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Five totally free things to do in London this week

By Claire Wong

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

‘Cats on the Page’

Cats have captured our cultural imagination for centuries – way before they were the stars of many excellent videos and memes. This British Library exhibition celebrates all things feline with moggy-inspired literary artwork, rare books and manuscripts. See illustrations by much-loved artists including Judith Kerr, Quentin Blake and Axel Scheffler. Purr-fect! The British Library. Tube: King’s Cross. Fri Nov 23-Mar 17 2019.

Thanksgiving at Porky’s BBQ

Jim Beam has teamed up with Porky’s BBQ to host a Thanksgiving feast of smoked turkey, bourbon brownies and more. RSVP to And thank us later. Porky’s BBQ Bankside. Tube: London Bridge. Thu Nov 22-Fri Nov 23.

Free pastries

French bakery Paul is starting the festive gluttony early by handing out free mince pie croissants. Look out for its branded car in the City, Spitalfields, Covent Garden and South Kensington. Sweet! Various locations. Tue Nov 20.

Carnaval Construction

Spend the day weaving, collaging and crafting parts of the Latin American Carnaval float for London’s New Year’s Day Parade. Pick up new skills and learn about the region’s cultural heritage. Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre. Tube: Elephant & Castle. Sat Nov 24.

Espresso martini masterclass

Try being a boozy barista at Black Sheep Coffee’s cocktail masterclass. Watch the pros do their thing and then get hands-on. You’ll definitely leave buzzing. Black Sheep Wembley Park. Tube: Wembley Park. Thu Nov 22.

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