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Midsummer's been and gone, we've also just passed the happiest day of the year, yet we're not feeling too glum because London has another week of excellent, gratis goodies — everything from Proms to a festival in Greenwich — and the following choice chunks of culture are bound to leave your wallet feeling lonely and unloved.
Friday: Last Friday of the month means Friday Late at the V&A. Tonight's theme is Pen-Paper-Scissors, and is celebrating the V&A Illustration Awards 2009. From 6.30pm to 10.30pm, free.
Saturday: Join the Craftaholics for an afternoon of handmade craft and ethical products from designer clothing to jewellery to dolls and everything in between. At the Old Queens Head, Essex Road, Islington, from 12pm till 5pm, free.
Sunday: Sample the culinary delights of Spain at the Tapas Fantasticas event at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The event is sponsored by Rioja, so you might expect the vino tinto to flow liberally. From 11.30am - 5.30pm, free.
Tuesday: Chris Anderson, editor of Wired and coiner of paradigm-changing online media concepts such as the 'long tail', is talking about his new book, Free, at the RSA tonight. The event's free but sold out, though you can join the waiting list or listen to the live broadcast.
Thursday: Be cool and cultural at The Noble Sage's Asian Arthouse Film Night and take in Shatrank Ki Khilari (The Chess Players) at The Noble Sage Art Gallery, 2 Fortis Green, East Finchley N2. Doors 7.30pm, film at 8pm. It's a free event but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.