Ah, your birthday. The one day a year that it’s all about you. It should be a stress-free occasion but when there are hundreds, if not thousands, of venues to choose from where do you start? From brunch to afternoon tea, cocktails to live music, here is your new go-to guide for birthday celebrations in London – they’re no stranger to group bookings either so this year, you can really nail it.
Want to go out out on your birthday? But want something more hedonistic, wilder than your average club? Then you need Cirque Le Soir. The extravagant club hosts unadulterated edgy parties with performances from contortionists, drag queens, hula hoopers, show girls and fire breathers. It’s pretty exclusive, you’re likely to be rubbing shoulders with celebs and notable faces when you’re there, so exclusive in fact you have to give them your Instagram handle when booking, so get working on that grid now.
Where: Cirque le Soir, Ganton Street, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Private Dining and Pool
So how does this sound as far as birthdays go (if you’re vegetarian and/or don’t drink you might not give the answer we’re looking for)? A private dining room, for you and your friends to feast on steaks, fries and the finest Malbec and then when you’re done, having the table transformed into a pool table and playing pool whilst sipping on whisky. Sounds like a great birthday to us.
Where: Gaucho Broadgate, 5 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PG
Madison is the perfect place for post-work city drinks on your birthday, get a space on the terrace for you and your friends for cocktails and music from their in house DJs, head there at the weekend for a boozy brunch or just go with your SO and take in the romantic views of St Pauls lit up at night.
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
For all night party vibes, you can’t do much better than The Piano Works. Non-stop live music will keep you on your feet until the wee hours so gather your friends and head over to Farringdon. Packages area available for groups, like the Bottomless Prosecco package and 90-minute cocktail masterclasses. Want a day time event? Their weekend brunch kicks off with live music from midday.
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Road, corner of Ray St Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
When You're Going All Out
You only get one day a year that’s all about you, so need to go all out (and preferably get someone else to pay for it) and if there is one place to go all out, is Galvin at Windows. Not only has it held is Michelin star for the past nine years, but it also has incredible views out over Hyde Park and London, get a table by the window to take in our city from 28 floors up.
Where: 22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
For a brunch destination that is no stranger to large groups and special occasions, Bourne & Hollingsworth is the one. The conservatory room is like something straight out of an interior design magazine, whilst the private dining room can keep you away from the crowds. Load up on bottomless Bloody Marys and Bellinis and tuck into eggs, crumpets and pancakes.
Where: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
If there was ever a time to do karaoke, then it would be after a few drinks on your birthday and at Lucky Voice you can keep the drinks flowing with their iconic ‘thirsty’ button which will see cocktails brought over to keep you hydrated as you work your way through the 9000 strong playlist. With 9 private rooms which each accommodate up to twelve friends, now is the time to get your dream band sorted.
Where: 173-174 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Essex Road (0.3 miles)
Hidden Cocktail Den
Tucked away beneath the City, By Appointment Only at Victorian Bath House is a hidden drinking den that will help you escape from the crowds. As the name suggests, the place started out as a Turkish bath house way back in 1895, but these days you’ll find private booths, oriental tiling and luxurious red drapes. The bar can host parties for 2-50 people, showcasing their fine wines, craft beers, expertly made cocktails and in-house spirit infusions. Email to arrange your visit.
Where: 8 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)
Mini Golf But Not As You Know It
Puttshack is mini golf but better. They’ve brought in the tech and they use something called Trackaball ™ which means that the ball knows how many times it’s been hit, how far it has moved, how well it previously did, who it belongs to and most importantly if you’re winning – which of course your friends should be letting you, if it’s your birthday. And if you’re lucky enough to have 100 friends then Puttshack can accommodate them all and you can all drink lots of rum too because rum is their thing…alongside the golf.
Where: Westfield London, London, UK
Nearest station: Shepherds Bush (0.2 miles)
Private Terrace and Sweeping Views
Reaching a big milestone? You’ll want a suitably grand venue. One with sweeping city views? Great cocktails? Sea Containers is the answer. The event spaces boasts al fresco roof terraces and private dining rooms – we like the Cucumber room for its cool bar vibes and the fact it can host up to 200 standing. The roof terrace has panoramic views across London and the iconic ‘Sea Containers’ letters make for a great envy-induing photo backdrop.
Where: Sea Containers, 18 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9RQ
Of all of London’s super sized buildings, the Shard is still the pinnacle and if you visit any for your birthday then we recommend Aqua Shard. Whether you head for drinks at the atrium bar or book a table, it’s got that je nais se quois about it.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
A Sophisticated Dinner
An impressively moody space to host a large group, German Gymnasium is your one-stop shop in King’s Cross. Choose from the impressive Grand Cafe, the more intimate mezzanine restaurant or an intimate private dining room for a larger group. You can even request their external caterers do the food if sausages, schnitzels and burgers aren’t what you’re after.
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
Nearest station: London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
Private Dining in Chelsea
Want your own private space in Chelsea with a seasonal menu and no frills? The first floor at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea could be just what you’re looking for, offering two areas available for private hire. Snug in Chelsea, Tom’s Kitchen can accommodate an array of events, from corporate dinners to whimsical wedding receptions – there’s something for all. The spaces accommodate for 40 guests seated and 60 standing, alongside the ability to enjoy a sharing-style menu that will see constant evolution, featuring the tasty likes of Cumbrian beef tartare with black garlic aioli, new season turnips and puffed rice and charred celeriac.
Where: Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.6 miles)
If there was ever a time to drink bowls full of tropical punch, it would be your birthday. You need straws, colourful umbrellas and a flower garland round your neck – birthdays are, after all, about being the centre of attention. As well as serving the original classic Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s does big punches to share with your friends – like the Rum Keg made from pineapple, light and dark rums, apricots and passion fruits. Share or don’t share it’-s your birthday after all (we say share, otherwise you’ll have an almighty hangover).
Where: 22 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
All the Wine
Is your idea of a good birthday just having lots of wine? Vinoteca know a thing or two about this subject so pick from their locations across the city and get stuck in. We recommend Vinoteca Marylebone for their amazing private dining room which offers its own kitchen, personal chef and dedicated waiting staff – what more could you want? Gaze at the wall of bottles and let the experts help you choose from the 200 bottles available before enjoying your food or a bespoke wine tasting.
Where: Across London
If you want a more refined birthday (it’s not all about shots and rolling in at 4am) or are planning a birthday for someone else, then The Capital Hotel has three private suites that can be booked from 8 guests up to 24 guests. All the food is prepared by the Michelin-starred team, because if there is ever a time for Michelin – starred food then it’s your birthday.
Where: 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.2 miles)
Sunrise to Sunset
If you’re one of those people who wants to eke out every last minute of your birthday then you need Duck & Waffle. The sky high restaurant is open 24/7 so theoretically you could spend your entire birthday there, breakfast, lunch, drinks and supper. Well why not? (Maybe price, but that aside…)
Where: 110 Bishops, Aldgate, EC2N 4AY
Birthdays can be expensive, you book a table at a restaurant, invite everyone and then not everyone wants to split the bill, some people order more wine than others and suddenly your birthday isn’t quite so fun. So head to Big Easy, because their boozy brunch is a steal at £29.50, you get unlimited BBQ food and either a bottle of prosecco blend or house wine,a large jug of ice cold of Big Easy Brew or frozen mojito slushie per person (you can also order lobster). Everyone can eat and drink as much or as little as they like and Big Easy has a cracking atmosphere too.
Where: Canary Wharf, Covent Garden and King's Road
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