Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 3-9 February 2020

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Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 3-9 February 2020

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The Real Thing at Fashion Space Gallery

WORK IN PROGRESS: As comedians start looking ahead to Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre's Work In Progress season goes on. The shows are a fiver each, or three for £12, and options this week include Tez Ilyas: Rough Draft, Jane Pasty's Apology Tour, Dane Baptiste's The Chocolate Chip, plus shows by Sarah Keyworth, Adam Hess and Mark, Miles and Camilla. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £5/£12 for three shows, book ahead, ongoing

THE REAL THING: New exhibition The Real Thing showcases photos which explore aspiration, ownership, and authenticity in the fashion industry. The artists featured look at issues of globalisation, capitalist consumption, identity and sustainability in the way we relate to brands today. Fashion Space Gallery (Oxford Street), free, just turn up, 7 February-2 May

Monday 3 February

Join London Skeptics in the Pub

EINSTEIN: What has Einstein ever done for you? Astrophysics professor Roberto Trotta discusses how Einstein’s work and mind-boggling ideas have shaped our everyday lives. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

COUNCIL HOUSING: Britain built more council housing in the 20th century than any other country, but over £100bn of it has been sold off. Hear from Professor Steve Schifferes, about what caused this change in attitude, and how it has affected politics, society and the economy. Barnard's Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

SKEPTICS IN THE PUB: Comedian Robin Ince is the special guest at this month’s Skeptics in the Pub. Hear him talk about some of the topics covered in his book, I’m A Joke And So Are You. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? The Roadtrip & Workshop (Old Street), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm

Tuesday 4 February

Gresham College hosts a battle of the space giants

WEBB VS HUBBLE: To mark the upcoming 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, Gresham College looks back at what we've learned from it so far, and looks forward to the future. Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock discusses the insights it has given us into the universe, as well as the James Webb Space Telescope, a successor due for launch next year. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

ABRAM GAMES: 20th century graphic designer Abram Games is celebrated in a free talk about his life and work. Hear about his 60-year career, during which he created posters and stamps, and was appointed Official War Poster Designer. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

A MONSTER CALLS: The final Science On Screen film at the Francis Crick Institute is A Monster Calls. Timed to mark World Cancer Day, it's the story of a boy who seeks help from a tree monster to cope with his mother's terminal illness. Following the film, there is themed entertainment and discussions, and a free drink. Francis Crick Institute (King's Cross), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 5 February

Hear about the early years of London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

VIDEO SOCIAL: Interested in becoming a YouTuber? Head to The Video Social, where panellists such as filmmaker Ben Maclean, cinematographer Stephan Knight and editor Marta Strauss talk about their careers and offer tips on growing your following and developing your channel. The Old Street Gallery, £2.40, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

LGBT+ HISTORY: As part of LGBT+ History Month in Newham, Birkbeck's Big Ideas holds a free lecture about the early years of London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. Hear from doctoral researcher Ralph Day about methods used to research queer sexualities since the 1960s, and how this has changed. Stratford Library, free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR: New cinema Catford Mews hosts a screening of Appropriate Behaviour, to kick off its Valentine's Find Your Muse series of films. The 2014 drama/romance follows Shirin, who is attempting to hold onto many identities, including ideal Persian daughter and politically correct bisexual. Catford Mews, £5, book ahead, 7pm

Thursday 6 February

The British Academy discusses environmental racism in the United States

ROGUES WITH RIFLES: Hear from author Robert Griffith about the first rifle battalion in the British Army, the 5/60th Rifles. He talks particularly about the battalion's actions during the Peninsular War between 1808 and 1814, and some of the particular people he found out about while researching for his book. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 6pm

ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM: Environmental racism is on the rise in the United States, but what does this mean? Hear from experts Dr Lucy Bond and Dr Jessica Rapson about their research in the American Gulf States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas), which showed that minority and impoverished communities are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air, and that the tourist industry is helping to conceal this. The British Academy, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

CUNNING FILM CLUB: Cunning Folk Film Club kicks off 2020 with a screening of 1975 film Requiem for a Village. The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard. Balham Bowls Club, £5, book ahead, 8pm

Friday 7 February

Ego Ella May performs at Southbank Centre

JEWISH WOMEN: Kathrin Pieren and Susan Gordon from the Jewish Museum discuss the important contributions of Jewish women in both world wars. Hear stories of individuals, such as a Jewish secretary from Ealing who went behind enemy lines to work as a wireless operator with the French Resistance, as well as the wider roles that Jewish women took on. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

CHOLERA: The National Archives holds a talk and document display about the 1848-49 cholera outbreak in England and Wales. Christopher Day, Head of Modern Domestic Records, talks about how the country dealt with this public health issue, and there's a chance to see documents relating to the Public Health Act of 1848, which was passed to deal with the epidemic. National Archives (Kew), £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Kickstart your weekend with a free performance by Ego Ella May. The south London songwriter and vocalist's work focuses on contemporary compositions, and this show is presented in partnership with BBC Music Introducing. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 6pm

Saturday 8 February

Have a browse at Hackney Flea Market

HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: Have a rummage through stock belonging to more than 30 traders at Hackney Flea Market, and see what bargains you can find. The specialist vintage traders sell a wide range of bric-a-brac, furniture, homeware, and retro collectibles. Abney Public Hall, free, just turn up, 8-9 February

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: As plans abound for a new Walworth Library and Southwark Heritage Centre, Southwark Council hosts a free weekend of painting. The family-friendly workshop focuses on items from the Cuming Collection, resulting in some giant group paintings on the theme of mythology. 145-147 Walworth Road, free, just turn up, 8-9 February

Sunday 9 February

Solo Craft Fair comes to Catford

CRAFT FAIR: Solo Craft Fair holds its first event in Catford, launching a new monthly craft market. Browse 40 craft stalls across three rooms, selling beauty products, jewellery, accessories, artworks and more. Ninth Life (Catford), free entry, just turn up, 12pm-5pm

PRINCE HARRY: In a somewhat timely manner, One Of A Kind Comedy presents a new comedy musical, looking at where Prince Harry might be in 2084. The show casts him as the leader of a rebel faction of redheaded outcasts, while Meghan Markle's been kidnapped. Round Table (Leicester Square), £5, book ahead, 9pm-10pm

Last Updated 31 January 2020