Jason Allen 20/06/22

The Best Birthday Ideas In London

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 birthday ideas, all across London.

Go Dancing At The Blues Kitchen | Shoreditch, Camden, Brixton

The Blue's Kitchen, Shoreditch

Show people how to be the life and soul of the party.

Become A Master Mixologist at TT liquor | Shoreditch

tt liquor cocktail class

It’s a guaranteed way to get your whole party boozed…whilst soaking up a healthy dose of knowledge, too.

Play A Mass Game Of Monopoly At Draughts | Dalston

draughts activity bar

It’s your birthday. Collect £10 from every player.

Craft Your Own Gin At The Ginstitute | Notting Hill

Forget a p**s -up in a brewery – the infinitely classier move is a birthday in a distillery, with cocktails and a personalised bottled of juniper hooch to take home.

Drink Booze And Throw Sharp Things At Flight Club | Shoreditch, Islington, Bloomsbury, Victoria  

Flight Club Islington

Strangely, you’ll find all your friends being extra nice to you.

See A Movie In The Sky At Rooftop Film Club | Peckham, Hoxton, Stratford

rooftop cinema date ideas
It’s probably better for smaller, more close-knit birthdays, but a winner thanks to a ceiling of stars.

Get Picked On At One Of London’s Top Comedy Clubs | All Across London

Comedy Store London

It’s your birthday so you can cry if you want to…

Tackle The Bermondsey Birthday Beer Mile | Bermondsey

bermondsey beer mile

It’s like the regular Bermondsey Beer Mile, except the birthday girl/boy gets carried all the way.


Host A House Party…At The Little Scarlet Door | Soho

Little Scarlet Door

All the fun with none of the cleaning up after.

Take A Trip To Soul City At The Jazz Cafe | Camden

Jazz Cafe Camden

It’s every Saturday. For just £5.

Play Crazy Golf At Swingers | The City, West End

Swingers London activity bars

Two mini golf courses, three restaurants and five bars make it a guaranteed partee…

Travel Back To The 1920s With The Candlelight Club | A Secret Location

Candlelight Club

It’s a great excuse to dress up and dance with foot-stomping abandon.

Stuff Yourself With Street Food At Mercato Metropolitano | Elephant & Castle, Mayfair

Mercato Metropolitano
There’s pizza. And Tacos. And Ramen. And no awkward moment at the end when you’ve got to split the bill.

Get Locked Up. For Fun. At One Of These Escape Rooms | All Across London

Fox In A Box

There are plenty, but Fox In A Box guarantees a killer time…

Host The Picnic Of All Picnics On London Fields | London Fields

London Fields

On a Saturday. With fresh, independent food and booze hand-picked from Broadway Market.

Cruise Down The Canals In A Wood-Fired Hot Tub With Hot Tug | Regent’s Canal

Hot Tug

Sailor hats (and birthday hats) very much encouraged.

Stay Dry (And Dressed) With Go Boats| Paddington

Go Boats

After all, cake doesn’t mix too well with water.

Make It All About You At The Piano Works | Farringdon & Covent Garden

Piano Works

There’s a live band, exclusively taking requests. Like Happy Birthday. And Happy Birthday round two.

Practice your shuffle at The London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch

London shuffle club

If you really want to get into it, use your cue as a cane.

Go On Birthday Strike At All Star Lanes | Spitalfields

All Star Lanes

It’s one birthday party idea you can totally balls up and still win.


Cheers To Maturity And Great Taste At Plush Peckham Speakeasy CLF Art Cafe | Peckham

CLF Art Lounge

Then head to the rooftop, order a Negroni and do it again.

Drink Beer And Eat BBQ Alfresco At Acme Fire Cult | Dalston

Acme Fire Cult

Your friends forgot the candles? These guys are bringing all the heat you need.

See A Gig At O2 Academy Brixton | Brixton

O2 Academy Brixton

It’s legendary and so are you.

Go For Bottomless Brunch At Bounce | Shoreditch, Holborn, Battersea

Bounce, Old Street

90 minutes of ping pong, prosecco and pizza slices make it a guaranteed hit…

Feast In A Flower-Laden Greenhouse At Petersham Nurseries | Richmond

petersham nurseries best restaurants london

If there was an award for the most beautiful birthday meal, it would go to you.

Sip Champagne At One Of London’s Finest Rooftop Bars | All Across London

madison rooftop city

When it comes to birthday ideas, you can do a LOT worse than drinks overlooking the entire city.

Dress up and Get Blitzed At Cahoots | Soho

Cahoots kingly court bar
Prepare to be at war with your liver.

Hide Away In A Hidden Bar | All Across London

Discount Suit Company

If the world can’t see you it can’t age you. Right!?

Drink Jugs Of Frozen Margaritas And Eat Tacos At Del 74 | Dalston

Del 74 Dalston

There’s a disco ball in the toilet for sporadic dancing.

Looking for more birthday ideas…but Smaller and more romantic? Take a look at our guide to 101 London Date Ideas