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 August 2017
For a cheap party in London head to The Grand, as they support Jeans for Genes Day with a special 90s vs 00s double denim party. Expect a live performance from a pop group, the best party tunes and money going to charity.
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.
Negroni Nights is back at Rotorino, bringing another night of discounted Negronis, some great music and a bite to eat of food, including their world-famous lasagne.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Get ready to relive your teenage days in hilarious form as Diary Days returns to The Book Club in Shoreditch. The night consists of readings from teenage diaries, report cards and much more.
With 360 vies of the London skyline and some of the best retro games, this is one amazing night. Taking place at Level 32 CCT venue, the night will have all your favourite games, from Golden Axe through to Mortal Kombat, as well as the most beautiful backdrop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Join the Summer of Love where love and ping pong is free all night, there’s games to be played, drinks to be one, 60s dancers and psychedelic body and face painters that’ll whisk you away from all the troubles in the world.
Arguably the strangest comedy night in London is returning to the Old Queen's Head this Autumn. Known as London's only immersive comedy experience, the Comedy House Party showcases the weirdest performers that the capital has to offer. With eccentric host Quint Fontana pulling the strings all night, guests can sit back and try to relax while watching crazy burlesque routines, hip hop musical comedies and downright bizarre stand-up performances.
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.
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'.
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 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.
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.
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.
For just £9 you could be in the middle of Notting Hill Carnival in this terrace party. Supa Dupa Fly have teamed up with Captain Morgan to deliver this massive party, with free rum and cokes at the start, Jamaican food all day and some of the best DJs around.
To celebrate all the things we love about gin, the team at Shoreditch Platform have opened up their penthouse and invited Fever Tree in for a day of tastings and great tunes. With 15 different types of international gins on hand for guests to enjoy, a line up of DJs keeping the mood light with their funk and soul tracks, and expert bartenders mixing up special cocktails, there are few better ways to spend a Thursday night in London.
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.
There’s free entry into The Big Chill Bar’s Notting Hill Carnival party, where they’ll be celebrating everything reggae with dub, roots, digi, dancehall and jungle with Dirty Dubster’s Bazza Ranks on the decks.
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.
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.
DJs Donch, Kyle Shyne and Pharoah G will be bringing the best in hip hop, grime and RnB in one of London’s most intimate venues.
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.
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.
Celebrate London's long brewing history with a walking tour led by beer expert Des De Moor. The tour will begin on the edge of the City of London before moving across the Thames. Guests will be led to a handful of world heritage sites- such as The Globe and London Bridge - where some of London's most iconic brews were created and perfected. This beer event promises to leave you with a huge smile and a head full of beer facts.
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.
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.
It’s never too expensive to get into Brixton Beach – and it’s worth it. There’s everything from dance nights, to DJ days, to BBQ clubs and more, meaning every visit is something different and great.
Riverside bar Craft are celebrating summer with an eleven-week pop up summer terrace, created in collaboration with vermouth brand Belsazar. Not only will it be open until the 24th September, they are also throwing a series of ticketed cocktail masterclasses.