Interesting and unusual things to do for a fiver or less this week, sponsored by CommuterClub.
EMIN’S BED: See Tate Britain's display featuring work by Tracey Emin and Francis Bacon, including Emin’s famous bed installation and two of Bacon’s oil paintings, selected by Emin. Free, until June 2016
ARTS EMERGENCY: An immersive exhibition opens at The Cass Bank Gallery on Whitechapel High Street, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith (who'll be in residence throughout). Get your Arts Emergency Kit including prescriptions from the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Samantha Morton and Vampire Weekend and get involved with politics and the arts. Free, until 3 May
STRANGE CREATURES: Been to the Strange Creatures exhibition (★★★★☆) at the Grant Museum of Zoology yet? It uses art, taxidermy, and even toys to show the difficulties of portraying new species of animals to those who had never seen one — a zoological Chinese whispers, if you will. Free, just turn up, until 27 June
LAST CHANCE: Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections from the Industrial North West (★★★☆☆) is on at Two Temple Place, displaying items bought and owned by wealthy cotton magnates, from ivory artefacts to taxidermy birds. Free, until 19 April
Monday 13 April
CARD MAKING: Head to Drink Shop Do for a session of inappropriate card making to mark the Queen's upcoming birthday. Free, from 7pm
COMEDY: Arthur Smith headlines at the Good Ship in Kilburn, with other sets from Meryl O'Rourke, Dave Green, Jenny Bede and Nick Hall. £5/£4adv, prebook, 8pm
Tuesday 14 April
SPEAKEASY: Enjoy an evening of poetry, prose and monologues at Drink Shop Do's Speakeasy. Arrive early to reserve a reading slot. Free, from 7pm
POETRY AND REMEMBRANCE: Today's Gresham Lecture at Museum of London focuses on why poet Thomas Gray wrote two versions of his famous Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. Free, just turn up, 6pm
WORKING IN AFGHANISTAN: BBC Radio 4 presenter Roger Bolton hosts Dr Tommy Wide, Managing Director of Turquoise Mountain, at the Imperial War Museum, as he talks about his organisation's mission to revive Afghanistan’s traditional crafts and architecture. Free, prebook, 7pm
Wednesday 15 April
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE: To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, Middlesex University London hosts a screening of Night Will Fall, about the horrific discoveries made when Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45. Free, prebook, 5.30pm
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Thursday 16 April
PARCHED CITY: Author of Parched City Emma Jones gives a talk about how perceptions of London's drinking water have changed as the city has evolved. Takes place at Barbican Library. Free, prebook, 12.30pm
REMEMBRANCE IMAGE PROJECT: To mark the centenary of the First World War, Simon Gregor is photographing a selection of First World War sites, using these images to promote awareness and debate about the war and the role of remembrance. He's at the National Archives in Kew to talk about the project and show some of the images. Free, prebook, 2pm
FREE TALK: Learn about the arts and democracy and why the CIA funded Jackson Pollock in a talk from Arts Emergency co-founder Neil Griffiths at the CASS on Whitechapel High Street. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm
LIBRARY TOUR: Take an evening tour of the refurbished Grade II* listed Library at Bishopsgate Institute and find out more about its unique and fascinating history and the collections relating to the history of London. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
OF DOLLS AND MURDER: Tying in with the current Forensics exhibition, Wellcome Collection holds a screening of Of Dolls and Murder, a documentary about forensics featuring Frances Glessner Lee’s 1940s dollhouse crime scenes, known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Free, prebook, 7pm
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Author and biographer Andrew Wilson is at Gay's The Word bookshop in Bloomsbury to talk about his Alexander McQueen biography, Blood Beneath The Skin. £3, prebook, 7pm
JESSE ARMSTRONG: Peep Show/Fresh Meat writer Jesse Armstrong has a novel out (Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals). He’s reading from and talking about it at Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace. £3, prebook, 7.30pm
Friday 17 April
DOG WALKING: Take your pooch to Forty Hall Estate in Enfield for the weekly social dog walk around the estate, finishing up in the cafe. All money raised goes to the Cinnamon Trust. £4 (including tea/coffee), from 10am
Saturday 18 April
RECORD STORE DAY: Today is Record Store Day, celebrating the UK's independent record shops. Plenty of stores have events going on including free performances from local musicians. Find your nearest store.
SPRING FESTIVAL: Chrisp Street Market in Poplar hosts its inaugural Spring Festival, complete with petting zoo, vegetable orchestra, interactive workshops and delicious street food.
SOUTHBANK CENTRE: There are plenty of free and cheap things to do at Southbank Centre today, including exhibition tours (free) a crafty makes workshop (free) and a vintage family dance workshop. See individual events for details.
Sunday 19 April
EDIBLE BUS STOP: The Friends of Crystal Palace Park need help weeding the Edible Bus Stop and planting some new yummy edible things. Free, 2pm-4pm
OPEN GARDEN: The South London Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill is home to 500 labeled species grown in a formal layout of themed borders. Today it's open to the public to raise money for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme. £3, just turn up, 2pm-5pm
TOWER OPEN DAY: The tower at Christ Church in Erith has been added this year, and today there's an open day, with access to ground floor displays about the history of the tower, and CCTV links to the ringing chamber and belfry for those unable to climb the stairs. Free, just turn up, 3pm-5pm
Check out our map of free things to do in London for more frugal fun.