Save your money for the Christmas onslaught! Keep your fun frugal this week.
Tonight: Project Trident take over Islington Screen on the Green for TRIDENTFEST a cheap night of their own "stupid short films". £4 adv, £5 on the door, 11.30pm. NB there is a lovely bar in the cinema. IN the cinema, not outside it. Yay.
Friday: Hands are Amazing Appendages. Find out why at Wellcome Collection between 7-11pm, free entry and delightfully tagged "a social event for the incurably curious".
Peckham Literary Festival presents wondrous storyteller, Sally Pomme Clayton celebrating the launch of her new book, Rama and Sita with some spellbinding tales and general chit chat by the bubbling samovar. Free, 7.15pm.
Round the corner, up the road, explore Nollywood - the shoestring Nigerian film industry - at South London Gallery, Peckham Road SE5 8UH. Adekunle Detokunbo-Bello talks about his work, 7pm, free. Booking recommended.
Start Christmas shopping at the National Gallery with a free cup of mulled wine and a mince pie, 6.30-8.45pm.
Saturday:Swap till you Drop at Tredegar Community Centre, Bow: 12-2.30pm.
It's Move Weekend at the Southbank Centre. Get involved in the free dance events on all weekend.
3am magazine & the Maintenant series presents: Nýr skáldskapur - Icelandic & British poetry in collaboration featuring Iain Sinclair and Stewart Home at Rich Mix, 7pm, FREE!
Sunday: Celebrate the birthday of visionary poet and part time naturist William Blake with the Blake Society in the Clore Auditorium at Tate Britain, Millbank between 3.30-5.30pm. There will be swift performances ranging through music, film, scholarship and revelation, including the world premiere of Ray Winstone's short film 'Jerusalem'. We hope there will also be cake. Free but please RSVP to email@example.com
Monday: The Photographers Gallery may be shut but their social evenings continue. Tonight they focus on social media and advertising between 6.30-9pm at Barrio Central, Poland Street W1 8PS. Free, no booking required but get there early to secure a seat.
Wednesday: Our friends at Penned in the Margins present new poetry at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre 8pm. Free but you must book a ticket.
A wander round Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is free but you may feel the urge to splurge on festive goodies. Image by Massimo Usai via the Londonist Flickrpool