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he Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light, Anne Hardy Tate Britain Winter Commission © Anne Hardy: Courtesy Maureen Paley, London. Photo © Tate (Oliver Cowling) 2019

Five totally free things to do in London this week

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

‘The Depth of Darkness, the Return of the Light’

For the 2019 winter commission, artist Anne Hardy has turned one half of Tate Britain into a spooky abandoned temple on the banks of the Thames, rumbling with the sound of thunder and the hum of relentless mosquitoes. Scarier than chucking out time at Inferno’s. Tate Britain. Tube: Pimlico. Until Jan 26.

Deliveroo free bacon sarnies

Celebrate ‘bleak Friday’, aka the UK’s festive hangover peak, at a real-life piggy bank. Deliveroo is building a ‘rash point’ (nothing to do with STDs), dispensing free bacon sandwiches to office Christmas party survivors. Bank Junction. Tube: Bank. Wed Dec 11-Fri Dec 13.

The Sun Tavern’s Polling Punch 

It’s time for real change – not that you’ll need any to pay for this round, though. After you vote this week, flash your polling card or a polling station selfie at The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green in exchange for a poitín-laced treat. The Sun Tavern. Tube: Bethnal Green. Thu Dec 12.

iBike London Santa Cruise

Dig out your fake beard and something red for a becostumed ride through town with iBike. Meet on the South Bank at noon before rolling up The Mall, pedalling past Hyde Park and looping through the City before returning to Waterloo. Southbank. Tube: Waterloo. Sat Dec 14.

Westminster Chapel Carols

Swerve Westminster Abbey for its small and friendly cousin: Westminster Chapel opens its doors for a candlelit carol concert (followed by mince pies) on Sunday evening at 5.30pm. It’s an inclusive church, so everyone’s welcome. Buckingham Gate. Tube: St James’s Park. Sun Dec 15.

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