Cheap Things To Do In London

'Broke as a joke' is a phrase that gets thrown around on the regular 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 the very best affordable activities and experiences this fun city has to offer. Well, like music to your ears, here lies a nifty little low-down of cheap events in London, where everything from comedy to experiences are coming in around the £5 - £30 mark.

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Last updated on 10th July 2024




Nordic Bar

Head to Nordic Bar every week for Stock Exchange Fridays, where screens across the venue display live prices for drinks that rise and fall depending on demand - meaning you're sure to bag a bargain and even try something new. But that's not all, as there's live music each Thursday and live sport too.

The Five Points Brewing Co

The Five Points Brewing Co is inviting you to join them for their brilliant beer-fuelled events in East London, which all happen to be free or less than £20. While some have DJs and focus on guest beers, whatever goings-on you choose, you'll get to nurse tasty Green Hop pints.

Thats Drag Bingo

Paying homage to the power of community and the magic of drag, Thats Drag Bingo in Shoreditch and High Barnet invites everyone to be part of something extraordinary. Your hosts for the night will be Orange Gina, the one with the juicy bits, and her trusted sidekick and spouse, DJ Ariel Bold, guiding you as you get ready to battle it out for the lip-sync crown, compete in dance-offs, and enjoy a night filled with interactive fun, community and cheer starting at just £5 a pop.

Zebrano London Soho

Looking for affordable things to do in Soho? Zebrano London is a seriously cool, hidden cocktail bar that's hosting cheap and free comedy nights, where you'll see talented new names hitting the stage, as well as pub quizzes that'll only set you back £3.

What Does Not

For a night filled with creative expression, head to What Does Not's RAW event, where you'll be treated to immersive storytelling, unique live music and so much more. Even better, tickets are free, although you can opt for a pay if you can option to help support the artists.

DAB, PLAY, WIN: PLONK HACKNEY BINGO!

@ Plonk Golf - Hackney on Thursday 18th July 2024 and 5 other Thursdays

Embark on a wacky journey of bingo and golf which lets you putt through a tropical-themed 9-hole crazy golf course. Navigate through the jaws of a shark, ride down a volcanic slope, loop around a giant stone, and teeter on the edge of a totem, all while enjoying a game of bingo at Plonk Golf Hackney - Bingo Night. Once you've finished your rounds, step into the Club House for a blast from the past to revel in everything from retro arcades to pool tables and a games bar.

Studio38.Club

If you're over 30 and are looking for a spot of daytime clubbing, then you'll love Studio38.Club's events. What's more, tickets are super cheap, starting from £14.50 per person so you don't have to break the bank to have a good time. Taking place at Vanguard in Camden, you'll find DJs playing 80s and 80s floor fillers from 3pm 'til 8pm, meaning there's plenty of time to wind down afterwards. 

Famous First Words: August Edition

@ The Prince on Thu, 22nd Aug 2024 @ 18:00 - 22:30

Famous First Words is one of the quirkiest events around, giving you the chance to test your lyrical knowledge on stage, in front of a raucous crowd. Tickets to the two-and-a-half hour event cost just £5 per person, promising high-energy tunes and a cracking atmosphere, thanks to your talented hosts Tim and Gendle. You don't need the voice of an angel to take part here, just strong lyric recollection, and you might even win some prizes.

Brixton Jamm

When it comes to affordable group nights out in London, few places are as fun as Brixton Jamm. Providing massive club nights, themed quizzes, brunches, comedy and bingo events, this spot has something for everyone without breaking the bank.

Laugh Train Home Events

Spend an evening watching a hilarious lineup of seasoned comics and talented up-and-comers at Laugh Train Home, a brilliant comedy club in London. Catch names such as Rhys James, Jen Brister and Jack Barry for the wallet-friendly price of £7.

The Star of Kings

The Star of Kings fills with revellers after work in the evening as it's a characterful boozer nestled in a prime location: Kings Cross. Kitted out with dark furnishings, rose gold light fixtures and floral wallpaper, it makes for a pretty setting to enjoy a pint or two, alongside some Breddos Tacos. On Tuesdays, you'll find its weekly quiz in full swing for £2 each, run by a master with over thirty years of experience in the business and throughout the week you can always count on a spot of karaoke to get you in the mood to party.

The Star of Bethnal Green

With two for £12 cocktails every Thursday and £5 margaritas on a Monday, The Star of Bethnal Green is always a great shout for cheap drinks. The events here are pretty affordable too, with tickets to the likes of tequila festivals featuring mariachi bands and high-energy drag bingo with Dame Jane coming in at under a tenner.

ROLLING STOCK EVENTS

Rolling Stock knows what's up when it comes to hosting fun-filled events for Londoners. Fronting arched walls and glitter balls, this quirky haunt hosts quiz nights on Thursday where there's a £20 bar tab up for grabs each round. Then, on Sundays, you'll find some of the city's most talented musicians playing gorgeous jazz music.

plonk

Looking for cheap date night ideas? Plonk offers budding golf aficionados the chance to tee off for just £5. Simply nab a couple of off-peak tickets and you can take on these impressive crazy golf courses across the city for yourselves.

Events at Gipsy Hill Brewery

Looking for cheap things to do on Easter bank holiday weekend? Why not join the hop-tastic Spring Celebration Beer Festival at Gipsy Hill Taproom? You'll get the chance to taste 10 different lines of beers, including four brand new specials, as you can revel in live music, delicious street food from Kerb+, and dance to the grooviest beats mixed by their epic DJ. There's also a variety of other events taking place too, like a vintage poster pop-up. 

The Horatia N7

A proper pub in Highbury & Islington, The Horatia boasts an exciting calendar of affordable events, from dedicated vinyl nights on a Friday to Wednesday quizzes. Whether music, sport or trivia is your pastime of choice, this place has it either for free or a small cost.

Neon Naked Life Drawing

If you want to take part in a quirky activity that won't break the bank, Neon Naked Life Drawing is the event for you. The affordable art class will have you playing with neon paints and letting out your creativity in a fun, welcoming setting, all for just £15. 

Good Ship Comedy

They say laughter is the best medicine, so why not start your weekend early with some of the finest comedians on the circuit? With top-notch headliners from the UK and beyond, as well as some award-winning new talent, Good Ship Comedy will take you on a hilarious journey like no other, starting at just £12 a pop. Spread out all over London town, you can head to Swimmer in Grafton Arms, The Birds in Leytonstone and South London Theatre in West Norwood to revel in the acts of comedians like Ellie Taylor, Shapphi Khorsandi, Bec Hill, Abandoman and many more.

Summer DJ Dance Party

@ The Lucky Pig Fitzrovia on Thu, 25th Jul 2024 @ 17:00 - 1:00

Sponsored by the internationally award-winning Hacien Tequila, The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia are hosting a brilliant summer DJ dance party this July. You'll get a free drink worth £15 on arrival, with two-for-one cocktails available for the rest of the night. You can also expect live DJ sets throughout, playing all the best of Latino, RnB, house and hip hop, with a mesmerising magic show taking place at 8pm. And the best part? Tickets cost just £10 per person.

Tuesday Night Stand-up Comedy, Soho

@ The Spice of Life on Tuesday 16th July 2024 and 180 other Tuesdays

Make your way to The Spice of Life from Leicester Square, grab a drink at its well-stocked bar and take a seat in front of the glowing red lights to witness a lineup featuring some of London's top funny-makers. With credits from the likes of Mock the Week and Netflix, Tuesday Night Standup Comedy at this quirky haunt is bound to impress. What's more, tickets are only a fiver. Bargain. 

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tours

With tickets from just £10, these events are not only fun and uplifting, but they're purse-friendly. Expect to see some of London's 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. 

The Phoenix Events

Located in Cavendish Square, The Phoenix is a lively venue which hosts all sorts of affordable fun, with some events costing just £4. They've got entertainment like game shows and live music, as well as quizzes themed around popular films and TV shows, from Friends to Harry Potter.

Sky Garden

Searching for cheap and free things to do in London? Check out Sky Garden for their morning yoga classes if you're looking to stretch while admiring panoramic views of the city, for less than £10 each. Or you can opt for the venue's music-themed nights so you can have a cocktail while jamming out to tunes.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

Just £10 nabs you a table and your first drink at The Chocolate Cocktail Club, a delectable den of truly indulgent tipples and treats. Use the likes of Toblerone and Terry's Chocolate Orange-inspired concoctions to wash down light bites or cake, perfect if you're after cheap things to do in London for couples.

Rockstar Bingo at Munich Cricket Club

For a super silly night out that only costs £3 per person, book your spot at Rockstar Music Bingo at Munich Cricket Club in Victoria. Allow yourself to be guided on a journey of rock anthems, indie hits and cheesy anthems as the fun venue brings you a night of tunes, prizes and heaps of dancing. 

Ballie Ballerson London

After cheap activities in London? Head to Shoreditch where Ballie Ballerson is offering you entry from as little as £5, as well as themed cocktails, giant ball pits and even bottomless brunch starting from £25. What more could you want?

The West End Comedy Club

@ Upstairs at the Covent Garden Social Club on Various dates from Monday 15th July 2024

If you're looking for cheap things to do in Central London, head over to the Covent Garden Social Club where they'll be bringing you a stunning lineup of top-notch comedians every Tuesday night. Tickets come in at just £12 and you'll be able to catch as many as four big name acts.

Golf Kingdom Chadwell Heath

After cheap things to do outdoors in London? Golf Kingdom Chadwell Heath sees you navigating the jaws of a whale, a huge lake and an eight-metre waterfall across the UK's biggest adventure golf course, with tickets starting from £5. Topping it off is the chance to get stuck into FootGolf too.

Hashtag Parties

In need of cheap things to do in London for young adults? With tickets from just £5, these epic parties are taking over iconic clubs and bringing you nights out to remember. Join the Hashtag team across the city for themed blowouts, including circus events at Tiger Tiger, Freshers mixers and more.

The Heathcote and Star

A sky-light filled cosy boozer in Leytonstone, The Heathcote And Star has everything you need for an unforgettable time. Whether you want to laugh your socks off with their Oh So Funny comedy nights or eat your heart out at their delish Sunday roasts, they've got you covered with the best eats and entertainemnt.

SUPA DUPA FLY

It's doesn't have to cost a bomb to party at some of the best places in London as Supa Dupa Fly proves, with tickets starting from £5. The legendary club night is taking over London's coolest spaces for their huge hip hop nights, and best of all, you can always afford to join in with the fun.