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Walthamstow Garden Party
Ben Rowe

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.

Walthamstow Garden Party

Expect circus acrobatics, a skate park jam, genre-bending live music, poetry performances, and theatre from young talent at this year’s festival, tucked away behind William Morris House. Peckish? Real Food Festival’s street-food vendors have got it sorted, while Wild Card Brewery has the booze covered. Now, let’s all say it: sunshine, PLEASE! Lloyd Park. 􏰀Walthamstow Central. Sat Jul 16.

Unreliable Guide to London Launch

Hear about Camden blood thieves, old record shops in Dalston, Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens and more at Influx Press’s launch of their new book about the bits of London you won’t find in your average travel guide. Star of Kings. King's Cross. Wed Jul 13.

Jazz Picnic

South America comes to SE23 – specifically the bandstand at the weird and wonderful Horniman Museum - where Brazilian singer Mônica Vasconcelos will perform her vibrant mix of bossa nova, samba and jazz. Check out that view of the city too! Horniman Museum. Forest Hill Overground. Thu Jul 14.

Dragon Boat Regatta

Dancing lions and Chinese drumming will appear at this boat race, which raises money for children at St Mary’s Hospital. Oh, and a rubber duck race, if you fancy getting involved. And if you don't? See you on the cider barge. Paddington Basin. Paddington. Thu Jul 14.

Late at National Portrait Gallery

A chance to peruse the NPG’s collection minus the usual hordes of chattering school kids. Unwind at the Late Shift bar with a cocktail (or three) as DJ Edward Otchere creates a set in response to the works on display. National Portrait Gallery. Leicester Square. Thu Jul 14.

Dated: A Historical Explanation of Dating

Thumbache from Tinder? Head over heels in lurve? Go along to this Southbank Centre installation to explore and share romance stories, or to get some sound dating advice. Southbank Centre. Embankment. Sat Jul 16. 2pm-7pm (every 15 minutes).

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