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Five totally free things to do in London this week

Five totally free things to do in London this week
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Put your money away! Here are the week’s best free events

Kara Walker: ‘Fons Americanus’

Every year, one artist gets the chance to take over Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall. This year, it’s American Kara Walker, whose installation looks a bit like the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. But look closer and you’ll see it’s a subversive version, attacking the British empire. Powerful stuff. Tate Modern. Tube: Blackfriars. Until Apr 5 2020.

Short rib buns at The Coal Shed

Tower Bridge restaurant The Coal Shed, unsurprisingly, specialises in cooking over charcoal. Sample part of its new menu for free today – 100 short rib buns will be up for grabs from noon. The Coal Shed. Tube: London Bridge. Tue Oct 8.

Chelsea Physic Garden open day

Usually closed on Saturdays, the Chelsea Physic Garden is making an exception as part of the Chelsea History Festival. It’s ditching the admission price too, so anyone can spend the day at the flowery oasis. Chelsea Physic Garden. Tube: Sloane Square. Sat Oct 12.

Mac & Wild grain bowls

City spot Mac & Wild is handing out 100 freebies as it launches a new takeaway menu featuring grain bowls with salmon, vegan haggis or beef brisket. Take your pick! Mac and Wild Devonshire Square. Tube: Liverpool St. Tue Oct 8.

The Wine Swap Shop

Been stockpiling tinned goods? Put them to good use and swap a can of food for a glass of wine throughout October at Vagabond Battersea. The cans will be donated to local food banks, so it’s a win-win. Vagabond Urban Winery. Battersea Park rail. Until Oct 31.

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