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 19th January 2018
£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.
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.
From acclaimed Fringe performers through to London's hottest comedians, Laugh Out London puts on some of the best comedy nights.
Featuring some of the best bartenders in London, this stunning event at One Marylebone offers more than money's worth. for just £20 you can gain access to the best of the London drinking scene at this amazing Central London pop up event.
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.
With tickets at just £12, this stunning night of comedy is one of the best events in London under £20. Enjoy sets from Rufus Hound, Nish Kumar and Four Femmes on the Thames, at this fabulous charity event in aid of Brook.
Get ready to party Studio 54 style at 229 The Venue in West London as they play host to Glitter Freaks. The night will be a huge celebration of the 70s and 80s with all your favourite hits from Michael Jackson through to Donna Summer.
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.
Watch all the Six Nations action at Longarm, where you can catch everything on their huge projector screens, all while enjoy a tank-fresh beer and signature burger all in the ticket price.
For a night out that won't leave you crying over your bank account, this great night in East London is just the ticket. Cargo's awesome Saturday club night offers cheap entry, great music and fantastic vibes all night.
Whether it's merely an idea or you've got all the plans, your dreams of owning a restaurant could come closer to reality with this informative talk. Taking place in East London, the panel will include experts who have successfully established chains, opened restaurants and taken their pop-up to the next level.
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.
They’ll be playing at the Prince of Wales for the first time, and they’re going big. Join the London Astrobeat Orchestra for their afrobeat renditions of your favourite tracks from Talking Heads’ albums.
Celebrate Valentine's Day in one of London's most iconic locations - The Kensington Roof Gardens. Perfect for singletons, the night will include speed dating, a lock and key party, and plenty of opportunity to show off on the dancefloor with a bash that lasts until 3am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For just £20, this cheap London pop up event is offering you a range of over 100 wines to sample. With over 20 producers present, the Wines of Chile roadshow is one of the best events in London in February.
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.
The Vaults are opening up their secret underground wonderland for a huge night of partying. Fat Tuesday is inspired by Mardi Gras and will feature burlesque, brass bands, dancing on tables and all sorts of shenanigans.
Get dressed up in your favourite vintage piece for this night of hilarious radio-style comedy. Enjoy a fantastic performance and complimetary gin & tonic at this cheap London theatre event.
Being fit and fabulous doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. Head to Drink Shop Do for this amazing 'Vogue' dance class, proof that there are awesome things to do in London for under £20.
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.
The Bop Shop is channelling the early 1980s New York City disco vibe with a cool Brookyln-style basement space, a top line up of DJs influenced by 80s new wave and 90s French house, and tonnes of drinks to keep you satisfied.
With tickets starting from just £10, Luscious Cabaret are putting on a roaring and jolly good show. Join them in Fitzrovia at The Albany for a night of fun cabaret and silly burlesque this spring.
Nights out don't have to be expensive, and Cargo is pushing that agenda like no other. Their Friday club experience, Carnivale, offers great food, drinks, DJs and more from just £5.
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.
See two former professional rugby players talk all things rugby and banter in this live recording of rugby podcasts, Flats and Shanks. You’ll receive a pint of London Pride or Guinness on arrival too.
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.
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?
Try virtual reality without forking out a fortune for a headset at Aeronaut, as one of London’s funnest pubs brings a whole range of different immersive virtual reality experiences for an evening like no other.
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.
Hard Rock Cafe in Mayfair are putting on a huge Easter celebration with an egg hunt, all you can eat breakfast, visit from the Easter Bunny and much more.
The London event under £20 pits three teams of contestants against one another in a comedy music twist that will have you in stitches. Presented by Mo The Comedian, its one of the best events coming up in January.
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.
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?
The Imperial Durbar in South London are putting on a gin making class that won't break the bank. Head over to Tooting for a night of history, gin and tonics and blending, leaving you with two unique bottles to take home.
Enjoy a film screening with free popcorn and a drink for just £15 at this fun East London cinema event. Bringing out the dark side of love, Temple Cinema will be bringing some classic films to the big screen at one of their fun and atmospheric events.
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.
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.
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.