We know it. We are aware London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. We also know we have come here to save up, not to spend too much money or go on so many trips that we feel sorry for ourselves later back at home because we have nothing in our pockets. So we should save, okay—but did you know there are many cheap things that you can do in London that you aren’t taking advantage of? I guarantee you’ll be surprised. And you’re going to want do them. All of them.
1. Choose the music that you want to play at The Piano Works
Why go to an expensive and crowded jazz bar downtown when you can visit The Piano Works and enjoy cocktails while listening to music you’ve chosen yourself? The Piano Works is a pub with non-stop live music (the only one in London) with good atmosphere, good drinks and good food. Half bar, half club, half restaurant and half concert hall, you can’t miss it. You can get cocktails (mojitos, margaritas, piña coladas, caipirinhas, etc.) for only £5 thanks to the Fever app. You’ll also find a discount of £10 on the pub website. Two pianists and musicians play music while you chat with friends or simply enjoy the moment. You can drink, eat, sing, and dance. What more do you need?
Address: 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX
Opening times: Monday to Saturday from 17h to 01h.
2. Be amazed by the views of London from the Sky Garden
Entrance to the Sky Garden is free, and from its height of 160 meters, you can observe breathtaking panoramic views of the City of London. The only requirement for access is that you book your tickets in advance through the website. The 360 degree view of London is amazing. You can stroll through the gardens for an allotted hour and a half. Inside the building, there are observation decks and the highest outdoor terrace you can find in a public London park. All this… free of charge! And if you want to spend some money, you can eat or have a drink at the restaurant.
You can find more information about the Sky Garden and how to make reservations in the following article:
• Book your visit to the Sky Garden
Address: Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 18pm. Weekends from 11am to 21pm.
3. Laugh along with Soho Theatre’s sense of humour
Want to see something fun and cheap? In the heart of London, with its flashy neon lights, Soho Theatre offers regular comedy shows. Tickets cost 10 or 15 pounds. Comedians like Anne Edmonds, Seymour Mace, and Sam Simmons are doing their shows there.
On the official theatre website, you will find upcoming features as well as schedules and prices.
Address: 21 Dean Street W1D 3NE
Opening times: TBD, depending on the show.
4. Have a cocktail for £5
There are places in London that make exceptional drinks at very reasonable prices. You can have amazing cocktails for £5 in pubs like Seven at Brixton (which specializes in Spanish tapas and cocktails for £5, £6, or £7), Market House (they make traditional and specialty cocktails that cost £5 or £7.50) and Bar Story.
Address: Seven to Brixton, Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton, SW9 – Market House, 443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN
5. Enjoy of very cheap stage plays
The theatre may seem expensive, but you should know you can enjoy great plays in London for just £5. Shakespeare’s Globe offers standing tickets for £5. And for £15, you can get tickets to some of the best shows in the West End, like War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Address: Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
6. Do exercise without setting foot in a gym
For those who aren’t used to the gym, it can be boring—and what’s more, expensive. Luckily, London has many ways for you to keep fit without emptying your bank account. There are totally free running clubs and morning ‘raves’ for just £10 pounds, and if you like parkour, you can make the city your own gym. You can take a couple of classes with Parkour Generations for £10. In addition, many yoga centres offer incredible deals for beginners. There are no more excuses for not exercising in London.
If you want to know about more cheap or free things, don’t miss the following links:
• 90 things that you can do for free in London in 2016
• Free London… on a map!
• Free haircuts in London
• Websites for getting free stuff in UK