London On The Cheap: 30th July - 5th August

By London_Sian Last edited 138 months ago
London On The Cheap: 30th July - 5th August

If you're anything like Londonist, you're saving up to go on holiday somewhere sunny (well let's face it, it's not going to happen here any time soon). So, like us, you'll be watching the pennies this week. This means we can't go and see David Suchet at Theatre Royal Haymarket, or go and watch the new Simpsons Movie. We're very annoyed about this, so we've found some exciting free stuff to do instead:

Monday: We might be forcing temptation here, but exhibitions in pretty jewellery shops are too enticing for us to turn down. You can see scribbly drawings by Stephen Fowler at the very cool Tatty Devine on Brick Lane. The exhibition is free, but we aren't responsible for you spending all of your money on pretty things.

Tuesday: Look! More free theatre this week! As part of the Watch This Space series, you can see HofD at Theatre Square at the National Theatre. It's an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness by Polish theatre company Teatr Biruo Podrozy. It's also the last day of Headliners which is free too. We spoil you, we do.

Wednesday: The one thing about being skint that will always cheer us up is free comedy. So pop down to the Comedy Cafe and have a bit of a giggle at the new acts they've got lined up this week.

Thursday: We are very excited about Covent Garden night market. Every Thursday in August you can come down and feast yourself on wonderful foodstuffs from Borough and Exmouth market and more. OK, this bit isn't exactly free, but there's live music too so it's better than beans on toast at home in front of the telly.

Friday: It's official. We're missing Wimbledon. So we're skiving off work to go and watch the 12th London International Tournament at Sutton Tennis Centre. We're even going to eat strawberries and worry about the rain. It'll just like Wimbledon, but without the inevitable Henman disappointment.

Saturday: We could tell you about some run of the mill music event going on. But we know you're not that predictable. Every now and again, you want something a little but different. So we bring you Night of 100 Ukes. Yes, it's a performance from a 100 piece Ukulele band. They're at the Hobgoblin on Effra Road in Brixton at 14.00pm. We're not making this up. Listen to them play Kung Fu Fighting. Genius. And rumour has it this is free, if you've got your own Uke. Even if you haven't, surely this is worth a visit?

Note: Quite rightly, it's been noted that we haven't covered anything for Sunday, so for those of you who aren't too hungover, here's a fantastic event to keep you occupied. We'll make sure London On The Cheap goes right up to Sunday from now on.

Sunday: Europe's largest Latin American event Carnaval del Pueblo starts at City Hall at noon today. Then it's off to Burgess Park for live music including everything from Brazilian and Reggae. You're spoilt for choice as there will be the usual festival stalls, salsa classes and a circus. There's even a bouncy castle.

Or, stay in and talk to the cat instead.

Photo from Jason Rogers' flickr stream.

Times vary for each venue. Check the websites for more information.

Last Updated 29 July 2007