When it comes to affordable nights out in London, this iconic Shoreditch hangout 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.
Don't want to break the bank? Comedy on the Rooftop at 12th Knot in Sea Containers has got you sorted. This fabulous event will be showcasing some of the best comedians in the biz, including BBC Live At The Apollo's Darren Harriott and Scott Bennett. Sign us up.
With tickets starting at just £12, you can book yourself in for a night of twisted burlesque and sinister cabaret courtesy of The Double R Club. Head on down to Bethnal Green Working Men's Club for this monthly event, where performances are inspired by David Lynch.
The Nordic Bar will once again be celebrating some of the highlight of the spring and summer with a series of all night bashes. From Eurovision and Midsummer to the National Day of Sweden there's loads to check out at this Fitzrovia 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.
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.
For a brilliant night out in Kings Cross that won't break the bank, nab yourself a ticket to this Norman Jay DJ set over at The Star of Kings. Not only can you boogie to this absolute legend spinning funk and soul, but also to tunes from Jonny Drop and DJ Matman.
Looking for a night of hilarious stand up comedy? Head down to South West London where this great offering from the Vauxhall Comedy Club is bringing you some incredible lineups from just £12.50 per ticket.
Make your way to Camden Town's The Colonel Fawcett on Mondays to catch a hilarious stand-up performance for just £7 in advance. Not only can you enjoy shows from top names, with past acts including Jack Whitehall and Romesh Ranganathan, but also award-winning new talent.
Nabbing tickets to Big Band Burlesque at Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club won't cost you a pretty penny, but you'll enjoy one of the most tantalising nights out. Think incredible dancers, showgirls, live singers and a stellar line up of musicians.
One of London's quirkiest hangouts, Mama Shelter, is outdoing itself this Halloween. Its Dias De Los Muerotas bonanza is going to be a wild night of naughty costumes and lip-smacking cocktails, with entertainment in the way of party-loving DJs and top live performances.
Over in Islington, you can catch exciting shows of new cabaret, burlesque, theatre and comedy performances at The Rosemary Branch Theatre. With many tickets on offer for under £20, you'll get a chance to see the latest up-and-coming talent for a bargain price.
With tickets available for just a tenner, Vegan East by Plant Based Events Co is set to be a fab mid-week party in Hackney Wick. Not only will be there top meat-free vendors serving up the goods, but there'll also be cracking tunes from Rebel Clash and a sustainable products shop.
Searching for fun events in London? The West End Comedy Club is sure to leave you in absolute stitches. Whether you're here for a first date or a birthday gathering, you can expect top-notch comedians to be featured at these Covent Garden happenings.
For just £15 a ticket, you can head on over to Looking Glass Cocktail Club for a night of spell-binding variety, from the likes of old school singing duo Bunny Lestrange and Moonshine Debonair to drag acts. Bella Whispers Cabaret is set to be a top night out this October.
When was the City of London founded? What's the easiest way to tunnel into the Bank of England? Learn the answers to these with Historic London Tours. Priced at only £15, the two-hour-long journeys will load you up with interesting trivia about some of the capital's most iconic sites.
Looking for a cheap night out in North London? Camden Cabaret invites you down to All About Eve every Friday for an evening of incredible live entertainment, from burlesque to live music and comedy.
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.
Leyton's very own The Heathcote and Star has a Drink & Draw event for those of you who fancy having fun on a budget. Make your way into its blue-adorned space on Grove Green Road, where you'll be able to learn how to sketch a real-life model, all while quaffing lip-smacking drinks.
Under £20? No problem. Known as a top-notch streaming service for stand-up comedy, NextUp Comedy has an epic range of different shows. With acts from Mock The Week's Laura Lexx to Have A Word podcaster Eshaan Akbar and John Kearns, you certainly will be rolling on the floor with laughter.
Who says that having fun has to cost a lot? Not The Five Points Brewing Co. With venues across Hackney, this is the perfect place to watch sports events or to enjoy some of the best stand-up comedy in the biz, with some tasty beer.
Don't want to go over the £20 mark? We know the feeling. Luckily, the Cheerful Earful Podcast Festival is coming to a variety of London venues, so punters can meet their favourite hosts. Whether you fancy watching Loremen or RHLSTP, this event has got you sorted.
From just £12, you can enjoy an exciting evening of cabaret, circus glitterati and more with House of Burlesque's residency at Madame Jojo's in the West End. Not only will there be 1920s outfits and incredible dancing, but also happy hour drinks.
With free entry to the launch night and tickets costing just £15 for the rest of the season, The Cult of... is an affordable way to enjoy cabaret in London. Mixing blues or jazz music with sideshow acts and thrilling aerial displays, this dark experience inspired by 1930s Germany is sure to wow.
It's not often that you can bag a gig at Ronnie Scotts for under £20. So when that chance comes? Grab it by the horns. Benoit Viellefon, a fabulous band that champions the gypsy jazz that first emerged in 1920s Paris, are heading to the famous Soho club for a couple of amazing Sunday sets.
With tickets starting at just £15 per person, you and all your mates can head on a trip with Skyline Boat Parties, enjoying Ibiza anthems and a gorgeous sundeck throughout the cruise. Topping it off? Wristbands to get you into an after-party at a free location once you disembark.
With several locations around London, these London market halls are great for first dates and nights out with friends. You'll get to chow down and drink cheap tipples while on a budget - that includes gems such as DF Tacos and Roti King.
Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club is serving up a summer full of fun and wallet-friendly events to keep you busy. From burlesque and cabaret life drawing classes to musical collective and solo performers, this South London bar is well worth a visit.