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 20th February 2018
With tickets from just £5, this cheap club night in London offers so much bang for your buck. With candy floss, face-painting, retro gaming and 90s karaoke, it's one of the best budget friendly nights out in the city.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Pitch in Stratford is opening their outdoor space for a huge screening of all the Six Nations, complete with beer, cocktails, street food and a huge after party in time for St Paddy's day.
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.
With tickets at just £3, this boozy vintage clothes fair is one of the best cheap and free things to do in London. With yummy cocktails, funky music and all the clothes you could ever want, it's one of the best events in Shoreditch this spring.
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.
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.
Entrance to this all-day brunch party is free, with the soundtrack supplied by Fat Tony – of Ministry of Sound and Turnmills for Trade fame – and you can also enjoy amazing cocktails, brunch dishes, and panoramic views of London from the Madison roof terrace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 cheap London club night offers a night of stunning sounds for you to enjoy. Taking you through the best Afropean vibes from Reggae to Funk to Hip Hop, it's a great night to get out to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For just £5, you could have the chance to be crowned Smash's ping pong champion. Along with that, there will also be plenty of beer from Wimbledon brewery and pizza.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Become a bingo master for the low, low price of just £5 at this budget-friendly London event. From advanced dabbing techniques to how to conduct yourself on the off-chance you win, it's a fun way to exercise all your bingo muscles.
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.
One of the best cheap club nights in London, this Fitzrovia glitterfest is the best party you'll get out to this April. With tickets at just £5, expect stunning acts, devious DJs and so much glitter.
Get ready to dance all night as XOYO play Beyone's hit nonstop. The East London club is throwing their Yonce Experience again for a night of Beyonce masks, drink deals, and all-out dancing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This fabulous cheap event in Shoreditch is a great excuse to get your thirsty Thursday on in March. With a stellar line up of stunning acts, and delicious cocktails, it's one of the best events coming up in East London in March.
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'.
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.
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.
Pull on your cowboy boots and head down to The Islington Metal Works for a southern style party. The night will be a huge night of bull riding, cocktail drinking, BBQ, line dancing, and DJs.
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.
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 Proud Camden closing this March, they’re making sure they throw the ultimate (and affordable) goodbye party with two areas of live music, live performers, German good and half price beer all night long.
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.
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.