Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events
Missed out on the Olympic cycling in Rio this year? Then make sure you’re in prime cheering position as the Tour of Britain reaches its final stage in the heart of London on Sunday. Cycling stars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are set to do 16 laps of the city centre circuit, so that’s at least 16 potential photo ops. The stage starts and finishes on Regent Street St James’s. Regent Street St James's. Piccadilly Circus. Until Sun Sep 11.
Tuck into fresh produce and locally brewed ale while enjoying a spot of Morris dancing or a vegetable orchestra as the kids meet the animals and run riot on the bouncy castle. All proceeds go towards the farm. Surrey Docks Farm. Canada Water. Sat Sep 10.
Highlights of this four-day festival include a three-screen exploration of an abandoned Peruvian island of bird shit, a pedal-powered alfresco cinema screening of ‘The Blues Brothers’ and LGBTQ terrace party Fruité. Various venues. Peckham Rye Overground. Thu Sep 8-Sun Sep 11.
Lunch doesn’t have to be a soggy-sandwich- at-your-desk affair. Get the endorphins flowing with a workout at Merchant Square with zumba, paddle board yoga and hula hoop classes on offer. Don’t forget to take a towel (and some deodrant). Merchant Square. Edgware Rd. Until Fri Sep 9.
Hear the compilers of this new A-Z of London discuss the weird and wonderful illustrated maps which feature in the book. From erotic tales to a sewage system timeline, you’ll discover a city you never knew existed. Waterstones. Piccadilly Circus. Mon Sep 12.
Who knew filling two ponds with swathes of dyed fabric could look so beautiful? Lose yourself in the alluring shapes and patterns of Scott’s ‘liquid paintings’, which also keep the water free from algae – clever, huh? Battersea Park. Battersea Park rail. Until Sun Sep 25.