London On The Cheap: July 10 - 16

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 116 months ago
London On The Cheap: July 10 - 16

Last-minute work on the Serpentine Pavilion

There's a spirit of saving money in the air — even The Guardian's getting in on the act, while this week came the announcement that London is no longer among the world's top ten most expensive cities. To rejoice or despair at this news? Be on the safe side and take in our preview of the coming week in cheap:

Friday: Get cures for what does (or doesn't) ail you at the Wellcome Collection, as they open their new show, Quacks and Cures. Those with bdellophobia may wish to stay away. From 7pm, free.

Saturday: They'll be dancing, dancing in the street — er, square actually, Gillet Square in Dalston, to be precise. There's a whole day's worth of dance workshops and performances, covering contemporary and classic, popular and eclectic. It's all free, and begins at 11am.

Sunday: The Serpentine Pavilion, as shown in it's finishing-touches stages in the pic above, opens today in Hyde Park.

Alternatively, as it's an Ashes summer, and it's a Sunday, it seems a perfect idea to catch the final day of the first Test on one of London's public open-air screens. They're all free, though over-exuberant displays of Barmy Army-ism may make you a nuisance to your neighbours.

Monday: Issues of sustainability are a mainstream topic today, but what's often missing is hard and fast discussions of exactly what cutbacks we need to make as a planet if we're to avoid environmental collapse. The RSA tonight hosts The Sustainability Project: How Much More Can Our Planet Take?, which aims to explore that very taboo. Free, from 5.30pm.

Tuesday: With Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and director Kathryn Bigelow at their very best, Point Break became an unlikely cult hit when it was released in 1991, and has entered that rare pantheon of films loved equally by cineastes and the popcorn-eating crowd. It screens 8pm tonight at the Roxy in Borough; tickets just £3.

Wednesday: Author, television personality, and writer of the inspiration for disastrous Jim Carrey vehicle Yes Man, Danny Wallace is talking about his new book, Friends Like These, at Borders Islington at 7pm tonight. Free but ticketed, with tickets available at the store's main information desk

Thursday: The London Jazz Collective performs at the Scoop at More London, part of their July music season. Ringing praise from Courney Pine: "Makes me want to listen to it more than twice". From 6pm, free.

Last Updated 09 July 2009