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 17th February 2017
Do you want experience a whole world of fun nights without breaking the bank? Take a walk down to the Vault Festival, as they celebrate their fifth year by rolling out more exciting and weird events for you to take advantage of. From space-age silent disco to risqué burlesque, this is one cheap festival that you don’t want to miss.
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 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.
How can you have a load of fun this St Patrick’s Day without shedding out a load of money on overpriced Guinness? Get yourself down to The Grand in Clapham for a Father Ted marathon on one of the biggest screens in London. There’ll be popcorn, competitions, a great photobooths, G&Tea cocktails and drinking games – followed by a big old afterparty!
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.
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'.
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.
Get all the atmosphere and party spirit of Brazil without forking out hundreds of pounds on flights – just on a ticket to the South London Carnaval. Expect a mass of live music, drummers, DJs, acrobats, face painters, caipirinhas and more in this amazing London event for the second year in a row. Except this time – it’s all taking place in the bigger venue of The Grand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh from headlining the 2017 City of Culture celebrations, you’d think seeing the critically acclaimed Gin Chronicles would cost a fortune… Well, it doesn’t! See the story of John Jobling nad his housemaid Doris Golightly as they try to discover the whereabouts of missing gin magnate Cornelius Juniper. And this hilarious comedy adventure play comes in at £10!
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!
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.
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?
Wanstead’s very own Late Night Larder is bringing another night of sensational live music, with acoustic duo Lo & Behold headlining. They’ll be singing covers of the catchiest songs in the world, while you sip on the craft beer, fine wines, or prosecco kickers on offer.
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.
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.
Party the night away with some massive tunes in Camden as Lockside Lounge Bar play the hottest garage, hip hop and RnB. On top of that the North London Bar has invited in DJ Rugrat and friends to pit the songs of Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams against one another.
Want to get involved with the arts and not break the bank? Visit The Forge, the award-winning music and arts venue in Camden that is known everywhere for its diverse range of events. Hosting everything from poetry to pop to indie to workshops, you can guarantee there’s something for you – and for cheap!
Perfect for any fans of art, the Other Art Fair is a budget-friendly art exhibition that's taking place this Autumn in the heart of London. Organised by the Saatchi Gallery and with tickets priced at only £8, 130 of London's best up and coming artists will be showcasing and selling their best paintings. On the day, guests will also be able to see The Guardian's own virtual reality project, which focuses on the dark labyrinth of tunnels under Victorian London.
With tickets from as little as £10, there's no excuse to miss The Hippodrome Casino's comedy nights, especially not given the calibre of top comedy talent. Spread across two dates in November, each night has four award-winning and talented performers, from famous comedians to a piano player with a devilish wit.
Whether you’re a big wrestling fan or you don’t know the difference between your Smackdowns and your Raws, it’s time to get down to The Grand for the biggest Wrestlemania viewing party. Watch the show on their 25ft giant screen, take advantage of their drink deals and eat the food, that is served till late. And for you hardcore wrestlers, there’s a prize for the best cosplay.
Get involved in all the St Patrick’s Day action without spending all your money once you get involved in some Irish BarHopping. Don you best green clothing before jumping into a night of four venues, free shots, free pizza, drinks discounts, free entry, queue jump and, of course, some amazing times.