London On The Cheap: 9-15 December

By Lindsey Last edited 100 months ago
London On The Cheap: 9-15 December

Festive cheapness can be found pootling round Christmas fairs and markets or signing up for seasonal volunteering. For other stuff that's cheap this week, read on...

Tonight: SELFS celebrate FOLKY YULE and it's free! Free entry, food and everyone is welcome to volunteer a party turn: a song, a story, a music trick, anything entertaining! From 8pm, upstairs at the Old Kings Head, Kings Head Yard, 45-49 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NA.

Friday: City Hall hosts a free performance of Voces de la Palabra by Tierra Theatre Company, a group of London-based actors from Latin America. 7.30pm.

Saturday: Escape Christmas shopping and head to Mudchute Park and Farm. Open between 9am-5pm, it's free to visit the farm, talk to the animals and walk through the parkland, admiring Docklands against the oddly rural landscape. The farm needs you to support it so go and see what they do, then consider supporting Amy's Appeal.

Sunday: More folky yuleness as the Fowler's Troop Molly dances at the Dog and Bell, 116 Prince Street, SE8 3JD from 12.30pm, the Royal Albert, 460 New Cross Road, SE14 6TJ at 1.30pm and again at the Dog and Bell at 2.30pm accompanied by some strolling players from Greenwich Uni performing a mummers play.

Sit back and listen to Gamelan Christmas Chimes in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall courtesy of the Southbank Centre Community Gamelan Programme playing a lively programme of Javanese music. Free, 5pm.

Or if you want to get out and get your hands dirty, join the BTCV volunteer day at Alexandra Palace, working on its conservation area and assisting with woodland management. Take a packed lunch and wrap up warm.

Monday: It's the Mayor's Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral at 7pm. Free but email to secure a seat.

Tuesday: The Dalston Darlings are trendy east London's answer to the Women's Institute. Join them at Stoke Newington's Nest for an almost Christmas Disco. Men are welcome but only tonight - the normal first Wednesday of the month meetings are female only. £4, includes a raffle ticket.

Wednesday: Rifle in the Horse and Groom's Comedy bin with new comics trying out 10-12 minutes of material each from 7.30pm at 26 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3NZ.

Image by theUrbanmonkey taken at Tate Modern.

Last Updated 09 December 2010