Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
‘Another Time Another Place’
Get a glimpse into Hackney’s past at this exhibition of unseen photos by Neil Martinson. His work documents east London life in the ’70s and ’80s – from town hall protests to cheery stallholders at Ridley Road market (pictured above). Stour Space. Hackney Wick Overground. Until Feb 22.
Run Like Hells
Achieve the ultimate balance at Camden Town Brewery’s running club. Work up a sweat with a 40- minute run through Parliament Hill before rewarding your efforts with a pint of Camden Hells lager at the finish line. Cheers to that. Camden Town Brewery Bar. Tube: Chalk Farm. Wed Feb 14. 6.45pm.
AncestryDNA is setting up an interactive message board on the South Bank to celebrate the British connection to Europe. You can record a message to appear on the board and the first 100 will get a free DNA testing kit. Observation Point. Tube: Waterloo. Thu Feb 15.
Random Acts of Kindness Day
St Pancras station is celebrating its 150th birthday (which also happens to fall on National Random Acts of Kindness Day) by giving away freebies every 150 minutes. Expect goodies from L’Occitane, Kikki K and Fortnum & Mason. St Pancras station. Tube: King’s Cross. Sat Feb 17, 6am-10pm.
Whether your first love was someone you snogged at the school disco or something slightly more long-term, bring a picture of them along to West Hamsptead boozer Bobby Fitzpatrick on Val’s day and you can nab a free rum cocktail. Bobby Fitzpatrick. Tube: West Hampstead. Wed Feb 14.
Sushi and shots
Can’t afford flights to Brazil for Carnival? Japanese-Brazilian restaurant Temakinho is bringing party vibes to the capital with its own celebrations. Don a Carnival-inspired outfit or a colourful mask and they’ll give you a free sushi platter and a shot of cachaça. Temakinho. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Tue Feb 13.