Free And Cheap London Events: 29 February-6 March 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 29 February-6 March 2016

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Enter Wonderland the digital way at the National Theatre. Image: Joe O'Mally

UNSEEN CITY EXHIBITION: See London through the lens of Magnum photographer, Martin Parr, as he reveals the Unseen City in this Guildhall Art Gallery exhibition. Go behind the scenes at some of the city's high profile events from the photographer's year in-residence. £5, prebook, 10am-5pm

FALL INTO WONDERLAND: Head to the National Theatre for this installation. Throw yourself down the burrow into immersive spaces and discover an underground digital world. Free, just turn up, 12pm-11pm

Monday 29 February

FASHION PHOTOS: 60 Years Of Fashion Photography opens today at Atlas Gallery. See breathtaking monochrome images of some of fashion's most beautiful people. From previously unexhibited work to acclaimed prints, street images and more, from some of the catwalks biggest snappers. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
JOAN BAKEWELL: Distinguished broadcaster Joan Bakewell discusses her new book at the National Theatre. From her musings on life and how to make beds and darn, to politics, love and betrayal, she'll be in conversation with David Kynaston. £4, prebook, 6.30pm
DARWIN LECTURE: Can Darwinian ideas explain aspects of human society? Join social science experts, Tim Lewens, Alex Mesoudi and Christina Toren at LSE as they discuss the possibility of a Darwinian theory of culture. Free, prebook, 6.30pm
QUIZ: When it comes to film quiz kudos, Brixton's Bigger Boat's up there with the Academy Awards. This blockbuster-packed offering at the Ritzy has no limit on group size so whether you come (Hans) solo or bring a team of (The Magnificent) Seven, grab your place before it sells out. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 1 March

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET: There are bones rattling all over the Grant Museum. Hear the history of London's last remaining university zoological museum from manager, Jack Ashby, at the Royal College Of Surgeons. £4, prebook, 1pm

THE MONSTER IN OUR GALAXY: Black holes, how much do we know about these enigmas of space? Head to The Royal Society for this lecture on the research of Professor Andrea Ghez . Learn the new developments in the study of these fascinating regions of spacetime. Free, just turn up, 6pm

DAD'S ARMY SCREENING: See Oliver Parker's 2016 homage to BBC sitcom, Dad's Army, at JW3 tonight. Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay and loads more famous British faces, it's an affectionate trip back to Walmington-on-Sea. £5, prebook, 8.45pm

Wednesday 2 March

Get your chunk of punk at The Barbican. Image: Paul Bence

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

A CHUNK OF PUNK: This punk photography exhibition opens its anarchy archives at Barbican Library today. Images from Rockarchive founder, Jill Furmanovsky, include the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Buzzcocks. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm

WOW FESTIVAL: Five female poets from a diverse range of backgrounds present their poetic perspectives of the natural world as part of Southbank Centre's Women Of The World Festival. Followed by a Q&A with poetic panel: Jemma Borg, Helen Moore, Myra Schneider, Kay Syrad and Adele Ward. Free, prebook, 8pm

Thursday 3 March

MEET MAISY: Children's TV favourite, Maisy Mouse, turns 25 this year. Little (and bigger) kids can celebrate with her by joining a host of exciting activities at Discover's Story Trail. £5 (free for under 2s), just turn up, 10am-5pm, until 6 March

BOUNCY CASTLE: Leap on the Bouncingham Castle bandwagon and play on this adults-only inflatable at More London Place. We're sure demand for this one is going to be high, so get there early —though (queue) jumping is probably encouraged. Free, just turn up, 10am-8pm, until 5 March

HAIKU WALK: Get the best in foot-powered poetry as you walk, talk and recite your way around Barbican with the Museum Of Walking's Haiku On Foot. Be inspired by the scenery to create your own verses. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

100 YEARS OF WI: Since the first world war, the Women's Institute has inspired ladies all over the UK. Discover more about the history of the county's most famous Calendar Girls at this National Archives talk. Free, prebook, 7pm

Friday 4 March

THEATRE: Barbara Thomas has a wealth of theatrical knowledge from her research in the Georgian and Victorian connections between Sadler's Wells, Vauxhall Gardens, The Royal Opera House and more. Her Guildhall Library talk reveals the inside world of life and liaisons in the theatrical community. Free, prebook, 2pm

SHAKESPEARE SON ET LUMIÈRE: Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Guildhall Library host a light and sound spectacular commemorating 400 years since one of the world's most famous playwright's death. You won't be Bard (sorry) with the 3D projections, specially-commissioned music and Shakespeare-themed tipples on offer. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm, until 5 March

POEMS THAT MAKE GROWN WOMEN CRY: Anthony and Ben Holden present poetry to weep over at the National Theatre. Hosted by Kate Mosse, with Imtiaz Dharker, Mariella Frostrup, Jude Kelly, Maureen Lipman, Edna O’Brien, Vanessa Redgrave, Elif Shafak and Juliet Stevenson. £4, prebook, 6pm

NIGHT OUT: Jump up, jump up and get down at the Queen Of Hoxton's Wild Life night. Party tunes, house, disco, electro, R&B, photo booths, disco balls —well you get the idea. Free (pre 9pm)/ £5 after, just turn up, 8pm

Saturday 5 March

A GREAT BIG CUDDLE: Snuggle up with a story as children's author, Michael Rosen, reads from A Great Big Cuddle. Listen as he performs poems from the book and marvel at illustrator Chris Riddell draws live on stage at Discover. £4, prebook, 11am

DESIGNING LONDON: Discover the wonders of science this weekend at the Museum Of London, Docklands. For International Women's Day, see what famous female inventors have been up to and get interactive creating your own gadgets. Free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm, until 6 March

CLARKS: No not the shop. A Book Club party packed with more hip hop, dance, Afrobeat, garage and house than you can squeeze into one Shoreditch Saturday night. £5/£3/Free, just turn up, 8pm

Sunday 6 March

Chiswick Gardens are blooming this Sunday. Image: Toshihiro Gamo
MY FAMILY'S MUSEUM ADVENTURE: Create your own family museum story at the Museum Of London using inspiration from its current exhibitions and the app, Comic Life. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2pm/3.30pm
ASIA HOUSE FAIR: The eighth Asia House Fair transforms Asia House HQ into a bustling bazaar filled with unique Asia-inspired items. There'll also be a pop cafe serving Asian street food and free tea for mothers visiting Asia House with their children. Free, just turn up, 11am-5pm
FLY A JET: Fly in an aerial battle in the RAF Museum's 4D Theatre. Become a brave bomber pilot, join the crew of the Kalamazoo Girl and more, in selection of thrilling adventures. £4, just turn up, 10am
CAMELLIA FESTIVAL: Chiswick House and Gardens bursts with blooms this Sunday. See some the world's oldest Camellia collection, with over 33 varieties, including one of the only two Middlemist red plants in the world. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN FOUR PLAY: See Jake Brunger's drama at Theatre503's Pay What You Can Sunday. This comic play about sex and commitment received rave reviews since it was commissioned by Old Vic New Voices. Donation, prebook, 5pm

Last Updated 28 February 2016