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Five totally free things to do in London this week

Written by
Grace Goslin

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

Uniqlo Tate Lates

This month’s Tate Late is all about celebrating DIY party culture. Listen to talks on London’s nightlife scene and DIY queer spaces, make your own club culture collage and see archive footage and photos from cult club night Maxilla. It’s not a party without banging tunes and the folks from NTS Radio have that covered, as well as DJ sets from party collective Nine8. Tate Modern. Tube: Southwark. Fri Aug 31, 6pm-10pm.

Streatham Common Kite Day

Channel your inner Mary Poppins and go fly a kite at this one-day festival. Expect live music, food stalls and loads of wacky creations, including a kite which lifts its owner into the sky.
Up, up and away! Streatham Common. Streatham Common rail. Sun Sep 2. 11am-5pm.

Chinese Food Festival

Ditch the luminous sweet-and-sour chicken from your local takeaway and learn how to make proper Chinese fare at this food fest. Pro chefs are hosting cooking demos so you can learn your way round a wok. Potters Fields Park. Tube: London Bridge. Fri Aug 31-Sat Sep 1.

Camberwell Fair

The Camberwell Fair dates back to 1279, but it was shut down in the 1800s for ‘riotous behaviour’. It re-launched in 2015 and is returning this year for a day of fun with a vibrant mix of street food and live music. Just behave yourself, okay? Camberwell Green. Denmark Hill Overground. Sat Sep 1.

‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ screening

What better way to make the most of your long weekend than kicking back and watching John Hughes’s classic flick about skiving off? Stock up on popcorn and get ready to relive your teenage years. Boxpark Croydon. East Croydon rail. Mon Sep 3, 7.30pm.

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