Free And Cheap London Events: 25-31 January 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 25-31 January 2016

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Feel the force of a Typhoon this week. Image: Martin Carey

TYPHOON FORCE: Get in the cockpit of a RAF Typhoon jet at the Science Museum. This new simulator takes you on a low-level mission, combining dynamic motion with audio visual presentation, so you can experience descending from 40,000 feet, formation flying and landing the agile combat aircraft. £5/ £4, prebook, 10am-6pm

TREASURES OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY: See more than 200 of the collection's most beautiful books displayed in the British Library building — from Gutenberg's Bible from 1455 to handwritten lyrics from The Beatles, via the Magna Carta and Leonardo da Vinci's notebook. The historic, scientific, literary and musical sit side by side in this magnificent selection from the library archives. Free, just turn up, various times.

ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHY: See award-winning photographs from Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 at the Royal Observatory. Be awed by inspiring shots of the cosmos, solar eclipses and the very best of our sky at night. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

Monday 25 January

LGBT PARTY: Join performance artist Tom Marshman and Camden People's Theatre for an informal tea party for LGBT people to share memories of King's Cross in the 1980s. Part workshop, history lesson, free tea and cake party, this is a chance to contribute to Tom's project in progress King's Cross (Remix) (working title) about the LBGT history of King's Cross. Free, prebook, 3pm

COLOURING IN: Colouring books for adults are big news right now. See if you can keep inside the lines at Adult Colouring In at Drink, Shop Do. There'll be competitions, prizes and lots of scribbling. Just like primary school again, but with cocktails. Free (with purchase of a drink), just turn up, 7pm

COMEDY CORNER SHOP: Lift your Monday mood with this comedy open mic in Shoreditch. New material, new acts and some old favourites. There's even some walk-in spots still available if you fancy testing out your own funny stuff. Free, just turn up, 7pm (performers), 8pm (show starts).

Tuesday 26 January

GO GREEN: Reuse, recycle and revamp your old stuff at Hackney Attic's Make Escape: Go Green craft night. Bring along an unloved garment and transform it into something new using a host of crafty techniques. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

FILM: The lovely pub, the Catford Constitutional, shows Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for free. Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey play a pair of messed-up lovers in Charlie Kaufman’s painful comedy about memory and romance. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Wednesday 27 January

CREATION TO CATASTROPHE: RIBA'S latest exhibition at The Architecture Gallery explores how architecture rebuilds communities and how disaster can sometimes present unique construction opportunities. From regeneration after the Great Fire of London to contemporary Japan, examine the relationship between man, architecture and nature. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

WHO OWNS LONDON: Camden People's Theatre hosts a panel discussion about the ownership of our capital city. As more of public London is becoming private, is this a problem? Or a brave new world? Part of the Whose London Is It Anyway Festival. £5, prebook, 6pm

Thursday 28 January

Get stuck into street food. Image: Imran Ahmad

NOURISH YOURSELF: Street food market, Nourish, comes to Whitechapel for its first January outing. Munch on treats from Imbert Street Food, Curry Cook House, Bapstars, Cheeky Burger and The Free Ranger & Sweet Savouries. Hungry yet? Free to visit (various prices for food), just turn up, 11am-3pm

SELF PORTRAITS AND POETRY: Part of the National Portrait Gallery's Lates, poet David Pollard reads from his anthology Self Portraits — a collection based on many of the gallery's works. David's published work includes five poetry volumes plus The Poetry of Keats and Nietzsche's Footfalls. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Friday 29 January

RUG RHYMES: The Poetry Library Den at the Southbank Centre welcomes children under five and their carers to meet puppets, Federico and Firebird, for nursery rhymes, poems and stories. Then browse and borrow books from the centre's children's collection and carry on telling stories all the way home. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-11am

FRIDAY JAZZ AT FOYLES: Saxophonist Denys Baptiste presents a tribute to John Coltrane with leading British jazz scene figures: Gary Crosby, Nikki Yeoh and Rod Youngs. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

THE DIVIDED LAING: Writer of The Divided Laing, playwright Patrick Marmion, joins Hilary Cooper, Chrysanthi Nigianni, Rob White and Stephen Woodhams to discuss pioneering psychiatrist RD Laing and his legacy at The Philadelphia Association. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Saturday 30 January

Make your own creature creations this Saturday. See below. Image: Andrew Smith

BAFTA: FOR THE LOVE OF FILM: 195 Piccadilly will be brimming with photos to celebrate the forthcoming BAFTAs. Snaps from film sets, including Harry Potter, and portraits of stars, including Andy Serkis, David Oyelowo and Terry Gilliam reveal two sides of the filmmaking process. Free, prebook, 10am-4.30pm

CREATURE CREATIONS: Let the weirdest and most wonderful animals from the Grant Museum of Zoology inspire you to create your own creatures at this art workshop for all the family. Copy your favourite one from their collection or create a whole new species. Free, prebook, 1.30pm-4.30pm

MAD ABOUT THE BOY: Explore fashion's obsession with youth in Mad About The Boy at The Fashion Space Gallery. Through the work of various designers who share the youth culture fixation, see their influence on fashion's ideal of the young male, accompanied by an audio installation. Free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm

POETRY AND HIP HOP: A Night of Two Cities — two districts of London with two distinctive styles, Brick Lane and Canary Wharf. A collection of young artists take the stage at Rich Mix to share their stories of survival in the city. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Sunday 31 January

TINTIN: HERGES MASTERPIECE: It's your last chance to catch the world of comic hero Tintin at Somerset House. Featuring pencil sketches, character drawings and original artwork from the stories, this collection takes in many aspects of the world-famous hero and is a must for all comic book fans. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

KEATS HOUSE POETS: Dean Atta performs with Jack Underwood, reading from his collection, Happiness. Sign up to read your own poetry at this informal open mic afternoon or just sit back and enjoy the words of others. Free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

HOUSING CRISIS: Go to Camden People's Theatre to see a Londonist-hosted panel discussion about how we can solve London's housing crisis. Nice and easy one, this, should be over quickly. Ha. £5, prebook, 7pm

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Last Updated 24 January 2016