When it comes to affordable nights out in London, this iconic Shoreditch or Soho hangouts should be on your radar. From bottomless brunch filled with pornstar martinis and all-you-can-eat pizza to admission for less than a tenner, Ballie is as budget-friendly as they come.
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.
It's time to head to Wapping where The Prospect of Whitby will transport you into the past, with London's maritime history, colourful characters and riverside pubs explored on a unique walking tour. What more could you want?
Bringing you the essence of David Lynch's nightmarish fantasies, The Double R Club are taking over Bethnal Green and presenting you with a twisted cocktail of cabaret, burlesque, comedy and live music. Prepare to step inside a devilishly dark event with plenty of twists.
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.
Enjoy an evening of mesmerizing magic, drag, comedy, musical and burlesque performances at Luscious Cabaret as they take over The Albany. For just £10-£10 a ticket, they promise a night of cheap thrills with a touch of glamour, which is sure to make for one affordable yet fun adventure.
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 a free welcome drink to boot.
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.
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.
With tickets starting from just £8, this unique night of comedy, cabaret and burlesque is bringing together some of the city's fastest rising acts for a raucous monthly showcase. Head down to The Macbeth, Hoxton, and prepare to let loose as the Bella Whispers Cabaret takes care of proceedings.
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.
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.
Not only can you bag tickets to this West End show from as little as £15, but The Phoenix Artist Club is even bringing you a stellar lineup of Vaudeville acts, cabaret stars and questionable characters. Get down to Soho for all this and more.
If you love a cocktail or two, Cocktails in the City is sure to be a fun and affordable experience for you. Join a handpicked selection of London's best bars for event packed with tastings, workshops and interactive games in a vibrant setting.
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?
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.
Down for the Count are turning 15, with an epic live show at the 100 Club to celebrate. Join them for the festivities and for just £15 you'll get to revel in a night of live music with an energetic set that combines soul, swing and jive all in one.
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.
With tickets from as little as a tenner, Concrete's drag queen-themed night is a no-brainer. Experience fabulous performances, tuck into slices from Pizza East and soak up cocktails with some of the city's finest queens.
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.
One of the funnest scavenger hunts in London, this unique cross-capital adventure will have you getting know the city in an all new light. Designed for groups of up to four, you'll be hunting down dragons in Camden and doing human pyramids in Hyde Park for the chance to be crowned the winning team.
Held at top-secret locations all over London, tickets to Reggae Bingo start at only £9 and include three full games of bingo, laugh out loud entertainment and unreal prizes. Grab a bunch of your best mates and head here for a night of bingo like you've never seen before.
Small Beer Brewery are giving you the chance to try some award-winning beers and learn about the grain-to-glass process behind their classic brews, all for only £15. What's more, they're also ideally located in the hub of Bermondsey Beer Mile, making it the perfect starting point for your boozy antics.
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.
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.
Looking for cheap things to do in London? Get your tickets to these silent disco events from as little as £8. From Southwark to Shoreditch, you'll be treated to two music channels, dance routines and a fun time.
Hosting a range of art classes all over South London, Creative Who is looking to bring life drawing into the mainstream. Their regular workshops are hosted by local artists, and give guests of all experience levels the chance to let loose on a piece of canvas for an evening of wine and scribbles.
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.
Work off those mince pies while staying in the yuletide spirit with this fun fitness activity. Join this running group as they go around London's best Christmas lights, seeing all the best displays and celebrating with a festive snack once done.
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.