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 3rd January 2020

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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

225 user reviews 5

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.

@ The Old Nun's Head on Sunday 26th January 2020 and 2 other Sundays

Board games, card games, party games - whatever your poison, this classic Peckham boozer's got the game for you. Spend a Sunday at The Old Nun's Head playing with your mates or join a table of friendly strangers whilst sipping on discounted drinks and revelling in those old childhood pasttimes.

  Kiki with Drag Queens

136 user reviews 5

@ Concrete on Saturday 25th January 2020 and 13 other Saturdays

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. 

@ The Islington Metal Works on Fri, 6th Mar 2020 @ 19:00 - 1:00

Southern Fridays are back at Metal Works this March for a unique night dedicated to all things Americana. Get stuck into BBQ plates, bourbon and any other refreshments you need to get you on the line dance floor. or on the back that bucking bronco.

Luscious Cabaret

20 user reviews 5

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. 

Bucket Race

8 user reviews 5

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. 

  Cocktail Masterclass

14 user reviews 5

@ GOAT on Various dates from Saturday 18th January 2020

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.

  Gospeloke East London

49 user reviews 4

@ Colours Hoxton on Thursday 20th February 2020 and 4 other Thursdays

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.

London Shuffle

590 user reviews 5

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.

Reggae Bingo

58 user reviews 4

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.

The Blues Kitchen Brixton

42 user reviews 4

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.

Vintage Arts Asylum

26 user reviews 4

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.

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.

@ The Tattershall Castle on Friday 24th January 2020 and 26 other Fridays

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. 

Laugh Train Home Events

211 user reviews 5

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.

Secret London Runs

132 user reviews 5

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.

@ Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf on Various dates from Thursday 20th February 2020

Looking to inject some culture into your drab wintry weekend? Head over to Bargehouse where they'll be putting on one hell of an immersive exhibit across their five floors. Looking into global warming, the human race and the possibility of reviving the space race and life on another planet, this show is sure to give you bang for your buck.

Cocktails in the City 2020

556 user reviews 4

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. 

Bella Whispers Cabaret

14 user reviews 5

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.


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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.

  London Pub Crawl Experience!

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@ Barhopping UK | Meeting point: Ruby Blue on Various dates from Saturday 18th January 2020

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. 


26 user reviews 5

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. 

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.   

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 18th January 2020 and 10 other Saturdays

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.

@ Phoenix Arts Club on Every Sunday

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

422 user reviews 5

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?