Free And Cheap London Events: 8-14 February 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 8-14 February 2016

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Go beyond Egypt's beauty this weekend (see below).

UTOPIA: Somerset House celebrates the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's inspiring book with Utopia 2016. Events, exhibitions, performances, tours and workshops explore interpretations of this influential text. Free (charges apply to some exhibitions), prebook, 10am

BEYOND BEAUTY: Dig deep into Egypt at this major new exhibition at Two Temple Place. This is the ancient Egyptians at their most varied and spectacular, from day to day routine to the ornate coffins, head coverings and fashion. Free, just turn up (closed on Tuesday), 10am

Monday 8 February

AS YOU LIKE IT: Rosalie Craig and Patsy Ferran discuss the challenges of playing Rosalind and Celia in the National Theatre's current production of As You Like It. £4, prebook, 3pm

AUTISM AND MINDS WIRED FOR SCIENCE: This LSE lecture examines autism from various perspectives and includes speakers Simon Baron-Cohen (Autism Research Centre), John DuPre (Exeter University) and Bonnie Evans (Queen Mary University). Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

VALENTINE'S WREATH MAKING: Get out your creative side with this wreath making workshop at Surrey Docks Health Centre. It's a chance to relax while doing something crafty and meet new people too. Free, just turn up, 2.30pm

BOOK EVENT: Stephen Grosz and Lucy Kalanithi talk books at Waterstones Hampstead. They'll discuss The Examined Life, (Grosz's Sunday Times bestseller) and When Breath Becomes Air, a reflection on the relationship between doctors and patients, by Lucy's late husband and neurosurgeon, Dr Paul Kalanithi. £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 9 February

40 YEARS OF THEATRE: Celebrating 40 years of the Olivier Awards, the V&A presents Curtain Up — a dip into the archives of award-winning productions, including Phantom Of The Opera, A Chorus Line and Wolf Hall. Glimpse behind the scenes of Broadway and the West End and see what it takes to make a hit. Free, just turn up, 10am

WINTER SOUP SALE: No need to make your own lunch today. Borough Market hosts Winter Soup Sale, offering tasty meals made by local school children, who've trained with chef Nicole Pisani. Part of the partnership between Borough Market and School Food Matters. Free entry (soup costs vary), just turn up, 12pm-2pm

FLIPPING FUN: It's pancake day, so get yourself to the Flipping Marvellous London Bridge City Pancake Race. It's a treasure hunt, fun run and flip off all in one. Free, see website for details, 12.30pm

FREE FILM: Bette Davies stars in 1942 drama Now Voyager at Tuesday Chapel Cinema in Bethnal Green. See her Oscar-nominated turn as the neurotic Charlotte at this cosy film club. Free, prebook, 6.45pm

Wednesday 10 February

Matilda's exploding satchel comes to Southbank. Image: Southbank Centre

CRUNCHEM CATCHEM: A giant satchel exploding from within? This unique installation was created for the RSC's production of Matilda: The Musical. See it crash into the Royal Festival Hall from today. Free, just turn up, 10am

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S HIDDEN PLAY: Akenaton, by crime queen Agatha Christie, gets its first ever reading at UCL tonight. Actors and volunteers will take to the stage in this "evocative tale of the heretic pharaoh". £5, prebook, 6pm

BEE AWARE: Bees are worth £510m to the UK, but how much do we know about the farming of these little things? Guy Smith (National Farming Union) drops into SCI to discuss the balance between both the needs of farmers and the wildlife living in our crops. Free, prebook, 6pm

FREE COMEDY: It's New Act Night at the Comedy Cafe Theatre, which means eight fresh talents will be showing their funny sides. Seize this chance to (maybe) see some future comic legends before they hit the big time. Free, prebook, 8pm

Thursday 11 February

SOUNDBOX: Violin and Viotti lecturer, Peter Sheppard Skærved, presents Soundbox at the Royal Academy Of Music's Piano Gallery. Explore the historical and contemporary relationships between performers, composers, instruments and instrument-makers in this series of events. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm

FOOD MARKET: Six diners, five food shacks, four bars — there's a lot of eating, drinking and general merriment at Shoreditch's Dinerama. Some of London's best street grub served undercover with a tequila shack and rumours of a fire pit. Free entry before 7pm/£3 after (food/drink costs vary), just turn up, 5pm-late

REAL STORIES: If you're tired of Hollywood endings, come and share your real stories at Voices Of London in Hackney. Contribute to University Of East London research and make a radio show for RadioActive 101. This informal storytelling will show the true side of London from the people who live here. Free, prebook, 6pm

MONSTER MASH: If you've not made papier mache since school, nows the time to get re-started with Drink Shop Do's Monster Mash. Grab a drink, clear a space and get creating something so scary, you'll have nightmares for weeks. Free (when buying a drink), just turn up, 7pm

KARAOKE: Rave Karaoke tears up The Queens Head with DJ Anna Greenwood. Let tonight's Loved Up version bring out your Valentine's side. Whether you're a crooner of romantic ballads or a screecher of Rage Against The Machine, grab the mike and rave. £4/£3, prebook, 8pm

Friday 12 February

RED FLAG: See Lynn Morris's one-woman show, Red Flag Over Bermondsey: The Ada Salter Story, about the radical campaigner who became London's first female mayor. Rotherhithe's captivating venue, Sands Film Studios, hosts this performance from touring company Journeymen Theatre. Free, prebook, 8pm

VALENTINE'S SYBARITE NIGHTS: Leyden Gallery invites all performers to its Valentine's Sybarite Nights entertainment. Everyone's welcome — musicians, poets and all types of performers, and non-performing audience members too. See website for details of how to register. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

YOU SUCK: Not feeling romantic? Join The Victoria in Dalston, which is giving a huge V sign to Valentine's with its U Suck karaoke night. Break-up ballads, revenge rap hits and chick flick favourites will be rocking speakers 'til the small hours. Free, just turn up, 11pm

Saturday 13 February

Enter the Tunnel Of Love (see below) Image: Brunel Museum

DICKENS WALK: Discover Southwark's hidden stories as you follow Charles Dickens's early childhood on this walking tour. See the places that sparked his imagination and inspired him to create some of literature's best loved characters. Free, just turn up, 11am-1pm

POP UP PAINT: This Musical Painting Workshop pops up in South London this Saturday. This is a "free-flow" where kids can use music to inspire what they create with paint and crayons. Part of the Arts Festival at Rotherhithe's The Old Mortuary. £5, just turn up, 10am

LOVE IS: It means different things to all of us, but today Keats House invites you to come and experience its poetry of love, with work from Byron, Keats and many others, read by Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. Free, just turn up, 3pm

CHINESE NEW YEAR AT FOYLES: Escape the bustle of Charing Cross Road with Foyles Chinese New Year Celebrations. Music, dance and martial arts bring in the Year Of The Monkey with students from Goldsmiths Confucius. Free, prebook, 3pm

BOUNCE: For some pre-dinner table action, head to Bounce Ping Pong in Shoreditch or Farringdon. Before 6pm, you can have a 30 minute ping (or is it pong) for only £10 per table. Not your usual entree. £5 (£10 per table), prebook, 4pm-6pm

Sunday 14 February

TUNNEL OF LOVE: Enter the Tunnel Of Love for yourself in this subterranean amphitheatre near Brunel Museum. Learn about Brunel's secret romance as you enter the world's largest underground meeting room. £5, prebook, various times

CHINATOWN LONDON: A whole day of events celebrating Chinese New Year explodes in Chinatown today. From grand lion parades, the Dragon Dance and Flying Lion Dance, a variety show with Culture of China and Szechuan Opera, plus plenty of firecrackers and fireworks. The Year Of The Monkey's going off with a bang. Free, just turn up, 10.15am (opening parade)

FILMS AT VAULT: Pay what you like at Vault Film Festival this Sunday. See eight European short films on a wide variety of themes, from romance to a dystopian futuristic tale. Waterloo Station's vaults provide a film experience like never before. Pay what you like, just turn up, 4.30pm

Last Updated 07 February 2016