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Five FREE things to do in London this week

By Time Out London Things To Do

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

Rachel Maclean: Wot U :-) About?

Scottish artist Rachel Maclean makes films that look a bit like TV ads watched while in the middle of a very, very bad acid trip. Using whirling graphics, greenscreen technology, prosthetics and other tricks, she makes art that satirises the quirks of pop culture and consumerism. It’s utterly surreal and equally unforgettable. Tate Britain. Pimlico. Until Apr 2 2017.

'Jazz Record Requests' Live

The London Jazz Festival has heaps of free events. For several in one day, head to the Barbican on Saturday. At 2pm BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Record Requests’ will be live followed by gigs with Ranjana Ghatak, Helena Kay and Trish Clowes. Barbican Centre.  Barbican. Sat Nov 12.

Films at The Cat's Back

Throughout November this dinky Putney pub is screening two free films a week. Hunker down with a hot toddy and enjoy Meryl Streep comedy ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ (November 10) or ‘ Suffragette’ (November 13). The Cat's Back. East Putney.


What’s the knack to creating the perfect Christmas tree? John Lewis know and they’ll be sharing the secret to ‘treegonometry’ at a series of workshops in the lead up to Christmas. No need to book, you can just turn up. John Lewis Oxford Street and Peter Jones. Oxford Circus/Sloane Square. 1pm daily until Dec 17.

Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks

Fireworks fans rejoice! There’s still one more chance to ooh and ahh at the night sky. This Saturday is the Lord Mayor’s firework display which marks his first day in office. It follows a day time procession involving 7,000 performers and 150 floats. Sat Nov 12. The procession is from Bank to Aldwych,11am- 2.30pm. The fireworks are visible from Blackfriars to Waterloo and start at 5.15pm.

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