Updated: Aug 2
In these times of rising prices across the country, it feels almost impossible to plan a budget-friendly night out. However, we have a few London-based tips so that you can enjoy your evening with friends while making the most of your budget. Check it out!
Keep your eye out for deals at the pub
Many pubs across the city offer appealing deals to encourage locals to visit. From 10% discounts, to 'Buy one get one free’, you’ll find your local pubs are offering great deals, advertised in a myriad of ways. These deals can be discovered by keeping your eyes peeled on your commute as you pass the pubs, because some places just put signs outside. Or, you can follow your favourite pub’s social media and see when they post about specials. For those who’d rather live their internet life outside of the social media bubble, some pubs send regular newsletters which you can subscribe to. While other pubs prefer to keep it old school and stay offline almost entirely. In these cases, it never hurts to ask in person! You can also see if they have a loyalty programme. You never know what bargains you might find!
If you plan to go out, one quick glance, conversation, or website stalk could save you up to 50%, definitely enough money to buy another bowl of chips!
Here are some examples of pubs that have special offers:
Union Tavern: £15 two course lunch deal
Star of Bethnal Green: 2 for £12 cocktails on Thursdays, £5 margaritas on Mondays
Sheephaven Bay: loyalty programme that gives you 10% off food between 11-3, and drinks between 11-7, Monday through Friday
Plan when you go out
Time is key! By going out earlier, you can benefit from happy hour discounts (sometimes up to 50%!). The Haverstock Tavern offers happy hour deals between 12:00 and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, where you can get £4 drinks! Fancy going clubbing? Some clubs will have a discounted or free entry if you enter before a certain time. Clubs and bars also tend to have drink specials before their peak times. Another added bonus is that you don’t have to queue outside for ages in the cold and the rain!
By planning your nights out, you can also avoid peak tube times and prices. Peak tube times are Monday through Friday, between 6:30 and 9:30 am, and 4:00 and 7:00 pm, with prices that go up between 10 and 30%.
Get £100 worth of free food & drinks
If you enjoy discovering new independent pubs across London, CityStack is a great way to save money and support indie pubs at the same time! CityStack offers stacks of ten beer mats, with each mat giving you £10 off of your spend of £20 or more at various independent pubs across London, letting you save up to £100 on food and drink! All you have to do is present your beer mat when you go to pay your bill, and you’ll get your discount. A wonderful deal, and it’s a great gift too!
Enjoy the student deals
If you’re a student, don’t be shy about flashing your student I.D. when you go to pay! Plenty of bars and restaurants (like the Crown & Shuttle) offer student deals, but they don’t always advertise it. As my mum always says, “if it’s worth having, it’s worth asking”! The free app/website UNiDAYS is also a great system for uni students looking to save on a night out. UNiDAYS provides higher education students with discounts galore, as well as entries into prize drawings.
Subscribe to London newsletters to be in the know
There are also a multitude of different free newsletters that can alert you to new and exclusive deals across London. If food is the way to your heart, Soft Launch London is perfect for you! What started out as a platform to provide amazing discounts on new soft launch London restaurants, now offers an incredible variety of food and drink bargains.
Another option is Cheapskate, an online publication that alerts you to different free events and activities in London, allowing you to plan an exciting night out! Their newsletter lists different programmes day by day, so you can choose activities best suited to your schedule. Don’t miss out on all of the different events included in Cheapskate; markets, exhibitions, pop ups, workshops, lectures, festivals, and more!
Take advantage of cheap tickets
For those who enjoy the dramatic arts, TodayTix is a great platform that allows you to see top tier shows for exceptional prices. But wait! Their tickets don’t just stop at plays and musicals, ranging from the theatre to popular attractions and cultural sights across London. Whether you want to see the latest hit west end show, see historical sights, go on a tour of some sort, or do an immersive experience, TodayTix has you covered.
Even though prices are continually rising, it’s nice to know that there are businesses out there that are working to help you have a good time on a budget. We at CityStack are dedicated to supporting independent pubs and helping people do the things they love whilst saving money. If you’re interested in saving £100 at amazing indie pubs, take a look at our packs of money saving beer mats.