The on-and-off lockdown restrictions for the last year and a half has been hard on us all. Especially for those love to throw flamboyant, over-the-top parties in celebration of their birthday. If you were one of the unlucky ones who spent two consecutive birthdays popping the Prosecco in front of a computer screen over Zoom, now’s your chance to celebrate those missed milestones and book out one of London’s best venues for hosting parties.
From stunning private dining rooms to venues with cabaret dancers, here’s where to book for the birthday party of the century.
Disclaimer: Please follow the government guidance closely in relation to hosting events and indoor celebrations.
Put on a real show for your birthday guests and book in for a wild night filled with cabaret, banquets and an afterparty at the London Cabaret Club.
Dress in your finest party gown, pop on those heels and head down to Holborn’s lively venue for a night to remember. Featuring stars from London’s West End, the evening will see you sampling the best cabaret performances and entertainment on offer, as well as options to add on a three-course dinner too.
Right now, the theme is ‘London Never Dies’, a Bond inspired experience filled with glitz and glamour. For those wanting to book in a print pronto, we’ve teamed up with them to offer 25% off the Bond inspired dining and entertainment experience every Friday night in June. To redeem, use the promo code FRIDAYFEELS at checkout.
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA
For a night of glamour, fine food and opulent surroundings, look no further than Mayfair’s Park Chinois. The popular destination, located on one of Mayfair’s most sought after roads, is renowned for its elaborate performances, from the show through to the food.
Enter through the red doors and prepare for an evening of extravagance. Enjoy dining in the restaurants or reserve one of the three beautifully luxurious private and semi-private spaces. Each offering something a little bit special and unique with period features, luxe panelling, opulent fabrics and vintage chandeliers.
With extraordinary Chinese cuisine and live entertainment, Park Chinois is an experience venue set to make your birthday celebration one to remember.
Go hard or go home…
If you’re looking to step up the average birthday celebrations, Cirque Le Soir is certainly the place to go. The extravagant club hosts unadulterated edgy parties with performances from contortionists, drag queens, hula hoopers, show girls and fire breathers. It’s pretty exclusive so you’re likely to be rubbing shoulders with celebs and notable faces when you’re there.
Channel your inner big kid and venture to London’s coolest party venue: Ballie Ballerson. Its attraction? A room that’s essentially one big ball pit. Think Playworld vibes but for adults.
There’s a whole section on their website dedicated to birthday parties. Expect a whole lot of cocktails, face painters and the best mix of RnB. They throw special events regularly too – keep up to date on their website and book in for one hell of a night to remember.
Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3BS
Who wouldn’t want their own ‘press for Champagne’ button? Especially when it’s your birthday.
A favourite for Dream Home boards on Pinterest, these nifty little buttons aren’t the only photogenic feature of Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard. Head into one of their private dining rooms for your birthday and the interiors alone will wow you away. You’ll defo want to scoot over here to get a snap for the ‘gram.
Rooftop bars scream good vibes and Sabine is no exception. The new rooftop bar boasts views overlooking St Paul’s and provides the perfect place to while away the night with friends and family.
From botanical decor to cocktails you’ll want to snap for the ‘gram, it’s here you’ll want to host your next birthday party. That’s if the waitlist isn’t full.
Anywhere with a backdrop of the Thames is a winner in our books. Combine that with some of the world’s best Champagnes and cocktails on offer and brightly coloured interiors and you’ve got yourself the best party venue in the house (well, city). 12th Knot at Sea Containers does just so. To top it off, they’ve got an outside terrace too so you can really soak up the best of the city’s views.
Where: Sea Containers, 18 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9RQ
For a venue with serious wow-factor the moment you walk through the door, it’s got to be 116 Pall Mall. As soon as you step inside, you’re greeted with a lobby filled with floor to ceiling marble pillars and original tiled floors.
Hire a private room or multiple spaces together for you and your party guests and expect to be greeted with chandeliers, grand staircases, fine dining and show-stopping entertainment.
Whether you’re looking for a small dinner or a huge party, 116 really is a blank canvas to throw the perfect party that’s unique to you.
Where: 116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
Mayfair’s hottest Italian restaurant, Frescobaldi comes to the UK from the famed Frescobaldi family of Tuscany, in partnership with the Good Food Society. Bask in the beauty of the Italian experience right in the heart of the capital and book in for a birthday party to remember.
The restaurant boasts a newly refurbished private room, ‘Luce’. Think super cool interiors that align with the restaurant’s Tuscan design. Their main dining area also seats up to 70 for lunch or dinner, or host a drinks do by their cocktail bar, hosting up to 40 standing.
100 Wardour Street ticks all of the right boxes. From live music to cocktails, set menus to boozy bottomless brunch, there’s something for everyone no matter your taste. And you can guarantee you’ll always have a jolly good time.
Located in Soho, start here for bottomless brunch before heading out to explore Soho’s best dive bars.
We’ve already confessed our infatuation with nhow London’s lively lobby, featuring everything from a Big Ben rocket sculpture to giant red lips, punk suit lights to funky coworking areas. For a party to remember, book into the lobby and host up to 150 guests (once restrictions lift, obviously).
For a sit down event, try the stylish Bell & Whistle restaurant, boasting up to 70 guests.
Where: 2 Macclesfield Road, EC1V 8DG
Parties are back on! Book your gang into Kindred, Hammersmith’s members’ space, for an evening to remember.
Spread all over the members’ space you’ll find cosy areas perfect for hosting your birthday celebrations. Choose from the Butterwick Room, a deep and darkly stylish room with original heritage features, The Library, an elegantly designed room for a larger soiree or make the most of the first floor by securing The Salon, the perfect space for a welcome reception with bubbles.
For a big occasion, you can rent the main hall which has played host to events such as The TED Interview supper clubs, and Kindred’s live music Fridays. You won’t regret booking in for a night here.
You know we love a new restaurant and we certainly know you guys do too, so add Bar des Prés to your list of potential birthday party venues and we promise you won’t regret it.
Recently opening up on Albemarle Street in Mayfair, Bar des Prés is the brainchild of acclaimed French chef Cyril Lignac and brings the best of Franco/East Asian cuisine to the table. Expect dishes such as Scallops with caramelised miso; ‘Galette Craquette’ (crunchy crab galette); Madras curried crab with avocado; and Satay fillet steak.
Desserts will nod to Cyril’s mastery of French pastry. Think French toast, Chocolate tart, and Vanilla and pecan praline mille-feuille.
Karaoke is always a good idea, and where better to head than Lucky Voice! With locations in Soho, Holborn and Islington, Lucky Voice is the perfect place to host your birthday party for karaoke loving friends.
Don’t worry – you won’t be singing in front of hoards of people. You’ll have your own little karaoke room. Order in a round of cocktails, Prosecco and spirits for a night to remember.
Where: Soho, Holborn & Islington
It doesn’t matter what time of day you go, Bunga Bunga always knows how to party. From bottomless brunching parties to late night drinking with a side of entertainment, there’s always something to see, do and drink here.
We’d recommend the brunch at their Covent Garden venue. Expect ‘boylesque’, circus and cabaret acts, free-flowing pink Prosecco and one hour of bottomless pizza. Need we say more?
Where: Covent Garden & Battersea
London is abrim with venues, restaurants and locations that are picture perfect for a party, but Battersea Power Station is at the top of our list. Spread over the riverside destination, you’ll find a selection of independent restaurants and venues all boasting their private dining rooms and spaces for hire that are just perfect for partying.
Book out Archlight Cinema for an intimate screening or venture to Wright Brothers for a night of seafood and fizz. Find out more here.
Where: Various Locations
Bloomsbury’s Kimpton Fitzroy London never fails to amaze and their party offering is no different. The hotel offers an extensive list of available spaces to both attend and hire. With eight beautiful spaces to choose from, including the bright and airy Palm Court, the Kimpton Fitzroy is an incredible venue to hire for a private party.
Or, try the famous Fitz’s bar for something a little different. This little flamboyant den is home to cocktails aplenty and seriously stunning interiors.
When a hotel is named after the Greek goddess of the night, you know you’re in for a good time. London’s hottest new destination for all things food, cocktails and partying, NYX Hotel London Holborn is the perfect place to celebrate lost lockdown celebrations and birthdays.
Order in sharing platters of pork ribs with spicy fries and house slaw and the ‘mother of all nacho platters’. If the party is heading into the evening, stay around for Insta-worthy cocktails. The signature serve ‘None of your Nonsense Negroni’ is a must-try, mixed with East London Liqueur Company gin, Campari and Asterley Brothers Estate vermouth.
Where: 50 – 60 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR
Live music and parties go hand in hand, and where better to head than The Piano Works. Boasting locations in Farringdon and West End, The Piano Works is home to loads of ways to celebrate with friends, from bottomless brunch to dinner packages and drinks parties.
Party late into the night and sing along to your favourite tunes played by the in house musicians.
Where: Farringdon & West End
Ever fancied having your own private cinema screening? Now you can at W London. Book out the small cinema screening room for your birthday celebration and catch your favourite film on the big screen.
Boasting 38 luxury red-pillar seats, the screening room will leave you feeling as if you’re at a movie premier designed just for the birthday girl/guy. Head to The Perception Bar for pre-drinks to really set the tone.
Where: W London, 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, W1D 6QF
Party high in the sky and head to Searcys at the Gherkin for an evening showcasing unrivalled views of the city.
Up top sits the restaurant and bar, great for celebrations with friends and family, or host something a little more intimate in one of their five private dining spaces. Menus are tailored to any need and party size – no matter how elaborate you’re wanting your party to be.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
Amazonico never fails to excite us. Everything about the Berkeley Square restaurant is fantastic, from the rainforest interiors and its resident peacocks dotted along the bar counters to the Latin American inspired food and private dining options.
Executive Chef Vitelio Reyes and his talented team have created a new menu too, featuring 14 new dishes inspired by recipes across the Amazon region. From street food staples to family favourites, expect Nikkei-style sushi, wok-cooked dishes, salads and small bite delights.
Where: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
For those who love afternoon tea, book yourself and your party guests in for one at Kona, the fine dining restaurant located inside St James’s Court, A Taj Hotel.
Right now, you can book in for two of their afternoon tea offerings. The ‘Alice’s Queen of Hearts’, an afternoon tea inspired by Lewis Carroll’s mesmerising story – expect a lot of deep reds and checkerboards – or the Indian Jasmine afternoon tea, an Indian take on the British classic.
Where: 54 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Just because your birthday trip to Ibiza might be cancelled, doesn’t mean you can’t have a staycation to celebrate. For an mesmerizing hotel that’s within commuting distance to London, look to The Great House, Sonning and The Swan at Streatley.
An ideal destination for your private party head down The Thames to the idyllic destinations of Streatley or Sonning for a Coppa Club party. Located on private lawns in a stunning riverside setting they make a perfect spot for hosting your party.
Check out their sister hotel and restaurant, The Swan at Streatley’s, offerings here.
If you can’t go to that beach holiday you’d had planned, let The Montague on the Gardens bring the beach to you with their popular summer Beach Bar.
Right now they are offering birthday party deals. For just £65pp, you’ll have access to the Beach Bar, spritz cocktail on arrival, five item summer BBQ inspired menu and a bottle of house wine or five beers per person. Not a bad deal at all.
Where: 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
There ain’t no party like an afternoon tea party. And where better to head than Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon!
Fortnum’s chefs have been busy perfecting their craft, resulting in an extraordinary new afternoon tea menu. It’s here you’ll find expert afternoon tea that’s both dazzling and traditional.
Where: 4th Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER