Fun Birthday Ideas in London

Don't settle for the same old, 'Same Old' this year - celebrate in the heart of the city and let some of the best and most bizarre events in London carry you through to your next year of life. Whether it's a booze-fuelled event, or something a little more wholesome, we've lined up a whole host of fun things to do on your birthday in London. Why not take a peek at our dreamy list...

Last updated on 23rd November 2017

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Flight Club Bloomsbury

475 user reviews

Darts, on your birthday? Yes we say! Flight Club is an innovative and hilarious bar that uses a technology-based scoring system, plenty of cocktails and delicious bar snacks to make sure you have the best birthday. The bar in either Shoreditch or Bloomsbury allows you to hire areas and is great for a large group meaning you can have a brilliantly fun and original birthday.

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

Ballie Ballerson

1 user reviews

What better way to celebrate getting older than to act like a child? Book yourself a session at this giant ball pit, quaff retro candy cocktails and gorge on unlimited pizza. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Drink Shop & Do

275 user reviews
Drink Shop & Do
Friday Feeling Happy Hour and 2 other offers available.

Impressively versatile, Drink Shop & Do offers plenty of fun things to do. Whether you fancy getting your craft on at one of their fantastically bizarre events (we're talking 'Play With Clay' and ‘Papier Mache Monster Mash') or drinking and dancing the night away to a killer soundtrack of party tracks, you'll find your perfect birthday at Drink Shop & Do.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross
11 events @ Secret London Location with 11 upcoming dates from 02 Dec 2017 until 31 Mar 2018

How better to kick start celebrations for your big day than at an off-the-chain, 90s themed brunch party? Taking you backstreet back to the mid-90s for a daytime event with plenty of nostalgia, feast on delicious brunch sharing platters, washed down with bottomless Mimosas for an hour. There’s a full-on 90s-themed dress up box to get you in the spirit, prizes for the winner of the lip-sync battles and a playlist of the most poppin’ hits of the decade - which means loads of singing and dancing to the likes of the Spice Girls, R.Kelly, Eminem and more.

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Old Street Records

79 user reviews
Old Street Records
Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer available.

Old Street Records offers live music, authentic Italian pizza and bespoke cocktails inside one of the coolest hangouts of east London. Come along on your birthday and you can expect to find EP launches or established acts taking the stage, with a more low-key vibe to the jazz nights and DJ sets held in the secret basement bar.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Trailer Happiness

13 user reviews

Leave the masses behind and slip under the radar at this tiki cocktail cavern on Portobello Road for a truly fun birthday in London. Trailer Happiness is a subterranean space filled with an off-beat and quirky décor, where guests sup at highly innovative rum drinks between mouthfuls of Dim Sum delicacies. Grab a few mates and sample these expert serves; our tip is the zesty Dia De Los Muertos!

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill

Brixton Rooftop

38 user reviews

For a cool and quirky way to celebrate your name day, head to Brixton rooftop in South London. Alongside a handful of huge club nights and a list of huge DJ sets planned for the summer, this pop up experience is the perfect place to grab a cold drink on a hot summer day. Serving fresh cocktails and with an idyllic beach theme, this pop up bar is perfect for your next bigger birthday celebration.

Happily Affordable ££
Brixton

WM Barker & Co

64 user reviews

Though things may look calm and still, under the surface of Shoreditch's Bishopgate bar lies arguably one of the best kept secrets in London, W M Barker & Co. To really make your birthday a memorable experience, their range of finely-tuned cocktails are completely unique, revolving around a selection of specifically produced syrups and liqueurs. To help keep things on an even keel, their kitchen produces some of the most exquisite toasties in town. Be sure to try the Brinner Toastie, composed of bacon, cumberland sausage, black bomber cheese and scrambled egg.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

CRATE is one of East London's most popular breweries, and they're letting you in on their secrets with this tour. Spend an hour and a half touring, tasting and munching on sharing platters.

Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Classes, Drinks Tasting
Hackney
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Everybody in Islington knows there ain’t no party like a Lucky Voice party, which is probably something to do with the thousands of power ballads and strong cocktails up for grabs. Get your pals together and belt out one huge tune after the other, after you’ve raided the fancy dress box of course. Fun-loving vibes are assured, and there’s the option of a cocktail masterclass to add to your package.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

This all-inclusive brunch event features food, drink and live drag show. It's a perfect London birthday party idea for anyone looking for something fabulous and quirky to do this year. 

Fun Time Partying, VIP Party, Brunch
Party Mash Up
Balham
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Under The Bridge

1 user reviews

Multi-purpose and atmospheric, Under The Bridge nestled beneath Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in Fulham showcases everything from live music gigs and off-your-seat-funny comedy nights to late-night club-time. Also offering private functions, this happening haunt is more than ideal to host your next birthday celebration, and with its sweet state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, you'll no doubt be revelling with cronies late into the morning.

Happily Affordable ££
Fulham

Reflex Dance Studios

3 user reviews

Celebrate your birthday 80s style at Relfex Dance Studios, as they transform you into an 80s pop star, neon and everything. Along with a makeover, you’ll get to experience a one hour dance lesson with Dancing With the Stars choreographer Guila Settomini and, of course, take part in an awesome photoshoot. And at the end, unleash yourself into their 80s party in one of their retro clubs.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London
2 events @ Drink Shop & Do with 4 upcoming dates from 26 Nov 2017 until 25 Mar 2018

Just like when you were a kid, transport yourself to a land of fairytales with Brunch Upon a Time. A fabulous theatrical troupe will perform spellbinding skits and all your favourite fairytale songs. Dressing up is heavily encouraged, but if you don’t have anything to wear, dive into the dressing-up box and transform yourself.

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Head over to Shoreditch for one of East London's most fun karaoke events. This January, Nomad are host to Afrobeat Karoke, a night which sees you battle it out on the microphone as you sing your favourite tunes and party the night away.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Karaoke, Clubbing, Comedy, Something A Little Different, Activity
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Retro Events

0 user reviews

Put the old school back into your birthday with Retro Events, a cracking company that will help make your birthday party one to remember. With ties to locations across London, the group can put on anything your heart desires; fancy a magician? You got it!

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

The Bat And Ball

185 user reviews

Now the biggest bar in the Stratford Westfield, the Bat and Ball offers London's crowds a frivolous, care-free venue to celebrate your next birthday in. If you're looking for somewhere to hire, their 2 bars, pizzeria and 12 ping pong tables are at your service, and combine to make the entire place a frenzy of belly-aching laughter and laid back vibes. P-ush the boat out this year; how better to celebrate your milestone birthday than with a few games of beer pong!

Happily Affordable ££
Stratford

Venn St. Records

24 user reviews
Venn St. Records
Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer available.

Based in the heart of Clapham, Venn St Records is a venue that takes its love of music to the next level. With a jukebox constantly playing all the best rock, soul and hip hop songs ever made, the bar staff are busy mixing together a range of intriguing cocktails. Perfect for both a date night and a wild birthday celebration with your mates, this bar never disappoints. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Patch East

29 user reviews

Patch East is a new cocktail bar based in the City of London that captures the creative and quirky character of Shoreditch. The venue has a number of different rooms and seating areas, all decorated with different themes and random furniture. Whether you're gulping down drinks in the Ski Lodge room or taking in all the charm of the neon-heavy Shinjuku area, this venue is perfect for anyone looking for a quirky birthday venue.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
4 events @ 2 venues with 82 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2017 until 28 Apr 2018

With a reputation for highlighting comedic talent, the Boat Show Comedy Club claim abroad two of London's most prestigious vessels every weekend for a night of laughter and amazing one-liners. Taking over the Tattershall Castle and Hispaniola boats, the comedy club will show off the talents of London's brightest comedy stars. Fuelled by all your favourite alcoholic drinks at the bar, this event is an experience you won't forget in a hurray.

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Locked in a Room

1 user reviews

You have one hour to save the world and stop the government in this exciting escape room challenge taking place at ExCeL. The unique experience is perfect for birthday parties with 13 rooms and two scenarios that allow you not only to race the clock but also to go up against friends in other rooms.

Happily Affordable ££
East London

Just Dance UK

1 user reviews

Live the dream this birthday and become the pop star you've always cherished with Just Dance. Your instructor will take you through the routines step-by-step so you can bosh out the likes of iconic music videos and become your own pop idol for your birthday. Whether you want to go Michael Jackson, Madonna or Britney, they've got it all. 

Happily Affordable ££

Shaped like a killer whale and reaching speeds of up to 60mph, Seabreacher is a completely unique vehicle and now it's come to London. Speeding in and out of the Thames, Sea Predator is giving you the ride of your life.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
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3 events @ 3 venues with 38 upcoming dates from 08 Nov 2017 until 30 Mar 2018

We could tell you a lot of things about this magic show, and how it'd make for the perfect birthday night out in London for you and your friends. We could boast it's hosted from the opulent Grand Royale, we could tell you it focuses on the golden age of magic, and how this impressive magician is known the world over. But instead, we'll just leave you with this quote about the show from the man, the legend Roger Moore, who said Sonic was 'one of the finest magicians I've ever seen'. If it's good enough for James Bond...

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27 events @ 3 venues with 27 upcoming dates from 25 Nov 2017 until 31 Mar 2018

Coupling all the great flavours associated with brunch with all your favourite Hip Hop party tracks, the Hip Hop Brunch has quickly established itself as one of the wildest daytime events in London. Ideal for anyone looking for a fun way to celebrate their birthday with their nearest and dearest,  the event serves each guest a gut-bursting meal, followed by huge DJ sets and a few frivolous lip sync battles. 

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Blessings Bar

0 user reviews

Don't judge a book by its cover. Blesings Bar may look like an ordinary townhouse on the exterior, but if you venture inside you'll find a three floor palace of partying rife with places for you to spend your birthday. There's a chill out floor with comfy sofas, a coffee-turn-cocktail hangout and a cellar bar where DJs and dancing goes down. 

Liverpool Street

Simmons Camden Town

31 user reviews
Simmons Camden Town
Bottomless Afternoon Tea

What better place to celebrate your birthday in London than in the quirky, kitsch Simmons bar! Not only is it drenched in neon signs and weird décor, it serves a list of delicious cocktails in intriguing crockery. There’s also a five hour long happy hour to make sure you really enjoy yourself.  

Happily Affordable ££
Camden
5 events @ 4 venues with 32 upcoming dates from 20 Dec 2017 until 22 Dec 2018

Ever wanted to see the London Dungeon with no kids around? To drink prosecco while watching the sea life? All of this is possible on your birthday thanks to the Lates and After Dark series, where everything from Madam Tussauds to Shrek’s Adventure are cleared of kids so you can enjoy the experiences like the big kids that you are.

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6 events @ 4 venues with 8 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2017 until 02 Mar 2018

Put your dancing shoes on because ceilidh is coming to London and it's going to be a whole lot of fun. Lead by Fiddle Pardiddle, the pop up night will be appearing all over London and is a brilliant activity for large groups through to couples.

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6 events @ The London Cabaret Club with 77 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2017 until 23 Jun 2018

Celebrate your birthday with the London Cabaret Club, a night of live entertainment like no other. Diving into the rich cultural history of Britain, experience a night of original choreography, premium production values and delicious food for a truly memorable birthday event.

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The Big London Bake is a food event in London that will challenge the city's amateur bakers in new and exciting ways. Inspired by one of the most popular shows in Britain, guests will be set a number of challenges by the event's talented professionals in order to find out who is London's true star baker. Immortality is only a scone's throw away; this is crunch time.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Hen Party, Date Night, Food & Drink
Tooting
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For a great winter birthday party, head to York & Albany in Camden for a delightful evening at their festive winter cabin. Dine on a quirky take on traditional British snacks and dishes, all washed down with cocktails designed to warm those wintry cockles. It's a great London birthday party idea for the colder months. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Camden
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Dead Drop is combining immersive theatre and murder mystery for a night of fun and intrigue. Head to Wringer and Mangle to solve puzzles, clues and lies to workout who did it.

Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying
Retro
Shoreditch
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Get your birthday celebrations off to an early start as The Birds put on a huge bottomless brunch. The quirky spot will be keeping you well fed and watered as their hilarious host leads fun, games and karaoke.

Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Karaoke, Food & Drink
Leyton
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Rouges

0 user reviews

South London's fun-loving crowds descend on Rouges each week for an evening full of great music and stunning stunts. Alongside being wowed by a death-defying performance of circus stunts by Kellie Sky, visitors can dance long into the night to all their favourite 80s, 90s, funk 'n' soul and classic pop tracks. To help maintain the frivolous vibes, their team of expert bartenders serve all the best wines, beers and spirits on offer.

Brockley

No Filter has been bringing you the best in up-and-coming talent for a while now – but don’t worry, this special event sees not only Alfie Brown take to the stage, but also a mystery guest who won’t be revealed until the night. Set to be big.

Comedy, Date Night, Hen Party
Brixton
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Dance Party Experience

1 user reviews

Think you've got something a little more to offer the dance floor? Boasting some of the best themed dancing experiences in London, join Dance Party Experience as they put you and your party through your paces. From hit routines to freestyle forays, Dance Party Experience is a fun birthday idea in London for one and all. 

Happily Affordable ££

For any fans of horror, this night in the London Dungeon is bound to be a birthday hit. Head to the iconic location for a night that includes cocktails, rides and a look at the museum like never before as Jack the Ripper and more come out to play.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
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A basement bar in Fitzrovia that just screams kitsch, LCC Goodge Street is a top choice when on the hunt for fun things to do in London, especially if you're looking to savour some delicious and perfectly crafted cocktails in a fun and unpretentious environment.

Happily Affordable ££
Fitzrovia

TT Liquor

0 user reviews

What better birthday treat than learning how to whip up masterfully mixed cocktails for yourself whenever you fancy one!? Head down to Shoreditch for T.T Liquor's cocktail-making class - here, you'll master the basics of mixology before knuckling down on the more complex techniques. By the end of the class, show off everything that you've learnt on your birthday by having a crack at making 'the best cocktail of the day!'

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

From Mario through to Luigi, this night is whizzing you round on a go kart as your favourite video game characters, all while raising money for charity.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up, Fun Time Partying
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8 events @ TT Liquor with 144 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2017 until 28 Jul 2018

If you're looking for great London birthday ideas, come and get a bit older and bit wiser this year at one of these great classes in East London. T.T Liquor offers the best rum, gin and whisk(e)y tastings, as well as cocktail-making and tasting classes. 

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Celebrate your birthday in one of the most iconic landmarks in the city! You’ll gain access to your own private capsule, with priority boarding and a whole host of goodies to keep you entertained.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Daytime
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If there’s one thing you really ought to be doing to celebrate being another year older and wiser, it’s challenging your mates to a few games on the petanque court. This French take on the classic game of boules offers something a little different to your birthday shenanigans, with the prospect of fresh British food in the restaurant and a couple of chilled drinks in the outdoor terrace to look forward to afterwards.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

What could be more fun than slurping cocktails from teapots, scoffing sausage rolls and hanging out in a neon den of kitsch. That's what we thought. Head over to Little Nan's in Catford for bottomless brunch, afternoon tea or nighttime cocktails.

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Catford

Switch up for someone's birthday with these vouchers from Drink Shop & Do, which can be redeemed against a whole host of fun, from bottomless brunches through to afternoon teas.

Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Dating, Activity
Kings Cross
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8 events @ Jazz Cafe with 10 upcoming dates from 25 Nov 2017 until 03 Mar 2018

Jazz Cafe are a great place to celebrate a birthday in London as they put on some of the best soul music in the capital come Fridays. Join the famous spot to hear live bands, DJs and singers perform original hits and old classics that will have you singing well into the night.

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Celebrate your birthday at Paradise as you uncover the story behind one of the biggest murder mysteries around. Bump heads with seven erratic characters as you attempt to uncover who is the murderer, and who is the murdered in this tale of obsession, deceit and vulnerability.

Theatre/Arts, Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Queen's Park
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Munich Cricket Club

2 user reviews

There’s an infectious party atmosphere to the Munich Cricket Club in Victoria. It makes sense to come by for some dinner - there’s a menu featuring traditional wurst, schnitzel and more - or you could just stop by for drinks, where the focus is on cocktails, wines and a rich array of beers from Munich breweries.

Happily Affordable ££
Westminster

Celebrating your birthday in prison doesn’t sound like a great idea, but hear us out: in this immersive drinking experience, you’ll have to smuggle your favourite bottle of alcohol past the guards and into a high security prison. Enter a world of bribery and contraband, where the inmates will mix you up something great… if you don’t get caught by the warden.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up
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Sonic the magician is recreating the golden age of magic with his five-star show on park lane. Purchase these gift vouchers for access to his fun and unusual magic show.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights
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Little Nan's is one of the capital's favourite pop-ups and its latest incarnation is popping up in Catford at an old theatre. The beautiful grand space has been transformed with palm trees and old trinkets, there will also be a delicious afternoon tea with award-winning cakes and cocktails in teacups.

Daytime, Dating, Food & Drink, Hen Party
80's Music
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Having proved themselves so popular with their pop-up, The Dead Dolls House has found a permanent home in Islington. The restaurant is a brilliant spot for a fun birthday dinner with a completely unique interior. Beautiful stencilling decorates the walls, there's quirky furniture and the food is absolutely delicious.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

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