Looking for free events doesn’t mean being you’re a cheapskate, it merely shows that you have a creative brain! After all, London is well known for being a rather expensive city and ensuring that you keep to your budget is key to enjoying your holiday.
Some of the best days out are the free ones, the ones where you’re not worried about getting your money’s worth and simply enjoy the city for what it is.
Whatever your interests and whatever the reason for your visit, the free things are often the most memorable. Whether that be a riverside walk before an Indian afternoon tea in London or a free breakfast at the Lancaster Gate Hotel. Free London will get you out of the tourist traps and help you spend your time in the city like a local, providing fresh insights into a city that spans over one thousand square miles.
Treat your eardrums to some rocking free music in London. Whilst there are ticketed events at these venues, many are free to visit if you book in advance through apps such as DICE.
Based in the trendy Dalston area, this pub-turned-music-venue comes fitted with a late night license and a whole host of great underground acts. Always buzzing with energy, this pub comes with an atmospherically lit beer garden to give you a breather from the sweaty crowds.
Old Blue Last
Shoreditch’s VICE owned Old Blue Last is a must for catching the next big thing. With a range of genres, the Old Blue Last hosts day festivals, music showcases and has its own downstairs dancefloor. Get there early for a table, because once the music starts, the music lovers follow.
Rough Trade East
Another-Shoreditch gem, the Rough Trade Record Store on Brick Lane also plays host to some of the best in new international acts. With showcase performances, Q and A’s and one of the most diverse selections of vinyl in the city, Rough Trade East is a sonic feast.
If you’re after laughs over guitars, then these comedy club gems will give you a belly full whilst keeping your bank balance intact.
Camden Comedy Club
It’s work in progress season at the Camden Comedy Club, so you’ll find some of the hottest new acts trying out their new material to an unsuspecting crowd.
Based in the lanes behind Clerkenwell and Farringdon, this new pub promises monthly comedy on a donation basis. With up and comers and first-timers alike, the Sekforde offers you big stars before their names are up in lights.
The perfect retreat from the heady lights of the entertainment world, these museums and galleries are all free to visit and unique in their approaches to interactive entertainment.
The Tate Britain in Pimlico is the best spot to find some of the most famous British art from the past 500 years, whilst the iconic Tate Modern building on the Southbank showcases multimedia pieces from some of the best international artists working today.
For guests at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate, Museum Row in South Kensington is a mere stone’s throw away. Made up of the awe-inspiring Natural History Museum, interactive and accessible Science Museum and the majestic Victoria and Albert Museum of Design, you’ll be treated to a free and eclectic mix of art, biology and electricity on this South Kensington street.