London On The Cheap

By Kira Last edited 190 months ago

Last Updated 21 July 2008

London On The Cheap

So that hot, bright London summer has proven rather elusive as of late, but we can be comforted by the fact that our fair city more than compensates for its rainy climes with its overwhelming cultural offers. July tapers off this week with a forecast of heat, sun, and plenty to do both outdoors and in.

Monday: Almedia Theatre is showcasing a collection of music in collaboration with the current Cy Twombly exhibit at the Tate. Theatre of Possibilities presents the UK premiere of John Cage's latest ensemble work, Fourteen, and culminates in Sally Burgess singing Montiverdi's Tasso. Tonight, 7.30pm, cheapest tickets go for £6. Tuesday: Die-hard Warholites will want to grab 17 of their closest friends and head over to Soho Theatre for the live re-enactment of his film Kitchen. The entirely improvised play, performed by the Gob Squad, is an experiment in the search for meaning among the sparkly plasticity of contemporary culture. Just a tenner for under 26s, otherwise you'll have to fork over £17.50. Wednesday: The amphitheatere that's been offering you free al fresco films all summer long is tonight playing host to Imelda May, jazzy Dublin-born crooner who recently toured with Jools Holland. Free, 6.30pm. Thursday: Lend an ear to London's most promising wordsmiths at tonight's Homework, a night of literary cabaret. 8pm, just £3 at The Gramaphone, 60-62 Commercial St. Friday: It's the weekend, now start 'er right with a romantic picnic after work. Well, as romantic as be-suited Canary Wharf can be. Park Sounds plays a collection of free music from emerging folk, blues, and world music artists tonight in Canada Square Park from 6pm-9.30.Saturday: Today you can go back in time....for free. The Museum of the Docklands is celebrating its 5th birthday by offering free entrance and activities all weekend. Today at 3pm, a collection of rare film footage will be exposing the lives of ordinary Londoners during and after World War II. Or, head to the London Library for a free tour at 11am. This famed historical institution, founded by Thomas Carlisle in 1841, at one point counted Dickens and T.S. Eliot among its more literate members.Sunday: Another Sunday, another special event spicing up Brick Lane. Today, help your fellow Peruvian-come-Londonists celebrate Independence Day at Pure Peru, a festival commemorating the country's 187th year of independence. From 3-11pm at Brick Lane's Vibe Bar, sample Peruvian food and music, with a lineup including live Andean jungle pan-pipes and sunset-hour DJs. Free.Or, you could stay in, but have you seen this week's forecast?? Don't be daft.

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