Free And Cheap London Events: 21-27 March 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 21-27 March 2016

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Discover a new side to the city this week. Image: ArUK5

FIND YOUR LONDON: Discover London's outdoor spaces, from gardens to parks and even market places. Find Your London celebrates the great outdoors in the city, with 100 events, loads of them free, ranging from yoga, cycle trails, treasure hunts and beekeeping, plus lots more. Use their interactive map to pick your day out, according to your mood. Choose from Active, Curious, Playful, Relaxed or Inspired. Many free events, see website for details. (Sponsored listing)

FREE ART: Drop by The Wallace Collection for a huge selection of beautiful art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries set against the backdrop of Hertford House, just a few moments from Oxford Street. See some of the city's most opulent pieces and discover the history of this fascinating museum. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

MORE WATER STORIES: More London Riverside presents Water Stories, an outdoor exhibition of Mustafah Abdulaziz's photographs from an ongoing study of the global water crisis. These powerful images show how water shapes the lives of people on four continents. Free, just turn up, all day event

Monday 21 March

PAY WITH A POEM: It's World Poetry Day and Viennese coffee company Julius Meinl is welcoming poems in exchange for its teas and coffees at a host of London locations. Sharpen your pencil, tap into your inner Byron and whip up a verse. See the Julius Meinl website for a map of participating locations. Free, just turn up with a poem, various opening hours

WORLD POETRY DAY: One of Britain's favourite poets, Wendy Cope, reads a selection of her work in celebration of World Poetry Day at the Indian YMCA in Fitzroy Square. Start your afternoon with coffee and cake, followed by readings from Wendy and some from CNWL patients who've been inspired by poetry. Free, prebook, 2.30pm

UKULELE HOOTENANY: If George Formby did parties, they'd probably be just like this. Grab your uke (or rent one there for free) to jam away to old classics, modern hits and plink away to your heart's content. Beginners and the uke-curious welcome at the Queen Of Hoxton. Free (£20 deposit to rent a ukulele), just turn up, 7pm

Tuesday 22 March

NORTH LONDON LITERARY FESTIVAL: Middlesex University hosts a free literature festival at its Hendon Campus. Learn from workshops, including writing fiction, how to get published plus discussions on science fiction and loads more. Free, prebook, 11am

LUNCH CONCERT: City of London Sinfonia presents a programme of lunchtime music at St Andrew Holborn, including Mozart's Serenata Nottura and Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings — two pieces that chart light's journey from day to night. Free, just turn up. 1.05pm

JERRY CAN RELAY: As part of World Water Day, get involved with Jerry Can Relay, a lunchtime race for water. Bring friends (or grab a stranger) and see how much water you can carry across Millennium Bridge and back in two hours. Charitable and great exercise. Free, sign up before, 12pm-2pm

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH: LSE gets talking about babies at this discussion about philosophy, pregnancy and birth. Join experts from Birkbeck and The University Of Southampton as they ask how can philosophy help us answer questions about individuality and responsibility. Free, just turn up, 7pm

FILM FOR A FIVER: See the latest smash from the Oscar winning Coen brothers for just £5 at JW3 this evening. Hail, Caesar! is a madcap adventure though Hollywood's golden era, with star turns by George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Josh Brolin. £5, prebook, 4pm/8.55pm

Wednesday 23 March

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

JAWDANCE: Practiced poets, bedroom readers and secret sonnet writers, get your verses heard at Rich Mix's Jawdance. Bring your work to this evening, headlined by poet Liz Berry, and share your love for the lyrical. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

COMEDY: The Jest & Guests bring some of the best stand up and character comedy in the capital to the Camden Head tonight. See the Radio 4 favourites and their host of giggle-packed guests. £5/£4, prebook, 8pm

Thursday 24 March

Stunning photographs of Bangladesh at Rich Mix today. Image: Shimu Rahman

LIFE IN A TEA GARDEN: Shimu Rahman's work has always been strongly influenced by lifestyle, culture and philosophy. Join his journey through the tea gardens of Bangladesh in this photography open house at Rich Mix. Free, just turn up, 6pm

GARDENERS QUESTION TIME: Seeking advice about your saplings? Are you confused about your cacti? Hampstead Garden Suburb Horticultural Society invites you to its popular Gardeners Question Time with Philip from Finchley Nurseries and its own expert, James. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

DRUNKEN CHORUS: Performance company Drunken Chorus brings its tipsy brand of raucous theatre and unexpected comedy to The George Tavern. Expect the weird, wild and wonderful at this Drunken Night. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Friday 25 March

FRIENDZONE: It's Good Friday and the Friendzone's a good place to be. Meet tons of new people at this "social skydiving" evening packed with games (we hear rumours of giant Jenga and Pictionary) in Shoreditch. There's even free cider if you get there before 8pm. Pay what you like, just turn up, 7pm

SOUTHBANK FOOD: There's more to Easter food than chocolate. Head to SC Food Market on Southbank to fill your (egg) cup to the brim with tasty treats or just browse the beautifully filled stalls. Free entry, just turn up, 12pm-8pm (except Monday: 12pm-6pm), until Monday 28 March

COMEDY: Friday's regular free funny business, Angel Comedy's Friday features hilarity from Stephen Bailey, Nick Elleray, Richard Todd and more this week. These guys win awards and frequently sell out, so get there early. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Saturday 26 March

Hear the sensational sounds of Julia Titus tonight. Image: Rising Sun

EASTER TRAIL: Children visiting the RAF Museum can pick up one of the special Easter Trails. Follow the steps throughout the museum and be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper. £1 per trail, just turn up, 10am-6pm

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO: There were margaritas, DJs, a mariachi band and plenty of salsa. Get your moves to Barrio East for a night of celebration of all things Mexico. £5, prebook, 8pm-2am

THE BIG TEN INCH: Jumping jazz, raucous swing and buckets full of blues, The Book Club welcomes the soulful Julia Titus and The Pigfoot Five. Who needs New Orleans with this sensational night of live sounds and authentic tunes. £5, just turn up, 8pm-2am

Sunday 27 March

DISCOVER SUNDAYS: Head to the National Maritime Museum to get in ship shape this Sunday. Investigate your own connection to the sea, whether you're a pirate or a landlubber. Free, just turn up, 11.30am/2pm

HIP HOP: B.Supreme, the UK's only hip-hop organisation purely representing women, throws open the doors of the Southbank Centre for hip-hop workshops. Come and learn something new this Sunday and catch a show from a pro after class. Free, just turn up, 11am-2pm

NIGHT OUT: Cat Lovers storm the stage at Queen Of Hoxton with their fourth birthday party. Jazzanova adds to the superbness, plus loads of performers, bands and DJs. £5 (before 11pm), see website for guest list details, 8pm-2am

Last Updated 20 March 2016