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Six FREE things to do in London this week

Ken Adlard

 

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

Lygia Pape

Step inside a giant abstract painting at Lygia Pape’s Mayfair exhibition. Alongside geometric sketches by the Brazilian artist, there are dreamy light installations. One room features sharp lines of white light that cut through the dark like Perspex columns. The other is described by our Art editor as like seeing the Giza Pyramids when you’re really, really high on psychedelics. Result! Hauser & Wirth. Tube: Oxford Circus. Until Sat Nov 19.

Regent Street Christmas lights switch-on

Get into the festive spirit at Regent’s Street’s switch-on party. This year’s light display is a throwback to the 1954 design. Details of the party are still hush-hush but VIP appearances are promised. Regent St. Tube: Oxford Circus. Thu Nov 17, 6pm. 

Not Quite Jazz

While the London Jazz Festival takes over the city, Pop Brixton is throwing its own leftfield celebration of jazz, soul, funk, Afrobeat, hip hop and rare groove. There’ll be free live performances by top musicians plus street food on sale. Pop Brixton. Tube: Brixton. Fri Nov 18-Sat Nov 19.

'Can I Protect the Planet?' at London Zoo

What better place to discuss how our decisions affect habitats around the world than a place full of animals? There’ll also be advice on how we can help. Booking is essential. London Zoo. Tube: Camden Town. Tue Nov 15, 6pm.

Hamleys Christmas Toy Parade

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped on to the set of ‘Toy Story 4’ if you head to the West End on Sunday. Hamleys is putting on its annual toy parade with appearances from Basil Brush and a giant Marshmallow Man. Plus a marching band! Regent St. Tube: Oxford Circus. Sun Nov 20, 10.30am.

LA Stories – Episode 1

With everything that’s happening in America, it’s an interesting time to watch rare films from the States. Top of the bill at this screening is ‘The Watermelon Woman’, the first feature film directed by a black lesbian. The Muse at 269. Tube: Ladbroke Grove. Tue Nov 15, 7pm.

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