London On The Cheap: Valentine's Day Isn't Happening Edition

By Lindsey Last edited 131 months ago
London On The Cheap: Valentine's Day Isn't Happening Edition
germaniaxx.jpgThe Germaniaxx

Isn't the weather glorious? Stand in the sunshine and it's definitely spring. This makes us happy! This means that we can walk in the park and get about town and not feel miserably wintry and therefore desperate to waste our hard earned on firelit pubs and woolly accessory buying. Well, not quite so much. We are, however, saving up our cash to spend on Creme Eggs and the rebuild Camden Market fund so it's a good job there's plenty to do in town for diddle squat this week.

Monday: If you're determined enough, you could be one of the lucky 300 to get a wristband at 9am to allow you access to the Mighty Boosh box set signing session at Oxford Street HMV at 12.30 today. Give Noel a wink for us.

Tuesday: The Rubbish Game returns to the Dana Centre. We went last time - it was good. Get some mates together - especially those who couldn't give a toss about recycling - and email them to book your free tickets and sign up for the advance game. You'll have a fun, creative, competitive and socially responsible evening and maybe learn something too.

Wednesday: The Germaniaxx are a unique anglo German musical comedy culture fusion cabaret duo. They'll be conjuring up 1930s Berlin in the National Theatre foyer at 5.15pm for your free viewing and listening pleasure.Thursday: Angel Poetry takes place every month at the Borders bookshop in the N1 Centre, Islington from 7pm. A range of poets read their work and there's an open mic slot too which you can sign up for on the night. Friday: Pub transformations aren't always exciting. However, the long term evolution of The Edinburgh Cellars form scary, grotty no-go, old man's sticky floor pub to groovesome, funky, friendly late night hangout is definitely something special. The new management have been in there a year and are having a messy celebratory 1st birthday party tonight from 8 until possibly quite late with a live electro set from A Child Rasputin. They've created a Jaffa Cake shot to keep you sweet and we recommend you go along to inspect the marvellous Victorian skylight which is undergoing a paint job after years of boarding up, and the mental pop culture mural which will soon be disappearing as the back room is turned into a restaurant. Unbelievably (and we only do believe it because we had a tour) the eponymous cellars are going to be turned into a nightclub over the next 18 months too. Newington Green will never be the same. Free to get in but be careful not to spend all your hard earned on those sweet treats. Saturday: Two classical music events at the Southbank Centre for you today: a pianist with an unpronounceable surname rips up Debussy at 4pm in the Clore Ballroom. At 5.30pm, Gabriela Montero sings Baroque style for her supper, improvising as she goes. Sunday: We've always wanted to meet Samuel Pepys and now, it seems, we sort of can in character actor form at the Old Naval College, Greenwich at 2.30 or 3.30pm (free). To round off the weekend, there's a free salsa party at the Cuban on Chalk Farm Road, Camden from 6pm till midnight. Or, if you really must get romantic this week - see here and here.
With many thanks to the London Freelist (RIP). Hello London is Free. Check the websites for more information.

Last Updated 10 February 2008