London On The Cheap: 8-14 October

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London On The Cheap: 8-14 October

In the glass gallery at the V&A - always free! By Where the Art is
No money, no problems.

Tonight: SELFS talks suicides with Jeremy Harte, author of "Keep Death On the Road - Suicide Burials in Theory and Practice". Be at the Old Kings Head, 45-49 Borough High Street for 8pm. A paltry £2.50 / £1.50 concs.

Or catch the 'private view' of a new exhibition "Suspended in Process" at 14 New Quebec Street, W1 between 6-9pm. Be among the first to see this group show by emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, in a specially transformed disused space off Portman Square.

And don't forget, down in Brixton, there's an Urban 75 offline featuring the freedom songs of Woody Guthrie - admission absolutely free. LINK

Friday: Vibrant is a festival of new writing by Finborough Theatre playwrights. Join in ten days of ten new works tonight and find Three Sacks Full of Hats for just £3 if you book online. The festival continues at this knock down rate until Sat 17 Oct.

From west to east, over in Hackney you can jig along to the Great Climate Camp Ceilidh fundraiser with just £5 entry fee waged and £3 unwaged. "Come and dance to Green Kite Midnight's infectiously danceable jigs and reels as they whip up a storm to raise much-needed funds for Climate Camp. Everyone's welcome - dancers, maybe-dancers and would-be dancers - be there if you can!" The Hackney Round Chapel, Powerscroft Rd, E5 from 7pm.

Saturday: Take yourself away from autumnal rain with a holiday fix at the TNT Sun and Snow Travel Show at the New Connaught Rooms, Holborn between 9.30am-6pm. It's free to get in and browse all things travel related or you can hook up with other wannabe escapists at the TNT Shop Show Bar with "all the best food and drinks from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada".

Or catch free screenings of classic Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall.

Sunday: After your Sunday Brick Lane bagel, chill out with free jazz in the Rich Mix bar with Soweto Kinch, 2-5pm.

Monday: The last London Free Art Fair starts at Barbican tonight. This year, there are 52 artists in the show. It is free to get in, all the artists are doing it for free and all the work will be given away at the end of the show! Queue up early. Ends Sunday.

It's also the Hammer & Tongue open poetry slam for politically astute, fiesty and uproarious poetry night. 7.30-11pm, Green Note Café, 106 Parkway, Camden.

Tuesday: Check out the Finborough again for cheap new theatre. The December Man / L’homme de décembre by Colleen Murphy is on. Three squid.

Wednesday: Upstairs at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston, presents The Cakewalk Cafe - live vintage jazz from the Dave Chandler Band (veterans of trad jazz with up to 40 years experience in the field), The Smoky Taps (cozy, intimate swing featuring the lovely Daisy Kelly-Granger on vocals) and Bubble Rag and the Wavytones (bubbly tunes and sweet grooves of the 20s and 30s). Doors 7pm. £3 for those who dress 20s or 30s, £5 for those who don't.

Thanks again to NO:ID elisting which arrives on Wednesdays unfailingly packed full of alternative, artistic and largely free things to do for the week ahead. If you know of more great, cheap, entertaining or plain curious stuff happening on your patch, please let us know.

Last Updated 08 October 2009