London On The Cheap

By paulcox Last edited 122 months ago
London On The Cheap

As the pall of winter drives away our fair-weather event planners and publicity machines save up their energy for the starting gun of the holiday season, it's time to revisit old friends. One-off spectacles come and go, but through thick and thin we can count on the stalwarts of boredom alleviation. November is as good as July when it comes to our regular monthly events. Reconsider your favourites, and how long it's been since you visited; they probably miss you.

Friday: We haven't been to Brixton in too long, but the Offline Club is a reliable good time and tonight, birthday of Rene Magritte and Voltaire, the free night features the rising stars of the Dulwich Ukelele Club. And that's only the beginning.Saturday: Brushing off your hangover from last night, continue on to Union Chapel to hear the brooding Rothko use their two bassists to good effect, supported by Iona Leigh. Part of the regular Daylight Music series beginning at 12:15. It's almost like going to church.Sunday: Today is a good day to look into the Comica 2008 festival at the ICA. On top of a whole library of exhibited comic curiosities, there are three panel discussions running with £6/£5 tickets: on British comics, Jack Kirby comics, and downright smutty comics.Monday: We're due for some good free comedy. Comedy Cellar at Bar Kick is a tryout night for new material, but you're in good hands with a bunch of award-garnering comics like Dan Antopolski, whose long list of roles includes Jesus in The Da Vinci Code.

Tuesday: Put on your armchair sociology cap for this month's Big Ideas pub night in Fitzrovia. For once, the conceptual grappling won't be too far removed from your usual noisy pub discussion, as the topic of the night is Football, Loyalty and Identity.

Wednesday: Free stuff can be an event in itself, according to shoe store turned bar (this is Shoreditch, after all) Jaguar Shoes. They leverage their hipness to convince companies from Penguin Books to Doc Martens to come down once a month and just... give their products away. No catch, no gimmicks, just a fun-loving orgy of avarice.Thursday: The Fitzrovia Radio Hour may finally have found a new spiritual home at the suitably Deco-shaped The Last Days of Decadence. All the smooth 1940s style and free entry remain, though The Shoreditch Radio Hour doesn't have quite the same resonance.Image courtesy of Sunshine Indoors via the Londonist flickrpool. Check out London is Free for more ideas of things to do for nowt. Check the websites for more information.

Last Updated 20 November 2008