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Unusual birthday ideas in London

Celebrate your birthday in style this year by heading out in the capital. From dining and drinks to luxury experiences, our guide to unusual birthday ideas in London will leave you spoilt for choice.

Birthday dining

  • The Candlelight Club

You birthday provides to perfect excuse to dress up and The Candlelight Club is the ideal venue for a Great Gatsby style 1920s celebration. The location is secret and will be emailed to the ticket holder two days before the event. The venue is entirely lit by candles for atmospheric and captivating setting, along with a live jazz band to dance to and 1920s cocktails to sip. You can choose to order sharing platters, or you can pre-book tables for dining.  

  • The Piano Works

This is a live music venue with a difference – they will play your choice of music by request. The Piano Works is found in a listed Victorian warehouse in Farringdon and features a rotating cast of musicians who will play whatever you want them to play while you dine – a perfect choice for a birthday celebration.

  • Sarastro

The theatrical decadence of Sarastro offers the perfect setting for a birthday celebration. The furnishing is ornate with red velvet drapes, an impressive amount of gold and a heady mix of Baroque and Rococo styles. Singers from the opera houses come and perform arias whilst you dine. The food is Turkish-Mediterranean which is perfect for sharing in a large group. Their fruit platters add to the lavish environment as you can recline on the sumptuous cushions and eat grapes – after all, it is your birthday.

Birthday luxury

  • The Yacht London

What shouts luxury more than a yacht? After all, if you can’t have a bit of luxury on your birthday, when can you? This luxury yacht is moored on the Thames and offers beautiful views across to the South Bank. You can choose to have an afternoon birthday tea, a luxurious lunch or a beautiful evening meal. There is lots of seafood on offer, but there is also a mixed grill available too. For a birthday party group, they offer sharing platters so that you can eat and socialise.

  • A helicopter tour

For the ultimate birthday that you will never forget, it has to be a private helicopter tour taking in the stunning London landmarks. This will be a trip of a lifetime. How about ending the tour with a glass or two of champagne with your birthday cake? Your photos of the day will be amazing!

  • Pre-celebration spa day at private members’ club, Grace Belgravia

Perhaps you are planning a night out for your birthday, but how about indulging yourself and your friends with a pre-party makeover to get you red carpet ready? Just like a celebrity, your skin will glow after a facial and you can finish your treatment with a blowdry.

Birthday activities

  • Locked In A Room

Part-game, part-theatre – Locked In a Room really is exciting and perfect for birthday parties.

You and your party will have 60 minutes to escape a locked room and escape by solving puzzles and discovering clues. There will be scrambling around, there will be laughter and there will be huge amounts of fun!

  • Backyard Cinema

A cinema trip on your birthday is a pretty ordinary affair – how about make it extra special with Backyard Cinema? They create magical environments to watch the film, tying in theme of the film with your surroundings using impressive sets, actors and live music and an experience to bombard your senses and transport you right into the film.

  • The London Cocktail Club – cocktail masterclass

Who doesn’t love a cocktail? Whether you like pina coladas and dancing in the rain, think of yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise, or you just want to have fun, try a cocktail masterclass with your friends or partner on your birthday. Your bartender who will teach you how to make three cocktails throughout the class. You also get to hear about the history of the cocktails so that you can impress guests at future dinner parties!

Birthday drinks

There is something special about visiting a tourist attraction after dark – having the luxury to wander around with a glass of bubbly with no groups of school children to disturb you! This birthday treat will allow you to discover more about the Atlantic Coves and Pacific Wrecks – while watching out for sharks!

How about inviting some celebrities to help you celebrate your birthday in style? On your birthday you are the VIP – sip bubbly as you take selfies with all the (wax) celebrities. What could be better than a selfie with the Queen on your birthday? Or take the Spirit of London Ride and journey through 400 years of history.

  • Bottomless brunch

There are hundreds of bottomless brunches available in London, but for one with a difference try this karaoke bottomless brunch. Your average brunch includes glasses of bubbly – but this unusual birthday brunch includes bottomless cocktails for a whole two hours while you sing along to your favourite tunes (and yes, the cocktails will allow you to sound better!) You will also have your own party glitter artist so that your birthday photos will be extra glamorous.

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