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 21st June 2018

  KERB Counter Quiz Night

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@ KERB Counter on Various dates

Join KERB for their fabulous drag queen quiz, with six amazing rounds, tasty beers and cocktails to drink, free poppadum nachos (and other street food snacks) – and it's all pretty cheap.

  • Over 18
  • Quiz Night
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • Tickets from £5.00 - £5.00

2 events @ 2 venues with 83 upcoming dates from 26 Jun 2018 until 23 Jul 2019

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.

@ Club 49 on Various dates

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.

@ Concrete on Various dates

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.

@ The Arcola Theatre on Every Friday

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. 

  Sunday Soul

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@ Jazz Cafe on Various dates

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.

3 events @ The Grand with 19 upcoming dates from 29 Jun 2018 until 03 Mar 2019

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. 

20 events @ Blues Kitchen Shoreditch with 69 upcoming dates starting on 28 Jun 2018

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.

7 events @ The Grand with 7 upcoming dates from 30 Jun 2018 until 11 Jan 2019

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.

  I love the 80s vs 90s

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@ Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes on Every 2nd Saturday of the month

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!

3 events @ 2 venues with 150 upcoming dates starting on 28 Jun 2018

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. 

38 events @ FEST Camden with 51 upcoming dates from 25 Jun 2018 until 06 Oct 2018

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.

12 events @ The Colonel Fawcett with 12 upcoming dates from 02 Jul 2018 until 17 Sep 2018

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.

5 events @ The Old Queen's Head with 5 upcoming dates from 29 Jun 2018 until 03 Aug 2018

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.

20 events @ 14 venues with 71 upcoming dates starting on 29 Jun 2018

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.

5 events @ 3 venues with 178 upcoming dates starting on 29 Jun 2018

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.

5 events @ 5 venues with 191 upcoming dates starting on 26 Jun 2018

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.

18 events @ The Prince of Wales Brixton with 18 upcoming dates from 01 Jul 2018 until 30 Sep 2018

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.

@ Cargo on Every Thursday

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.

2 events @ 2 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 14 Jul 2018 until 15 Dec 2018

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.

18 events @ Blues Kitchen Camden with 18 upcoming dates from 29 Jun 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

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.

10 events @ Studio 338 with 10 upcoming dates from 29 Jun 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

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.

@ Grove Bar and Restaurant on Every Tuesday

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.

1 events @ Belushi's and The Dugout London Bridge with 12 upcoming dates from 08 Jul 2018 until 30 Sep 2018

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.

@ Ray's Bar on Every Wednesday

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.

1 events @ Pitch Stratford with 14 upcoming dates starting on 01 Jul 2018

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.