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Cheap gigs in London

Strapped for cash but still desperate for the thrill of live music? Here's our guide to getting tickets for free gigs and shows under £5 in London

Written by
Amy Smith
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Feeling the pinch? Pocket your pennies and still see some awesome live music with our round-up of the best venues for free and cheap gigs in London. 

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The best cheap gigs in London

  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • Soho

Catch key underground DJs for free amongst carefully selected vinyl at this Soho record shop. There’s the odd talk, book launch and equipment demos too. All that plus you can BYOB.

White Post Cafe
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Hackney Wick

The people behind Bedroom Bar have relocated to Hackney Wick, taking their policy of unlimited free music gigs throughout the week with them.

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Rough Trade East
  • Shopping
  • Music and entertainment
  • Brick Lane

Access to your favourite artists doesn’t get much closer than these live instore shows and signings. The only catch is that the free entry is often dependent on forking out for the album.

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Sunday Buzz at Artsdepot
  • Art
  • Arts centres
  • Finchley

regular programme of free gigs with a jazz bent taking over the café of this bustling arts centre in Finchley.

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Shacklewell Arms
  • Music
  • Music venues
  • Dalston

healthy percentage of the gigs at this convivial pub are free with the odd show no more than £5. Well worth checking out.

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