The capital may be expensive, but there are still tons of amazing cheap things to do in London. From cheap food and cheap restaurants, to free museums and galleries (where you can see some of the 100 best paintings in London), to lounging in the park, London has more than its share of bargains waiting to be uncovered.
Cheap and free days out
Cheap nights out in London
Happy hours in London
Thanks to chain bars pumping out low-grade drinks, happy hours in London can get a bad rep. However, there are plenty of quality establishments offering decent prices at surprisingly decent locations. After all, we have some of the best drinking establishments on the planet, from cocktail bars to good old traditional pubs serving craft beer.So we've put together our favourite happy hours in London - from Kings Cross to Battersea, Carnaby Street to Clapham, these lot make it cheap and easy to get merry with your nearest and dearest any day of the week. Cheers!Need some food to soak up all the booze? Check out the best new restaurants in London.
Free museums in London
Sightsee on a shoestring with our guide to London's best free museums. Explore the British Museum for a spot of art and culture, or the Natural History Museum, which has amazing artefacts, learn something new at the Science Museum, or discover art and design at the V&A, all for nowt. Check out our top picks in central, north, south, east and west London below and leave your wallet at home. RECOMMENDED: explore our full guide to free London
Cheap ways to treat yourself
The best cheap hotels in London
Sure, the capital has big names in hospitality, but there are also loads of great hotels bargains around London. Whether it’s a dorm bed in the heart of Soho, a traditional family-run guesthouse on a period square, or a tech-smart room near St Pancras, we've got it covered in our cheap hotels guide.
The Last Tuesday Society
A weird and wonderful cocktail bar on Mare Street located above The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History. Expect oddities, bones and books in a nod to downstairs, as well as a gallery space and a full-sized taxidermied lion named Leonora at one of the tables. Inspired by the prohibiton era, TLTS have a menu devoted to Absinthe, as well as two pages of cocktails and a handful of beers and wines. Bar nibbles include a cheese board, kalamata tapenade and roasted cashews. Regular events are held here, too, including workshops in taxidermy or cocktails, lectures, literary launches and more.
Venue says: “Join us for aperitivo east London style! Sample Broadway Market's finest cheeses and meats, free with each cocktail order. Every Thursday!”