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Hot dates: seven unmissable summer freebies

By Time Out London contributor
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1. BEACH EAST

Head down to the city’s largest urban beach, which features a thousand tons of sand. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST. Open until Aug 31.

2. BOLD TENDENCIES

This innovative sculpture park sits atop the disused car park that is also home to much-loved rooftop café Frank’s. Peckham Multistorey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST. Open until Sep 27. 

3. V&A FRIDAY LATE: ‘JOURNEYS FROM THE SOUTH’

A Latin America-themed party with music, talks, hands-on activities and a chance to see the museum’s celebrated Alexander McQueen show. Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. Jul 31.

4. SERPENTINE PAVILION

Wander in awe through this colourful, otherworldly construction designed by Spanish architectural duo SelgasCano. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Open until Oct 17.

5. MORE LONDON FREE FESTIVAL

A last hurrah to a season of outdoor film-watching set against a spectacular backdrop of London landmarks. The Scoop, SE1 2DB. Sep 3-26.

6. CANARY WHARF JAZZ FESTIVAL

Like free jazz? No, not that kind; we mean three days of London’s best jazz acts, gratis. Canada Square Park, E14 5AH. Aug 14-Aug 16.

7. MELTDOWN'S FREE EVENTS

Join a flamenco singing class, browse through David Byrne’s library (he’s curating the festival this year) or watch an outdoor concert performed by roaming horn players. Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. Aug 17-30.

Find more free things to do in London.

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