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Six FREE things to do in London this week

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

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Tapestries have been used to tell stories for centuries. Now, Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili has given the artform a go. He’s turned one of his watercolours into a huge handwoven work, with help from Dovecot Tapestry. ‘The Caged Bird’ is inspired by the mythology, stories and colour of Trinidad, where he lives. It’s pure magic. National Gallery. Trafalgar Square. Until Aug 28.

U Suck

Never underestimate the healing power of screaming Kelly Clarkson at the top of your lungs. That’s what break-up-themed pop night U Suck is all about. Expect power ballads, Drake and Little Mix. Tickets are free if you book in advance via Dice. Birthdays. Dalston Kingsland Overground. Sat May 20.

Sicily Fest

Bishops Square will be transformed into a traditional Sicilian market this weekend. The two-day Italian pop-up features food stalls, art, live music, cooking workshops and a performance from the Sicilian Marionettes and Puppets Theatre. Bishops Square. Tube: Liverpool St. Sat May 20-Sun May 21.

Urban Village Fete

A modern version of the traditional British fair courtesy of Wayne Hemingway MBE. Expect creative workshops, gigantic slinkies, hula-hooping classes, street food and a soundtrack provided by  Gilles Peterson. Greenwich Peninsula. Tube: North Greenwich. Sun May 21.

Pukka’s Island of Tranquility

There’ll be talks, yoga, meditation and herbal workshops to enjoy at Pukka’s spring pop-up.  The herbal tea brand is taking over Wholefoods to offer sleep and stress workshops. Book via Eventbrite. Wholefoods High Street Kensington. Tube: South Kensington. Until Fri June 30.

‘Rear Window’

This Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece evolves from one brilliantly simple idea: Jimmy Stewart, immobilised in his flat by a broken leg and aided by his girlfriend, takes to spying on his neighbours. Then he thinks he witnesses a murder… House of Vans. Tube: Waterloo. Sun May 21, 4pm.

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