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Five totally free things to do in London this week

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

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

Diwali and Hindu New Year celebration

The North Circular’s answer to the Taj Mahal, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beautifully ornate Hindu temple. See it in all its glory as it hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country, with religious ceremonies and rituals in the main hall, followed by some seriously impressive fireworks. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Tube: Neasden. Sun Oct 27.

World Pasta Day

’Tis the season for… comfort eating. So head to Emilia’s in Aldgate, which is serving up free bowls of pasta from noon to 4pm and 5.30pm to 9.30pm (yes, you can go twice). Just follow @emiliaspasta on Instagram and prepare for a full-on carb coma. Emilia’s Crafted Pasta. Tube: Aldgate East. Fri Oct 25.

Poké and Popchips

Got lunch plans this Thursday? Scrap ’em. Lords of Poké has teamed up with Popchips to give away 100 salmon poké bowls, as well as 100 packets of sour cream and onion Popchips from noon. That’s lunch sorted, then. Paddington Central. Tube: Paddington. Thu Oct 24.

Sol Bar

If you can feel your supplies of vitamin D diminishing, get a top-up at Sol Bar, a pop-up decked out with lamps that replicate the sun, as well as the scents, sounds and warmth of balmier days. You get two free Sol beers too. Cheers to that! Protein Studios. Shoreditch High St Overground. Thu Oct 24-Sat Oct 26.

Pop-Up Eco Film Festival

Pack your KeepCup and catch a film about climate change and the projects making a difference. The line-up includes ‘Blue’, which explores the threats to our marine world, and ‘Honeyland’, about the last female wild beekeeper in Europe. Various locations. Fri Oct 25-Mon Oct 28.

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