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Five totally free things to do in London this week

Isabelle Aron

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

National Park City Festival

Big news: London is becoming the first ever National Park City, which means pledging to protect our green spaces. Celebrate with eight days of alfresco fun. See winning snaps from the wildlife photography competition (pictured), try paddleboarding or head to a pedal-powered party at National Theatre’s River Stage. Various locations. Sat Jul 20-Jul 28.

London Green Film Festival

Swap bingeing box sets on your sofa for watching thought-provoking environmental documentaries in a deckchair at this ten-day outdoor festival. It’s powered by natural renewable electricity sources too. Regent’s Place. Tube: Great Portland St. Wed Jul 17-Jul 26.

Vegan ice cream giveaway

Celebrate National Ice Cream day with free Miiro treats, which are basically like Magnums but vegan. Head to Whole Foods in Piccadilly on Sunday afternoon and choose from salted caramel, peanut butter or chocolate hazelnut. Whole Foods Market. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Sun Jul 21.

Comfort Swap Shop

Clear out those clothes gathering dust in your wardrobe and bring them along to this pop-up swap shop, where you can exchange your old threads for items donated by Oxfam and the fashion cupboards of Elle and Cosmopolitan. Fancy! 52 Brewer St. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Thu Jul 18-Mon Jul 22.

Wonky Picnic

Dash Water, which is infused with wonky fruit, is hosting a picnic to celebrate the fruit and veg that gets cast aside. On the menu are cucumber sandwiches and lemon pavlova with raspberries, all made with produce that would otherwise be destined for the bin. Soho Square. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd. Thu Jul 18.

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