Tues & Fri) with a coordinated workout
Thursday: If the weather is fine hope to find a hint of a milonga as Tango@Spitalfields perform and teach Argentinean Tango, free from 7pm. Get involved in a tango embrace or just dream of the South American holiday you can't afford this year.