Free And Cheap Things To Do This Week In London: 19-25 November 2018

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One for the Potterheads

FANTASTIC BEASTS: If you’re a sucker for all things Harry Potter, check out the magical new additions to House of MinaLima, the Soho gallery and shop that showcases graphic art, designs and props used in the films. To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, plenty more paraphernalia from the Wizarding World has been conjured up. House of MinaLima (Soho), free, just turn up, permanent addition

40° CELSIUS: Take in the work of 40 artists at this massive open submission exhibition. Our Visual Arts Editor Tabish had the auspicious task of judging this year’s entries. ASC Art House Gallery (Croydon), free, just turn up, 16-23 November

SKIN TO SKIN: Eerily reminiscent of human skin, Heidi Bucher’s delicate latex castings of butcher’s shops, bodies and dragonflies are well worth a look. See them alongside a series of films documenting the late artist in action. Parasol Unit (Old Street), free, just turn up, until 9 December

ANATOMY OF DESIRE: Dalston-based artist Minju Kim explores the human body in her first solo show, comprised of 60 pieces. Works range from abstract paintings of innards to resin and glue stick sculptures of a female torso. Gallery Different (Fitzrovia), free, just turn up, 19-24 November

Monday 19 November

Bill Oddie goes potty at St Paul’s

THE BIG SQUAT: It may be 2018, but 1 billion women and girls across the world still don’t don’t have access to proper toilet facilities. Sanitation charity Toilet Twinning wants to change all that — join it under a giant inflatable loo, alongside school choirs, MPs and Bill Oddie OBE to raise awareness of the issue with an singalong on the steps of St Paul’s. Free, just turn up, 1.15pm-2.15pm

MAKE SOME NOISE: Classical concert etiquette is all about being as quiet as possible, right? Wrong! Join Professor Tom Service for a journey into the past and explore the many ways in which audiences have listened to live music throughout history. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

RPG QUEST: Forget Dungeons & Dragons, role-playing games just got a whole lot funnier. Witness quick-fire ridiculousness as a bunch of comedians play rather daft one-shot-RPGs. You’ll even get the chance to join in yourself. Camden Comedy Club, £5, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 20 November

ARTY UNVEILING: Self-styled craftivist Carrie Reichardt unveils a brand new artwork on the theme of gratitude at Royal Brompton Hospital, incorporating items from her recent exhibition there. Be the first to see this unique work celebrating 70 years of NHS care. Royal Brompton Hospital (Chelsea), free, just turn up, 12pm-4pm

THE ROMANTIC CHILD: We’re not talking about little Lotharios here… join Sir Jonathan Bates for a chat about what the modern idea of childhood owes to Romanticism, in particular the poetry of Blake and Wordsworth. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm

LES ROASTBEEF: Brits may be known for their sense of humour, but other nationalities aren’t always laughing with us. Take the French, for instance — in the glory years of the Parisian café-concert music hall, the frumpily-dressed roast beef and beer scoffing Englishman was a beloved comedy character. Learn all about it and then enjoy a musical performance, complete with stick on sideburns. The British Academy (St James’s), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.45pm

Wednesday 21 November

Get insider knowledge on a career in the music industry from Abi Jenaé

MUSIC MAVENS: If you’re looking to break into the music industry, don’t miss this free evening of seminars from those working in the thick of it. Gain insights from recording artist, music lawyer and CEO Abi Jenaé, DJ, producer and present DJ NG, and Grammy-nominated songwriter Claye. The Midi Music Company (Deptford), free, book ahead, 4pm-8pm

POST-TRUTH, POLITICS AND PINTS: If you’re the sort to put the world to rights over a brew or two when you’re at the pub, why not make sure you’re doing so with people who actually want to hear about it? Join a whole load of clever people for a chat about political culture in the post-truth era. The Marquis Cornwallis (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

UNDER THE SKIN: Peel back centuries of medical and art history at this interactive exploration of our fascination for what lies beneath our own skin. Take a peek inside 17th century curiosity cabinets, have a go at recreating pathological illustrations, and (if you’re not feeling too squeamish) eyeball some rather lurid medieval anatomical drawings. UCL Art Museum (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

Thursday 22 November

Exploring art in the home with Hannah Watson

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: The art world can feel intimidating, so how do people go about building up a collection for their own homes? Gallerist Hannah Watson discusses bringing art into the domestic sphere. Fitzrovia Chapel, free, book ahead, 1pm-1.30pm

INDONESIAN COFFEE DAY: Get your caffeine fix at Somerset House, where ten Indonesian coffee suppliers are showing off their beautiful beans. There’s tastings, traditional music, and Indonesian art. Somerset House, free, book ahead, 2pm-5pm

FEMINIST HISTORIES: History, we’re told, is written by the victors. But with a focus on decolonisation, some academics are trying to change all that. Lucy Delap, a scholar and widely-published author on the history of feminism explores how, by whom, and for whom history is produced at The Deana & Jack Eisenberg Lecture in Public History 2018. Senate House (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 6pm-7.30pm

JOURNEYS THROUGH PRINT: Take a self-guided tour through London’s traditional printing district. You’ll see where Shakespeare’s plays were bought and sold in St Paul’s, experience the grandeur of Stationers’ Hall, and even have a go at printing from one of St Bride Library’s historic presses. St Bride’s Library (City of London), free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

Friday 23 November

A lunchtime cello concert in Greenwich

WRECK-IT RALPH: Got kids to keep occupied in central London? Let ’em loose in Wifi Way, a 45 minute adventure plugging the Wreck-it Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. The Vinyl Factory (Soho), free, book ahead, 23-24 November

CHAPEL CELLO: Put down that meal deal sandwich and join cellist Sophie Webber for a special lunch hour concert. She’ll treat you to a performance of suites by Bach and Cassado. Old Royal Naval College Chapel (Greenwich), free, just turn up, 1.05pm-2pm

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: Thanks to our media partner, Wembley Park, you can see award-winning director Shehroze Khan talk about his cinematic journeys for free. The evening includes a selection of his films, including an exclusive preview of his ambitious short work The Traveller. Wembley Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

SATIRE AND SUBVERSION: The ancient Greeks and Romans liked a good laugh as much as the rest of us. Discover satire in the classical world at this evening panel discussion. The British Museum (Holborn), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

Saturday 24 November

Some budget-friendly retail therapy at the Sustainable Fashion Festival

SUSTAINABLE FASHION FESTIVAL: Who says you’re too skint for a bit of retail therapy? Swap clothes with fellow fashionistas, get your favourite threads fixed at the repair cafe, and meet like-minded folk at the Sustainable Threads’ free fashion festival. Hackney House (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 11am-4pm

YEASTY DOES IT: Learn how to make naan bread and discover the mental benefits of therapeutic baking with micro-bakery Sticky Mitts. Founder Gaye Fisher has trained over 30 locals to set up their own micro-bakeries — could you be next? Bethlem Museum of the Mind (Beckenham), free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

MOVEMBER YOGA: Good news for yoga-curious blokes. In support of Movember, MoreYoga runs a by-donation-only class just for men. MoreYoga Harringay, charity donation encouraged, book ahead, 3.30pm-4.30pm

Sunday 25 November

Give your careworn treasures a new lease of life at the Repair Cafe

MUSEUM SHOP SUNDAY: We’re suckers for a good museum gift shop, and the ones in London are about to get even better with the return of Museum Shop Sunday. Institutions like the British Library, Natural History Museum, and National Gallery are hosting tastings, book signings, craft activities and discounts. Various London venues, free, just turn up, all day

REPAIR CAFE: Got a piece of clothing, bit of furniture, or bicycle that could use some love? Pop in to this one-day-only Repair Cafe and learn how to give you prized possessions a new lease of life. Green Rooms Art Hotel (Haringey), free, book ahead, 11am-2pm

A CRITICAL EYE: It’s a busy week for our Visual Arts Editor Tabish Khan. As well as judging 40° Celsius, he’s popping in to Fiztrovia Chapel to explore what makes good art — and whether such a thing even exists. Fitzrovia Chapel, free, book ahead, 1pm-1.30pm

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