Free And Cheap London Events: 25 April-1 May 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 25 April-1 May 2016
Make friends with goats this week. Image: rosannadana

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KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM: It's the perfect time of year to visit new-born animals and Kentish City Farm lets you get up close to cuteness in the heart of the city. Meet their newest residents including lambs and goat kids this week. Free, just turn up, 9am-5pm

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK: 560 acres of parkland mean there are plenty of tracks and trails waiting to be uncovered at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Art trails, family-friendly and reliving London 2012: choose from their website and go exploring. Free, just turn up, 24 hours (limited lighting after dark)

Monday 25 April

LONDON IN VIDEO: Head to the Museum of London to discover London in video games, from 1984's Hampstead (yep that's a video game based on Hampstead) to London Racer from 2000, try your hand at a collection of weird and wonderful games. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm

HISTORICAL BUILDINGS: Learn about preserving historic and converted buildings at this National Archives seminar. With real case studies from the National Trust and Oxford Conservation Consortium. Free, prebook, 1pm-4pm

FREE CHOIR TASTER: Take a taste of singing with a West End Musical Choir's free taster session at Sylvia Young Theatre School. There's no need to read music or have previous experience, just come along and get involved. East London sessions also available, see website. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 April

Boldly go and discover space today. Image: Sweetie187

FREE MUSIC: Lunch has never sounded sweeter. Head to the Old Royal Naval College Chapel for a free classical recital. Free, just turn up, 1.05pm

DICKENS WALK: Follow the Twists through Dickens's early childhood and discover the inspirations for his novels on this south London walk. Dickens: Twists and Transformations takes you through the streets with tales of Victorian London. Free, just turn up: Borough Station start, 6pm

OUR FUTURE OFF EARTH: This Museum Of London lecture from Gresham College looks at the future of the Space Race — now half a century old. What's next as we attempt to make a base in space? Permanent places to live on the Moon and Mars are now a reality. Find out more with Professor Christopher Impey. Free, just turn up, 6pm

Wednesday 27 April

SUFFRAGETTE TALK: Uncover the history of 20 Cavendish Square and the part it played in helping London suffragettes, from those that protested there in 1906, to becoming the home of the College of Nursing just two decades later. Free, prebook, 5.30pm

SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Sample science after hours at this late shift at the Science Museum. This evening's session delves into the world of dementia and neuroscience. Meet scientists from the Brain Bank, try a video game to destroy the Alzheimer's-causing protein and make your own neuron. Free, just turn up, 6.45pm

£5 YOGA: Bring out your best downward dog with Brixton Yoga. If it's your first class, you pay just a fiver for this class at Dogstar — perfect for a midweek wind down. £5 (for first timers), prebook, 7pm

FREE FOLK GIG: From Denmark Street and beyond, there's a whole evening of folk music and tales at St-Giles-in-the-Fields. Welcome artists including Paul Hussey, Aleksandra Zachariasz plus more. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Thursday 28 April

GARDENING: Who says you've got to have loads of space for a garden? Make your own desktop ones with cacti and air plants at this welcoming Waterloo workshop. Reclaim your lunch time with some urban gardening. Free, just drop in, 12pm

FILMS FROM THE ARCHIVE: Be afraid as the National Archives screens a selection of BFI public information films. These shock-tactic shorts terrified generations with stranger danger, second world war advice and fire safety. Free, just turn up, 2pm

FREE THEATRE TASTER:  Fancy getting involved in a professional theatre production? Get theatrical at Greenwich Theatre today with this free taster session. Try it out and see if you'd like to take part in a May performance. All ages and abilities welcome. Free, just turn up, 5.30pm-7pm

HYPNOSIS: Since the mid-1800s, people have been regressing to past lives and doing silly things on stage all in the name of hypnosis. Christopher Green goes behind the smoke and mirrors to take a look at the science of hypnosis at The Bell. £4/£2, prebook, 7.45pm

Friday 29 April

PROJECT AWESOME: See great views of the city on your workout with Project Awesome at Primrose Hill. See the sun rise during your workout with this friendly fitness class. Free, just turn up, 6.30am

KINGS COLLEGE CREATIVE: Things take a creative turn at Kings College this Friday with Creativeworks Festival. A day packed with installations, debates, showcases, panels and workshops show the result of over 140 projects-worth of research. Free, prebook, 10am

WALK: Stroll through the Isabella Plantation — a 40-acre woodland garden in Richmond Park. Join a guided walk with the gardeners and enjoy some spring beauty with the staff who help make it all happen. Free, just turn up, 11am-12.30pm

You should be dancing this Friday... for free. Image: Clearly Ambiguous

INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY: As the Bee Gees said, you should be dancing, and today's the day to do it. For International Dance Day, Danceworks presents a whole barre-ful of classes — from Russian classical ballet to Brazilian Capoeira, grab your leotard (only kidding) and get involved. Free, prebook on the day only, 5pm-9.30pm

V&A LATE: Take an after-hours trip around the collections at the V&A this Friday. Their Late sessions throw together a mix of music, live performance, film, debates, special guests and DJs. Free (food and drink charges), just turn up, 6.30pm

COMEDY: See the funny stuff before anyone else at Naomi Petersen and Alison Thea-Skot's work in progress at the Comedy Room Camden. Be a giggle guinea pig for the night as they test out their newest material pre-Edinburgh. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 April

DIGITAL PRIDE: 2016 Digital Pride crashes into Heaven this weekend to kickstart a day of Pride celebrations. Expect panelists, entertainment from The London Gay Big Band and loads more, support from stars of social media, competitions and even an interactive ball pit. Free, prebook, 12pm-7pm

SPACE CADETS: Become a space cadet today at the Royal Observatory's Weekend Space Cadets. Learn about rockets, astronauts, the ISS and future space missions. Free, just turn up, 12.45pm-4.15pm

WE ARE LIZARDS: Not actual lizards. Scroobius Pip, Destruction, Push Music, Redshift Rebels, Disco Stu plus a special can't-be-named guest, will be making the rafters shake with their joyous sounds this Saturday at The Book Club. £5 (free before 9pm), just turn up, 8pm-2am

Sunday 1 May

CANAL MUSEUM: One of London's quirkiest corners, London Canal Museum takes you behind the scenes of the city's waterways at its King's Cross base. Discover all about the people, cargoes and trades of the canals and visit a recreated stable as part of the Horse Power exhibition. £4/£2, just turn up, 10am-4.30pm

MUSIC AND THE COMMUNIST IDEA: Musicologist Roderick Swanston discusses the relationship between communism and music at Conway Hall. For over 200 years, this powerful political and social theory has influenced the work of composers worldwide. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

MAY DAY POETRY: Ring in this year's May Day with an evening of verse at Torriano Poetry Evening. Local poet Dinah Livingstone celebrates the spring with her rich verses. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

Last Updated 24 April 2016