Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
Anyone who’s been on an awkward date will know the power of body language. At this evening event you can discover the meaning behind everything from political posturing to facepalming. There will also be talks on fat activism, sign language and the history of voguing. Wellcome Collection. Tube: Euston. Fri Nov 4. Free but ticketed
Get ready to give your lungs a workout. As part of Black History Month, East End teens can join this free class and learn to sing like Aretha Franklin. It’s open to anyone aged 14 to 19 and you don’t need a scrap of experience or ability to join in. Hallelujah! Space. London Fields Overground. Sat Nov 5.
What do Londoners love more than tea? Free tea! Teapigs will be handing out cups of the revivifying brew to thirsty commuters to celebrate its tenth birthday. Head to Waterloo or flag down the Teapigs Routemaster to grab a lovely hot cuppa on the house. Various locations. Wed Nov 2.
Ah, Etsy – the home of handmade brooches, cross-stitch Benedict Cumberbatches and mugs bearing cute dachshunds. Now you can browse the marketplace IRL at this four-day pop-up. Gallery Different. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Wed Nov 2-Sat Nov 5.
Lucy Sparrow returns with another felt-based exhibition. This time she’s recreated items that are commonly robbed from UK supermarkets, including bottles of bubbly and boxes of condoms. Lawrence Alkin Gallery. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. From Thu Nov 3.
Pick up a pencil and create something arty at one of the drop-in drawing sessions taking place on the lower ground floor of Selfridges. Materials are provided and artists from the Royal Drawing School will be on hand to offer advice and encouragement. Selfridges. Tube: Bond St. Thu Nov 3.