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5 totally free things to do in London this week

Isabelle Aron

Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events

Rachel Maclean: ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’

We might be thinking about the prospect of another referendum, but it was the lead-up to the 2014 Scottish independence vote that inspired this Rachel Maclean exhibition. It’s a surreal and sardonic takedown of the Anglo-Scottish relationship. Catch it before it closes this week. National Gallery. Tube: Charing Cross. Until Sun Feb 3.

China Lates

See Chinese artefacts that aren’t usually on display, learn about the longstanding affection for the Brontë sisters in China (who knew?) and make paper fortune cookies at the Science Museum’s celebration of Chinese culture. Science Museum. Tube: South Kensington. Wed Jan 30.

‘The Water Effect’

One in nine people around the world don’t have water close to home. WaterAid is raising awareness of this crisis with an exhibition featuring portraits of people whose lives are directly impacted by the global water crisis. Rich Mix. Shoreditch High St Overground. Until Feb 27.

‘Pre-Presidential Library’

Remember when The Donald was just a rich guy with dodgy hair? This mini exhibition features US tabloid covers about Trump from before he was president, raising questions about what makes the front page. Hayward Gallery. Tube: Waterloo. Until Mon Feb 4.

Chinese New Year

See in the Year of the Pig at this Museum of London Docklands celebration. Learn martial arts, listen to Chinese folk tales and have a go on traditional instruments. They’re going the whole hog. Museum of London Docklands. Tube: Canary Wharf. Sat Feb 2-Sun Feb 3.

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