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 19th October 2016
SO.UK links up with CrankitLondon every second Thursday to host a completely buzzing (and totally free) night out for Clapham’s younger crowd. Ideal if you’re a student or a young professional, take advantage of those cheap drink deals (we’re talking 3 bottles or bottles of wine for just a tenner) then dance to a mix of house and electro tunes into the night - Friday will be a struggle but it will be totally worth it.
Disco is back in east London thanks to the eclectic Shoreditch cocktail bar, Far Rockaway. Come psyched for a big night of dance floor antics; the DJs play a mish-mash of classic disco beats from the 70s, 80s and 90s, with a great range of cocktails to keep you on top form throughout the night. Grab your tickets for just a flat £5 if you book in advance!
For just £4 you could have yourself a night of darn good hip hop at one of East London's most fun clubs. Trapeze are bringing the hits of Jay-Z and Coolio to name a few, and getting you to sing-along.
Big night out planned for Saturday 26th? It’s all about This & That in Camden, where a no-holds barred night of drinking and dancing is going down at the Lockside Lounge with DJ Rugrat at the helm. Tickets are yours for a fiver if you get in quick, and the music policy will span everything from RnB to hip-hop, dancehall to garage.
Taking over the Bread & Rose Theatre in South London, the Clapham Fringe showcases three wonderfully different art, music and theatre shows. Including a show dedicated to the sounds of the Gadulka, a one man comedy performance based on being trapped in limbo and a theatrical performance based on the intertwining story of two homeless men in London, the event is perfect for anyone looking to step outside of their comfort zones and experience an artist performance like never before.
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.
Anywhere you can bag yourself a queue jump pass for a fiver is a winner in our books and the foundation of all cheap nights out in London. The Clapham Grand are who you have to thank for that. Head here for big DJs pumping out music until the early hours, a buzzing dance floor and a generally good time.
With early bird tickets at a complete steal for a fiver, this event certainly qualifies as a cheap night out in London. Brought to you by the team behind Last Man Standing, Musical Bingo and Gospeloke, Thom Foole's House Party is set to be a wild and hilarious night of comedy, storytelling and party antics at large.
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.
For an intergalactic battle against the forces of evil change, head to Old Street Records and dance long into the night to sounds of London's best Funk & Soul DJs. With two fun-loving rooms of heavy music, featuring performances by the famous Zealots and the always lively Judge And The Jury, tickets to this wild club night in London are a bargain, priced at only £5.
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'.
Pick up your weekend wristband to Bar Rumba and you’ll get free entry and queue jump (until 11pm) for a late-night session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! The wristband also offers you 2-4-1 drinks until midnight, as those resident DJs play club classics and chart favourites to a fun-loving West End crowd.
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. Aeronaut in Acton invite you down to their Laugh Train Home night which showcases some of the best rising stand-up talent in the UK as well as some of the biggest names on the circuit, all from their very own circus themed big top tent.
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.
Cinema in London is expensive, right? WRONG. Well, not at the £1 cinema that is. Gather together just 100 pennies, 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.
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.
A 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.
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!
Fancy following in the footsteps of one of the most opulent, stylish and carefree characters from 1977? Make like Dirk Diggler and let that hedonistic spirit run free at Far Rockaway, where DJs drop funk, disco and soul to a packed out club room through until 2am. You can save £3 buy buying a ticket online!
Escape from the bustle of the city for just one night and join The Nest Collective around the campfire. They’ll welcome a different clutch of performers to each of their events, where you can expect a good old sing-a-long as well as storytelling from special guests. Away from the music and entertainment there will also be a fully stocked bar - a great idea for a cosy and intimate date night without spending big.
The Grand are commiserating Bake Off's move to Channel 4 with a blooming good bash; there will be a marathon showing, baking and Paul Hollywood masks. Tickets are £1, or if you make a cake, completely free - if this ain't living we don't know what is.
The ever-smiling Little Yellow Door welcomes guests every Thursday night for an evening of huge retro tracks and loud boogie dance moves. With a record collection reaching as far back as the 1950s, retro-lovers can request songs by simply messaging the DJs. Easy-going by nature but full of fun-loving laughter, Thursday nights in West London have just been turned on their heads thanks to this alternative night out.
Those Kiwis sure know a thing or two about craft beer, which is exactly why you shouldn’t miss out on this one-off tasting session. Coming to Out Of Office on 10th November for a really special guest appearance are the NZ Beer Collective, who will be showcasing a range of beers imported directly from the land down under. Try some tasty new brews without emptying your pockets; tickets are yours for only £10.
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.
Is there anyone better in the world than Britney? No, and we're glad you agree which is why you should head over to The Grand in Clapham as they host one of their mad events, starting with a showing of Crossroads and moving onto a dance off and night of Britney hits, all for only £1.
Coming to Shoreditch's Concrete club, WELOVEPOP is back for a November special with Katy Perry against Lady Gaga. DJs will be spinning the best pop songs all night, there will be plenty of prizes and themed cocktails to make this one hell of a party.
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.