Cheap and Free Things To Do in London
'Broke as a joke' is a phrase that gets thrown around on the reg in London; everybody feels it, everybody knows the pain and even if you're lucky enough to have money, it doesn't last for long. If only there was a place where you could find all of the best things to do in this glorious city on the cheap. Well, like music to your poor ears, here lies a nifty little low down of all the things to do in London for less or for free. From events to comedy shows and club nights - these are the best cheap and free places to go in London. Bon appetit.
Last updated on 22nd June 2017
For all you fiends that love a cheap night out in London, The Shoreditch Pub Crawl is the answer to all of your prayers. These guys are undoubtedly one of the biggest party collectives in East London dedicated to showing the best time, taking you to the best places and giving it you all for cheaper. #Heroes.
The Grand in Clapham invites London's music lovers to their humble home for a celebration of the wonderful worlds of Hip Hop and Garage. First inviting DJ Yoda for a DJ set based around the History of Hip Hop, the team then turn their focus to DJ Luck and MC Neat, who'll be playing all your favourite Garage tracks. Full of frivolous fun, and a bargain at only £8 a ticket, London events don't get cheaper and more cheerful than this.
Serious about Paul Simon? Looking for something fun to do in the city where live music takes charge? Then why not head on down to XOYO this month in the city as the Transatlantic Ensemble play a show dedicated to the one and only musician himself.
Find yourself bored to death on a Sunday night? Still got a bit of weekend energy left in the tank? Head down to Brixton Jamm and soak up all the fun of their weekly reggae night. Alongside a selection of great street food vendors, the night features the city's best reggae sound systems and the most generous happy hour discounts in South London. With a handful of free tickets and £5 tickets available, this is definitely a wallet-friendly night out in London.
For a comedy night in June that you're not likely to forget in a hurry, head to The Bill Murray Theatre in Islington and watch the comedy genius of Joseph Morpurgo in full force on stage. Eccentric, quirky and downright bizarre, this comedy show will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on you. Better still, tickets are priced at just £3, so you won't need to take out a mortgage to go to this fun comedy night.
The Arts Theatre Club in Soho is hosting a great night of live music every Tuesday, handing over the mic to the talented The Fallen Heroes throughout the month of June. Known for their stunning Rhythm and Blues tunes that have their roots in both London and New Orleans, this night is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Best of all, entry is completely free all night long.
Head to Kansas Smitty's in East London and enjoy a night of great alternative live music, courtesy of The Thumping Tommys. Known for their unique, vintage sound, the group will be playing a handful of songs that showcase the very best of Ireland and America's folk music scene. Expect plenty of foot-tapping and banjo sounds at this live event.
Live At 95 is a weekly live jazz night that draws in crowds from across East London. The night takes place every Wednesday at Ray's Bar and is hosted by the talented saxophonist Rachael Cohen. Having played alongside some of London's biggest jazz artists in the city's biggest venues, Cohen will be performing two sets on the night, showing off her many musical talents and leaving everyone with a soulful beat in their head.
Ever been involved in one of the biggest karaoke sessions of your life? Massaoke gets the whole crowd involved, with giant lyric screens, Djs, glitter cannons, giant balloons and all the best pop music from the 80s, 90s and 00s. And tickets start and £5!
From the Twisted Circus to Reggae Brunch, the team at Xclusive Touch are responsible for some of London's biggest club nights and parties. With London's biggest DJs on their speed-dial and always coming up with fun themed nights out, the group never disappoints. To sweeten the deal, all their events are reasonably priced, so you won't have to break the bank to enjoy a night out in London.
Notorious club night Bugged Out is bringing a taste of their epic nights to The Social as they launch Little Bugger, every Thursday night. Head to the central London party spot as two of their favourite DJs take to the decks, along with surprise appearances.
Sexy little bar Megaro is putting on an evening of French Electro swing with renowned DJ Yann Dulche. Head to the intimate spot to hear the sultriest sounds in an intimate setting.
Sleeping Trees Comedy Banquet returns for another feast of hilarity. Taking place at Brixton's Dogstar pub, the event includes stand-up from huge names such as John Kearns, Alex Kealy and Gabby Best, and tickets start from only £5.
Blues Kitchen Camden proves that you don't need to bags of money to watch some of the best live music in London. Head to the North London venue to catch a regular line-up of blues bands who put on one hell of a party.
For such a steal at £8 a pop, the Top Secret Comedy Club host a barrage of top class comedians every Friday night at Drury Lane in Covent Garden so you can your cheap tickets in London fix right here. If you're a self-confessed comedy fiend, then you'll more than likely know the spread of stand-up this place gets. From big name TV stars to Edinburgh Fringe first timers, you'll get to hear the best, the newest and the biggest out there.
Party like a student in London without breaking the bank at Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket. The night is dedicated to being one of the biggest Frat parties in the capital, with beer bongs, beer pong, red solo cups and everything you’ve seen from the movies. Oh, and there’s a delicious 50% off all drinks until midnight – sorted!
Cheap live music is some of the world’s greatest pleasures, which is exactly what you get at Sunday Soul. The Atlantic Soul Orchestra will be playing the best in Stax and Atlantic soul music from the genre’s golden period, and while you listen you can eat some delicious food and cocktails from the Jazz Café.
For just a measly fiver you can have yourself quite the cheap night out in London. We kid you not. The Star of Kings are hosting a show that's been causing chaos across London as new comers experience the madness and mayhem for themselves. Expect comedy, karaoke discos and more from the show that's known only as 'Karaoke Rumble'.
Cinema in London is expensive, right? WRONG. Well, not at the Grand Presents that is. Gather together a few quid (or just one if you get in early enough), and you'll be treated to cult classic flicks hosted from The Clapham Grand's grandiose theatre-style cinema. Going in a group? Book in a 5 or 10 and they'll discount your already-cheap-as-chips tickets even further. Click through for the film schedule.
A popular haunt among the celebrity world and a renowned Indian restaurant, Mint Leaf are putting their touch on your Friday night. Head to the central London restaurant and bar as they invite in DJs to soundtrack your night including the likes of DJ Cathy and Pavan.
Pride Improv Festival will see some of the top quality improv performers all unite in one big show. Expect improvised games, comedy, theatre, musicals, drag acts, stand-up and cabaret from some of the finest queer improvisers around – and it’s all under a tenner.
As if Fridays weren't great enough, the team at the Arcola Theatre offer Londoners a chance to relive the vibrant 1930s with a night dedicated to soulful jazz and fun-loving swing dancing. Grab that special someone, pull on your best pair of dancing shoes and head to Dalston. Guests will first take part in a dance class before watching a talented jazz band fill the air with quavering notes and trembling tunes.
You’d think seeing top quality acts like Stewart Lee, Harry Hill and Katherine Ryan would cost a fortune – but luckily, thanks to Laugh Out London, it’s not! Forget the stadium costs, head down to the Old Queen’s Head or The Antelope to see world-class comedy for half the price.
Head to the Tale Bar in Mayfair and enjoy an American-themed night out full of star-spangled banners and classic American fair. With a live band playing classic American songs all night long, guests can sit back and relax while the venue's Playboy Bunny waitresses serve authentic American food and cocktails to your table.
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.
BarHopping is kind of like most great bar tours in London, except here you get free shots and unlimited pizza at the first venue. With that in mind it’s an absolute no-brainer; as guests fill up on delicious food and get the night started with a couple of cheeky shots before heading on for more discounts and boozy antics. On the way you can expect further drink deals, welcome shots and queue jump, and advanced tickets are just £12.
Known for their carefree approach to things, Beach Blanket Babylon are pulling out all the stops this month, hosting a huge club night that revolves around the best old and new skool hip hop. From the iconic sound of Ashanti to the great beats of Drake and Kendrick Lemar, the star-studded line-up of DJs will be playing the songs that have helped define this musical genre.
Having made a reputation for itself by delivering amazing American-themed dishes and stunning whisky-based cocktails, the team at Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch now turn to focus on their live music. Featuring the likes of The Blues Brothers, Soul Exchange and Ephemerals, the venue offers East London's music fans the perfect night out with their mates.
An off-kilter theatre of historical acclaim, The Rosemary Branch has been perfecting its creative craft over the last few decades, and now offers a series of performance experiences at incredibly reasonable prices. One of the best cheap things to do in London for those that love theatre, head over for comedy nights, modern takes on Shakespeare, and quirky nights out aplenty.
It's never a quiet night when The Old Queen's Head is involved. The Angel pub is a huge party destination known for their brilliant clubnights, party to Prince, bow down with The Cuban Brothers and dance to the best of Disco Freaks.
A night of outstanding comedians and comfortable pubbing sounds like just the sort of cheap thing to do in London that you'll be interested in. Laugh Train Home showcases some of the best rising stand-up talent in the UK as well as some of the biggest names on the circuit.
While a lot of clubs promise the best house party feel, not many get close to SiNK in price and experience. Not only will there be several floors of music playing the best in RnB, Hip Hop, house and Old Skool, there’s also beer pong, spectacular UV murals, and free pizza at 1.45am – all for under a tenner.
The Larder is a name that immediately evokes images of huge parties, great food and stunning live music performances in London. From jazz performances in Bethnal Green to piano recitals in their Wandsworth venue, the mastermind behind the renowned London brand promise to cater for whatever mood you might find yourself in.
From £4.50 you can party like it's the '80s and '90s again at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes with their mad party night. DJs are going to be spinning some serious retro hits, there's karaoke, bowling and arcade games and best of all, giant pizza. Bring back the '90s we say!
It’s time for a pub quiz with a real difference. Last Man Standing is a fast-paced, action-packed interactive quiz that’ll have you howling all night long. After each round, a member of your team has to take part in Stage Challenges based on classic game shows, before competing in the final one: Last Man Standing! Are you strong enough to beat the game and win the prize?
Once every month you get the chance to become the Hip-Hop star you’ve always thought you were. Get on stage and sing or rap your heart out to your favourite hip-hop artist -- just remember, you’ve got one chance, and one opportunity. There’s also tonnes of live music and great hip-hop from the speakers too.
The Ruby Blue's Bar in Leicester Square is transforming your Wednesday with a massive club night that celebrates all things old skool. Coupling discounted drinks with all your favourite 90s hip hop, rap and rnb songs, this event promises to leave you with a huge grin on your face.
Head to Soho for an iconic night at Ronnie Scott's, the infamous jazz club, as they put on a night inspired by 1920s Paris. Benoit Viellefon will be playing a series of jazz nights complete with his bands; get ready for a night of dancing and drinking at a London institution.
Take a journey back in time and enjoy the hits of #ThrowbackThursday only at Cargo! DJ Daniel Pozzebon will spinning the Old School Hip Hop, R&B and everything in between as you party your way through every track that gives you that special nostalgia feeling.