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Six totally free things to do in London this week

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

Playback Festival

Seen all the Oscar-winning movies? Check out the work of the next generation of filmmakers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ Playback Festival. The exhibition will showcase more than 300 short films made by 16- to 24-year-olds – from documentary films about chicken shops to hand-drawn animations. If you’re feeling inspired, they’ll also have masterclasses for budding filmmakers so you can learn the tricks of the trade. Institute of Contemporary Arts. Tube: Charing Cross. Wed Mar 21-Sun Mar 25.

Jackfruit gyros at The Real Greek

The Mediterranean chain has given the traditional gyro a vegan makeover, stuffing flatbreads with meat-like jackfruit instead. There are 400 free wraps up for grabs at four of its London branches. Bankside, Soho, Spitalfields and Westfield London. Wed Mar 21, from noon.

House of Fitness

Get sweaty at Argos’s House of Fitness free exercise classes. Work on your downward dog in a yoga sesh or work out with your actual dog in a ‘pets-ercise’ class. Oh, and there’s a no-mirror policy so you won’t have to see your blotchy face staring back at you. Hello Love. Tube: Holborn. Fri Mar 23-Sat Mar 24.

Google’s free doughnut truck

Google has teamed up with Doughnut Time to give away loads of sweet treats. But if you’re lucky, you might find a Google Home Mini speaker in your doughnut box instead. Find them at Westfield Stratford and Angel Central. Do-nut miss it! Multiple locations. Thu Mar 22-Apr 1.

‘Isle of Dogs’ exhibition

Step into the world of Wes Anderson and get up close to the sets from his new stop-motion flick ‘Isle of Dogs’. The film sees Japan’s pooch population exiled to a place called ‘trash island’, so don’t expect a mass of pastel hues. The Store Studios. Tube: Temple. Fri Mar 23-Apr 5.

World Poetry Day

Got a way with words and a need for caffeine? To celebrate World Poetry Day, loads of London cafés are giving out free coffees and teas in exchange for a poem. Check coffee roasters Julius Meinl’s website to find your nearest spot and get creative. Multiple locations. Wed Mar 21.

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