Where to eat and drink for free in London this Freedom Weekend

Now, you know how much we like freeness — and we’re not even talking about the upcoming Freedom Weekend.

No, we’re talking about getting stuff — really good stuff — and not having to pay for it.

This week, let us point you in the direction of free yoga at MoreYoga, free Olympics and rugby screenings at Eccleston Yards, free beer at Beavertown Brewery and free Margaritas from Supper.

You might even win £350 worth of Virgin Experience Vouchers!

Oh, but don’t get us wrong, when it comes to champagne masterclasses, Greek spritzes, open-air pints and pizza, and celebrating chicken wings, we’re more than happy to pay!

It’s Cointreau-so-good

Free Margaritas, you say? Margaritas? Free ones? Where do we sign up?

It’s all part of National Tequila Day this Saturday, a date in the calendar we can really get behind… or underneath, depending on how much of the golden nectar they’re going to be pouring.

Now Cointreau, that essential ingredient in a decent (or even indecent!) Margarita, has teamed up with Supper — you know, the high-quality delivery service you relied on all through lockdown — to give a free Cointreau Margarita to the first 300 people who order a meal from the app on the day.

Get in quick before we bag the lot!

Saturday

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Go with the flow

We don’t know about you but we bend over backwards (it’s called the camel pose, don’t ya know?) to keep looking this great, which is why we’re well up for some free yoga, thanks to MoreYoga, the biggest yoga studio brand in the whole of glittering London.

And as part of their Festival of Yoga & Wellness this weekend, we’ll be able to enjoy their tip-top instructors’ vast experience by dipping into no fewer than 140 free classes (not all of them — we’d never get any drinking done!) or maybe even try our hands (and backs!) at Pilates.

Classes are available at all 33 of their studios across London, so come downward dog with us!

Saturday and Sunday, various locations, pre-booking essential

This’ll pop your cork

Now if there’s one thing we don’t need a masterclass in it’s how to drink champagne… but we’re still going along because that’s how committed we are!

The monthly classes are held at Europe’s longest champagne bar, Searcys, located in St Pancras station under that famous Tracy Emin neon, and you’ll get to learn about the bizz of fizz with a trio of tipples alongside an expertly paired three-course seasonal meal — all for the frankly bargainous price of £65.

With this month’s focus on champers being good for you (was there ever any doubt?!) and Bollinger, Drappier and Veuve Cliquot leading the way (where they lead, we will follow!), this is most definitely our idea of how to emerge from lockdown in style.

Tomorrow and monthly. Searcys, St Pancras station, N1

It’s out of this world

There have been sightings of UFOs at the Beavertown Brewery in east London — and it’s not just because they’re giving free beer away!

To celebrate Freedom Weekend, Beavertown has gone all space-age and installed a beaming-up machine, which is basically an interactive UFO optical illusion for you to Instagram the heck out of after a beer or two — and, if you’re lucky, win a year’s supply.

It’s all part of a pop-up party with a live DJ, hourly giveaways of merch and, most importantly, a free beer for every attendee!

Oh, and if you don’t make it home afterwards, you can always say you were abducted by aliens — well, you’ll have the photographic proof, for once!

Friday and Saturday. Dray Walk Gallery, 91 Brick Lane, E1

Let the Games begin!

You have to feel for the people of Tokyo: having poured all that money into hosting the Olympics, first they had to postpone for a year and now go ahead without a crowd.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them — not that it’s all about us! — as free screenings of the Games and the British Lions rugby tournament are being planned for Belgravia’s stunning Eccleston Yards, where we went to watch a spot of Wimbledon earlier this month.

From the opening ceremony this Friday until the end of the Games, you’ll find us on a deckchair, drink in hand (there’s a Moët pop-up bar!), watching fit people in tight outfits jumping around.

We might even treat ourselves to dinner at The Jones Family Kitchen or Morena — whoop!

21 Eccleston Place, SW1

Cock-a-doodle-do this!

Presumably there are other national days for legs and breasts… but never mind about that — not when we only have a week to get ready for National Chicken Wing Day, which we’ll be spending in quiet contemplation over a plateful of… guess what!

But not in any old place — oh no, only the finest purveyors of fowl for us, such as Loughton-based legend Wing Shack, which has been serving up BBQ and Southern-fried chicken since 2018 — even in Selfridges! — and plans to open seven new branches this year.

We’ll also be popping into one of two branches (maybe both, we’re hungry!) of Randy’s Wing Bar, which has been voted the top wing restaurant in the whole of Europe, no less!

But… should we have the Buffalo, Kansas or garlic parmesan flavoured wings? No one said this would be easy, folks.

July 29, various locations

Get me to the Greek

Fancy a mini-Mediterranean getaway without all that double-jab/ testing/ quarantine nonsense?

Then join us in Fitzrovia for some Greek-style spritz action with tasty Greek specialities to help it go down.

It’s all part of a brand new Greek Summer Spritz Terrace on Charlotte Street — surely the best restaurant street in the land! — brought to us by restaurant Ampéli and Greek spirit Metaxa.

Sit out on the wooden terrace, get yourself spritzed (we’ll have the one with grapefruit soda) and order up some salt cod croquettes, lamb kofte scotch eggs and maybe some baklava cigars as you soak up both the sun and the atmos. It certainly beats an easyJet mezze meal in a box!

18 Charlotte Street, W1 

Perfect pints and pizza place

The wait is over, everyone. Hackney’s largest independent brewery — that would be Five Points — is reopening its massive outdoor taproom with a very welcome new addition: fresh pizza!

Having roped in the legends that are Ace pizza to sort out the carbs (stone-baked, slow-proofed, well-topped Neopolitan jobs — none of your rubbish) and with the big screen firmly in place for an embarrassment of summer sporting riches, and beer quite literally on tap, we think we have the holy trinity of a good night — or afternoon! — out right there in the heart of Hackers.

We might even go rogue and treat ourselves to oysters from Decatur (this weekend only)!

61 Mare Street, E8

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