Free And Cheap London Events: 22-28 February 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 22-28 February 2016

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Learn a few tricks from Einstein at the Science Museum. Image: Miles Davies

EINSTEIN'S LEGACY: All round clever chap, Albert Einstein's been in the news lately with his gravitational waves. See how his theories and ideas revolutionised our understanding of the world at this fascinating Science Museum exhibition, filled with artefacts. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

VISSCHER REDRAWN: One of our only records of pre-Great Fire London, Visscher's engraving meets its 2016 version by Robin Reynolds. See the two spectacular 6ft pieces side-by-side at Visscher Redrawn at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Free, just turn up, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm

LONDON BEER WEEK: A whole week of beer celebrations comes to the city. Though a festival wristband costs a tad too much to be featured on these pages, there are a huge selection of pubs running £3 promotions. For the list of participating pint purveyors, click here.

Monday 22 February

HOLD SOME GOLD: Head to the Bank of England Museum for the inside information into Britain's money history. Discover the people who've helped to shape its 300 year institution and feel like a millionaire as you hold some gold. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

ROYAL WALKING TOUR: See unmissable London attractions on this walking tour of Royal London and the Changing Of The Guard. With Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St James's Palace and 10 Downing Street, you'll be spoilt for snaps. Free, just turn up, 10.30am

ARTIST LECTURE: South London Women's Artists welcome Liliane Lijn to Conway Hall to discuss her artistic practice and 50-year career. £5/£3.50, prebook, 7pm

MARGARITA MASTERCLASS: Tequila and Cafe Pacifico will be hosting a one-off Margarita Masterclass at Cafe Pacifico, Covent Garden, to celebrate National Margarita Day. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the premium tequila range as well as finding out how to make the perfect Margarita. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 23 February

THIS IS TEMPORARY: An abstract night of performance and  interactive exhibits explodes at Rich Mix to ask: is capitalism working? This event plays with audio visuals, poetry, installations and talks to challenge us to answer the question for ourselves. £4, prebook, 6pm

SCI FI FILM: Get shorty in this Sci-Fi film night at the Book Club. From the comic to the otherworldly, the surreal to the live-action — this evening combines a selection of short films with the chance to network with other creatives. Free, prebook, 7pm

RISE OF ISIS: The Imperial War Museum continues its popular Contemporary Conflicts series of talks with The Rise Of Isis. Since 2014, the radicalised group has been a familiar feature of worldwide news, but what is Isis and where did it come from? Part of the Fighting Extremes From Ebola To Isis exhibition (also free). Free, prebook, 7pm

BRITISH BLACK GOSPEL: Rye Wax present an evening of British black gospel music selected by MOBO judge, Steve Smith. Performers include Leroy Johnson, Kieron Bygrave and Sabrina Paul. Signed CDs and copies of Steve's book, British black Gospel, also available. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 24 February

PROJECT AWESOME: Get a 'power boost of positivity' at Project Awesome's fitness movement at The Scoop, Tower Bridge. Expect dazzling views of the city as you catch it at its best time. Free, prebook, 6.30am

CROCHET CIRCLE: Get hooked on crochet at the Museum Of Childhood's friendly crochet workshop. Bring a hook and some yarn (though there'll also be some available there) and get knotting. Beginners welcome too. Free, just turn up, 2pm

UPDATING VICTORIA LINE: Birkbeck Cinema throws its doors open for a duo of films documenting the making of the Victoria Line in the 1960s, the first (at the time) new tube line for 50 years. Free, just turn up, 2.20pm

LSE LITERARY FESTIVAL: Examining the 17th century, this LSE discussion focuses on the shift in outlook during this Age Of Genius — from John Dee's alchemy to Galileo and Newton's laws of motion. Join Professor A.C Grayling and literature lecturer Danielle Sands as they explore 17th century modernity. Free, prebook, 7pm

Thursday 25 February

Find the science behind superheroes this Thursday. Image: Maggie Jones

LSE DRAMA: Get ready for an evening of George Bernard Shaw presented by LSESU Drama Society. The Millionairess (1936) reflects Shaw's view of the USSR as a utopia for his times. He specially rewrote the play's ending after his own Russian trip. Free, just turn up, 6pm

SUPERHERO RESEARCH: Scientists, engineers and artists come together at the Cartoon Museum to present their research on a superhero theme. Are superpowers really possible? Bring your cape and come and find out. Free, prebook, 6pm

VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT: The "world's most mysterious manuscript" and the "Everest of historical code-breaking", the Voynich Manuscript is renowned for its unfathomable text and diagrams. What do we know about this enigmatic work? Curse Of The Voynich researcher, Nick Pelling, reveals more about this unsolved historcial puzzle. £4/£2, prebook, 7.45pm  

Friday 26 February

WALKING TOUR: Take a wander through East Dulwich on this Cool Walks stroll. From Grove Vale Library to Denmark Hill, discover the area's rural past and see what the future holds for this corner of South East London. Free, just turn up (at Grove Vale Library), 11am

BREATHE FESTIVAL: Find some Breathing Space at The Old Church in Stoke Newington. Experience installation — VOX, reflect and relax with movement teacher, Elaine Westwick. Part of Breathe: A Celebration Of Air. Free, just turn up, 12pm-1pm

STAR TREK TALK: Feeling trekky? Boldy go to this LSE discussion, What Star Trek Tells Us About the World. Celebrating the 50th anniversary, an expert panel will explore what Star Trek's attitudes to international relations, science and society can tell us. Free, prebook, 6pm

Saturday 27 February

Make Peter Pan puppets this weekend. Image: Pallab Seth

PETER PAN PUPPETS: Make your own shadow puppet theatre in this family workshop at the Foundling Museum. Explore Peter Pan's theatrical beginnings and help him and the Lost Boys find their shadows. Free, register on the day, various times (see website)

PARK RUN: Grab your trainers and head to Hampstead Heath's Park Run. This weekly 5km is timed, but beginners are welcome and the emphasis is on the friendly meeting after for a post-run coffee. Free, prebook, 9am

GIG: Hoxton Vibes invites you to party at The Stags Head in Hoxton with rafter-shaking rock from Rising Without A Kingdom and acoustic tunes from James Kirsch. DJs Darkest Before Dawn will be making your feet tap too. There's also free popcorn, which is a bit random, but nice. £5, prebook, 7pm

Sunday 28 February

See Gone With The Wind... er not quite like this. Image: D. Mark Laing
LONDON BELOW: Epic Dalston hosts East London's alternative market, with traders, demonstrations and workshops. Find a wide range of subcultures, including goth, steampunk, emo, psychobilly and more. Free (costs apply to some workshops) just turn up, 12pm-5pm
GONE WITH THE WIND: Sands Film Club gives you four hours of film magic for free with this Gone With The Wind screening. Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler and some of Hollywood's most memorable lines. Frankly, my dear, we do give a damn. Free, prebook, 5pm
OPEN MIC: Head north to The Hideaway, near Archway tube, for their popular open mic. Bring your instruments, voice, backing singers or just your mum, and sign up for a 10 minute slot. We hear they also do amazing pizza. Free, register for a slot, 7pm

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