Birthdays are so exciting, but if you’re planning a trip away to celebrate, it’s guaranteed to be even better! London in an incredible city to enjoy your special day in, as there’s so many amazing things to see and do to help make it even more memorable.
If you’re thinking of planning a birthday in London, we’re here to help! Here’s a guide to get you started.
Make sure you book your accommodation early
Accommodation in London can get booked up really far in advance, thanks to the city’s jam packed calendar of things to see and do all year round. Where you’ll be spending a lot of your time is important, and especially as it’s your birthday, a nice hotel is something you definitely won’t want to scrimp on. Have a look early to take advantage of some of the capital’s best London Hotel Offers to see what packages they can offer you.
Fabulous hotels such as The Devonshire London offer really great packages that take care of all the details, such as breakfast and added extra treats, to really help you indulge and feel special on your big day! It’s also conveniently located to some of the city’s top attractions, too. Book your stay today.
Make a day and night of it. There are loads of fabulous things to do throughout the day and night in London, so you and your crew can keep celebrating until sundown, and beyond. We’ve compiled some of our favourite things to do at all points of the day, to show you some of the options available – don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
Here are some of our favourite day activities:
• Gin making class – keep it classy before the heaviness starts with a fun yet surprisingly educational class. Head down to the Ginstitute on Portobello Road, and each of you will get to make your own bottle of juniper gin, then drink a whole lot of it, and take it home afterwards.
• Take a boat ride down the Thames – see the sights of the city in comfort and style with a river boat tour. You could even have lunch on some of them, or at least a glass of something sparkling to help you celebrate.
• A Door in a Wall – Fan of things like escape rooms or gaming? ADIAW specialise in immersive games, ranging from public to private – and they’ll even create a bespoke game just for you and your party.
• Enjoy a picnic in the park – who says you can’t enjoy the simpler, cheaper things in life? If you’re lucky enough to have a summer birthday, a soiree with your nearest and dearest in one of the city’s top green spaces is a great way to spend the day.
• See the sights from the London Eye – Pack all of your friends into a privately booked pod filled with bottles of Champagne, and watch the skyline appear before your eyes.
• Go for a nice relaxing wander – For fans of staying active, even on their birthdays, the Green Chain walks take you all around the city’s fields, parks and concealed walkways. The 40-minute saunter from Finsbury Park to Highgate is a particularly nice one, and you can always aim for one of the area’s many pubs nearby.
And of course, here are some of our favourite evening/night activities:
• Give UV ping pong a go – for those who love something a bit active, head to Bounce. The firm east London favourite is set in the same room that table tennis was invented in. You can even hire out an entire private room with your own tables, cocktail bar, and even a karaoke booth.
• Great Gatsby’s Immersive Theatre Experience – party in true Gatsby style with a little help from The Immersive Ensemble. Expect to be plunged deep in to a world of 1920’s jazz, cocktails and excess in an extraordinary production of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal tale of lust and liquor.
• Go to a rooftop bar – there are loads of amazing rooftop bars to head to after a delicious birthday meal in one of the top restaurants near Paddington Station. Sit back, relax, sip away and enjoy the sights of the city from above.
• Darts at Flight Club – enjoy a truly British pastime on your birthday with a group of mates. The scoring is all automatic so you don’t have to faff around, and the cocktails are great too – bonus!
• Catch a show – London’s West End is world renowned, and there’s certainly a reason for that. Though don’t dismiss some of the smaller, lesser-known theatres that are spread throughout the city, to catch a great show, too.
• Enjoy a late night film – check out Backyard Cinema which screens classic films in interesting locations like churches and grottos, which are all the more special during the evening.
Don’t forget to consider transport
London is so well connected regardless of whatever time of day you’re travelling, but it’s still a good idea to check how to get from your activities to the next, and back to your hotel again before the festivities are in full swing. The hotel staff should be able to help you, but for whilst you’re out and about, it’s a good idea to get a little clued up on London transport.
Most significantly, the Night Tube has arrived in London, with a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays:
• Five Tube lines run a 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays: Victoria, Central, Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly lines.
• The London Overground operates for the full 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays between New Cross Gate and Highbury & Islington (though not including Whitechapel).
• Standard off-peak fares apply on the Night Tube.
• Many bus routes also run 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, with some even running this way seven days a week.
You can also pick up tube and bus maps from the bigger stations to help you navigate your way around a little easier, too, or if you’re really stuck, you’re never far away from a black cab.