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Five totally free things to do in London this week

By Nisha Woolford

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

Climb London

Always dreamed of tackling Mount Everest? Start small at North Face’s weekend-long event that aims to make climbing more accessible. Scale the climbing wall in one of the 45-minute sessions, complete with a photo-op at the top. Total newbie? There will be help on hand to show you the ropes, plus bouldering, live music, talks with athletes and merch giveaways. Westfield London. Tube: Shepherd’s Bush. Sat Aug 10-Sun Aug 11.

Fried chicken and waffles

Does anyone really want fancy granola for brunch? No. Go OTT instead with an all-American plate of fried chicken and waffles at Harlem Soul, where there will be 100 mini portions up for grabs to celebrate its new brunch menu. U-S-A! Harlem Soul. Tube: Old St. Sun Aug 11.

Camden’s Big BBQ

Is it even a barbecue if you don’t burn the sausages? Still, if you fancy breaking with tradition and learning a few tips, head to Camden’s Big BBQ where there will be free masterclasses, demos in the fire pit and Q&As. See ya later, burnt bangers. Camden Market. Tube: Camden Town. Fri Aug 9-Sun Aug 11.

‘Blinded by the Light’ screening

Calling all Springsteen fans! Everyman Cinema and American Airlines are hosting a preview screening of ‘Blinded by the Light’, a coming-of-age story about a British-Pakistani Muslim teenager whose life changes when he discovers The Boss. Book at Everyman Screen on the Green. Tube: Angel. Wed Aug 7.

Mr Black Espresso Martini Fest

This week, DrinkUp.London and coffee liqueur brand Mr Black are celebrating the Espresso Martini, and five bars are giving away 200 cocktails each. Get your caffeine hit by downloading the voucher online or through the free app. Various locations. Wed Aug 7, from 6.30pm.

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