Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 4-10 March 2019

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Free And Cheap Events In London This Week: 4-10 March 2019

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Only a couple more weeks to see The British Library's Cats on the Page. (Mog's Christmas image, 1976 © Kerr Kneale Productions Ltd)

WALES WEEK: It's the final few days of this celebration of all things Welsh in London, which coincided with St David's Day. See the full events programme. Various locations and prices (some events free), until 9 March

UNDER THE SKIN: There's still time to see Under The Skin, an exhibition looking at how artists have represented the human body throughout history. Particular focus is on techniques used to illustrate the many layers within the human form. Royal College of Physicians (Regent's Park), free, just turn up, until 15 March

CATS ON THE PAGE: This exhibition celebrates literature's greatest — and little-known — felines and their capers on their page. View original illustrations, and revisit cats you probably remember from childhood — Mog, anyone? British Library, free, just turn up, until 17 March

PEDIGREE DOGS: In the interest of avoiding bias, we present you an exhibition of dogs, to complement the above cats exhibition. The Kennel Club's little-known art gallery currently hosts an exhibition of the photography of Thomas Fall, Kennel Club (Piccadilly), free, booking an appointment is mandatory, until 29 March

Monday 4 March

Plosive Comedy comes to Islington

COMEDY: Comedians Adam Riches, John Kearns, Stevie Martin, Ben Target and Dan Cook take to the stage to perform new material with the sort of content that no-one would normally say out loud. The Bill Murray (Islington), £5, book ahead, 6.45pm-7.45pm

FOLK MODERN: Five acoustic acts take to the stage to perform their music at this open mic night. There's no specific genre, but the acts are selected for the sincerity and thought-provoking nature of their work. Ritzy (Brixton), free, book ahead, 8pm-11pm

NEW MUSIC: Another chance to see up-and-coming musical acts for a bargain price. Singer-songwriters and bands, and performance artists from around Europe and beyond perform. The Half Moon (Putney), £2.50, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 5 March

Pimp your pancake at Drink, Shop & Do

COOKERY WORKSHOP: Take part in a free cookery workshop, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste Britain produces. Focus is on bread specifically — apparently 24 million slices are wasted every day — so learn how to turn your old loaf into a bread and butter pudding, or croutons. Brecknock Primary School (Camden), free, book ahead, 3.30pm-4.30pm

PIMP YOUR PANCAKE: It's Pancake Day and we've found plenty of places where you can enjoy them. But for a flippin' good (and bargain-tastic) time, pimp your own. Everything is supplied for you to decorate your own pancakes. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £3, book a table, from 6pm

MAUREEN DUFFY: Maureen Duffy is the special guest at tonight's Polari LGBT literary salon. The poet, playwright and novelist came to attention in the 1960s as the first woman in British public life to talk openly about her homosexuality. Southbank Centre, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm

Wednesday 6 March

London Review Bookshop is open late tonight

WOMEN'S DAY: Ahead of International Women's Day, this week's V&A lunchtime lecture is by Sonja Harms, a dressmaker who specialises in making clothes for transvestites. She talks about some of the actors, models and musicians she's worked with, and what she's learnt from them. V&A Museum (South Kensington), free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm

ASTRONOMY: In the 500 years since Sir Thomas Gresham — namesake of Gresham College — lived, our knowledge of space and astronomy has changed enormously. In this lecture, Professor of Astronomy Joseph Silk discusses what we've learnt — and the things about the cosmos which remain unknown. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm

BOOKSHOP LATE: London Review Bookshop stays open late for its monthly late shopping evening. Book yourself a free ticket to get a glass of wine while you browse. Staff are on hand to offer suggestions, and you get 10% off any books you buy on the night. London Review Bookshop (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm

LOST COUNTRY: Lotharingia was a kingdom that once covered the land that stretches from the mouth of the Rhine to the Alps — an area now split between several countries. Author Simon Winder discusses his book Lotharingia: A Personal History Of Europe's Lost Country, about the people who have lived there for centuries. Stanfords (Covent Garden), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm

GLOUCESTER CRESCENT: William Miller's book, Gloucester Crescent, is a personal memoir about growing up surrounded by the likes of Alan Bennett, A. J. Ayer and other residents of the road made famous by The Lady In The Van. Hear him talk about life on the leafy Primrose Hill street in the 1960s-1980s. Owl Bookshops (Kentish Town), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm

Thursday 7 March

Meet the restoration manager at Fulham Palace

DISASTER MOVIE: Hollywood disaster films may make for excellent entertainment, but how realistic are they? Not very, according to Professor David Alexander from the Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL. He talks about the inaccuracies in such films, using 60 common misconceptions as a framework. UCL (Gower Street), free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

PALACE RESTORATION: Join Steve Bevan, the man in charge of restoring Fulham Palace, to find out what's happening with the project. He talks about the transformations that have happened so far, as well as what's to come, and there's a chance to ask him your questions. Fulham Palace, free, just turn up, 3pm-4pm

VIRGINIA WOOLF: Virgina Stephen — later Virginia Woolf — taught at Morley College between 1905 and 1907. In this traditional Penny Lecture, Dr Clara Jones talks about the only record Woolf made of her experiences of Morley — an unpublished sketch held in her literary archive. Morley College (Lambeth), 1p, booking recommended, 5.30pm-6.45pm

IMPERIAL LATES: Wonder Women is the theme of this month's late night at Imperial College. Create a personalised Wonder Woman screenprint, imagine what a feminist internet would look like, race a hydrogen-powered car, and watch female entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel. Imperial College (South Kensington), free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Friday 8 March

Female Empowerment Through Tagore — part of Women In Focus

WOMEN OF THE WORLD: It's International Women's Day so Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival is back, with a wealth of events going on over two days — including some free ones. Southbank Centre, various times and prices, 8-9 March

WOMEN IN FOCUS: Dance, cabaret and capoeira are all part of the Poplar Union Women In Focus Festival. Attend a screening of Pixar film Brave, take part in a radical embroidery session, or browse a photography exhibition featuring British Bengali women. Poplar Union, free, book ahead, 8-10 March

Saturday 9 March

Bag a bargain at Hackney Flea Market

INVENTIONS: Students from Imperial College London bring a day of family-friendly science to Museum of London. Find out which inventions have made London into what it is today, and get thinking about what you'd invent to change the future. Little Miss Inventor from the Mr Men and Little Miss books is expected to make an appearance. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 11am

HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: 30 handpicked vintage traders are selling salvaged treasures at Hackney Flea Market. Have a rummage through records, furniture, homewares, textiles, kitchenalia and all manner of other items — just think about how you're going to get it home before you splash out on a new (to you) wardrobe. Abney Public Hall (Stoke Newington), free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm

Sunday 10 March

Pick yourself up a new outfit at Frock Me vintage fair

VINTAGE FAIR: Frock Me vintage fair is back in west London with more than 70 traders selling clothes dating right back to the Victorian period. Look out for labels including Ossie Clark, Biba and Chanel. Don't miss the jewellery fair upstairs.  Kensington Town Hall, £4, booking recommended, 11am-5.30pm

LONDON IN VERSE: The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors present an afternoon of poems and rhymes dedicated to the capital, celebrating its richness and diversity through the written word. Keats House (Hampstead), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

SWISH AND STYLE: If your wardrobe needs a refresh but vintage fashion isn't your thing, head along to the swish and style. Take along some of your old (but good quality) items of clothing, and swap them for pieces donated by other people — a wardrobe update, completely free. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), free, just turn up, 2pm-5pm

Last Updated 01 March 2019