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 23rd March 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.
One of the most unique, immersive pop ups of the year, and once again, one of the most affordable in London. Join Shhh Maman Le Mot as you join the French Resistance for a night of vintage interiors, immersive actors, quirky cocktails and plenty more.
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 is one hell of a weekly event Taking place on Thursdays, head to East London 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.
Celebrate Honolulu Festival without having to book a flight to Hawaii as Mahiki are throwing a fancy dress brunch party! Grab your hula skirt and floral tops as you make your way down for some exotic brunch food, a complimentary tiki cocktail made by a flair mixologist and some amazing tunes from the best DJs.
Based in Central London and pushing every boundary it sees, the Smith and Sinclair's latest pop up bar, The Flavour Room, takes cocktail making to level that's never been seen before. Tanqueray Dry Gin are the pop-up specialist's partners in this venture. Taking complex recipes and completely remodelling them into new, creative inventions, the experimental garnish bar in the basement offers a great way to spend a night out in London.
Hard Rock Cafe in Mayfair is hosting a series of nights in collaboration with Jam24Radio. The nights will be a unique chance to hear some of the biggest rising stars including award-winning April Blue along with Sam Ellis and Lauren Rich.
For less than £20, Urban Golf Royal are offering access to their two state-of-the-art golf simulators, providing the clubs, balls and everything. Not only that, you’ll get all-you-can-eat slider burgers and fries and they’ll also be playing some great music while you drink and have fun.
You don't need to break the bank to have one of the most hilarious nights in London. Comedy Carnival are coming to Covent Garden with another huge stand-up roster; tickets cost £16 are past acts have included Sara Pascoe, Reginald D Hunter and Jack Whitehall.
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.
Pop Brixton is celebrating Mother's Day in London with a charming screening of the classic film Mamma Mia. This event is hosted by the team at the Night Spot Cinema. There's a handful of street food stalls and easy going bars surrounding the cinema, so guests can grab a meal before sinking into their seat and watch Meryl Streep dazzle on screen. Better still, this event is more than affordable, with ticket prices reaching a peak at £15.
You can dive into the deep knowledge and history of kombucha and even taste some cocktails for under £20. The experts will inform you of the interesting history and science behind kombucha in this interesting masterclass, before you’ll be treated to delicious gin, vodka, and cachaça cocktails designed to match the three different tastes of kombucha.
Join Raul Diaz from Channel 4's Sunday Brunch for an exploration of the old world through stunning bottles of wine. Featuring wines from across Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, this wine tasting will take place at the Snooty Fox venue in East London and will take guests back through the decades via an array of effervescent aromas and tantalising tastes. Tickets to this wine tasting are priced at only £20.
Join the Dame Du Show team for their annual Room Service club night of drinking and dancing. Taking place at the Grand Union in Farringdon, this event will be themed around 50 Shades Darker, where guests will be treated for being nice and punished for being bad. There'll be plenty of prizes and handouts on the night, plus a few challenges for anyone that's brave enough.
For £12 you could spend the night trying different beers from East London Brewing, chatting to the brewers and asking any questions about the process. Head to The Larder in Wanstead to learn more about the process and sip on a whole range of delicious drinks.
With the chance to win your share of 200 chocolate eggs, as well as special prizes including a glass of Champagne, brunch for two or an overnight stay at the South Place Hotel, all for under £20, you’ll want to get involved with the East End Easter Egg Hunt. All you have to do is decipher a series of clues hidden in Cockney rhyming slang.
If this isn’t a beer bargain we don’t know what is! Canopy Beer Co. are inviting you to take a sneak peak into their brewing process, with a tour and a Q&A. Then you’ll get to sample six of the beers before taking a bottle home with you – all for £10.
You don't have to break the bank to party with some of the best DJs in the world as legendary turntablist DJ Yoda comes to McQueen in Shoreditch. The DJ will be spinning his huge mixes guaranteed to have you partying well into the night.
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.
Britain’s Got Talent star Wayne Woodward is heading to the Clapham North to perform songs from his number one album. After shooting to fame last year on the show with his cheeky attitude and unique, Motown-by-way-of-jazz style, this is guaranteed to be a big night of music.
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.
The 90s and 00s presented an unprecedented time of clubbing mayhem and it’s up to Flashback to bring it back. Presenting two DJs with decades long careers that have played at some of the most infamous clubs in the world, Brandon Block and Alex P will be headlining a night looking at the golden age of clubbing.
Brewmasters are offering you the opportunity to sample your favourite gins and meet the masterminds who made them. Along with the tastings and talks from the experts, you’ll be treated to food that will compliment the delicious flavours. Afterwards, you’ll even be able to sample three excellent gins mixed with Fever Tree Tonic Water to find your ultimate mix.
Little Bird Gin is an exciting and sexy little brand that will be teaching you all about distilling and tasting. The brand are coming to The Brewmaster in Soho to pour you some big g and ts, put on tastings and pair their brand with food.