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.
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.
With tickets just £10, this quirky pop up takes up residence in Covent Garden this summer to bring you some of the coolest chocolate cocktails in town.
Waterloo's Florentine is hosting these stunning free pop up events which will no doubt be one of the highlights of your summer. With DJs, delicious wines and tasty food, it's the perfect spot to spend a summer's evening.
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.
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.
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.
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 from only £5, this alternative night is perfect if you're after something a little different. There's psychedelic and alternative bands along with rock n roll burlesque, dark spoken word poetry and even soundscapes.
Head to Yosma for a night of hypnotic house music from the one and only Urmet. The Estonian DJ and producer will be bringing his signature sounds to Baker Street's Turkish meyhane and Raki bar.
From temper to The Cuckoo Club, JuJu's and more, London's best bars are hosting some epic mezcal events. With tastings, workshops and takeovers, you can explore the world of the Mexican spirit.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Head to Studio 88 for London's best new late-night cabaret. Join host Christopher Biggins as he welcomes a string of stunning performers to the stage to engage and entertain you.
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 free burlesque nights to cheap as chips comedy and special supper clubs, The Courtesan offers some of the best value entertainment in South London.
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.
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.
You want some of the best events, top DJs, and coolest parties held in an amazing club space and rooftop venue? You go to The Prince of Wales. You want all of that without breaking the bank, you go to the Prince of Wales.
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.
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.
Studio 338 are offering the best in street food, live music, DJs, football screenings, underground bingo, arcade and more to create the ultimate summer hangout; but if you think all that will cost you a load of money, you're dead wrong.
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.
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.
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.
If you're after a free night out that involves good drinks and even better music, head to this east London hotspot where you can listen to Giles Smith spin a selecion of funk, house, jazz and soul tunes.
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.
With general admission completely free, this great event in North London will bring a taste of Munich to the capital. Get ready for beer, bratwurst and lots of benches as Funsbury Park transforms into a giant German beer hall for the last two weekends of October.
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.
Spend you summer partying at one of these fabulous parties that take you from day to night. With tickets costing as little as £5, you can expect London's best DJs, glitter painting, dancers and plenty more.
Join Mark's Bar every Friday for a late night party after work, with guest DJs and special cocktails to get the party started, and cinema-style seating and contemporary British art to set the ambience.
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.
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.
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.
With tickets form just £5 this quirky charity event is raising money for its favourite causes by raffling off some very special prizes. Head to Jack Solomon's to be in with a chance of taking home some awesome prizes, as well as getting invovled with rock karaoke, great DJs and meeting some lovely humans.
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.
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.
One of the best new spots in Camden, this pizza and prosecco-fuelled venue offers a great mix of events, from pancake parties to bingo nights.
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 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.
Bringing epic parties to the likes of North London comes Fest, the new club and event people. Join the venue as they go all out with club nights that encompass everything from hip hop through to cheesy pop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the best cheap events in London, head to The Old Queens Head for another few rounds of this night of bonkers comedy, performance and bizarre party games that will leave you lost for words.
Don't pay so much for premium comedy with Antic, who have gathered some of the best comedians around and put them on stage in London's most unique and traditional pubs.