Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
David Bailey’s book of photographs of Camden and Primrose Hill, first published 34 years ago, shows NW1 in a state of crumbling disrepair, in stark contrast to the upmarket neighbourhoods of today. Publishers Heni marks its reprint with a look at the London of the early 1980s: truly a world away. Heni, Soho. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Until Jan 31.
Local bakeries, breweries and businesses are letting visitors go behind the scenes as part of this celebration of all things east. Take a food tour of Broadway Market and learn the history of jellied eels. Various locations. Tube: Bethnal Green. Sat Dec 3.
Shakespeare’s love of astronomy went far beyond his star crossed lovers. Mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with this lecture on his knowledge of the night sky and its movements. Museum of London. Tube: Barbican. Wed Nov 30.
If there’s one thing that Christmas celebrations have been lacking for the past 2,016 years, its steelpan drums. Get yourself down to Portobello to see the famous North Ken market given a suitably Carnivalesque festive makeover. Portobello Market. Thu Dec 1-Sun Dec 4. Tube: Ladbroke Grove
Landlines are like minidisc players, blue hair gel and jeans with flames on them: they should have been consigned to history in the year 2000. Internet provider Relish is offering a free cup of coffee in exchange for your dusty old landline phone. Soho Grind. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Wed Nov 30-Fri Dec 2.
Head south of the river for roaring fires, Christmas carols, Santa’s grotto and an enchanted forest: it’s enough to get even the grumpiest Scrooge in the festive mood. For the perennially pessimistic, there’s always the succour afforded by the Tepee Bar. Peninsula Square. Tube: North Greenwich. Until Dec 22.