Cheap and Free Things To Do in London
'Broke as a joke' is a phrase that gets thrown around on the regs 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 cheap and free places to go in London. Bon appetit.
Last updated on 25th April 2017
Ever wondered what is better, stand-up comedy or performance poetry? It’s time to find out at Stand-up and Slam where six acts compete to win your affection for their preferred art form… with hilarious results! And, of course, you get to choose the winner.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Putting everyone's spelling skills to the test, Drink Shop & Do are hosting an adult spelling bee this May, inviting London's wordsmiths to battle it out for their coveted first place prize. Each guest will have the chance to spell a word on stage. Those that answer correctly will progress to the next round. Anyone that makes a mistake must console themselves at the bar.
The Munich Cricket Club in Central London is flinging their doors wide open this April, inviting guests in for their Spring Festival. Featuring a live oompah bar, plenty of traditional German beer, hearty Bavarian dishes on the food menu and all the stein-based fun you could ask for, this mini-Oktoberfest is undoubtedly going to be a highlight of London's Spring. Better still, entry to this event is free.
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.
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.
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 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.
Promising an edge-of-the-seat, spine-chilingly twisted tale, the Bread & Roses opens for a two day production of the Blithe Spirit this April. Follow the story of Charles Condomine, the writer looking to learn all about the occult for his latest novel, as he looks to expose the whole thing as a fraud before inadvertently conjuring up the spirit of his dead ex-wife. Advanced tickets start from £10!
Kanaloa is bringing back retro gaming for a night of partying, tropical cocktails and famous games. Head to the Tiki-inspired club for an evening of Sonic and Golden Axe, and then stay to party late into the night at one of the top spots in the City.
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'.
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.
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.
The UK Queen of Soul Mica Paris is doing an exclusive performance Quaglinos to celebrate the release of her new album, that pays tribute to jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald. With a career spanning across the West End and America and having collaborated with the likes of Prince and Jools Holland, this is a performance you won’t want to miss.
Dive into some ping pong at The Hydrant and really up the fun anti. The tables are back in the bar so it’s time to go full on – for free – with your mates. Bring them down, grab a drink and, most importantly, have fun.
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.
It's going to be a huge start to the summer season as Magic Roundabout kick things off with day-time hip hop party. Head to East London to celebrate summer with DJs, street food, giant games and a buzzing atmosphere at this rooftop party.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Old Queen's Head in Angel is playing host once again to Thom Foole's House Party with another few nights of mad shenanigans. In what promises to be a belter of a night, the evening will be a fun-filled mix of comedians, DJs and burlesque acts.
Whether you are a 90s bro or a 00s queen, the Clapham Grand is hosting the Cinco de Mayo party of your dreams. Expect tonnes of throwback tunes, sombreros, fake moustaches and tonnes of free tequila.
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.
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.
Smith's Cocktail Bar is a sexy little spot in Hammersmith that is spicing up your weekdays with their musical quiz. Join Quizmaster HiFi as he takes you through a variety of genres and puts your musical mind to the test.
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!
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.
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.
Supa Dupa Fly are celebrating their sixth birthday in style, taking their favourite songs in garage, RnB and hip hop to The Mangle. With the songs all hailing from the 90s and 00s, some of the best DJs in the country will be taking advantage of their huge sound system to deliver a truly unique night of partying. All for less than a tenner!