London On The Cheap

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London On The Cheap

This is more like it. Momentum is building towards the holidays, not yet to a reckless rush, but a comfortable trot.Lots of good times to be had and parties to crash. Just don't wear yourself out before things really get moving.

Friday: If you've never been tempted to spend a night at Cargo, the word Free! might do it. A short series of Friday freebies starts tonight, with The Death Set, some dinosaurs, and all manner of giveaways.Saturday: Carry on east to even more indie realms for the Nowhere To Run Club at the Victoria in Mile End. This one's all of £3, but it's a showcase for the best London sounds you haven't heard.Sunday: The Arcola Theatre is hosting a Sunday evening of hard edged comedy and spoken word performance — likely to reveal how fuzzy the line between the two really is. "Utter!" Dalston includes such fine entertainers as Bob Boyton, "so raw he got banned from prison."Monday: The Roxy Bar and Screen expands on free cinema with an all-senses experience: La Bobal, a new documentary on a Spanish grape, will screen accompanied by a free wine tasting of the selfsame vine.

Tuesday: A good opportunity to poke around the Old Operating Theatre on an eerie nighttime visit: novelist Lana Citron reads from her twisted novel The Kiss Hoarder, gives out signed copies, and introduces you to her equally cruel narrative visual collaboration with artist Valentina Lari. Anatomy of a Kiss costs £4.50, a pound less than ordinary admission to the museum, so you really can't lose.

Wednesday: My Secret Heart is an intriguing music and film installation exploring the secret history of a musical treasure guarded, Dan Brown style, by the Vatican. Tickets for this major event are sold out, but the Royal Festival Hall has their own secret: they're opening the balcony for free.Thursday: Celebrate the season as you like it tonight, with a choice of Thursday Lates. The Museum of London are raising the ghost of Christmas gifts past with a low-stress craft fair accompanied by klezmer and advent songs. The Museum in Docklands , meanwhile, features professional caroling by the London Gay Men's Chorus.Image courtesy of klbw 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 27 November 2008