Things To Do In London for Under £20
Rumour has it that London isn't a cheap place in which to have fun, and rumour has it that we're here to prove otherwise. Whether you're hankering after top cocktail deals, looking for something quirky to try or bounding after the next big club night, we've got all your bases covered, and they're all affordable at that. Check out our recommendations for the best things to do under £20 in London.
Last updated on 16th October 2017
Some people pay through the nose for comedy in London, but that doesn't mean it's always good. Join Top Secret Comedy Club for one of the most affordable comedy events in London as you get familiar with some of the best stand up names in the city.
It might feel like you usually have to spend a million pounds to drink in London but not as this beer-filled night. Camden Brewery are taking of the Defector's Weld in Shepherds Bush for a night of five courses, talks and five beers, all starting from £12.
Handmade Mysteries create twisted escape rooms for people looking for a pulse-racing, brain-teasing, immersive experience. Based in London's finest drinking establishments, your game host will introduce your team to a series of bizarre contraptions and mysterious misfits. Will you win and cry for joy? Or lose, and just cry?
From acclaimed Fringe performers through to London's hottest comedians, Laugh Out London puts on some of the best comedy nights.
Throwback Thursday isn’t just for Instagram, it’s for parties as well! Join Cargo as they play all the Old School Hip Hop, R&B and everything in between and dive deep into a real nostalgia fest. With DJ Daniel Pozzebon on the decks and Cargo as your venue, it’s bound to be a big night.
Head to the Indian YMCA in Fitzroy Square and enjoy a night of elegant, 1930s-themed ballroom dancing. On the night, guests can enjoy a variety of different dances, including the quickstep, foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, jive, rumba and Charleston. With a strict Black Tie dress code in operation, this promises to be one luxurious night you don't want to miss out on.
You don't have to spend a bomb to take part in some of London's best nights out, as proved by party palace Blues Kitchen Brixton. The American spot serves up huge BBQ plates, whiskey-filled cocktails and regularly plays host to incredible swing and blues bands.
Join in one hell of an after-party as Gin House Burlesque return to Shoreditch secret The King's Head. Set in a wild member's club, the night will be unlike any other as showgirls and boys put on a show to dazzle and seduce, a live band will strike up and the party continues until 5am.
With a different theme every week, the Thursday cocktail making class at Goat will turn you into a master mixologist in new time. Located in Chelsea, Goat will teach you to muddle everything from a mojito to a margarita; finish off with 50% off food and drink in their restaurant.
Antidote is a series of quirky workshops and classes designed to help the capital's busy crowds de-stress and relax. Taking place at Wah Art in North London, the series includes African drumming classes, fun singing workshops and intimate singing classes. Best of all, tickets are priced at less than £20, so is perfect for anyone on a budget.
Master the world of wine with this sensory experience. Taking place at The Wood House, the night will show you how to taste wine and identify flavours, test you with five glasses and feed you snacks and canapes.
Looking for something a little off the wall to do in London? Don't fancy breaking the bank? Then why not join Meet Thee Streets for some of the most affordable walking tours in the city as you enjoy everything from ghosts to historic pub tours.
In the heart of Shoreditch, this brilliant venue brings board games in the form of mini shuffleboard. Up to 4-6 players can have a go on the board before tucking into beers and unique Patron cocktails.
With tickets starting from £6, Laugh Train Home at People's Park Tavern in Hackney and Four Thieves in Battersea is one hell of a weekly event Taking place on weekdays, head to either pub for a night of hilarious stand-up, past acts have included Reginald D Hunter and Seann Walsh.
Experience a night of Latin music from live musicians, special tequila cocktails and shots, and receive a welcome drink – with tickets starting at £5 from JuJu Chelsea.
Want the Church gospel experience but don’t want to pay for the donation? Get yourself down to Gospeloke and you’ll be able to experience karaoke with the backing of a full gospel choir! And if that somehow doesn’t interest you, there will be euphoric sing-a-longs, team harmonies and awards for everything from Best Confessional to Best Solo Performance.
Head over to Leytonstone to find this affordable bottomless brunch. Taking place at Alfred Hitchcock themed The Birds, the pub serves up bottomless booze and breakfast plates for £20.
Wanna become a Beyonce superstar without hiring a multi-million dollar dance instructor? Fear not, Drink, Shop & Do are inviting you to a class where you can learn the moves to her most iconic song.
London clubs are normally expensive, there’s no doubt about that, so get yourself down to Cargo for Circus 83 and they’ll let you party until the early hours of the morning for under £20. Their resident DJs are bringing the best beats across two floors and the cool club will guarantee a great night out.
The Rosemary Branch Theatre is the home to four quirky shows this festive season. Previously a Victorian music hall, the venue is now putting on everything from a Virgin Mary Drag show to the tales of an ex-Elf, these festive shows are the perfect way to spend a winter's night.
Who says eating out in London can cost you an arm and a leg? Grand Union Chancery Lane are offering people their chance to eat unlimited chicken wings, choosing from classic, zesty or fiery, and it’s all for under £20. Not only that, they’ll be having happy hour prices all day on their drinks.
Friday nights should be reserved for drinks and laughs, and there's one comedy night for under £20 in London promising both. Board the Tattershall Castle every weekend for a roster of stand-up names and comedians that are more than worth the money.
Expect to be amazed and stunned by what the Pop Up Opera has to offer this year. Turning conventional opera on its head, each performance will take place in unusual sites and quirky spaces across the UK. The group will be hosting two different plays through out the year - Il Matrimonio Segreto from the late 18th century and the well-known story of Hansel & Gretel - with each performance perfectly marrying old with new. Trust us, this is one event you don't want to miss out on.
For just £10, you can take part in one of London's biggest student bar crawls. Starting at Soho Zebranos in Central London, the bar crawl will take London's students across the capital, visiting a handful of late night bars and clubs. If that wasn't enough, guests will also be treated to free shots and free pizza when they arrive at the first bar.
This is a bargain if we’ve ever heard them: not only do you get a night of amazing swing and jive music played by a selection of amazing live bands, but you also get a beginner’s dance lesson and drinks at inexpensive prices.
Nowhere else in London will you get this quality of music for less than £20. The Toulouse Lautrec jazz club offer some of the best music from up-and-coming artists to established legends, from genres spanning jazz to soul funk, French Chanson to Latin Salsa. While you’re at it, why not have a glass of their French and New World wines while feasting on delicious French food?
Not boasting too many pennies come the end of the month and looking to save a few more? Then it's right about time you hopped aboard the most affordable bar crawl in London. Join BarHopping not only for drinks deals and free shots, there's free pizza to boot.
£12 in London won't get you much, but it will get you a ticket to Musical Bingo's upcoming rowdy affairs South of the river, hosted from the renowned Pop Brixton. Head over for quality DJs, quick-fire rounds and no-holds-barred partying.
Dress up as your favourite villain or hero, party the night away and even enjoy a free cocktail at Drink, Shop & Dos Halloween bash.
Put a little razzle dazzle in your step at one of the most affordable swing nights in London. From live jazz and fancy dress down to stunning swing dancers and the chance to showcase your moves, this is a vintage night that you're sure to love.
One of the city’s most premium and beautiful clubs opens its doors every Saturday to the Twisted Circus. Expect performances from fire breathers, contortionists and more, as the DJs play the best in house, RnB, and club classics.