London – 10 free things to do outdoors this summer

London – 10 free things to do outdoors this summer

With the UK basking in glorious sunshine, below are some tips for enjoying summer in the city for free :-

1. Free entertainment

In summer London is one big, novelty playground, as outdoor screens and live entertainment pop up in the most unlikely places. (2012 saw an east-end flyover and a mound of fridges co-opted into impromptu film theatres.) Most events charge and need pre-booking, but head to The Scoop beside City Hall for a summer-long programme of film screenings, dance, opera, music and even keep fit classes, all for free and alfresco beside the Thames

2. Revisit the Olympic Park

3. Hampstead Heath pergola

4. Ping Pong 

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5. Rose Garden

6. Discover the most beautiful section: Queen Mary's Gardens at the heart of the Inner Circle.  Visit

7. Explore an abandoned rail route visit  The Parkland Walk is one of London's little-known pleasures. It's effectively a linear park, following the Capital Ring walking route from Finsbury Park to Highgate (both easily accessible by tube) along an abandoned railway line

8. City Farms London has over a dozen inner-city farms, where children can pet goats, feed cattle and oink along with the pigs. Spitalfields Farm is the closest to the centre

9. Picnic in Hyde Park

10. Street Art in London

London is home to some fantastic street art – and it's free to enjoy