It's getting to that time of year. The city's shutting itself in for a nice quiet winter beside the radiator, and can't be bothered with laying out quite as much entertainment as in the past months. Unfortunately, our budgets are only growing tighter, and we need cheap fun now more than ever. Londonist has stayed up late to make sure we have it.Friday: Brave one more blustery afternoon out in the name of London history: learn the stories of Hyde Park At War.Saturday: This might be the poetry reading of the year: On John Milton's 400th birthday, in the place of his interment at St. Giles' Cripplegate, an impressive rota of Guildhall students past and present are taking turns at a marathon reading of Paradise Lost. The all-day Milton at the medieval church will be interspersed with period music and dance; drop in any time.Sunday: The Phoenix in East Finchley is probably the most comfortingly anachronistic cinema in London, and does some of the best Sunday double bills. This week, Joanna Hogg, director of intense character studies, joins the audience for a double bill of her features Unrelated and Under the Skin. £8/£6 concs for the whole deal.Monday: As part of a series of artistic uses of medical space, country western singer turned lesbian performance artist Tammy WhyNot takes the lectern at the Royal London Hospital to tell us What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old and Having Sex. Featuring guest appearances by some authentic septuagenarian, octogenarian, and nonogenarian sexperts.
Tuesday: London has seen much of large format Parisian street artist JR this year. Learn about his even more impressive exploits creating the world's largest illegal photographic exhibition along Israel/Palestine's Wall of Separation, in the documentary Faces, screening at SOAS this evening.Wednesday: The one day FashionExpo hits Islington's Business Design Centre; it's ostensibly an industry affair, but there's plenty of room for gawkers and forward-thinking dressers looking for good ideas. If you book a spot for the free Made in London workshop, let us know what's coming down the tubes next.Thursday: E2's Neu Gallery continues an odd November series of "lock-in" collaborations between musicians and artists. This Thursday night, V.E.G.A.S. Whores wail on the noise rock, artist Adham Faramawy constructs pyramids of television sets, and the audience watch and listen through the windows, barred from the venue itself. Hope for mild weather.Image courtesy of Jess J via the Londonist flickrpool. Check out London is Free for more ideas of things to do for nowt. Check the websites for more information.