Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events in our fair city...
DRAGGING IT OUT
The Vito Project presents Polyester
The film club digs out this 1981 hit from camp maestro John Waters’s back catalogue, which stars his drag muse Divine. The Cinema Museum. Elephant & Castle. Wed May 25.
Science Museum Late: Space and Fashion
Yep, space and fashion: those two bedfellows. Exhibition Road’s nerdiest institution is keeping its doors open for this after-hours programme of events – some ticketed, some free, but all minus the hordes of shrieking schoolkids. Science Museum. South Kensington. Wed May 25.
Edward Barber: Peace Signs (pictured above)
Edward Barber was a major chronicler of the anti-nuclear marches, demos and rallies of the !980s. Over 30 years later, these pictures offer a glimpse into a turbulent decade of political protest. This display places a focus on the folk art that came out of the movement and the vital role of women in places like RAF base Greenham Common. Imperial War Museum. Lambeth North. Thu May 26-Sep 4.
Make do and Mend Yourself: In Bloom
This workshop, held in a recently overhauled space behind Waterloo station, will teach green-fingered types ways of growing fragrant summer flowers and making seed bombs. The perfect lunch-hour escape from your desk. Leake Street Pocket Park. Waterloo. Thu May 26.
UCL Festival of Culture: One Day in the City
A great programme of events has been put together for this biannual celebration of London and literature. And since everything’s about Shakespeare this year, there’ll also be a look at the Bard-related objects in the university’s art collection. Various UCL venues. Fri May 27.
Royal Parks' Bioblitz
Aspiring urban biologists should flock to this weekend event, held across two of west London’s finest green spaces. Bookable highlights include the releasing of small mammals into the wild (cute!) and a nighttime bat walk (not quite so cute!). ‡ Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetery. Queensway and West Brompton. Sat May 28- Sun May 29.