BIMM Cities

London on a Budget

22nd August 2019


We all know the museums and galleries are free to visit, but if you dig a little deeper there’s loads of things to do in London which won’t drain your bank account and leave you counting down the days to your next student loan payment/pay day.

Southbank Centre

On a Friday you can catch live music in the central bar at the iconic Royal Festival Hall.
It can be anything from jazz, pop, electronic, folk and everything in-between. Previously, BIMM London alumna RAHH has played, and you can keep an eye on upcoming performances here.

The Southbank

Whilst you’re down on the Southbank, why not take a moment to listen to some of the amazing buskers. Have a stroll, take in the sights and hear some incredible talent – all for free (weather dependent obviously!)

Street Art

There are lots of places to see Street Art in London – and we all have our favourites. But there are some real gems scattered around the city like Banksy’s ‘Designated Graffitti Area” at the back of Cargo Club. You also don’t want to miss “The Graffiti Tunnel” under Waterloo Station – a legal area where artists are constantly working, so every time you go there’s something new to see!

Union Chapel

‘Daylight Music’ runs on a Saturday at Union Chapel and is a Pay-What-You-Can gig. The suggested donation is £5 – with the proceeds going towards running the event. The magical atmosphere of this London venue is undeniable and each event is a unique experience! Past highlights have included performances by artists from Nils Frahm to Alexis Taylor, Frank Sidebottom to The London Accordion Orchestra and Lisa Knapp to Lætitia Sadier. You can find out more here, and also apply to play!


Okay, that doesn’t quite narrow it down… Boxpark has locations in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley and all three have free music events happening. Whether it’s Hip Hop Karaoke, Club Nights or a Headphone party – you will find something fun! You can see all their upcoming events here.

Check Eventbrite

Eventbrite is a great way to find what’s going on in any city! And you can even specify free events. Take a look at free music events coming up here.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what there is to do on a budget here in London. But that’s the exciting thing about living in a city like this, there’s always a new discovery!


Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.