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Five totally free things to do in London this week

By Rosemary Waugh

Put that debit card back in your pocket! Here are the week’s best free events

‘Dark Matter’

If Zone 6 remains a mystery to you, spare a thought for theoretical physicists. Only 5 percent of the universe can be observed, while the rest is a combo of dark matter and dark energy. The Science Gallery has commissioned a group of contemporary artists to boldly go... who know’s where? That’s the point: these artworks respond to everything we don’t know. Yet.

Science Gallery. Tube: London Bridge. Thu Jun 6-Aug 26.

Exercise Through the Ages

YMCA Club is celebrating 175 years with free classes – from 80s aerobics to HIIT. If you fancy wearing vintage sportswear or leg warmers, there’s a prize for the best fancy dress. Book online.

YMCA Club. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Thu Jun 6.

Fish ’n’ chips cocktails

Wash down your jellied eels  (or battered cod) with a free cocktail at London’s fave chippy Poppies to celebrate National Fish and  Chip Day. A collab with Sarson’s vinegar, the G&T-style bevvies taste of capers and mushy peas. Sounds a bit fishy. 

Various locations. Fri Jun 7.

Fugitive Motel launch

You won’t need rose-tinted glasses to appreciate the pastel-hued interior of new coffee-beer-pizza joint Fugitive Motel. Welcome it to the neighbourhood with a free tipple from 5pm to 9pm. Cheers!

Fugitive Motel. Tube: Bethnal Green. Fri Jun 7.

World Naked Bike Ride 2019

Riding a bike naked is always free, but for one day only your intimate chafing will: a) not get you arrested and b) count as an eco-protest against those gas-guzzlin’ automobiles. Ride on and enjoy the breeze on your, er, bits.

Various locations. Sat Jun 8.

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