Love cinema and theatre, but too skint to go? Want to hear beautiful Arias at The Opera House? Welcome to the cheap seats, chums, here's your guide to seeing more for less. There are plenty of low-budget activities in London if you know where to look. But it\u2019s also about when to look. Get your diaries ready, and start planning your cheapo calendar! Cinema For cheap tickets, go off-peak. If you\u2019re unable to make the most of cheap daytime (before 5:30 pm) tickets which is usually two or three quid less than evening screenings, then don\u2019t go at the weekend. Weekends are considered \u2018peak time\u2019 and the price can be more than a weekday evening. However, going early in the week will save you cash. Mondays and Tuesdays are best, with lots of cinemas offering cheaper screenings, especially if you venture away from the multiplexes. Barbican From mega-blockbusters to old classics, arthouse and foreign-language films, there is pretty much a movie to suit any taste and all screenings are \u00a36 regardless of time each Monday. The Barbican has two cinemas; one is across the road from the main Barbican Centre, and one is within the centre itself. Cost \u00a36 Picturehouse Venues include The Ritzy, Brixton, Picturehouse Clapham and Picturehouse Crouch End with cheap Mondays. Picturehouse offers a mix of arthouse, indepdent and mainstream film Cost: \u00a37 BFI Selected tickets are available for \u00a36 every Tuesday at the BFI Southbank. This is one for the more discerning cinephiles, you won\u2019t see much mainstream fayre here and tickets can get snapped up quickly, so advanced booking is recommended. Cost: \u00a36 Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley Beautiful, single screen Art Deco cinema in north London. Having only one screen kind of limits your choice but it\u2019s a great place to get lost in film. The bill leans towards arthouse and foreign film but they show bigger films too and Monday is the cheap day. Cost: \u00a37 TT Liquor Like your movies with a cocktail? This bar hosts movies from their very own vintage cinema. It\u2019s all about classics and cult favourites, so there\u2019s a good chance you\u2019ve seen it before (or at least a Simpsons parody episode about it). Which is useful, since thanks to that cocktail you\u2019ll definitely need to pee at around the 25-minute mark. Tickets are for two, and come with a cocktail of your choice. Use the code FTL10 for 10% off. If you\u2019re hungry for different, film experiences, read more about free screenings and film clubs including House of Vans and Sands Film Club. Theatre M is for Matinee\u2014which is when tickets are often (but not always) cheaper. M is also for Monday, when selected theatres sell subsidised tickets, notably the Barclays Front Row scheme at the Donmar Warehouse where a batch of tickets go on sale at 10am for \u00a310. ATG also offers \u00a315 tickets on performances at Trafalgar Studios. The Royal Court in Sloane Square frequently has Monday tickets available for \u00a310, often by interesting new or emerging writers. Fortune favours the spontaneous, with standby tickets for big shows like The Book of Mormon available by lottery for \u00a320 tickets but you must sign up and be present for the draw. Day tickets for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time are available for \u00a315. Pay what you can Remember, great theatre in London isn\u2019t restricted to the west end. Some fringe venues offer a PWC (some are restricted to those on a low income) on selected performances, including: Arcola Theatre, Dalston Head over on Tuesdays where 20 tickets are held at 6pm on the day. It\u2019s first come, first served, with two tickets available per person. Suggested cost: \u00a35 Park Theatre, Finsbury Park You\u2019ll need to fill out an application form to prove a low income (in person, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If accepted, you will receive an annual membership and you can book PWYC seats for any matinee or Wednesday for each production. Suggested cost: \u00a35 Residents and those who work in Hammersmith should take up the Lyric\u2019s First Free Nights where if you take proof of home\/work address, you can have a pair of tickets to the first night of any shows. Online offers You\u2019re probably well aware of Last Minute.com but there is also My Box Office. The catch is there is annual fee of \u00a315 but you get alerts about cheap tickets. They work as a seat-filling service, so only say you\u2019re going if you definitely can! Music Cheap gig tickets, especially for bigger shows can be tricky. But if you\u2019re looking for more underground and unusual than enormodome shows, you can hear sweet sounds for fewer pounds. Promoters like Eat Your Own Ears and Bird on the Wire frequently put on shows which are below the \u00a320 mark. Cafe Oto, Dalston Nestled down a side street close to Dalston Junction Station, Cafe Oto is the place for experimental and leftfield music. It has a music programme seven nights a week and tickets range from \u00a36-\u00a315. Moth Club, Hackney Lady Gaga popped in to play an impromptu show here, and there are frequent shows for more obscure but interesting acts from \u00a35-\u00a310. It\u2019s an old serviceman\u2019s club too, so you should have change for pint as a nice bonus. Keep an eye on listings at the Lexington and Rough Trade Shops too, London Ears compile a great list too and as always, free is better than cheap. If you\u2019re looking to book tickets in advance, download the Dice app to buy tickets without the steep fees. For more tips, read our guide to cheap music venues Art It\u2019s easy to forget how lucky we are to have so many major museums and galleries which are free to visit like the V&A, The Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The National Gallery and Wellcome Collection. But even they have major ticketed exhibitions which can be pricey. If you want to see art in smaller locations, there are plenty of other free and cheap galleries around the city White Cube, Bermondsey There is another White Cube in Duke St, Shoreditch too. However, the Bermondsey space is considered to be the largest commercial art space in London. The gallery offers free entry for all, and features exhibitions by Anselm Kiefer, Gilbert and George, Damien Hirst and Chuck Close. Whitechapel Gallery Not all exhibitions are free, but paid tickets are typically around \u00a312. The gallery exhibits contemporary art, often political or risque too. Houser and Wirth Mayfair is one of London\u2019s most expensive neighbourhoods, but it\u2019s also home to Houser and Wirth, a gallery offering free entry to all. See art by the likes of Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois and Maria Lassnig. CANAL Art on a boat, what more do you want? Step aboard at the Regent\u2019s Canal at Haggerston, east London for all kinds of interesting exhibitions including free visual and performance art. Victoria Miro Head east to Old Street or West to Mayfair for free exhibitions by artists including Yayoi Kusama, Maria Nepomuceno and Grayson Perry. But be warned, popular exhibitions get pretty rammed at the weekend, so go during the week if you can. Opera High culture doesn\u2019t necessarily come with a high price band. See world-class performances at The Royal Opera House from \u00a33. The ROH has 13 price bands, many of which are under \u00a325\u2014and people receiving income support and students can get standby tickets four hours before a performance for \u00a310. Book early to nab the affordable seats, and if you can deal with being high up \u2018in the Gods\u2019, you can see Opera and Ballet for about \u00a38 which is cheaper than a peak-time cinema ticket. Keep an eye on our events page for more budget London culture.