London On The Cheap: 24 - 30 September

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London On The Cheap: 24 - 30 September


Saving you money while sending you out to the coolest things around town.

Friday: Naturellement, the Friday Late at V&A is about fashion. Celebrating 25 years of London Fashion Week, the history, hissy fits and hysteria are recounted along with installations, talks, workshops and lots of dressed up people hanging around the bar.

Saturday: There's walking and talking or crafts and cupcakes - though, of course, there's no reason not to do both. Take a tour of the City with the Museum of London guided tour on Women in the City. The Bronte sisters will feature, as will '9 day queen' Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth Fry, the only Lady Lord Mayor and Agatha Christie. Then rest your weary feet with the Craftaholics in Islington where you will find cupcakes, crafts, clothes, jewellery and enough shiny, pretty things to make a magpie on cocaine feel quite giddy.

Sunday: It's the last day of Watch This Space outside the National Theatre and they are making the occasion with an Alternative Village Fete. More crafts, more cakes, a ukelele jam session, samba lessons and fancy long-legged footwork from Miss High Leg Kick are all promised. There's a strong Harvest Festival theme this year so expect some good eating when you there too.

Monday: the most likely night to you will need a laugh, and look! Bar Kick has provided... Comedy Cellar is a free try-out night for new material at the bar and as it had a successful outing at the Edinburgh Festival, expect some good stuff. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Tuesday: Have a ponderous evening at the Dana Centre, where Y Touring presents Breath Control, a new performance asking the question 'Would you share your medical information electronically for research?' If it would help save lives, would you? This is Theatre of Debate so prepare to be challenged.

Wednesday: Staying with the Dana Centre, it's the Science Museum Lates and is marketed strongly as 'adults only'. This doesn't mean nudity and saucy behaviour, instead it's a chance to enjoy the museum without a thousand children squealing and dashing around. The evening's theme is climate change and there's a promise that there'll be folks "making a lot of noise out of rubbish." Intriguing. And free! Of course, instead of a scientific night out, there's a far more London-focused talk at Museum of London instead. Next in the In Conversation With... series of evening talks is photographic artist Tom Hunter in conversation with Robert Elms. His current exhibition is on display at the museum so enjoy the talk and the pictures together.

Have we missed anything? Let us know, and we'll share the value for money fun on Londonist. Thanks!

Photo shows Making of the Modern Age gallery in the Science Museum by Matt From London

Last Updated 24 September 2009