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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

Bowie: Photographs by Gerald Fearnley

Fifty years after they were first taken, a collection of photographs of everyone’s favourite Brixton boy has been uncovered. Taken by Gerald Fearnley, who spent time with David Bowie in the late ’60s, they show the Starman playfully posing in face paint, a bowler hat and various yoga positions. There’s also an out-take image from his first album cover.

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

This part of town isn’t all office blocks and swanky flats. Each year it’s also home to a weekend of jazz events. Catch some of the best and most envelope-pushing acts from London and beyond, gratis. Canada Square Park. Canary Wharf. Sat Aug 20-Sun Aug 21.

Free sandwiches at Cure & Cut

Ditch your packed lunch and join the queue at a new eatery that’s giving out free sarnies to the first 50 diners through its door on Tuesday and Wednesday. And not just any old sandwich: a full-size Reuben. Cure & Cut. Covent Garden. Tue Aug 16-Wed-Aug 17, noon-1pm.

Camberwell Fair

Back in the mid- nineteenth century Camberwell’s annual knees-up was shut down for being too debauched. But last year it was brought back and now it’s a festival with a top line-up of world music and local acts (with a little less debauchery). Burgess Park. Elephant & Castle. Sat Aug 20.

Alex Katz: Quick Light

At 89, American artist Alex Katz is still creating work that’s both sophisticated and seductive. Admire his recent output plus highlights from his career at this five-star show which is both joyful and profound. Serpentine Gallery. Lancaster Gate. Until Sep 11.

Quinntessential Creates Masterclasses

‘The Great British Bake Off’ winner Frances Quinn is hosting free workshops. Learn how to paint with chocolate and doodle with caramel – if you can keep yourself from eating them first. St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. King’s Cross. Tue Aug 16. 

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