Free And Cheap London Events: 16-22 May 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 16-22 May 2016

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Take a challenge at Hampton Court Palace this week. Image: A Pillow Of Winds

A CHUNK OF PUNK: This punk photography exhibition rips open the anarchy archives at Barbican Library. Images from Rockarchive founder, Jill Furmanovsky, include the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Buzzcocks. It finishes next week, so get in quickly. Free, just turn up, 9.30am-5.30pm

DISCOVER CROSSRAIL: RIBA hosts an exhibition of the designs for the Elizabeth line stations which open in 2018. See how they're going to look first at this Platform For Design exhibition. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm (Tuesday until 8pm)

BE A-MAZED: Get lost at Hampton Court Palace's famous maze. Commissioned in the 1700s, it might just be the most famous maze in the world. See if you can find your way in/out this week. Maze tickets: £4.40/£2.80, just turn up, 10am-6pm

Monday 16 May

ASTRONOMY PHOTOGRAPHY: The night sky is one beautiful place and this Royal Observatory photo exhibition is a chance to see its most photographic side. Be amazed by images from the Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2015, including the captivating winner, Eclipse Totality Over Sassendalen. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

MERYL STREEP: See Meryl Streep's star turn as the wannabe soprano with the horrific voice in Florence Foster Jenkins at Genesis Cinema today. £4.50, prebook, 3.55pm

POPULISM AND THE PRESIDENCY: The 2016 US presidential campaign is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in history. At this British Library lecture, journalist, Martin Dickson examines the race for the White House and political, social and economic causes of the revolt in US politics. Free, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 17 May

PLAY WITH FIRE: Whitechapel Fire Station is open to the public today and Playmobil are on board too. There'll be plenty of chances to meet fire fighters, make Playmobil stations and get stuck into games, demonstrations and challenges. Free, just turn up, 1pm

IRAQ WAR: Professor Vernon Bogdanor delves into the history behind the Iraq War, 2003 — its causes and what lessons have been learned. Join the discussion at the Museum Of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm

POETRY LUV: A night of spoken word, poetry, art, literature and cocktails, this is Poetry Luv. Join the May edition of this monthly night at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club. £5, prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 18 May

Take a Kennel Club tour today. Image: The Conversation under the Creative Commons Licence

KENNEL CLUB: Take a guided tour of the Kennel Club's new Piccadilly building. Discover the history of the organisation, its continuing efforts to improve the lives of the UK's dogs and find out more about Crufts. Free, prebook, 11am

SPY TALK: Guy Burgess was a brilliant young Englishman, working for MI5 and MI6 during the Cold War. He was also a double agent, regularly passing secrets to Soviet Russia. Historian, Andrew Lownie, discusses his new book, The Lives Of Guy Burgess, at the National Archives. £4.80, prebook, 2pm

FEEL FRENCH: Join jazz singer, Oriana Curls for French Night at Primo Bar. Her impressive four-octave range can master any number with ease, so enjoy a relaxed mix of jazz, cabaret and pop. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Thursday 19 May

PERONI: The House of Peroni opens its doors at Proud East today, celebrating all things Italian. From southern Italian dishes to an eclectic range of Peroni Nastro Azzurro drinks — feel like you're on holiday right here at home. Free, prebook, 2pm

SUMMER SCANDAL: In the summer of 1889, Scotland Yard put 19 Cleveland Street under surveillance after "a number of men of superior bearing and apparently good position" had been seen visiting. But who were they? Why were they there? And what repercussions did this have for Victorian society? Join Colin Davey at Guildhall Library as he lifts the lid on the scandal. Free, prebook, 2pm

FRENCH APERITIF: Sample a touch of France at L'Escargot. Sip from the cocktail menu (at a discounted rate) or graze on classic dishes, such as snails. Free, prebook, 7pm

WEST END WENDIES: Take to the stage at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec and sing out your heart to some show tunes at West End Wendies. Their in-house pianist can play for you while you let out your inner diva. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Friday 20 May

SUNKEN CITIES: Submerged under the sea for 1,000 years, two lost cities of Egypt were recently rediscovered. As their fascinating story is told for the first time at the British Museum, hear from the director who led the expedition, Franck Goddio. £5, prebook, 7pm

WORLD FOOD: Sample dishes from around the world at St Katherine Docks, central London's only marina. Feast on Greek, taste Taiwanese, munch on muffins or sample steamed pork buns. We're hungry already. Free (food and drink charges apply), just turn up, from 11am

POUNDCAKE: Get your slice of Poundcake at VFD's night of trap, bounce,  hip hop and grime in Stoke Newington. £5, just turn up, 10pm

Saturday 21 May

Take a run through Highbury Fields this morning. Image: Louisa Thompson

PARK RUN: Head for Highbury Fields and join the park run. Register online and jog 5k — as slow or fast as you want to and grab a post-park coffee with your fellow runners after. Free, register online, 9am

KIDS CLUB: Give the kids a Saturday film with a difference at Phoenix Cinema. Today's programme features a selection of animated short films from London International Animation Festival. £3, prebook, 12pm

£5 COMEDY: Josh Howie and Fredrick Andersson raise the roof at the Top Secret Comedy Club's Early Show with pre-dinner giggling galore. £5, prebook, 7pm

Sunday 22 May

FARMERS MARKET: Cramer Street will be crammed with fresh produce for Marylebone Farmers Market. Have your fill from 30-40 stalls, selling some of London's finest foodstuffs. We particularly like the sound of The Dusty Knuckle Bakery. Free, just turn up, 10am-2pm

PARKLAND WALK: Go north and take the Parkland Walk South from Finsbury Park to Highgate. It follows the course of the old railway line and is packed with plants, trees and tiny creatures. Discover its history from the maps along the route or just enjoy the shady cool of the flora. Free, just turn up, all day

£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 — that's your Sunday relaxation sorted. £5 (for first timers, £7 for return visitors), prebook, 7pm

Last Updated 18 May 2016