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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.