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 28th April 2017
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.
It's been hailed as one of the most unique bars in London, and the tickets come at a more than affordable number. Starting from just £15, not only can you enjoy their ball pit with, you guessed it, over 200,000 balls, there's themed cocktails, food and plenty more.
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.
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.
Get set for one of the most unique bingo events in London without the bashing of price. Join Breakfast Club Hackney Wick as you hoot and holler your way through a night of number blotting, affordable cocktails, food and tickets for less than £6 each.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dive into the wonderful world of cocktail making with the Cocktail Masterclass at Voltaire. Following three different themes on three different dates, guests will be greeted with a drinks reception with canapes, followed by two interactive cocktail making session by the skilled mixologist before taking home a recipe for each cocktail.
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.
You don't need to splash out to have fun in Hackney, in fact Pickle Boy Comedy is putting on a hilarious show for £8 a ticket. What's better is that it's staged in a brewery; watch professional stand-up from a selection of big names as well as a pickled-egg eating attempt.
Last Man Standing is a fun, interactive quiz with a difference. Alongside your standard quiz rounds, people are called onto the stage to compete in stage challenges based on classic quiz shows. The winners then must face off against each other in the ultimate showdown: Last Man Standing! With the chance to win a great prize and the guarantee you’ll have an amazing night, make sure you get yourself there.
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.
Get ready for a huge night of some of garage music's biggest names, The Artful Dodger head to Shoreditch this July. The group will be playing a massive night at legendary club McQueen, and what's more, tickets are only £10.
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.
The Grand in Clapham is hosting a live music event that's certain to leave an impression on you. The Basement Orchestra will be taking traditional classical music to exciting new levels. The group will first play songs by the likes of Sibelius, Hendrik Andriessen and Richard Rodney Bennett, before returning to the more familiar work of Gershwin. This event is perfect for anyone looking to try something a bit different.
These Charming Men are heading over from Dublin to London to cause havoc on the streets of the capital! Coming to the Vinyl Bar, they’ll be bringing big songs and an even bigger atmosphere until the early hours of the morning.
Join one of London's most talked about theatre groups as they return with another amazing theatre experience. The government has been disbanded and you have been called upon to perform your civic duty, yet this is a world where humans are little more than numbers - will you break free?
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.
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.
Consistently throwing some of the biggest nights out of the year, Vitamins is taking over Omeara with their alternative club event. Bringing house and techno from some of the best DJs around, as well as live art installations and medicinal cocktails, you are yet to experience a night out quite like this.
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.
For £15, you could support Lady Garden charity and enjoy a top workout class in a completely unique venue. Blossom City Workouts take place in South Place Hotel's tropical Secret Garden and are run by Lululemon instructors.
Tequila isn’t just for slamming down in the middle of the club – join Demon, Wise and Partners for a night of tequila tasting. You’ll be sampling the blanco, reposado and anejo flavours of the Ocho range, as well as tasting them in classic tequila cocktails, while you’re talked through the history and production, as well as all your tequila questions being answered.
Get down to the Larder Wanstead for a relaxed, fun night of wine tasting and canapes. Get your friends together and sample a range of six different wines, each having been paired with a canape, while their expert teaches you what makes each flavour unique.
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?
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.
Your Friday night partying doesn’t get better than Montezuma if you’re after some serious style. They’ll be open until the early hours of the morning, with DJs playing some of the best music out there – and tickets are less than £20.
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.
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.
The Strongroom Bar & Kitchen is hosting a whisky masterclass revolving around the wonders and iconic flavours of Macallan 12. In particular, the event will focus on the brand's sherry cask, fine oak and double cask creations. Educating guests all about how each dram is made and showing off the best creations that the brand has to offer, this event is certain to leave you full of facts and with a better understanding of the world of whisky.
Head to Ping Pong in Covent Garden and put your skills to the test at one of their weekly Dim Sum masterclasses. Held every Thursday, guests will learn how to correctly stuff and roll the perfect piece of dim sum, all while enjoy a delicious cocktail of their choice. Best of all, this class is more than reasonably priced and will only set you back £15.
Showing the true purpose of an aperitivo, Gastrovino in Chelsea is hosting a night of fine wine and delicious nibbles each Wednesday. Helping their guests relax and unwind after a long day at work, the night will feature dishes made with the finest Italian ingredients and some stunning live music.