London On The Cheap: 10-16 December

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London On The Cheap: 10-16 December

Reindeer in Ealing by su-lin

Romp through the festive highs with our low budget arts and ents survival guide.

Tonight: The last Tongue Fu of the year at Rich Mix is all about Wonder Women! Five "super-powered, loquacious literary ladies, flexing their freshest lyrical moves to a spontaneous soundtrack of lip smacking jazz from The Tongue Fu Band". £5, 8pm in the Rich Mix Bar.

Friday: There's free Friday night music on the landing at the National Potrait Gallery from 6.30pm this evening with the gallery open till 9pm.

The site specific installation: Let Yourself Go has its closing event tonight between 6pm-11pm at The Old Police Station, 114 Amersham Vale SE14. Bounce around on the black elastic wall to "a DJ'ed program of unrestrained music".

Saturday: The Chocolate Festival takes over the Southbank this weekend promising heady aromas, the odd free tasting and chocolate sculpting (no licking) if you can't afford to buy.

The artsy might want to check out the free exhibition in the Barbican Library: Città ideale. Works on paper by Italian Irma Irsara have been produced in different locations including a north London allotment and many include images of London cityscapes.

Sunday: Get your baby groove on with the Baby Loves Disco Christmas Party in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall from 2pm, free.

For just a quid a head, try the "performative quiz" upstairs at the Retro Bar from 8pm. MMM (formerly known as Myra's Marvellous Musicals) calls out for "Show-Tune Queens, Stage School Shits, Cabaret Enthusiasts and Back Stage Luvvies" to go head to head and battle to win some glorious prizes.

Monday: Stay home. Save money. Do star jumps.

Tuesday: Get thoughtful with a New Acropolis talk in Islington: Philosophy and You exploring the Platonic path. £5/3, 6.30pm.

Wednesday: Explore Victorian Christmas ephemera with a Museum of London curator this afternoon at 3pm, free.

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Last Updated 10 December 2009