Merry Christmas one & all, and if you don’t celebrate the season then I hope you enjoy the day of rest and the sale shopping madness to follow!
Enjoy this creepy smiling Santa.
An evening dedicated to the father of North West brings the people of North West to West London.
On Saturday 29th November 2014 celebrate the music and madness of Kanye in Paradise. For 6 quid (which in most bars will only buy you 1 shot) dance yourself silly to Mr West’s catchy beats.
Not much else to say except, get your glad rags on and don’t let Kanye down!
The Time: From 8pm – 2am, Saturday 29th November 2014
The Place: Paradise by way of Kensal Rise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE
Have fun…Disclaimer, Kanye West will not be there so please don’t shout at me tomorrow!
Lost for something to do this Halloween, well maybe this will help.
NECROPOLIS – London’s Journey of the Dead
Between 1854-1941 London’s dead were transported out of the city via the London Necropolis Railway. Closed in 1941 the Necropolis station was locked away and forgotten…until now (dun dun dahhhhhhh).
Discovery London’s largest morgue hidden beneath Waterloo Station. Listen to mad stories and crazy noises as you walk down the aisles of the dead.
Address: To be confirmed upon ticket purchase
Cost: From £10, limited £15 tickets available at the door, pre-book to avoid being pissed off.
Date: Thursday 30th Oct – Saturday 1st Nov 2014, times vary between 3pm-7pm, 5pm-7pm & 7pm-10.30pm
Get your groove on without all those young whipper-snappers clogging up the dance floor.
Join the Coffin Dodgers team for a night of boiled sweet munching, “back in my day” chats and sing-a-longs to “real music”. If you’re under 28yrs old I’m sorry but you are not welcome, ID’s will be checked upon entry so drawing wrinkles on your face will not help!
Address: The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP
Cost: Tickets cost £20, call Don for details 07806 710 236
Date: Friday 31st October, from 8pm
Get on the spooky party train for 12 hours of fancy dressed awesomeness.
Address: 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG
Cost: Free entry for everyone in fancy dress & free blood shots on arrival
Date: Friday 31st October, 4pm – 4am
Jump on London’s largest Steamboat for a Halloween party on the murky waters of the Thames.
Get your dance on with 2 decks of tuneage, while you sail east along the river. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, join 5 other boat parties at a secret location for a massive after party. You don’t have to wear fancy dress, but lets be honest it’ll be more fun if you do.
Address: Tower Millenium Pier near Tower Hill Station. The After party is at a secret location, details given on the night.
Cost: Tickets cost £35 for the boat & £3.50 for the after party, from here
Date: Friday 31st October, from 8pm – 6am
Get your Bingo on at this comedy show event in Clapham Junction. Throw on your best (or worst) 80’s gear, enjoy some ‘seated’ bingo action, then dance like a MANIAC till 3am at their shitty disco (their words, not mine!)
Address: The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1TT
Cost: Tickets cost £10 for both the Bingo and Disco, or £9 for just the disco from here
Date: Friday 31st October, from 7pm
So maybe partying isn’t your thing, on your feet for hours dancing in crowded rooms, spending a fortune on drinks and cabs home, no thank you. So why not head over to The Sekirk for a night of classic horror story readings, listen to the tales of M.R. James read by candle light, for a truely bone chilling evening.
Address: Blackshaw Theatre, Selkirk Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 0ES
Cost: Tickets cost £9.90 from here
Date: 31st October & 1st November, from 7.30pm
Yep it’s Hot Tub Cinema again. Grab your wet wear and a towel, some friends and couple of pool toys then head over to the tubs for some Halloween favourites. Chose from Scream, Beetlejuice and The Craft (2 of my fav films),seat back and enjoy.
Cost: Tickets cost £35 per person or you can grab a private hot tub for up to 6 people from £190 from here
Date: 31st October – 2nd November, from 6.30pm
Not exactly an event, but if you like Made in Chelsea you may want to head over to Westfields White City. Jame Laing’s Candy Kittens van has set up camp for a Halloween spooktastic Pop-up shop.
Head over to the Southern Terrace were the sweet treat truck will be stationed until the 2nd November.
Address: Westfields London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7GF
Cost: It’s free baby, except the sweets, those you have to pay for.
Date: Until the 2nd November, from 10am – 7pm
Whatever you do have an awesome Halloween…unless your summoning an undead army, in which case you can sod off!
Welcome to a week of Cheap & beautiful Freeness. Enjoy.
Get in the Halloween mood early with the London Horror Festival. From the 13th-31st The Etcetera Theatre in Camden will be staging a number of performance art pieces that’ll make a chill run down your spine, but hopefully not down your leg, if you have a small bladder I would recommend go to the toilet before the show begins.
There will be at least 1 performance a night, though many of the shows will run for a number of evenings. If you’ve ever wondered what a charming Frankenstein would be like, or where in Dante’s nine circles of hell you’d find Shakespeare’s Richard II then this event is perfect for you.
Address: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street , London NW1 7BU
Cost: From £8 – £11.50, tickets are a little cheaper on concession
Date: 13th – 31st October 2014
The Water Poet Pork Pie Off – The Water Poet, Spitalfields
It’s time for battle, if you’re a lover of the pork pie then get yourself over to Spitalfields for The Water Poet’s Pork Pie Off. In celebration of ‘The Great British Pub’ the best in the pie biz will be showing off the talents in the hope of being crowned King or Queen of the Pork Pie.
Craft beer on tap and tasty treats from the competitors will be available on the night. It’s your civic duty to support the traditions of our fair nation, pie and all!
Address: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
Cost: £4 ticket, you’ll receive a pint of craft beer and some pie tasters from the pork pies in the competition.
Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014, from 6pm
Levi’s flagship store on Regents St will be holding a student shopping event on Wednesday 15th Oct. If you’re of the student community and are after a sweet deal, plus a bit of booze (the will ask you for ID first) and some tunes then head over to their facebook page for more details about the night.
Address: Levi’s Store, 174 – 176 Regents Street, London, W1R 5DF
Cost: It’s free baby!
Dates: Wednesday 15th October 2014, the start time has not yet been released, keep an eye on Levi’s tweeter account for details, click here.
Explore the filthy world of Victorian London during this talk with Lee Jackson. Find out how the people fought to turn the cesspit of a Capital into what we know and love today, with the peculiar beginnings of the public toilet to the intro of public baths.
Address: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
Cost: £9, cheaper with concession, tickets available here.
Dates: Thursday 16th October 2014, starts at 7.30pm
“West London favourites, Rotten Hill Gang, return to entertain you with a high energy live set of big instruments and even bigger vocals. Resident DJs in support playing a mash up of hip hop, house, disco and party favourites.”
What more needs to be said.
Address: Paradise by way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE
Date: Friday 17th October 2014, 8pm – 2am
To all you music conosur out there, get down to Westminster on Saturday 18th Oct for the largest record, CD and music related memorabilia fair in the Country.
Any and everything music based available under one very large Westminster roof, plus there’ll be a cafe so there’ll be food too.
Address: Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1H 9NH,
Cost: £3 entry, £6 for early birds from 8.30am-10am
Date: Saturday 18th October 2014, from 10am, 8.30am for early bird entry
Welcome to the Tipple Taxi, brain child of Lucas Sinclair this converted black-taxi bar travels the country popping up at events and functions all over the gaff.
This vehicle of joy seats 5 people, plays music, has a screen for watching videos but most importantly serves cocktails for those seating inside the car, as well as those outside. The Tip Tax (that’s my nick name for it) can be seen at festivals, marketing & PR events, but between the 6th – 12th October can be found at Camden Lock as part of London Cocktail Week. Yes that is a thing, an amazingly wondrous thing.
As there is only 1 more day of this event left (I’m sorry, I know I’m crap), on Sunday 12th The Tip Tax will be in Camden from 11am – 6pm, if you have a London Cocktail Week wristband you can buy drinks at a discount, I believe you can also order a signature “£4 cocktail” as part of the event too. However if you don’t have a wristband I would recommend heading over to the taxi anyway, as there will be a photo booth, music and the opportunity to brag to your friends about having a cocktail made for you in the back of a taxi. Not bad for a Sunday.
P.S. The taxi is stationary while serving drinks, please do not think that you’ll have a personal cocktail maker creating drinks during the journey home, you won’t. Sorry to burst your bubble.
The Place: Middle Yard, Camden Lock, Camden High Street, NW1 8AB
The Time: Sunday 12th October 2014 from 11am – 6pm
It’s boring to hear but important to say, DRINK RESPONSIBLY you lunatics!
I swear next week’s cheap list is going to be posted on time…I am so crap.
An alternative East London comedy night to see you through the rest of the week, they say laughter is the best medicine so get on down to Hackney and get your giggle on.
Address: Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Cost: £5 baby!…get your tickets here, you can also pre-purchase food and drinks online at a cheaper rate.
Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014, 7.30pm – 11pm
Cardboard, the latest in virtual reality tech, nope I’m not kidding and neither is Google.
Once you’ve bought the kit, and after a little DIY you’re left with something that resembles a View-Master Slide Viewer from the 80’s. It has 2 lensed eye holes, a comfy nose opening and a “drawer” for your smart phone to seat in. You’ll need to download one of the available apps for the device to work effectively onto your phone first (example here), once done all you need to do is follow the instructions then experience the fun. There is also a magnetic image capture function (that sounds amazing right) so you can save and savour the memories FOREVER.
I realise I may not have made the Google Cardboard sound very appealing, so there is a video below to persuade you of it’s awesomeness.
Cost: £20 or less from Amazon, it’s not within the usual £10-or-less category but as the next best thing for domestic use is the Oculus Rift which costs between £120-£300, £20 isn’t so bad.
Date: Available now
All you people who are still doing Zumba, good for you, I’m ridiculously lazy so envy all those with the will power to get up and do something, especially something that’s dancy fun. If you energetic folk would like a new challenge then how about Kizomba, a dance styled on semba, Angolan merengue and Kilapanda. The first class is free, so if you’re not convinced that Kizomba is for you then no harm no fowl.
Address: The Pod Bar, 105-109 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
Cost: £7 per class, entry for 2 for £10
Dates: Thursdays 8pm-9pm for beginners, 9pm-10pm for beginners/Improvers, 10pm onward for practice or P.A.R.T.YING!
The guys at skiddle.com have described this club night perfectly; ‘Forget karaoke, at the UK’s first singalong club night a brilliant live band plays 80s and 90s hits and the crowd sings as one. Euphoric!’
Address: 37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP
Cost: £5 + 50p booking fee from here.
Dates: Friday 10th October 2014 from 8pm – 2am
In conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Diwali in London Committee brings you a beautifully colourful, music filled event to celebrate the festival of lights. Beginning at 2pm with a dance that involves the public (wear comfy shoes people), follows singers, a fashion show and lots of food and drink, so arrive early to make sure you don’t miss anything, especially the food.
Address: Trafalgar Square, West London
Cost: It’s free baby!
Date: Sunday 12th October 2014 from 2pm – 8pm
As this week’s cheap fest is 2 days late (yep I’m meant to post these on Sundays but procrastination is a bugger), I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I’m sure you all prefer to that way.
Enjoy some lovely, free, lunchtime classical music well you eat. It might prevent you from killing your boss.
Address: St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
Cost: It’s free baby!
Date: Tuesday 30th September
View amazing pictures (like the 1 below) of our ridiculously fabulous Universe, by Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014, and other entries.
Address: Small Exhibitions Gallery, Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Cost: It’s free baby!
Dates: From 18th September 2014–February 2015, 10am– 5pm daily
Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend, UK, 9 January 2014
Calling all Students and Freshers, get yourselves down to Croydon on Thursday evening for some shopping cheapness. Kit out your wardrobe and stationary cupboard for the year, while still having money for the student bar later.
Address: The Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1LP
Cost: Getting into the event is free baby!..but you need to register for the event at studentshoppinguk.com
Date: Thursday 2nd Oct 2014, from 5pm – 9pm
It’s the mother of all beer festivals, Oktoberfest will be in Canary Wharf over the first weekend of October. There’ll be music, food and giant golden nectar glasses so get your Lederhosen on (that’s the recommendation on their website, I’m not being stereotypical) and enjoy the last of the Summer sunshine.
Address: Millwall Park, Canary Wharf – DLR station Island Gardens
Cost: It’s Free baby!..except on Saturday 4th Oct when it’s £10 entry
Dates: Thurs 2nd Oct – Fri 3rd Oct from 6pm – 11pm, Sat 4th Oct 2pm- 11pm & Sun 5th Oct from 12.30pm – 7.30pm
Basically you get the chance to invade the studios of creative businesses along the boarder of West & North West London.
Studio locations & Contact: www.artwestopenstudios.co.uk
Cost: It’s Free baby!
Dates: Sat 4th Oct – Sun 5th Oct 2014
Are you a parent? Do you love to sing? Are you continuously asked to leave a premisses due to spontaneous outbursts of song?
Then you need Pram Chorus my friend.
Meeting a couple of times a week in various locations around South West London, a tribe (or colony) of parents come together to make beautiful music, literally. The first session is free, thereafter it’s £7-8 per adult per sing-a-long. You also need your child, you can’t just pretend to be a parent, they need proof!
There will also be cake so make sure you have space in your tum for that. That would be reason enough for me to go, all I need now is a kid.
The Times & Places:
Tuesdays: 10-10:45am followed by cake in Clapham Park, side room at St Stephen’s Church, 35 Weir Road, SW12 0NU.
Thursdays: 2:30pm for cake, singing 3-4pm, Streatham Hill, Telford Avenue, SW2 4XW.
Fridays: 9.45-10.30am followed by cake, The Oak Room in the church centre at St Luke’s 194 Ramsden Road, SW12 8RQ
Cost: First session is free, £7-8 thereafter, to be paid either every term or half term, you get a 20% discount if you introduce a friend.
Thank you for bringing singing parents together @ The Bedford, nice work!
Cheap and freeness time, enjoy.
For all you foodies out there, get your backsides to The Blues Kitchen this evening for some smoked pork and beef ribs. A big ole juice stack (get your mind out of the gutter) for £10, that’s one way to get over the ridiculous of Mondays. You also have the added treat of a live blues band playing away your troubles, all the charm of a Friday night at the beginning of the week, just mind you don’t get the meat sweats.
Address: 134-146 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR
Cost: A tenner baby!…drinks not included
Date: Every Monday from 7pm-12am
Merge is a collection of art installations and creative events housed in a number of venues throughout Southwark. The festival’s theme for 2014 is ‘Art And Science’ so it’s safe to say that you can expect the unexpected. From what I’ve heard there will be a life sized house made entirely of wax, which will melt throughout the course of the festival, so that’s a random thing to see, plus it’s free which is always nice.
Address: Various locations in Southwark
Cost: It’s free baby!
Date: From 18th September – 19th October 2014
Cool walks is a guided tour through Borough and Bankside, exploring various landmarks that have made their way into many a London based film. Starting from John Harvard Library in Borough, the walk covers 3 miles to the Tate Modern so wearing heels would be a bad idea. Umbrellas, water and cameras are also recommended things to carry.
Address: Tour starts in front of John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JA
Cost: It’s free baby!
Date: Thursday 25th September 2014 from 12.30pm – 3pm
Coffee, dark ambrosia, the great bean, my version of black gold. I’m a very laid back (lazy) person so I honestly don’t know what I’d be like without my morning cappuccino, probably catatonic, so it’s of the utmost importance that I figure out where the best coffee shops are, how close they’re to me, work, tube stations, bus stops etc. Then I happened upon Browns of Brockley, conveniently situated across the road from Brockley station. They make AMAZING cappuccinos and cinnamon doughnut muffins that have me travelling from North London to Brockley to indulge my addiction.
They do sell salads, baguettes and other savoury delights, but to be honest I’m only ever interested in cake so that’s all I tried. They also host coffee tasting sessions, the next being on Sunday 5th October, so get yourself down there, or contact them on twitter for more details.
Address: 5 Coulgate Street, London, SE4 2RW
Cost: Prices start from £1
Date: Mon-Fri 7.30am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 5pm & Sun 10am – 4pm
I was very tempted to recite lyrics from Macklemore here, don’t worry I won’t. Instead I’ll introduce you to The East London Thrift Shop, a warehouse in Whitechapel filled with rails of wonderfully cost-effective (cheap) clothing. I saw a lot of denim while I was there, but they also offer shoes, belts, coats, tops and everything in between. Prices vary but usually start from about £7-£10, though a lot of the time the accessories are cheaper. They had a lot of mens stuff too, so guys this post is not just for the ladies.
Address: Unit 1A Assembly Passage, London, E1 4UT
Opening times: Sun-Wed 11am- 6pm, Thurs- Sat 11am – 7pm
Cost: Prices start from as little as £1!
It’s the 26th (I think that’s right, 2014-1988=26 right?) annual river race. Setting off from Westferry Road in Docklands at 9.30am, 300+ boaters will battle their down the Thames dressed as clowns, monks and pirates to Richmond. The first few boats should arrive at the following landmarks at the below times:
*Millwall Riverside, Westferry Road – race starting at 9.30am
*Millwall Dock Slipway – 12.40pm
*Tower Bridge – 1.10pm
*Lambeth Bridge – 1.30pm
*Battersea Bridge – 1.45pm
*Wandswoth Bridge – 1.55pm
*Putney Bridge – 2pm
*Hammersmith Bridge – 2.15pm
*Chiswick Bridge – 2.45pm
*Kew Bridge – 3pm
*Richmond Bridge – 3.30pm
*Riverside below Ham House, Richmond – 3.40pm – finish line
If you want to see the first boats arriving at any of these bridges I would recommend getting there at least 30min earlier, just encase, and bring a chair!
Tickets: It’s free baby!
Date: Saturday 27th September 2014
I loves me some magic and mystery, I wish I could have gone to see David Copperfield (the illusionist not the pseudo-fictional character) as a youngster, especially ‘The Magic of David Copperfield X, The Bermuda Triangle’ that show completed messed with my mind, he disappeared into a glass triangle in the middle of the ocean then reappeared, again in the middle of the ocean, with a plane, A PLANE…the guy was the business, but I digress, again.
Primo bar by Westminster Bridge hosts live music and entertainment every night, on Friday 19th Sept Richard ‘Magical Bones‘ Essien takes to the stage, bringing his unique blend of magic, dance and hip hop culture to the masses. Formally a professional dancer so you needn’t worry about any ‘dad at a wedding’ styling moves on the night.
Impressing the likes of Richard Branson and Jonathan Ross he has been dubbed the “most exciting talent to have emerged from the magic industry in recent years”, E4 your new magician has arrived, sorry Troy!
The Time: 8pm Friday 19th September 2014
The Place: Primo Bar, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7UT
Tickets: It’s free baby!