London Birthday Party Ideas

The only thing that all birthday celebrations have in common is that you get at least a year to plan them.

Yet, somehow, they’re not all universally amazing.

Hoping to go at least some way to correcting that, we’re put together a list of foolproof London birthday party ideas…

Cocktail Masterclass at TT liquor | Shoreditch

Set in an old Victorian school room (complete with benches), the masterclasses at TT are basically guaranteed to get your entire party wrecked – you’ll all be imbibing a minimum of half a dozen drinks, and getting a healthy dose of knowledge, too. VIEW MORE INFO

Do a Champagne bar crawl | All Across London

Here are the best places in London to get the good stuff… VIEW MORE INFO

Gin Making | Notting Hill

Forget a p**s -up in a brewery – the infinitely classier move is to organise a birthday in a distillery. Head down to the Ginstitute on Portobello, and you’ll each get to make your own bottle of juniper hooch, to your own tastes, then drink a whole lot of it (and take it home). VIEW MORE INFO

The Comedy Store | Covent Garden

Given the huge amount of audience interaction, it’s almost a cast-iron guarantee that the birthday boy/girl will be made fun of in some capacity. Which, as we all know, is crucial to any good birthday party. VIEW MORE INFO

Immersive Theatre | All Across London

The Great Gatsby is famous for describing incredible, opulent parties filled with colourful characters… which you can now attend yourself. VIEW MORE INFO

Cruise down the Thames | The Thames

West End on the Thames have a fleet of boats, and will find one the perfect size for your party, then fill it with booze, food, DJs, casino tables, karaoke, magicians, and whatever else you want. VIEW MORE INFO

Cocktail Cruises on Alfred Le Roy | Regents Canal

Take a lazy meander down Regent’s Canal on a gorgeous, quaint little boat weighed down with a cargo of cocktail ingredients & bartenders. VIEW MORE INFO

Darts at Flight Club | Holborn/Bloomsbury

It’s darts, but with automatic scoring, cocktails, wine, and good food. VIEW MORE INFO

Bowling at All Star Lanes | Spitalfields

Bowling regains its rightful place as the birthday party venue of your childhood dreams thanks to the plush, 50s interiors at All Star Lanes, which also boasts a bar, restaurant, and private karaoke rooms… VIEW MORE INFO

The Candlelight Club | A Secret Location

It’s a secret, ’20s-style party in which everyone comes in costume, the place is lit by candles (hence the name), and the music is just swell. VIEW MORE INFO

Swingers | The City

WHen it comes to birthdays, this place is very much above par – there are two mini golf courses, three restaurants, five bars. Yes, fiveVIEW MORE INFO

The Piano Works | Farringdon

The open plan, bare brick walls of this vast, 400-capacity listed Victorian warehouse puts the musicians at centre stage as they play energetic renditions of whatever pop classics the paying customers want. And the list of cocktails is lively too. VIEW MORE INFO

Christabel’s Parties | Camden

Where to begin? Christabel puts together some of the most inventive, fun, delightfully creative private parties – she’s done edible playgrounds, ‘eat your art’ parties, pimp-my-pineapple masterclasses, botanical cocktail labs, mad hatters tea parties, macaroon art classes, and a ton more. VIEW MORE INFO

Play Table Tennis | Shoreditch/Holborn/Farringdon

Bounce is set in the same room that table tennis was invented in – and you can even hire out an entire private room with your own dedicated tables, cocktail bar, and even a karaoke booth. AND they have a bottomless brunch… VIEW MORE INFO

A Door in a Wall | All Across London

ADIAW specialise in immersive games, ranging from public (pretend to be a cold war spy in central London), to private (a murder mystery in a cocktail bar) – and they’ll even create a bespoke game just for you. VIEW MORE INFO

Hip Hop Brunch | A Secret Location

One part hip, one part hop, a dozen of so parts bridemaids getting down with some bottomless cocktails, a three course brunch, some hip hop karaoke, temporary tattoos, and more. VIEW MORE INFO

An Escape Room | All Across London

There are plenty, but a solid bet is Modern Fables. Finding it is tough. Finding your way out is a lot tougher… VIEW MORE INFO

Hot Tug | Regent’s Canal

This is one for a very intimate, very amazing party – grab some booze, put on sailor hats, and cruise down the canal in a motorised, floating hot tub. VIEW MORE INFO

Petersham Nurseries | Richmond

Eat dinner, in a greenhouse, yards away from where the plants that are on your plate were grown. One for a fancy birthday meal. VIEW MORE INFO

Go to a Rooftop Bar | All Across London

One for the warmer months (but then, birthday parties are often planned months in advance), but if you’re going to stop for a few drinks somewhere, then you can do a LOT worse than having them overlooking the entire city. VIEW MORE INFO

Go to a rooftop bar IN WINTER | All Across London

Yes, do the same thing as above, just with hot cocktails, firepits, blankets, and festoon lights. VIEW MORE INFO

Do Whatever Gingerline Event is on | A Secret East London Location

Gingerline are the granddaddies of the secret, immersive, ultra-cool London supperclub – and you can pretty much guarantee that whatever you book, it’ll be stellar. VIEW MORE INFO

Dress up and go to Cahoots | Soho

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Feel like a literally old-fashioned birthday? The look no futher than Cahoots, who’re perpetually stuck in the 1940s. Get dressed up, make sure everyone sticks with the lingo, and get blitzed. VIEW MORE INFO

Ballie Ballerson | Shoreditch

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There’s not much to say other than that this bar is one giant ball pit with over a quarter of a million balls and an LED dancefloor underneath. With cocktails. VIEW MORE INFO

Go to a Hidden Bar | All Across London

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Not only can you book yourselves a private bar, you can book one that’s hidden entirely from view… VIEW MORE INFO

Go Boats | Paddington

Fancy a jaunt down the river in your own boat, with a boozy picnic, but don’t want anyone to be lumbered with the responsibility of steering the thing? Then you can all jump into a self-driving Go Boat… VIEW MORE INFO

London Eye Champagne Pod | The Southbank

Load all of your buddies into a privately booked pod filled with bottles of Champagne, and watch the skyline emerge before you… VIEW MORE INFO

Time Run | London Fields

One of the best immersive games to come out of London, essentially ever, TR have dedicated over 3k square feet of space to create their time-jumping world filled with puzzles, clues, and characters. VIEW MORE INFO

London Cabaret Club | Bloomsbury

Set in the beautiful Bloomsbury Ballroom, the LCC always put on a good show. Their current stage-filler? A take on James Bond, with somersaulting waiters, smoking martinis, and 4D special effects. VIEW MORE INFO


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