London On The Cheap: 11-17 February

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London On The Cheap: 11-17 February

Celebrating its very appropriate golden anniversary: Great Arthur House, Golden Lane Estate - when it was built it was the tallest residential building in the city by bradman334

Tonight: South East London Folklore Society meets for A-TO-Z-OMANCY "The Game of Chance and the Speaking of the Landscape". The friendliest bunch of folklore folk around, open to all and just £2.50. Talk starts at 8pm upstairs at the Old Kings Head. Tell Scott we sent you.

If folklore don't float your boat, try the free public lecture courtesy of Gresham College on The Politics of Architecture in Tudor and Stuart London, 6pm (Museum of London theatre). Or try your luck at the launch for the free LSE Lit Fest "Space for Thought" running till Saturday.

Friday: Pay a visit to the Old Police Station, Amersham Vale, New Cross for 4 new plays, the Cell Monologues based on people's experience in prison. Part of the New Moons and Cell Mates exhibition 7-11pm, free admission.

Saturday: Get in the mood to celebrate the coming of the Year of the Tiger at the Museum of London with a day of free activities for adults including film screenings, tea tasting, storytelling and a paper cut workshop, 11am-5pm.

Just up the road, fans of the Golden Lane Estate can drop by Exhibit's current free exhibition, Anthony McCorry's "Things as they ought to be". Part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations of the estate, the artist has been in residence for 6 months and this ends on 19th Feb. Expect 5 completed paintings and an installation looking at social housing. At 20 Goswell Road 11am-5pm.

Down on the Southbank, enjoy an afternoon of jazz, storytelling and performance poetry in the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall from 2pm with Tomorrow's Warriors.

Sunday: Venture outdoors and muck in volunteering with BTCV at Alexandra Palace's conservation area between 9am-5pm.

Later on, The Grant Museum does Valentine's Day it's own way between 5.30-8pm on an 'Animal Magnetism' and a glass of wine for just £3. Super.

Monday: Time to clean the grease off those kitchen cupboards. Or veg out in front of Glee.

Tuesday: It's Quiz Night at the Southwark Tavern at just £2 a head with money to be won. Pit yourself against a smattering of Londonistas or aim for the last place prize. From 8pm but get there early.

Wednesday: There's a hard hitting new documentary film showcase at Stamford Hill's Pangaea Project from 7pm. 7 London based filmmakers share their work taking you "on a journey into the lives of the inhabitants of a whistling village, a group of blind ballerinas, landmine victims and communities dealing with natural disasters as well as looking into issues of child abuse, assisted suicide and illegal immigrants." Free.

Please share your thrifty secrets and help keep London cheap. Email, leave a comment or tweet us @londonist with free and £5 or under events and distractions. Thanks.

Last Updated 11 February 2010