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 April 2018
One of the best events in London under £20, enjoy a charming afternoon at Searcys with sweet and indulgent waffles, Champagne and unparalleled views of the city skyline.
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.
From acclaimed Fringe performers through to London's hottest comedians, Laugh Out London puts on some of the best comedy nights.
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.
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.
Get swept away into the weird and wonderful with Dorothy as The Wizard of Oz comes to Abney Park. The outdoor production immerses you in the story you love for an unmissable performance of the classic story at a reasonable price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy this crash course into the basics of the complex art of pairing wine with cheese from one of the best cheesemongers in Paris, ‘La Fromagerie de Paris Lefebvre’, where you’ll sample 5 different types of wine and French cheese.
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.
Never thought you’d have this much fun for £20: join the Pizza Run, where you’ll race through a 5K course and at certain points collect pizza as a reward, which you can eat along the way or save till later. Then join the afterparty for DJs, photos with your runners, and a great time.
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?
Blake's in Clapham are keeping you up late on a Friday night with their huge mix of fun and music. Head to the stylish spot for a night of R'n'B and hip hop with entry only £10.
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.
The mighty chicken wing is getting an entire day dedicated to it with WingJam 2018. Taking place at the Bussey Building in South London, the weekend will include wing deliciousness, live music, DJs, eating competitions, and more.
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.
Hexogasm will see you and a pal go head-to-head with other teams in at least three games of Wonderball, and if you win, you’ll get a £100 bar tab. And if you make it to the Grand Final, you could win an even bigger prize. Not bad for £12.
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 starting at just £10, this super fun London night out brings you a wealth of activities to enjoy. From a silent disco, to retro gaming and karaoke booths, this rooftop party is one of the best cheap things to do in London.
Get a massive bang for your buck at Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel's Cinco de Mayo celebration as your ticket comes with two cocktails, a margarita, El Diablo, and mini tacos. This fiesta is the place to go for a cheap way to enjoy all of the holiday festivities.
This is one of the craziest London club nights you’ll attend, with top DJs playing the best in hip hop, house, RnB and Old Skool; fire breathers and podium dancers (as well as the Kookyloco live drummer), and 50 kilos of confetti, balloon drops and more.
You don’t need to pay for no celebrity choreographer: head to Drink, Shop & Do for a two hour dance class where you’ll learn all the moves to that danciest of dance hit, Bad Romance.
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.
Speed dating events don’t have to cost an arm and a leg: get down to a Speed Date Changed my Life for a light-hearted and relaxed environment to meet single, creative people.
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?
This fun dating event in central London is ready to take your dating game old school - meet people in real life! Aimed at ages 25-40, this singles mixer and speed dating night will make you swear off Tinder for life.
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.
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.
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.
For a reasonable price you can treat yourself to a night of cheese and wine at The Cheese Bar in Camden. Natural wine is the focus as London-based importers, Les Caves de Pyrene, pair their selection with five British farmhouse cheeses.