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 22nd August 2017

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Whether you’re new to cabaret or are a connoisseur, this luscious night of cabaret is for you. Filled with wonderful performers showing the best in magic, comedy or tassel twirling, it’ll be as tantalising as it is spectacular.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Comedy, Fun Time Partying, Date Night
Background Music
Fitzrovia
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Not one to shy away from huge parties, the Rolling Stock is hosting a boozy club night in London this August. Returning after reaching new highs with its first club night, Down The Rabbit Hole brings together the best urban DJs in London for one night only. With tickets priced at less than £20, this si the perfect night out for anyone looking to blow off some steam in London.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights
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Taste your way through four different brewers best work at Heist Bank’s beer festival. You’ll receive access to the festival, to workshops, as well as getting some pizza and two free beers too.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink
Paddington
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1 events @ Bermondsey Fayre with 1 upcoming dates starting on 02 Sep 2017

Mixing sexual fantasy, voyeurism and housework comes Coming Clean, the completely unique immersive theatre piece. Presented by a former naked housekeeper, prepare for a night of tales of the unexpected, set in a secret London living room.

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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.

Classes, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Jazz
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This modern re-telling of the story of Medusa will take you through underground tunnels at night, combining sensory theatre, contemporary dance, shadow puppetry and sound installations to see just what it takes for women to be considered monsters.

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different
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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. 

Bar Crawl, Student Night, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
Party Mash Up
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3 events @ 3 venues with 101 upcoming dates from 24 Apr 2017 until 29 Oct 2017

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? 

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14 events @ 2 venues with 64 upcoming dates starting on 24 Aug 2017

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?

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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Clubbing, Hen Party, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Camden
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7 events @ Top Secret Comedy Club with 270 upcoming dates starting on 25 Aug 2017

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.

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Nape in South London has joined forces with Pizza Pilgrim to host a fresh food event in London. The team have gone all out to showcase the fresh flavours of this dish, only using ingredients that have been locally sourced. To complete the experience, guests can enjoy a selection of cured meats and fine wine while listening to party tunes on the night.

Food & Drink
Alternative / Indie
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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.

Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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CARNIVALE

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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. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Clubbing, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Bar Crawl
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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20 events @ 2 venues with 38 upcoming dates starting on 25 Aug 2017

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.

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4 events @ 4 venues with 200 upcoming dates from 23 Aug 2017 until 16 Dec 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.

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With the song of Summer playing on loop in their heads, the team at The Columbian in South London are not holding back with their fun reggaeton festival. Lasting long into the night, and with drinks starting at just £3, this event is perfect for anyone looking for a stress-free night out in London. Best of all, tickets to this cheap event will only set you back £8.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
Latino
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Cocktail Making, Date Night, Dating, Something A Little Different
Background Music
City of London
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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.

Fun Time Partying, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
West End
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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.   

Clubbing, Student Night, Fun Time Partying
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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The Kensington Roof Gardens are hosting the ultimate postgraduate blowout this September. Targeting the thousands of MSC and MBA student set to arrive in London, this event offers them the chance to start their academic year in style. Tickets are generously priced at £10 and include a complimentary welcome cocktail on arrival. 

Clubbing, Food & Drink, Student Night, Fun Time Partying
Funk & Soul
Kensington
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2 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 21 upcoming dates from 15 Sep 2017 until 25 Feb 2018

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.

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2 events @ 2 venues with 53 upcoming dates from 23 Aug 2017 until 30 May 2018

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.

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9 events @ 9 venues with 11 upcoming dates from 21 Sep 2017 until 19 Nov 2017

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.

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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. 

Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Hen Party
Embankment
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Black Tie Ballroom Club

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@Indian YMCA on Various dates

Head to the Indian YMCA in Fitzroy Square and enjoy a night of elegant, 1930s-themed ballroom dancing. On the night, guests can enjoy a variety of different dances, including the quickstep, foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, jive, rumba and Charleston. With a strict Black Tie dress code in operation, this promises to be one luxurious night you don't want to miss out on. 

Live Music, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Live Music
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Who says eating out in London can cost you an arm and a leg? Grand Union Chancery Lane are offering people their chance to eat unlimited chicken wings, choosing from classic, zesty or fiery, and it’s all for under £20. Not only that, they’ll be having happy hour prices all day on their drinks.

Date Night, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
80's Music
Holborn
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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.

Classes, Date Night, Themed Nights
Chelsea
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2 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 2 upcoming dates starting on 13 Oct 2017

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.

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Calling all Aussies and Kiwis. Head to East London and take part in the wildest bar crawls the capital has to offer. Starting off at the Blueberry Bar in Shoreditch, guests will be led to 4 other venues by the bar crawl organisers, making the most of drinks discounts, free shots and queue jump privileges along the way.

Bar Crawl
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The London Summer Rooftop Parties are back for another year at the capital's number one rooftop oasis this July. Styled as an elegant night out, guests can sip on chilled glasses of prosecco or enjoy a few chilled cocktails while watching the summer sun set behind the capital's iconic skyline.

Clubbing, Live Music
Commercial/Pop
Kensington
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