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 23rd April 2018
Join KERB for their fabulous drag queen quiz, with six amazing rounds, tasty beers and cocktails to drink, free poppadum nachos (and other street food snacks) – and it’s all pretty cheap.
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.
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.
With tickets at just a fiver, this cool event in East London is one of the best cheap club nights in London. With awesome tunes and a buzzing atmosphere there's no excuse not to check it out.
It's doesn't have to cost a bomb to party at some of the best places in London as Supa Dupa Fly proves. The legendary clubnight is taking over London's coolest spaces for their huge hip hop nights, and best of all, you will be able to afford it.
With tickets at just £3, this relaxing yoga class takes you out of the studio and into the calm natural surroundings on London's Hyde Park for one of the most unique fitness classes in the city.
With tickets from just £5, this great East London club night offers fantastic music, drinks, dancing and food, as well as so much more. Open from 6pm - 3am every Friday, it's one of the best cheap club nights in London.
This cheap London event sees 12 comedians going head to head to crowned king or queen of comedy. Held weekly, the winners will make it through the national semi-finals and final later in the year.
Taking place across the city, Halloween Week is run by Wicked Student Nights and will include massive singalongs, club nights and all sorts of fun, starting from £5.
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.
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.
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.
With tickets from just £5, this cheap club night in London promises the best vibes and killer dance moves as Girl Power takes over Bethnal Green working men's club for DJs, glitter and drag queens.
This world-famous comedy night is finally in London, where four people ranging from ambassadors to accountants, tell four ridiculous, embarrassing and unexpected stories; however, only one of them is real. Can you guess who?
With 2-4-1 burgers and a £2 buy-in, the Aeronaut quiz is a must-visit for trivia fans. Grab your best and brightest mates and head to this quirky Acton pub for a chance to win cash, cabaret and comedy tickets, brunches and booze.
Without setting you back too much, you can treat yourself to an Elephant Gin tasting at The Star and Garter complete with a gin and tonic handed to you on arrival. Learn about the history and process of creating the perfect drink as well as getting to taste the product made with rare-African ingredients new to gin-making.
With tickets from just £12, along with a bundle of free shots and drinks thrown in for good measure, this Cinco de Mayo-themed bar crawl is one of the best cheap things to do in London.
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.
Get the best hip hop tracks played by the best DJs as Down Low returns to Concrete, bringing even more massive anthems from Jay Z, Miss Elliott, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and so much more.
See one of the finest views in London from the gorgeous Sky Pod Bar. Great value for money, this amazing experience is perfect for a date night or an intimate catch up.
Don’t worry about booking your flights to America, you just need to pay the tube fare. Prepare for a night of live country music, bull riding, line dancing, southern BBQ food and Buffalo Trace Bourbon Bar, followed by a DJ till late.
Belushi’s is your one stop shop for affordable events that don’t skimp on the fun, whether that’s viewing parties packed full of beer, great food, and the best atmosphere, bottomless brunches, or massive parties that these guys know how to pull.
Show your appreciation for beer and big German eats with the Spring Festival at Bavarian Beerhouse; there will Oompah bands and dancing til late with the rowdy Old Street Bar.
Whether it’s a big event or just entry, you’ll never have to pay much for Pitch. Their parties are raucous and fun, their chill out sessions are normally free, where you and your mates can play games, buy food from street food vendors, and listen to great music.
With tickets at just £6, this weird and wacky event at Drink, Shop & Do is one of the best cheap events in London, as well as one of the silliest. Head down for the chance to attempt to build the most perfect and wonderful toast house in just an hour.
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.
Fun, fast-paced and action-packed, this cheap London comedy event is a great excuse for getting the gang together and getting a little silly. From True & False questions to straight up twerking, there's no end of hilarity at this hilarious quiz.
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.
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.
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.
Objectively Funny is the best place to find experimental and risk-taking comedic talent in Central London. Join them as they host everyone from established stars to rising talent, making sure that their hilarity remains strictly on the cutting edge.
Re-live the golden age of gaming for just £5 at one of these cheap London events. With iconic games, competitions and loads of prizes to be won it's a great way to warm up to the weekend.
Learn how to become a bingo champion at the Bingo Academy. Their Bingo Trainers will make sure that you stop being such a loser and start being a winner, going head-to-head with others and taking them down.
One of the best free events in London, this awesome daytime party at Madison brings you awesome music, not to mention tasty food, booze and stunning views over the city.
Get stuck into the ultimate community event at Star of Bethnal Green as they host a street party filled with cocktails, beer, BBQ food and street food, as well as entertainment for kids and amazing music – and it’s all under a tenner.
With tickets starting at £5, seeing some of London's best comedians needn't break the bank. Laugh Out London holds events in Tooting and Islington and will guarantee a night of hilarity.
Candlelit Yin Yoga is an amazing way to relax on the cheap in London, with the calming candles setting the scene, and the held stretches promoting a healthy mind, flexibility and overall relaxation.
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.
Have your funny bone tickled for only a fiver as The Colonel Fawcett pub in Camden host their regular comedy club. There is always a hot line-up of talent, from fresh on the scene through to regular acts.
For a Saturday night out that won't break the bank, this epic new Saturday club night at Cargo is the place for you. With amazing music, drinks and cheap entry, it's one of the best cheap nights out in London.
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!
With four gins to taste for just £5, this fun drinks tasting at The Star of Bethnal Green is one of the best cheap and free things to do in London this May.
The Grove Bar and Restaurant in Hammersmith has become a favourite spot for West London's many comedy fans. Head down to the venue's weekly comedy night and see 10 amateur comedians, alongside a hilarious host and 2 professional comedians, perform all their best material on stage. Best of all, tickets are priced at just £1.
With tickets from just £6, this hilarious evening of stand up sets at Aces and Eights, headlined by Toronto comedian Bobby Mair, is one of the top cheap events in London this month.
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.
With tickets for as little as tenner, this great cheap event in London promises some delicious jerk chicken, rum punch and great music all night long.
Have fun without breaking the bank at Deviant & Dandy, as this brewery hosts everything from live music in the tap room to parties in the beer gardens, to brewery tours and distillation experiences.
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.
One of the funnest cheap and free events in London, Sugar Cane Clapham invites to their tropical paradise every Wednesday for cocktails, island-inspired nibbles and hula lessons.
Make the City Comedy Club your midweek treat. Just two minutes from Liverpool Street Station, grab a drink, eat some British pub grub, and laugh all night.
Are you ready for the grooviest, most ridiculous game of bingo you’ve ever encountered? Join your caller Nigel Munson as you take part in bingo filled with bonus rounds, mystery prizes, intense musical statues, dance battles and so much more.
From only £12, you could get your Thursday started with a massive night of classic tunes, table dancing and fun and games. Musical Bingo are bringing one of their hilarious nights to Concrete Shoreditch; join the venue for one final summer blow out.
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.
Prepare for some spectacular – and spectacularly cheap – comedy at Drink, Shop & Do, as they welcome the amazing Brett Goldstein (Catherine Tate Show, Derek), Lou Sanders and Jack Berry.