7 cheap or free things to do in London this month

Keen to go out this January, but don’t want to spend much? Check out our list of cheap (but fun) things to do in London, and discover how to spend time in the capital without breaking the bank. Some of our finds are free; that’s right, you won’t have to spend a penny.

Judy’s Vintage Kilo Sale

What: Famed for her vintage fairs, Judy has one at York Hall this coming Sunday. For all you vintage fans, head East and get browsing. Scour the rails, where you’ll find 1960s – 1990s menswear and womenswear (think retro tees and denim), weigh what you want to buy, and then pay only £15 per kilo. With no minimum spend, you could pay as little as 75p! Don’t miss out, get there early. Tickets here.

When: Sunday January 21st 10:00 – 16:00 (10:00 – 11:00 with tickets only)
Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ
Price: £3 before 12:00, £1.50 after

Adams Antiques Fairs

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Antique fan? Head to Adams Antiques Fair on Sunday for a day of treasure hunting. Explore the stands, where you’ll discover an eclectic mix of goodies, ranging from silver jewellery to ceramics. With over 140 exhibitors, you’re sure to find some unique pieces. Click here for tickets.
When: Sunday January 21st 10:00 – 16:30
Where: The Royal Horticultural Hall, Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PE
Price: £4

Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

If Lumiere London doesn’t do it for you, check out the Winter Lights at Canary Wharf, where they’ll be spectacular light installations and interactive art dotted around the Wharf. As dusk settles in, the light affects will come alive, illuminating the area. The Sonic Light Bubble is just one of the many pieces of artwork; with 236 LEDs, it emits a warm glow, and pulsates with light and sound when approached or touched. An impressive alternative.
When: Throughout Canary Wharf, London E14
Where: Tuesday January 16th – Saturday January 27th 17:00 – 22:00
Price: Free

Fromage on Ice


Fancy ice-skating to some cheesy music? Check out Fromage on Ice on Saturday, and you’re in for a treat, with the theme being Grease versus Dirty Dancing. Don’t want the night to end there? Buy a combined ticket and you’ll get entry to the after-bash at Islington’s Club de Fromage. Cheestastic. Buy tickets here.
When: Saturday January 20th 20:30 – 23:00
Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Price: £10 (£9 with your own skates), £14.40 combined ticket

Dancing on the Ceiling

Who doesn’t love Lionel Ritchie? Make your way over to Hackney’s Moth Club this Saturday and hit the dancefloor to some of his classic tunes, plus hits from artists such as Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Daft Punk. You may not be able to dance on the ceiling, but you can certainly dance beneath the club’s golden glittery ceiling.
When: Saturday January 20th 21:00 – 01:00
Where: Moth Club, Old Trades Hall, Valette St, London E9 6NU
Price: £5

Wildlife Photographer of the Year


What: If there’s one exhibition you pay for at the Natural History Museum, make it the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Showcasing spectacular pictures of amazing specimens, you’ll wander round in awe. From tiny insects to massive mammals, explore all 100 images. A must for animal lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. Grab your ticket here.
When: Saturday October 20th 2017 – May 28th 2018 10:00 – 17:00
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
Price: £12.50 (£7 Students)

Good Ship Comedy

Some people say that Monday is the worst day of the week. Head to the popular gig Good Ship Comedy at the Colonel Fawcett pub, and that theory will go out the window. Expect shows featuring top headliners from the UK and international circuit, with award-winning new talent thrown in for good measure. Past acts include Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, and Jack Whitehall. Get down to Camden’s best kept secret and start enjoying Monday. Tickets here.
When: Mondays, 20:00 – 22:45
Where: Colonel Fawcett, 1 Randolph St, Camden, London NW1 0SS
Price: £5 (advance), £7 (door)

By Laura Evans


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