Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events.
Photographer Juergen Teller selects unusual pieces by Robert Mapplethorpe, master of black-and-white nudes. If you’re just after massive bums, you won’t be disappointed, but amid the filth there are some disarmingly private moments, offering a fascinating glimpse into the mind of Mapplethorpe the man. Alison Jacques Gallery. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Until Jan 7 2017.
Throw some festive shapes, without a ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ compilation in sight. Expect a shambolic pub quiz, bands and DJs till late, courtesy of cool promoters EYOE and the organisers of Field Day. Moth Club. Hackney Central rail. Fri Dec 16.
Humans are obsessed with animals: just look at 90 percent of the internet. This quirky exhibition documents the place of animals in our world, from crap taxidermy to medical testing and genetic modification. Wellcome Collection. Tube: Euston. Until 21 May 2017.
This year, show some goodwill to the planet. Instead of adding to the mountain of discarded Christmas decorations and gravy-stained paper hats in January, learn how to transform recycled or unused materials into tree decorations, cards and other festive fodder. Volunteer Centre. Dalston Junction Overground. Wed Dec 14.
Ever get the feeling carols these days just aren’t, well, medieval enough? Come to Gresham College to learn about how they would have sounded in the Middle Ages, with sung illustrations from the St Luke’s carollers of Chelsea. Gresham College. Tube: Chancery Lane. Tue Dec 13, 6pm.
Be one of those annoying people who stroll in to the office at 9am having done stuff before work, with this free morning yoga session. Booking, via Eventbrite, is essential. Dalloway Terrace. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Thu Dec 15, 7.30am.