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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

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

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Phonica

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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Daylight Music at Union Chapel

Music Music venues Islington

Super-friendly and free day concert with a pleasant hippy vibe and a drawing space for young and old concertgoers to get creative. 

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Organ Recital at Westminster Abbey

Attractions Religious buildings and sites Westminster

Extremely popular free Sunday afternoon recitals from visiting organists making the most of the Abbey’s Harrison & Harrison organ for 30 sublime minutes.

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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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Lunchtime concerts at LSO St Luke's

Music Music venues Old Street

Not only do you get to snaffle your packed lunch while listening to quality musicians at these free concerts, they also give a short – and honestly entertaining – introduction to the pieces and their instruments.

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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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