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 24th April 2017
Get ready for a night of killer tunes and cracking moves aboard The Golden Flame as the party boat puts the fun back into sightseeing. Glide down the Thames aboard this two-storey boat, seeing Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Canary Wharf as the silent disco allows you to choose your perfect soundtrack to the night. Tickets have sold out for January but be the first to find out about new releases by signing up to the newsletter here.
Hide in an abandoned church, take over an old house or dodge your way through a grave yard, laser tag has never been this good before. Laser Lates is taking your favourite childhood game, and adding a huge dose of madness to it.
Head to The Roof Gardens for a night of swing and 1920s fun as they throw a debauched bash complete with live music, BBQ food, cocktails, roulette and incredible live entertainment. Wear your best fancy dress and step back to the roaring twenties in style.
It's time to relive those kids birthday parties at BallieBallerson, Dalston's ball-pit bar. Dive into the pit, play with the inflatable animals and stuff yourself with sweeties (in cocktails of course). The bar also hosts some seriously talented DJs as well as having a food menu of ball-themed food.
The multi-award winning Little Nan’s bar is extending its Rio Bar run in Dalston. Offering both High Tea and delicious cocktails, the palace of kitsch can make your birthday that much more special with a photo booth, 90s tunes, unlimited Pic N Mix, popcorn and so much more. Tell them it’s your birthday, and they’ll even name a bespoke cocktail in your honour! Pay a little bit extra and receive two hours of bottomless teapot cocktails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Celebrate the start of Wimbledon and Britain's love of tea with a cocktail masterclass at a secret East London location. On the day, guests will be taught how to make the perfect alcoholic cuppa, using milk vodka from the Black Cow spirit brand. If that hasn't piqued your interest, then perhaps the alcoholic scones and gin-infused cream tarts will do the trick. Afternoon tea on the canal has never been so pleasant.
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.
How about a birthday on the river this year? M.V Jewel of London is an epic party boat that puts on four hour cruises. Showing you the best views of London, there will also be a DJ, buffet, prosecco and entry to Opal nightclub after for when the night is over.
Get the best views on your birthday at Coppa Club, who’s south facing terrace offers a spectacular sight of the Thames and Tower Bridge. Inside is a large but welcoming space, serving thoughtful but unfussy European food, delicious cocktails, beers and wines. In the winter months, they even erect giant igloos to stow yourself away in.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birthdays are all about having the best time with the best people, and that’s who you’ll find at Reggaeoke Live at the Queen of Hoxton! You can even get on stage and sing your favourite songs with the backing of a live band, or dance and sing in the crowd – either way, you are guaranteed to have fun on your birthday.
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.
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.
Drawing students from all over London, the Ultimate Power club night returns to the Electric Circus in Camden. With a great line-up of up-and-coming DJs, the music policy here is simple - the team only play the best songs of all time. Showcasing the talents of legends like Bon Jovi, Springteen and Michael Jackson, singing is almost unavoidable; expect to leave with a huge smile and a sore throat. Grab your mates, grab a drink from the bar and delve deep into all the frivolous fun on offer here.
How about a night of genuine lols at one of the most respected comedy clubs in London? The Covent Garden Comedy Club have all the answers, booking out lineups that feature the most stellar names on the international circuit right now. You’ll see 3 hilarious acts and a compere on any given night, and your ticket offers both 15% off at the Lulivo restaurant and free entry for an after-party at Opal.
Celebrate your birthday by celebrating one of the biggest decades in existence: the 90s! At Hot Since 91, the greatest time period is honoured as it should, with retro karaoke and a true party that will take you back to your childhood in an instant.
Comedy nights are some of the best birthday nights out, but how will you know if one is good before you see it? With Eleanor Conway, you are guaranteed a good night, whether it’s her consistently critically acclaimed stand-up tour or if she’s lending her comedic chops to MCing. She’s hilarious, she’s ludicrous and she’s been compared to comedy heavyweights like Russell Brand and Graham Norton.
Turn your tea from standard tipple to alcoholic goodie with these fun mar-tea-ni class taking place in a secret location. Expert barmen will be on hand to show you how to mix the pure milk vodka with a blend of flavoured teas.
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.
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!
Celebrate your birthday with the fast-paced, fun-fuelled event that is Last Man Standing! The winners of each quiz round will be brought onto the stage to compete in a series of challenges based on classic game shows. Then, at the end of the quiz, the winners of those will have to compete in the ultimate challenge: Last Man Standing. Are you strong – and funny – enough to make it through to the royal prize?
Sophie Ellis Bextor, Allsaints, Technotronic, Snap - they'll all be on display this June at Victoria Park's Mighty Hoopla festival. Grab your friends, relax in the sunshine, enjoy a few drinks and roll back the clocks to the days of your carefree youth. To sweeten the deal, there'll be loads alcohol and street food vendors to help keep you well fueled throughout the day.
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.
Take it all the way back to the 1920s with a glamorous and gorgeous night of Charleston dancing, flapper dresses and live bands as Bourne and Hollingsworth throw an incredible party. Located in Islington, the gorgeous venue is asking you to dress up and get into character for a night of shenanigans, libations and mad fun.
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.
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.
Trader Vic’s private Tiki Room offers an exotic atmosphere with influences from the Med, Middle East, Asia and everywhere in between. A handsome space dressed with authentic tiki artefacts, enjoy a birthday dinner of foods cooked via the Chinese wood-fired ovens complemented by a cocktail menu that features the original Mai Tai first coined in 1944.
From Britney to Blur, the 90s were pretty damned perfect in our eyes, and there's a night out in London celebrating just that. Join Impossible Things Entertainment as they promise all the nostalgia you can handle with dancing, party hits, a throwback quiz and games aplenty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the unprecedented success of their first night, the Afrobeat Karaoke night at East London's Queen of Hoxton returns this May. With a talented live band in the background providing the soulful music and helping to iron out any dodgy notes, guests will be at the front of the stage, channelling their inner Wizkid and performing all their favourite Afrobeat songs.
Can you beat a bit of comedy for a hilarious birthday outing? Covent Garden Comedy Club is one of the biggest and best comedy clubs in London, with big names regularly performing. After you've finished laughing, head over to Opal Nightclub for free entry and to dance your birthday night away.
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!'
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.
Get all your friends together for a cocktail masterclass with a twist. You’ll get to make your own mixes with the help of their master mixologists before creating masterpieces out of them with unique garnishes. On top of two handmade cocktails, you’ll get one made by their bartenders to sip while overlooking the stunning Regents Canal.
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!
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.
Celebrate your birthday with one of the best comedy nights in the country. Laugh Out London takes over either The Old Queen’s Head in Islington or The Antelope in Tooting, drawing in big name talent like Stewart Lee, Harry Hill, Katherine Ryan and more.
Make your birthday a big one as Guilty Pleasure amp up the fun dial all the way to 11. The club night takes place in KOKO in Camden and includes award-winning DJ Sean Rowley, dance troupes, a room dedicated to '90s RnB and all the pop anthems you need to celebrate your day.