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 8th January 2020

After cheap activities in London? Head to either Soho or Shoreditch where Ballie Ballerson is offering you entry from as little as £7.50, as well as themed cocktails, giant ball pits and even bottomless brunch starting from £20. What more could you want?

@ The Old Nun's Head on Sunday 26th January 2020 and 2 other Sundays

For a wholesome and easygoing Sunday, head over to Peckham's The Old Nun's Head for an afternoon of discounted drinks and board games galore. Compete against your friends or strangers as you tackle complex strategy games, build your empire on a Monopoly board or Snap your way to victory.

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.


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One of the best new spots in Camden, this pizza and prosecco-fuelled venue offers a great mix of events, from pancake parties to bingo nights.

Located in the heart of Kings Cross, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes is the perfect place for your next night out. Head here on the last Friday of every month for a night of classic RnB tunes, bowling, karaoke and mouth-watering 20" pizzas, and with tickets costing only £10, it won't break the bank either. 

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.

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.

@ Tooting Tram and Social on Every 2nd Thursday of the month from 13th February

Live out your rock star dreams for one night only at Tooting Tram and Social's epic Rockaoke Live Band Karaoke event. Head here early doors and take to the stage to perform some of the most powerful anthems of all time, surrounded by the greatness of this 50-foot-tall Victorian industrial warehouse.

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. 

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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.

Chicken ‘n’ Beer

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With tickets starting from only £7, you can't get much better than Concrete. The Shoreditch spot is joining forces with Chicken N Beer for a night of special guest DJs spinning classic tunes, hip hop, trap, afrobeats and more all night long.


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With tickets from as little as a fiver, Reztron is the ultimate alternative night out, taking you from west London to the City and everywhere in between. Think retro SEGA games, panoramic city views, karaoke and even bottomless brunching.

Xclusive Touch

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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.

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club Pop Up on Various dates from Friday 31st January 2020

Taking over an intimate Covent Garden location this winter, The Chocolate Cocktail Club is back with a sweet selection of cocktails; from Quality Street tipples to boozy concoctions that incorporate After Eights. The best bit? You can snag a spot from just £9.

Laugh Train Home Events

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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.

The Grand

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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. 

The Blues Kitchen Camden

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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.

With tickets from just £10, these are not only incredibly fun and uplifting, but they are purse-friendly. Expect to see some of London's most iconic landmarks as you scour the streets, soundtracked by hits from the 70's to present day, there's even the occasional flash mob to enjoy along the way. 

@ Bethnal Green Working Men's Club on Every 1st Friday of the month

With tickets from just £5, this cheap club night in London promises the best vibes and killer dance moves as Girl Power takes over Bethnal Green working men's club for DJs, glitter and drag queens.

@ Sky Garden Bars on Various dates from Tuesday 21st January 2020

London's popular Sky Garden is upping their game with a season of Sunset Sessions in the venue's Sky Pod Bar. For just £10 you can enjoy an evening among the flora, sipping on an inclusive cocktail and listening to live music from a number of acts.

Vintage Arts Asylum

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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. Free on Wednesdays? Check out the team at Shoreditch's The Cake Walk cafe.

Wicked Student Nights

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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.


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Don't pay so much for premium comedy with Antic, who have gathered some of the best comedians around and put them on stage in London's most unique and traditional pubs.