Cheap days out in London

Our selection of six belt-tightening itineraries to help you have fun on a budget

Go easy on the booze and it’s more than possible to go from Saturday night to Sunday evening on a budget bender.

Starting out

Hedonists can’t afford to drink in pubs, so invite your friends round for tequila shots to start as you mean to go on. Make sure you’re on a bus to Holborn before 11pm, though, so you can grab a flyer from a street teamer and get into After Skool at KCLSU (1) for £3. There are £1.50 drinks until midnight, so neck what you can.

Stop off in Shoreditch

Next it’ll be time to move on to Shoreditch. Take the 55 bus and swing past The Old Blue Last pub (2) to catch an upcoming band or three, followed by eclecti-cool DJs. If you’re lucky, they’ll have a drinks promotion on top of their free entry.

Still carrying on?

For late-night boozing, Hackney Road is the place. If you can’t squeeze into The Joiners Arms (3), hop over the road to rockabilly-party-in-a-strip-club Point Blank at Ye Olde Axe (4), which swings until 6am every week. If you’re peckish by 5am, head back down Hackney Road and towards Brick Lane, where the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bakery (5) will fill you up from 80p.

The after-party

Congratulations: you’re into official after-party territory now. At around 6am, grab the 48 bus to London Bridge towards weekly after-hours soirée Jaded at Cable (6). Don’t drink, just dance alongside its cosmopolitan crowd, who’ll be draped over the sofas and the dancefloor until lunchtime. Buy your ticket in advance – recommended for any cheap night out – and it’ll only cost you a fiver. At 2pm, down a Red Bull from the nearest corner shop because it’s back on the tube to Camden for live music or big-name DJs and some wine at The Lock Tavern (7) until 11pm.