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Celebrating a Birthday in London? Here’s How To Do It Right…

Celebrating a Birthday in London? Here’s How To Do It Right…

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Celebrating your birthday in London? Lucky you. London knows how to do a party right. 

With all these options, it can feel impossible to decide which one to plump for. Should you go for themed drinks? A chilled spa day? (PS: the answer is always both).

From floating down the Thames in a hot tub to disco brunches and fancy afternoon teas – these are the birthday ideas in London you didn’t know you needed… until now. 

Ready to celebrate in style?

Brilliant Birthday Ideas in London 

Float Down the Thames in a Hot Tub Boat

Sure, spas are fun. But, floating down the Thames in a giant hot tub is more fun. 100% fact.

How cool is it then that Skuna Boats offer that exact experience? Turn up the bubbles as you navigate your bougie vessel down the river, all whilst you take in the sights of the city. 

The experience starts at £225 in total and includes 75 minutes on board for up to 7 people. Gather your pals and bring some drinks to enjoy as you soak.

Mix Bowling With Booze at The Croc

Long gone are the days of run-down bowling alleys and dingy arcade games, London has really stepped up its bowling game and now has plenty of places where you can play.

The most impressive of the bunch is located in the Ham Yard Hotel. The Croc Bowling Alley takes everything you think you know about bowling and flips it on its head. 

Plastic lanes are swapped for solid maple, neon balls have been shunned in favour of monochrome, and vintage bowling shoes complete the classy experience. A birthday bowling party has never looked this good.

After you’ve won a couple of games, head to the stylish lounge where you can sip cocktails until late into the evening.

Escape from the London Dungeons Brand New Escape Room


London Dungeon

It’s no secret that London has a bloody and terrifying history, but for a certain set of people (us included), that history is as fascinating as it is gruesome. 

If the birthday king or queen also fits into that category, they’ll definitely get a kick out of the London Dungeons. In particular, the brand-new escape room where you’ve got 60 minutes to outsmart the prison guards and break out of Guy Fawkes’ cell. 

We’d like to tell you that, if you fail, you’ll meet the same grizzly fate that befell many a previous occupant of that cell. But the fact is that these days London is a lot more civilised, and therefore a lot more fun. We’ll take the London Dungeons as our case in point. 

Note: This experience is pretty creepy! The recommended age 12+ and it’s suitable for teens, young adults and families.

Book your London Dungeon Escape Room tickets here

Channel Walter White at Hackney Funhouse

Housed under a railway arch in Hackney is the Funhouse – a one stop destination for a good time.

ABQ can be found on the bottom floor of the venue, and upon entry to the caravan you’ll be given a lab suit – a la Breaking Bad – so you can cook up some molecules. 

Cocktails include Walter Junior’s Brekkie (a combo of rum, blueberry pancake sherbert, and vodka orange chaser) and the iconic 420 that sees you creating CBD-infused champagne foam along with baked brownie sherry.

Sink Cocktails at a Boozy Drag Queen Brunch

Kick off your birthday in style with lip sync battles, fierce performances, and delicious food at a Bougie Drag Queen Brunch

The lineup of Queens includes Tayce, Cara Melle, and Honey The Foxx, though you won’t know who’s actually there until you turn up… which is all part of the excitement.

For £49.95, you’ll get two courses and as many drinks as you can sink in 90 minutes, as well as the chance to mingle with the Drag Queens afterwards. A live DJ will also be pumping the hottest pop tunes between performances to sustain the high-energy atmosphere.

Sip Champagne in a Beautiful Bar

We can’t think of a better excuse to guzzle champagne than to celebrate a birthday in London. Luckily for you, the capital is full of stunning champagne bars where you can do just that.

Moet & Chandon’s London Calling Bar in Selfridges is a good place to start. Designed to look like a telephone box (let’s be real, what kind of telephone box looks that bougie?), you’ll enjoy the finest champagne and exclusive cocktails in style.

Another top pick is Searcys Champagne Bar in St Pancras. Enjoy the likes of Veuve Clicquot, Laurent-Perrier, and Taittinger as you relax under the glass-topped roof  – although the food is also highly recommended. 

Unleash your Competitive Side in a Games Bar

Nothing feels better than getting dressed up, necking a few cocktails, and absolutely thrashing your mates at a game of something… right? 

The beauty of the capital is that there’s a games bar for pretty much everything. Darts? Head to Flight Club. Shuffleboard? Electric Shuffle. Table tennis? Bounce is your best bet. Not to mention that these places have locations dotted all over the capital.

And if you’re after something a little bit more wild, Ballie Ballerson is a great shout. 

You can chow down on pizza and cocktails before diving head first (maybe not, actually) into an adult ball pit. Hilarious times ensue.

Drink Gin at an Underground Burlesque Club

Shhh. Break all the rules of the prohibition era and head to Gin House Burlesque to party.

You’ll enter a secret world where four floors of burlesque, gin, and magic await. Throughout the evening you will be escorted from room to room, so you have a chance to watch each show, completely undisturbed. 

The vintage cabaret experience also includes snakes, taxidermy, and vaudeville entertainment – in other words, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Guests are highly encouraged to dress the part, so don your finest flapper dress or tux and prepare to spend an evening indulging in the sauciest shows and beautiful gins.

Sing Your Heart Out in a Private Karaoke Booth

Gather your nearest and dearest to let loose and unleash your inner Mariah in a private karaoke booth in the capital. 

Forget cringe pub karaoke, these rooms are stocked with loads of songs, brilliant props, and copious amounts of alcohol to kick things off. 

Lucky Voice Karaoke is one of the big names, with locations in Soho, Holborn, and Islington to choose from. The rooms here are pure luxe, with velvet sofas and poster-lined walls setting the scene for a power ballad or two.

Lan Kwai Fong in Camden is less about luxury and more about the gritty East Asian vibes, recreating a cool spot that wouldn’t be out of place on the backstreets of Hong Kong. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the main bar area for small bites and craft beer with your besties.

Dance All Day at a Disco Brunch

A notoriously fun spot in the capital, Blame Gloria is a retro-chic bar oozing in personality. And the bar also rustles up a pretty banging Disco Brunch.

Enter into boogie wonderland and you’ll soon find yourself transported to a glitter-filled brunch where dance-offs and lip-syncs are expected, and the alcohol is free-flowing. 

Brunch dishes range from smashed avo on toast to harissa chicken, inspired by Miss Gloria’s extensive travels around the globe. 

The bonanza of hosts means that it’s impossible to sit still, from high-energy DJs to sassy Drag Queens and Disco singers – you should be dancing!

Take on the City with Outscape Games

Everyone’s heard of an escape room… but how about an escape city? 

Outscape Games has turned London into one giant escape room filled with puzzles and clues that you’ll need to solve as you dash around.

There are two games to choose from: The Wren Code, which sees you collaborate with Her Maj’s Secret Service to protect the city from a potential heist; and Drake’s Secret, where you’re tasked with finding the source of a mysterious scroll within the actual V&A Museum.

How does it work? You’ll meet the staff in a secret location 15 minutes before the game starts, and you’ll be given the low down of how to use an iPad’s AR and map to follow the clues to solve the game.

You can even track random people who will be competing against your own squad… let the competitive team building commence.

Take Things Up a Notch With a Sophisticated Wine Tasting

Start your new chapter with a sophisticated wine tasting session in one of London’s top wineries.

Humble Grape balances value with great wines with tickets starting from around £10 per person and working their way up from there. 

After a welcome prosecco, you’ll be given six modern wines to sample with nibbles. The sommelier will be on hand with an insightful (and usually hilarious) commentary to assist with tasting notes.

If you’re after something really special – perhaps a gift – wine tasting at Berry Bros & Rudd is delightful. 

The French wine specialists invite guests into their London cellar to sample their latest wines and learn all about the history of the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions.

For the price you could literally pick the grapes from the south of France yourself (expect to pay north of £160 for in-person tastings), though the experience is magical and totally worth it.

Unwind with a Spa day

Let life’s stresses melt away in one of the capital’s many spas. Opt for just a treatment or grab a day pass and split your time between the hot tub, sauna, and steam rooms.

Aire’s ancient baths are rather special. Descend into the Romanesque temple below and immediately you’ll be relaxed through the scent of orange blossom and the obvious lack of technology. 

Forget the outside world and spend an hour or two soaking in the ancient baths before your masseuse grabs you when it’s time for your massage.

Urban Retreat is brilliant if you want to gather a bigger group of friends for a wellness retreat. 

Book a whole bunch of treatments or spend some time in the wellness therapy pod, which helps to invigorate the body by using light therapy to penetrate the transdermal layer. 

Or, why not go the whole hog and book into one of these gorgeous spa hotels?

Take a Cookery Class

One of our favourite birthday ideas in London is taking a cookery class – perfect if you already fancy yourself a dab hand in the kitchen, but want to take it to the next level. Go alone, or with friends, it’s totally up to you.

Celebrate your birthday by learning to fold, bake, roast, and saute with Borough Kitchen. And best of all, you’ll end the class by chowing down on your efforts. 

There are plenty of specific classes available at a range of price points, so whether you want to make pasta from scratch, perfect your choux pastry, or master a knife, there’ll be a class that takes your fancy.

The Jamie Oliver Cookery School is another great spot (though a bit pricey). Here you’ll be able to make your way through 5-ingredient dishes or get tips on how to cook sumptuous steak in a fun and relaxed environment.

Splurge on Fancy Afternoon Tea

It’s only right that the capital is bursting with brilliant afternoon tea spots

From wacky-themed high tea to traditional scones and cucumber sandwiches, the places where you can celebrate your birthday are endless.

If you want all-out wow, tea at The Ritz is the best option. They’ve actually been serving afternoon tea here since 1906 in the beautiful Palm Court, and have 18 types of tea to choose from. 

This is a traditional afternoon tea experience, so expect all the usual suspects when it comes to sandwiches and scones. You’ll need to dress smart though, as The Ritz has a strict dress code (any excuse to dress up fancy is a winner!).

Why not combine high tea with a tour of the city? Hop into this afternoon tea bus by Brigit’s Bakery, which is actually served on a vintage double-decker bus, and see the city in a new, crumb-covered light.

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley is another fabulous option, combining a passion for fashion with a visually impressive spread. 

The chefs manage to recreate high-fashion pieces in edible form, with previous standouts Emilia Wickstead’s red velvet gown reimagined as a choux pastry and that impractical (but oh-so-beautiful) Jacquemus bag. 

Board a Seafood Cruise on Prince Regent

One of the most unusual birthday ideas London has to offer is a seafood cruise along Regent’s Canal. You’ll get to indulge in a fine dining experience while you’re treated to beautiful views from the capital’s waterways.

You’ve got two options: A dinner cruise between Wednesday and Saturday, or a weekend lunchtime cruise. Both are five courses and cost £65 per person.

With simple menus that change daily depending on what’s fresh, this is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Try Your Hand at a Pottery Class

It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. If there’s something you’ve been dying to try out for years, when’s a better time than a new birthday?

Pottery has taken off in the capital lately – what once was a niche interest now has new concept stores and workshops popping up each month. 

Skandihus is among the most popular, with the likes of Nigella Lawson and Ottolenghi supposedly huge fans of the minimalistic design house. You can get involved in a taster session, or go full-out and enrol in a 12-week course where you can hone your pottery skills.

Indulge in a Michelin Star Meal

Whilst we are firm believers that many of London’s best dishes can be found at street food markets, sometimes splashing out a little bit is well worth it.  

You don’t need to look too hard for a wonderful Michelin Star meal in London; there are 71 restaurants that boast at least one Michelin Star. 

Core by Clare Smyth is among the highest ranked, with a whopping three Michelin Stars under her belt (she’s an ex-Gordon Ramsey Chef, so it’s no wonder really). 

This Notting Hill restaurant serves up elevated British fare – think wagyu beef with oysters and braised land with sheep’s milk yoghurt. 

A Wong in Pimlico has two stars and their decadent take on Cantonese dim sum is incredibly impressive, take the pork and prawn dumpling with pork crackling and black bean relish for example. Divine. 

For a restaurant held in such high esteem, the dishes are also reasonably priced. The beauty of dim sum is that you can have as little, or as much, as you like.

Have a Wild Night Out 

Of course there are plenty of wholesome things to do on your birthday in London, but should you fancy getting a little wild, there are plenty of places you can do that too. 

London has one of the best clubbing scenes in the world. You can hit all-night raves and party till the sun comes up in more venues than you could feasibly hit in a weekend. There are also clubs for every genre of music you could want to hear. 

For some great techno and other electronic music, a night at Corsica Studios or Phonox will do you perfectly. Should you fancy something a bit more classically clubland, head to Ministry of Sound

Then of course there’s Fabric, where big dogs from the DJ world play every weekend. The choice is yours. Go big or go home. 

Read More: Best Clubs in London: Cool Nightclubs for Wild Nights in the City

Drink Champagne on the London Eye 

Your birthday should be memorable. And if you ask us, it should probably involve a glass or two of champagne too. One sure-fire way to tick both of those boxes is to book yourself on to one of the London Eye’s Champagne Experiences

For £53 per adult, you’ll be ferried right to the front of the line with no need to queue, and then taken up in a pod on the London Eye where a host will serve you a glass Pommery Brut Royal Champagne as you take in the views. 

And what a view. From the top you’ll have all of London in your eyeline. Right below you, in near-miniature: The Houses of Parliament. The rest of London sprawls out in front of you as if it was just a model of the city, and you are left feeling like king of it all (even if just for a day). 

Practical Tips For Celebrating Your Birthday in London

  • Spontaneity is a thing of the past – make sure you book bars and classes beforehand or you might be very disappointed when they politely turn you away.
  • Milk your birthday! Let wherever you’re going know in advance if you’re celebrating and, who knows, they might just throw in a free drink or surprise.

18th Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Channel Walter White at Hackney Funhouse
  • Take on the City with Outscape Games
  • Sink Cocktails at a Boozy Drag Queen Brunch

21st Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Unleash your Competitive Side in a Games Bar
  • Dance All Day at a Disco Brunch
  • Float Down the Thames in a Hot Tub Boat

30th Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Sing Your Heart Out in a Private Karaoke Booth
  • Drink Gin at an Underground Burlesque Club
  • Take Things Up a Notch With a Sophisticated Wine Tasting

40th Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Unwind with a Spa day
  • Indulge in a Michelin Star Meal
  • Mix Bowling With Booze at The Croc

50th Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Take a Cookery Class
  • Splurge on Fancy Afternoon Tea
  • Sip Champagne in a Beautiful Bar

60th Birthday Ideas in London 

  • Board a Seafood Cruise on Prince Regent
  • Try Your Hand at a Pottery class

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