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 12th December 2017
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 Jim Morrison to Amy Winehouse, The 27 Club is one of the music industry's biggest mysteries. Head to Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch this January for a night of some of its members' best music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spend Christmas indulging as Nape head north of the river. The renowned spot will be popping up in Mayfair for nights of cheese, wine and drink deals.
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.
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.
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.
You might be coming as movie stars (well, their characters), but that doesn’t mean you’re shelling out A-List prices. Come for a cheap and cheerful night at Bat and Ball, dressed as iconic characters and enjoying DJs, prizes and competitions till the early hours.
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.
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.
Shuffle boarding is the game taking the city over by storm; head to One Canada Square for a free game.
Starting from £5, this charity night is celebrating all things George Michael. Head to Club Tropicana for a massive night of hits, from WHAM through to his 80s and 90s solo work.
For only £5, you can catch this festive screening of the classic movie Elf. Head over to Putney's View 54 for the movie, mulled wine and Bailey's Hot Chocolate; the spot is also a restaurant, perfect for a little pre-movie munching.
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.
Bar Rumba hosts a great cheap night out in London this Christmas eve. Prepare for the biggest pre-Christmas party in the West End as Bar Rumba throws out the best tunes, moves and festive treats.
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.
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.
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'.
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 one of the city's most popular venues, The Sky Garden is always an amazing place to visit. This winter they're opening up their iconic bar for a series of live music events, all for completely free.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
It's free events galore in East London this winter with Last Days of Shoreditch's Winter La La Land. Enjoy some of the best nights out in London without having to break the bank at these fun-fuelled, cocktail-heavy events.
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.
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.
The Rolling Stones are being celebrated at Blues Kitchen in Camden this November with a roaring tribute including two live bands and a DJ.
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.
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 fabulous food, drinks and views over the city there's nowhere else to be this winter than the South Pole Saloon. Dark, quirky and full of fun people and events, it's a great place to cut loose this festive season.
Giving you a taste of festive fun this December in London, join View 94 just south of the river as they're screening Home Alone in all its Christmas glory. Oh, and if you're towing the family along? This one's kid friendly.