16 fun birthday ideas in London

Celebrate your birthday in style with our guide to fun birthday ideas in London. From trendy venues to unique experiences, find the perfect way to make your birthday unforgettable in London!
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Celebrate with your friends on a Thames Cruise. Image courtesy of Golden Tours.

Looking for cool and original things to do in London on your birthday? Whether you love thrilling challenges, cultural activities, old-school games or dancing till dawn, check out these top birthday ideas in London for all tastes and budgets.

Unusual birthday ideas in London

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  1. Stimulate your senses with London's best immersive experiences: From theatre and dining to art shows and interactive games, discover a world reimagined with these quirky experiences perfect for a birthday with a difference.
  2. Treat yourself to a themed masterclass: Upgrade your kitchen skills, learn how to make fancy tipples or tap into your creative side with a pottery class or a painting lesson.
  3. See London from a unique perspective with the best fun and unusual tours of the city: Join a quirky-themed walking tour or treat yourself to an afternoon tea bus ride.
  4. Turn spy, sleuth, time traveller or adventurer at one of London's best escape rooms: Battle your way out of locked rooms and dangerous worlds using only brainpower and teamwork.
  5. Watch London’s beautiful scenery glide by on a Thames river cruise: From adrenaline-pumping speedboat rides to fancy dinner cruises, this year celebrate your birthday on the water.
  6. Or climb up The O2 for thrilling birthday views: See a different side of the city from the roof of the world's most popular entertainment venue, by day, at twilight or at sunset.

Cheap birthday ideas in London

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  1. Pack a hamper, gather your friends and go for a birthday picnic in London's most scenic parksChow down on tasty treats while soaking up a beautiful view at some of the best picnic spots in London.
  2. Check out London's best activity bars: Start off your birthday night celebrations with fun bar activities like electric shuffleboard or ping pong.
  3. More into old-school fun? Celebrate your birthday with arcade gamesGet ready for some retro arcade fun, top-notch food, delicious cocktails and a healthy dose of competitive socialising!
  4. Show off your skills and roll a strike at London’s best bowling alleys: Full of vintage American style, neon lights and music, bowling alleys make for a great birthday spot.
  5. Or swing into action at the best mini and crazy golf courses in London: Putt some balls and hit a hole in one as you take on epic obstacles and thrilling challenges.

Birthday activities to do in London

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  1. Experience a different side of the capital with the most adventurous activities in London: From bungee jumping and wakeboarding to trapeze lessons, check out the best action-packed birthday activities to get your adrenaline-filled kicks.
  2. Treat yourself to a fun-themed afternoon tea: Choose from plenty of super fun experiences, from Sherlock Holmes afternoon tea in a secret speakeasy bar to a Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour of London on a pink double-decker Routemaster!
  3. Indulge in a proper birthday treat with a spa dayFrom stylish saunas and luxury spas with pools, discover the best places in the capital to escape and unwind.
  4. Get tickets to see a top musical in the West End: Pick from a myriad of captivating shows, from heart-warming adaptations and award-winning scores to hilarious musical comedies.
  5. Party till dawn in the city's best clubs: From famous spots to underground digs, pick your favourite birthday venue to dance all night with your friends.

For more ideas, check out the best London experiences, top places to eat and drink, plus where to party all night long!