Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

 

 

Explore cultural London

Due to Covid-19 most cultural venues are currently closed - however why not explore the best of culture online in our curated list.

 

To help you get out and explore cultural London, below are a selection of free, student and young people friendly offers from some of London's major cultural and creative venues. These suggestions are just the beginning. Why not get in touch with your local arts venues, many of which offer concession tickets for students? 

As offers change regularly, we can't guarantee that these offers are up-to-date. Always check with the venue for current offers.


 Find a cultural activity in London

Free
Africa on the Square
Canary Wharf
Chinese New Year
Diwali in London
Japan Matsuri
London Mela
Lumiere London
Notting Hill Carnival
Pride in London
Southbank Centre
St Patrick’s Day Festival
Totally Thames

Student Deals
BFI - £3 tickets
If you’re aged 16 to 25, head down to BFI Southbank 45 minutes before the film screening of your choice to grab a last minute ticket for just £3.
Roundhouse - GET IN
If you are aged 16-25, GET IN is a free membership scheme giving you access to buy exclusive £5 tickets to selected Roundhouse gigs and shows. The Roundhouse also runs creative workshops and courses to help you cut your teeth as artists.
Barbican - Young Barbican
Another free membership scheme for 14-25 year olds, Young Barbican gives you discounted access to over 50,000 tickets across art, film, music, theatre and dance for only £5, £10 or £15 or, with new film releases just £5 (Monday-Thursday). Student tickets are also available for most of their events if you are over 25.

National Theatre - Entrypass
Entry Pass is a free membership scheme for anyone aged 16 – 25 that enables you to receive £5 tickets to all NT productions. If you are over 25 and a show is not sold out, they also offer a student standby rate of £15 in person from 45 minutes before the start of a performance.
Old Vic - PwC £10 Tickets
£10 tickets for previews of all their shows. Sign up for their mailing list to get alerts when they go on sale to make sure you can nab them early.
RSC Key
If you're 16-25 or a student, sign up for free and get access to £5 theatre tickets for RSC shows in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Attend five shows and you'll a ticket for your sixth show for free.
Young Vic
The Young Vic offers a number of £10 tickets for every production for full time students and people aged 25 and under. No sign up is required - just select 'concession' when you buy and bring proof of your student status when you pickup your tickets.
Oval House
For something off the beaten track check out Ovalhouse in south London for off-West End and fringe productions. Get tickets to main house shows for £7, concessionary tickets for the downstairs venue from £3 and, bottles of Becks for just £2 with student ID.

Free
Ain’t Nothin But Blues Bar
Cavatina Chamber Music
King’s Place
Rough Trade East
St James’s Piccadilly
St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Olave’s Church
The Royal Opera House - lunchtime recitals
Union Chapel - lunchtime concerts
Village Underground

Student Deals
ENO - Access All Arias
Free to join for 16-29 year-olds or full-time students, registering gives you the opportunity to book two discounted tickets per production from £10 per ticket.
Royal Opera House Students
Register for free and get access to Student tickets (£1-£25), Two tickets for £10 for live cinema screenings, last minute £10 student standby tickets and much more.
London Philharmonic Orchestra - NOISE
Students receive £4 best available seats to selected concerts, as well as an invitation to have a free drink after the concert at selected NOISE bars.

Free
Camden Arts Centre
Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Saatchi Gallery
Science Gallery London
Science Museum
Serpentine Galleries
Street Art in London
Tate Britain
Tate Modern
The Barbican - art gallery
Wallace Collection
Wellcome Collection
White Cube, Mason’s Yard
Whitechapel Gallery

Student Deals
National Art Pass - Student Membership
National Art Pass gives you free entry to over 225 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as half price entry to major exhibitions. (£5 for 1 year student membership).
ICA - concessionary membership
ICA offers concessionary tickets for all their events, or £10 for a year’s membership which makes you eligible for £5 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, 10% discounts on all books and at the ICA Cafe; Bar as well as 12 free members screenings a year.
Courtauld Gallery
Next to Strand Campus in the Somerset House Courtyard, the Courtauld Gallery offers free or £5 (depending on the exhibition) tickets for students.
Tate Collective
If you are 16-25 join Tate Collective for free to get access to £5 Exhibition tickets, free events, creative opportunities and discounts across Tate,

Stay in touch

Email the Culture team

Sign up to the newsletter


We'd love to hear how you get on. Why not follow us and tell us about your experiences in cultural London