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 February 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.
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 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!
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.
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!'
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.
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!
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.
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.
Scrap the usual half-hearted birthday celebrations and instead try robbing a bank or hiding from the police. Escape Entertainment are coming to East London with their pair of brilliant escape room games, complete the puzzles and challenges within an hour to win.
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.
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.
No stranger to hosting big parties, Hackney's Brewhouse open their doors this March to London's first hip hop and RnB bingo events. Challenge you mates to a lip sync battles, bust out your best break dancing moves in a heavy dance-off and win some brilliant prizes at this fun bingo event in East London.
If you want a good food and a great party for your birthday, head down to Mahiki’s Hawaiian fancy dress brunch party. The brunch menu is packed with exotic favourites, you’ll receive a complimentary Tiki cocktail made by flair mixologists and the DJs will get the party going all day. There’s also some amazing interactive performers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate your birthday with a night of the most irreverent comedy at The Old Queen’s Head. There’s VIP booths for a more comforting experience, or get yourself amidst the crowd as the country’s weirdest comedians perform a night of comedy, clowning, party games and characters. This is what happens when Live At The Apollo meets Little Britain.
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!
Add a serious dose of sexiness to your birthday as House of Kittens take over an East London townhouse with their seductive and sultry immersive cabaret. Get dressed up with your gang and prepare for a night of tantalising routines guaranteed to leave you stunned at this amazing event.
So your eleventh birthday has been and gone, by you still haven’t got that letter to Hogwarts? Well, it’s time to fix that with London’s premier wizarding event at The Wizard Inn, where witches, trolls and all magical creatures are welcome for a night of entertainment. Get your fellow wizards together for your birthday and get unlimited drinks, a buffet and entertainment, including some cracking beer pong.
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.
The fun-loving Pop Up Ping Pong team are back in London this summer, this year taking over the top of the Millbank Tower and couples their passion for ping pong with amazing views of London's skyline. With food supplied by the BRGR restaurant brand and a bar serving all your favourite cocktails and beers, this fun event will only set you back £7 and is certain to be a highlight of your summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you think your birthday is as good a time as any to try something different, we have just the event for you. One of the most unique ways to brunch in London, head on down not only for bottomless spaghetti, meatballs and booze, there's a ball pit with over 200,000 balls to play in.
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...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
As everyone celebrates the death of winter and the birth of Spring with Holi festival, why not celebrate your birthday too in an amazing colour explosion. The Cinnamon Kitchen is inviting you into their pop-up, where you will unleash the florescent in their specialised area. You’ll also be able to feast on delicious, traditional Indian dishes and sip on their signature Holi cocktail.
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.
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.
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.