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 22nd June 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Head to Chelsea's Goat and celebrate 4th July in true American style. Serving delicious American dishes, such as hearty sliders and hotdogs, the team behind the bar will be serving American beers, rye bourbon and a handful of potent cocktails, such as a buttered bourbon old fashioned. With a distinctive 'barn chic' theme, this event will be full of leather boots and cowboy hats.
Spice up your Saturday nights at Stoke Newington's Zona N16 as the popular restaurant hosts a celebration of Caribbean culture. Join them for sharing platters, live music and rum punch every last Saturday of the month.
Fleetwood Mac fans are in for a treat as their most successful album Rumours is brought to life in a unique orchestral rendition. Join the Transatlantic Ensemble as they re-imagine one of the most hedonistic albums of all time.
Taking place at one of London's best musical venues, Dance Yourself Clean is a massive night of indie music. Head to the iconic Tooting Tram and Social to dance to hours of your favourite sing-along hits including bands such as LCD Soundsystem, Twin Shadow and Icona Pop.
A salsa class and a free rum cocktail all for under £20? If that doesn’t convince you to get down to Jam Tree Chelsea for a night of fun, then the expert salsa dancer will. They’ve danced with the likes of Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and the West End – so even those with two left feet will learn something new.