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 6th October 2016
Brixton Beach Boulevard was one of the must-visit pop-ups of the summer, and now the same folks have set-up a brand new venture for the colder months. Held from the same Brixton rooftop space, hop across the pond and back in time to discover a scene reminiscent of NYC circa 1977, with themed bars, a night club, private hire rooms and a menu of delicious street food inspired by the Big Apple on offer. The space is available for private hire for groups anywhere between 20 and 1,000 in size!
Get your pong on this birthday, and head down to Blueberry Bar & Kitchen for a game of ping pong. Blueberry has two tables that can be booked for ping pong fun, hosting a tournament every Tuesday night and a variety of other themed events throughout the week. Always a good laugh, Blueberry Bar & Kitchen is a top choice on our list of recommended fun birthday ideas in London.
With Jack the Ripper still causing havoc on the streets of Whitechapel and the smog around London growing day by day, Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons is an immersive theatre event that's sure to linger on your mind. Solve the case as an inspector for Scotland Yard, protect your neighbourhood as a local vigilante or perhaps just experience what life was like on the deadly streets of Victorian London at this fun immersive theatre event in London. This event is perfect for anyone looking for a quirky birthday idea.
Spice up your birthday antics with a little saucy show thanks to London's only fully licensed strip show. That's right, The Dreamboys are in town and with them comes an incredible array of baby oiled bods, boys flexing their muscles and clothes flying off in all directions. Are you ready for some birthday fun at the hands of The Dreamboys?
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.
With a space for 300 people and Miami-cool interiors, The London Shuffle Club doesn't get any better for a quirky birthday hire venue, right? Wrong! Shuffleboarding, a favourite fame of Henry VII is back and its big. Come here and play the cross between bowling and curling for a hilarious birthday to remember.
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.
Perfect for big groups looking to do something fun and different, Ceilidh Nights in Peckham is a night of high-paced and hilarious frivolity. Join Fiddle Pardiddle, who specialise in nu-wave and traditional ceilidh songs, and the caller as they lead you through a night of spinning, whirling and dancing.
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.
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.
Take a stroll down memory lane and watch Sister Act live in one of the most immersive film experiences in London. Supporting Whoopi and the gang, the UGCY gospel choir and a live band will be playing all the film's songs live in front of a stunned audience. The event takes place in the St Marylebone Parish Church this November and offers Londoners a great way to spend their birthday, drunk on nostalgia and swooning with the melodic notes of the live performers.
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 allows you to hire areas and is great for a large group meaning you can have a brilliantly fun and original birthday.
Need some inspo for where to spend your birthday in London? Coming right up. Weekends at The Clapham Grand promise everything from a huge dancefloor to DJs and live music as well as an epic party atmosphere thanks to its theatre like stage and high ceilings. Known to be crawling with revelers from all over the city, your birthday will go down a treat here.
Inspired by the timeless comedy genius of programmes like ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, you’re cordially invited to step up and join the French Resistance movement of 1943 at this secretive new experience. Expect to encounter a world of special agents, gadgets and gizmos as you immerse yourself in the 1940s Parisian culture, carrying out secret missions and perfecting that French accents to ward off the suspicions of the Gestapo. Finish your night with a three-course feast in the authentic Bistro and a venture on to the dance floor where the swing music plays ‘til late!
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.
Get your gang together and go to one of London's most iconic events as Madam Tussauds stays up late. There will be bubbles on arrival, a chance to snap a selfie with Kimye and a marvel-filled 4D experience.
What better birthday treat than learning how to whip up masterfully mixed cocktails for yourself whenever you fancy one!? Head down to Shoreditch for Mixology Studios' 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!'
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.
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.
Looking for something fun and innovative for you and your girls? Oh hi, Forbidden Nights. This is London’s hottest male variety show and it’s guaranteed to get you a little hot under the collar, with skilled performers including a Channing Tatum lookalike and an X-Factor finalist included in the line-up. Classy, sexy and fun all at once, there’s no nudity involved at this top notch live show.
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.
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.
Located smack bang in the centre of London, All Star Lanes offers a fun mix of bowling, American food and cocktails at affordable rates. Slip on your bowling shoes and thrash your pals (there’s room for up to 7 to play at a time), then toast your victory with something from their all-American menu afterwards. Make sure to visit the bar before heading out - there’s a great mix of cocktails, craft beers and hard shakes to be had here.
If you’ve ever marvelled at the deceptive ways of tricksters like Dynamo and David Blaine, the Card Shark Show is one for you. Hosted by the brilliantly manipulative (in a good way) Steve Truglia, gain an insight into the world of gambling cheats and con artists at this thrilling one-man show held in London’s 5-star Courthouse Hotel.
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...
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.
Held in a warehouse and denim atelier, Denim and Dine is a unique pop-up supper club that will be serving the highest standard of food. Organised by chef Pedro Passinhas who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu and has worked at many Michelin-starred restaurant, the event will be a focus on dining in a communal space.
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.
Thames Lates is a completely exhilarating and unique experience, as well as one of the most unique ways to see London on your birthday. Roar up the Thames as your guide explains some of the city's most important sights, then sip on a cocktail specially crafted by London Cocktail Club as you watch the sunset at the picture-perfect Tower Bridge.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for anyone looking for a suave, opulent way to spend their birthday, the Supper Club With a View invites guests to the 17th floor of the M for Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch for a fine dining experience that cannot be rivalled. The Michelin-starred Anthony Demetre has designed the exquisite menu, that includes the likes of fillet of Cornish cod with mussels, kale and salsify, and Denham Estate venison, autumn squash, roast pear and chestnuts. With the dazzling views of East London providing the backdrop, you definitely won't forget this great supper club in London.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Your birthday has come around and once more you're tasked with finding something fun to do in London. Well, the city's most notorious, wild and loud pub quiz is back for another series of utter nonsense gaming. Get your trivia hat on, prepare to win some challenges and maybe you'll even win a prize this birthday. Who knows. You kind of have to be good though... just sayin'.
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.