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Five totally free things to do in London this week

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

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


Did you know that one in three people will now live to 100? This Barbican installation explores what it means to grow old today. Step into the lost property office-style room and you’ll find talking shoes, books that read to you and binoculars that let you see through someone else’s eyes, all of which aim to tell the stories of the UK’s ageing population. Barbican. Tube: Barbican. Until May 3.

Cocktails at Lucky Voice

Karaoke bar Lucky Voice is opening a new branch and to celebrate, it’s giving away a free cocktail to all punters from noon until 4am. All you have to do is bring this copy of  Time Out with you. Getting on the mic afterwards is optional. Lucky Voice Holborn. Tube: Chancery Lane. Sat Mar 2.

‘The Scent of Other Worlds’

Ever wondered what space smells like? No? Well, wacky duo Bompas & Parr have and they’ve created an immersive planetarium that’s filled with ‘sniffable’ planets. It’s worth having a nose around. St John at Bethnal Green. Tube: Bethnal Green. Fri Mar 1-Sun Mar 3.

‘Spare Parts’

Get your science geek on at this exhibition looking at ways to repair the human body. See futuristically modified body parts and play with wearable tech that alters your sense of sound and space. It’s like a science lesson, but fun. Science Gallery London. Tube: Borough. Thu Feb 28–May 12.

Greenwich Market pancake race

Everyone’s a winner at Greenwich Market’s pancake race, where each participant gets a free pancake (hopefully not the one you’re racing with). You can enter as a team or on your own, or just turn up to watch the silliness unfold. Greenwich Market. Greenwich DLR. Sat Mar 2.

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