8 Things To Do On A Cheap Night Out In London
Staying at our hostel in London offers the perfect chance to explore everything this wonderful city has to offer. Our UK hostel is clean, comfortable and packed with facilities, and you can book a hostel in London safe in the knowledge that you’re close to the heart of everything. One thing which can’t be denied about the city of London, however, is that it is a very expensive place to stay. Booking a room in our central hostel in London is one fantastic way of saving money on your trip, but the good news is that there are also plenty of attractions which don’t cost too much to enjoy. These are just a few of them:
The traditional UK pubs which you’ll find all over the city offers one of the best places to enjoy a traditional British night out. The good news is that with a little bit of research online you’re likely to be able to find a list of pubs offering Happy Hour, a period early in the evening, i.e. from 5pm to 7pm, during which drinks are offered two for one or cocktails delivered for cheaper than usual prices.
It’s never a good idea to drink too much on an empty stomach, of course, so it’s probably wise to fill up on food before heading off for your night out. Nearly every pub in London offers bar food of varying quality, but restaurant chains such as Pizza Express, Strada and GBK generally have a range of offers available. Under these offers it’s usually possible to get a set number of course for a much reduced price – just look up an offer that suits your budget and download the voucher to your smartphone.
Clubbing is often thought of as an expensive night out, and if you head for the most expensive spots in Mayfair it probably will be. In other parts of the city, however, it’s possible to get cheap or even free entry to nightclubs provided you get there early in the evening. Other places, such as the Jam Tree in Clapham offer free entry throughout the night, whereas the 12 bar club in Covent Garden is free to get into before 11pm.
Many pubs offer live music as part of the entertainment throughout the week, with free entry as at any other time. Head to Camden to find many such venues – one of the reasons why this part of North London was one of the hubs of Britpop. The Old Blue in Shoreditch puts on gigs, most of which are free of charge, while the House of Vans in Waterloo showcases new artists in free gigs.
It sounds simple, but we all know that London, like many major cities, is best explored on foot. Save your sightseeing for the evening, however, and you’ll be able to enjoy stunning landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Embankment lit up like Christmas trees.
Theatre and Musicals
The West End of London offers some of the greatest theatrical experiences in the world, but tickets are often extremely expensive. If you look online, however, you can often see major theatres offering much reduced tickets to pick up at the last minute, while it’s possible to book a seat for some first rate Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre for as little as £5.
Seeing the big stars of comedy in action may cost a pretty penny, but you can catch the best up and coming comedians performing at open mic nights for as little as a few pounds. The Top Secret Comedy Club, for example, often charges just £1 for entry. You don’t know exactly what you’re going to see, of course, but with stand-up comedy, that’s surely part of the fun?
Getting back to your London hostel safely is the perfect way to cap off a great night out, but taxi fares can often hit the wallet hard. Luckily, London is blessed with a first rate night bus service, which runs through the night and is extremely reasonably priced. Make sure you know your routes and numbers in advance, and you can relax in the knowledge that you’ll be able to get back to your nice warm bed.