Cheers to 18: Unique London Birthday Ideas for Your Big Day

14 mins read
Cheers to 18: Unique London Birthday Ideas for Your Big Day
Written by: Jaya Ramchurn
April 22, 2024
14 mins read

Turning 18? Time to celebrate your coming of age like a true Londoner! Whether you are searching for creative or crafty birthday ideas or how to throw an epic birthday bash in the capital, we’ve got you covered with our most unique things to do for an 18th birthday in London!

Forget the tacky London Eye or Dungeon tours. Think Star Wars birthday bashes or romantic dinners in an igloo gazing at stunning city views! Let’s start planning a milestone birthday to remember.

Are you still looking for the perfect party venue?

Don’t waste time โ€“ book one of London’s best spaces for a magical 18th birthday bash.

Creative Things to Do for an 18th Birthday in London

For crafty, creative types who want more than just another pub crawl or afternoon tea, we’ve got you covered. From cocktail crafting and pizza making to dance classes or paint and wine sessions, we’ve planned something for everyone.


๐Ÿ’ก For more creative activities, look at our 18 creative party ideas for a fun birthday celebration!


๐Ÿ• 1. Pizza Making

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ200 min. spend
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Peckham

If, like most young adults, pizza is your favourite food, why not learn how to make the perfect crust and whip up delicious toppings at Mamma Dough Peckham? Get hands-on using the best local ingredients to craft your very own sourdough pizza!

Mamma Dough offers more than just pizza nights! Book a pizza-making class or bottomless brunch for a slice of birthday magic. It may even change your mind about anchovies!

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Don’t limit your birthday to pizza nights at Mamma Dough! Whether you plan a pizza-making class or a bottomless brunch on your birthday, Mama Dough in Peckham has your sliceโ€ฆmm back!

๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ2. Join a Drop-in Dance Class

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ30
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Isle of Dogs

Life is full of surprises at 18! Try something new and unpredictable before you get lost in worries about the future. Embrace adulthood through dance.

You’ve been showing off your moves on TikTok but have yet to find your groove? Drop into a class at Pineapple Dance Studios.

They offer more than 40 different types of dance, ranging from Samba and Zumba to Burlesque or Reggaeton! Let’s Dance!

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You can always host a dance party and ask a private dance instructor to teach your crew some moves at a hired studio like Studio 2-ECD in Isle of Dogs!

๐ŸŽจ 3. Painting Class

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ14
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Barnet

It’s time to paint the town (literally)! 

Forget about hitting the bars and queuing up at a restaurant; why not try something as unique as a painting or pottery class for the big 1-8?

You’ve got the talent. We’ve got the spot. Draw and paint your destiny at Paint the Town as you tap into your creative side!

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Unleash the Tessa Paul in you at Paint the Town! This venue can cater to your birthday party requirements with different packages for an exceptional event.

๐ŸŽฎ 4. VR Magic

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ700 (hire fee per hour for a venue)
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Enfield

Creative people are fond of things that tickle their brains! And VR takes creativity and imagination to new heights. It adds an element of adventure and fun to any party.

You and your guests can explore various VR worlds at Centre VR in Enfield. With genres like Music, Puzzle, Adventure, Co-op and PvP, there’s something for everyone!

And you can bring your cake, food, and drinks to enjoy after the games! 

So, are you ready to unlock level 18?

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Centre VR‘s versatile venue is where you and your birthday crew can try their luck at various VR games and test your skills on old-school arcade games.

๐Ÿธ 5. Cocktail Making at Beaufort House (18+)

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ55 per person
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Chelsea

How could we skip a cocktail when celebrating your birthday? Cocktail making is a favourite among party planners, and it’s not surprising why; it’s fun and engaging, and you get to learn a new skill!

Bring your friends along as you learn to craft and mix delicious cocktails in a hands-on cocktail-making class with pro mixologists, where you’ll get tips, tricks, and plenty of drinks to enjoy.

โš ๏ธJust make sure all the guests are 18+ when booking the venue as guests under 18 are not allowed!

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Master the art of mixology at Albert’s at Beaufort House in Chelsea. Whip up classics like Espresso Martini or Elderflower Fizz with friends. Cheers to that!

๐Ÿ’ก You may also like our curated 18th birthday party suggestions.


18th Birthday Party Ideas in London for Small Groups

A small guest list means a more intimate party with your favourite people! While you may invite hundreds of guests, there’s nothing like celebrating with your closest crew. Their presence, jokes, and love make your birthday special. So, let’s look at some of the top things to do if you’re a small group searching for birthday party ideas in London.

๐ŸŽค6. Karaoke and Nintendo Party (18+)

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ120 (hire fee for the venue)
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Paddington 

Love belting out tunes and gaming like a pro? We know a party venue blends the excitement of karaoke, the thrill of Nintendo gaming, a variety of games, and mouthwatering food โ€“ all under one roof!

Heist Bank in Paddington is any 18-year-old’s dream birthday venue! Gather around for some epic karaoke sessions, battle it out in Nintendo games, and indulge in delicious bites that will satisfy your taste buds.

โš ๏ธGuests under 18 are not allowed at most karaoke bars so, make sure to ask parents to join in!

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Heist Bank provides the best entertainment for your group to enjoy the night to the fullest!

๐Ÿฅ— 7. Dinner Party in an Igloo

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ30 per person
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Islington

Ever wondered what it’s like to live in an igloo? At Aviary Rooftop Bar Restaurants, a dinner party in an igloo is a real thing!

You’re probably thinking, why head to an igloo when you dislike the cold? Luckily, your private igloo is a warm, cosy escape with stunning city views!

Head on a birthday journey where every moment feels like a winter fairy tale.

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Experience a unique birthday dinner in an igloo with your favourite people! Book an igloo at Aviary Rooftop Bar & Restaurants for a dreamy, intimate dinner!

Discover London’s best private dining

Skip the search โ€“ find top spots, from rooftops to quirky gems.

๐Ÿง— 8. Boulder Climbing

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ25 per hour
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Limehouse

Celebrate your 18th birthday in style with an adventurous twist!

Take on the challenge of boulder climbing and step into adulthood with confidence and determination.

Not only will you strengthen your muscles, but you’ll also improve your concentration and mindfulness.

Head over to Limehouse Sports & Events Centre for a challenging climbing experience that will leave you feeling stronger and more determined than ever.

And the best part? Prices start from ยฃ25 only per hour! So gather your friends and make your birthday party an experience to remember!

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Challenge yourself with a climbing activity at Limehouse Sports & Events Centre! Grab a few mates and take your birthday party to new heights!

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ 9. Visit a City Farm

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: Free
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Isle of Dogs, Wimbledon, and many more

Looking for a fresh take on birthday celebrations? Why not visit a city farm in LDN?

Experience the magic of nature right in the heart of the city and get up close and personal with adorable animals like alpacas, owls, and ducklings.

Mudchute Park and Farm in Isle of Dogs and Deen City Farm in Wimbledon are great options. Best of all, it’s completely free!

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Celebrate turning 18 surrounded by nature’s beauty and cuties at a city farm! It’s free and worth your time! Check out city farms in London and beyond.

๐Ÿ’ก  Quit wondering, start planning! With the ultimate birthday party guide, organising your next celebration will be a breeze.


โ˜• 10. Afternoon Tea Party

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ65 per person
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Mayfair

Want to add a touch of British charm to your 18th birthday celebration? Plan an afternoon tea party with a small group of friends! London offers a wide range of venues for afternoon tea, but for a truly luxurious experience, head to The Chesterfield Mayfair.

Located in the heart of Mayfair, this venue is just a short stroll away from London’s iconic sights โ€“ The Royal Academy, Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Parks! Indulge in delicious tea, scones, and pastries while enjoying the elegant ambience. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your milestone birthday in true British style!

Could your birthday affair be any more regal? We doubt it!

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Indulge yourself and your guests with delightful treats, such as scones with clotted cream, shortbreads, and some delicious Earl Grey or English Breakfast at The Chesterfield Mayfair!

Host an afternoon tea party on your birthday!

London is filled with dreamy and unique spaces perfect for a celebration fit for royalty.

๐ŸŒŒ 11. Star Wars Costume Party

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ300 min. spend
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Clapham

Costume parties are always a blast, so why not go all out with a Star Wars-themed birthday bash?

You can pull it off at home or, for a special touch, try The Cocktail Club Clapham (18+).

Ask your guests to dress up in Yoda or Darth Vader getups and serve galactic drinks like Spotchkas or Dasanis.

And, of course, remember a BB-8 or Millennium Falcon cake for all your Tatooine pals!

Get your Yoda or Darth Vader costume on Amazon, or DIY your own! Serve drinks inspired by the saga, such as Spotchkas or Dasanis

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Feel the force at The Cocktail Club Clapham’s Star Wars Area! Throw a space-tastic party at this cool venue that even the Jedi High Council would love!

๐Ÿ’กThemed parties make party planning way easier! Check out our 150+ party themes for a killer celebration. Whether big or small, it’s your call!


๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ 12. Escape Room Adventure

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ25
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Canter Way

Say goodbye to boring birthdays with an escape room bash! Solve clues, crack puzzles, and break out of a room. To spice it up, you can even dress up for the occasion!

At AIM Escape Rooms, you’ve got over five themes to choose from. Try out the Psychopath’s Den, go undercover on the Spy Heroes Mission, or dive into some augmented reality fun. Take on one or two escape rooms, then treat yourselves to a meal at a nearby restaurant โ€“ you’ve earned it!

Luxurious Things to Do for an 18th Birthday in London

It’s all glitz and glamour on your 18th in London! There are plenty of ways to throw a luxurious bash in the capital. Rain or shine, here are a few of the best things to do for a classy celebration!

โ›ต 13. Party on a Boat

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ6,000 per day
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Waterloo

Partying on a boat offers you exclusivity and stunning views of London’s iconic skyline while sipping bubbly. It’s also a great venue far from regular bars and clubs!

Make West End on the Thames your private chartered birthday vessel this year! Their open decks are ideal for lounging in the sun with Pimms and a BBQ while taking in pretty sights of London’s architecture.

If you want a themed party, they also provide props, decor, and catering to match — from grass and games to lanterns and bands.

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Sail away while soaking in the beautiful views on your private boat on your birthday! Plan your dream birthday on the West End on the Thames!

๐ŸŒ‡ 14. Rooftop Party at Good Hotel London

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ60 per person
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Royal Docks

Nothing screams classy like a rooftop party! Make the most of warmer days and throw an outdoor bash as grand as you.

The Rooftop Terrace at Good Hotel London offers sweeping views of Canary Wharf and the Thames. It’s perfect for a large summer birthday party of up to 120 guests. The venue provides catering and drinks for a hassle-free party with scenery.

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If you’re looking for a rooftop birthday gathering with great views and a stylish atmosphere, the Rooftop Terrace at Good Hotel London is the place for you!

๐ŸŽถ 15. Classy Retro Disco Party

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ500 per hour
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Enfield

Whoever said retro parties can’t be classy hasn’t been to KBO2!

Located in the heart of North London in Palmers Green, KBO2 offers a fun and unique retro venue with a spacious dancefloor. They have a retro arcade room and a photo booth with unlimited printouts, all for you to enjoy all night!

With its retro vibes straight out of Grease, vintage games, and fantastic birthday offers, KBO2 promises you a retro party experience like no other!

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Host a retro birthday party at KBO2, where the decor sets the scene for a memorable themed soiree!

๐Ÿฅ‚16. Experience Royalty at The Ritz

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ182 pp
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: Mayfair

Step into The Ritz in Mayfair and instantly feel like royalty. You’ll be treated to exceptional service and attention to detail from the moment you enter.

The luxurious hotel offers a range of dining options, each providing a unique and unforgettable experience.

Plan a dinner at The Ritz Restaurant, their signature dining venue, which is renowned for its exquisite cuisine and impeccable service. Talk about a luxurious way to celebrate your 18th birthday in London!

๐Ÿฒ 17. Dinner at SUSHISAMBA

๐Ÿ’ทPricing: From ยฃ3600 min. spend
๐Ÿ“ŒLocation: City of London

SUSHISAMBA, what a fantastic name! The venue itself is just as impressive and unique as its name suggests!

This trendy restaurant brings together the best Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music, and stunning design.

With Europe’s highest outdoor dining terraces, you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree city views and feel like you’re on top of the world!

SUSHISAMBA is an elegant and lively spot, perfect for hosting an unforgettable 18th birthday party!

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Celebrate turning 18 in style at SUSHISAMBA. Decorated in a stylish and modern way, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning city views, this venue is ideal for milestone festivities!

Blow Out the Candles

This year, skip the typical birthday activities and try something completely new! Marking another trip around the sun is worth celebrating however you wish. Birthdays are truly a gift, no matter your age. Each is a reason to gather your favourite people and have fun.

Celebrate your birthday in style at one of Londonโ€™s fantastic party venues!

Whether you prefer upscale restaurants or relaxed pubs, we have a variety for you to discover.

FAQ

What are some of the top 18th birthday venues in London?

Here are two standout choices in London for you to consider for your party:
Dirty Martini St Paul’s: Known as the go-to bar in Covent Garden, this stylish and contemporary basement venue has a New York theme, serving classy cocktails and martinis.
The Aviary Rooftop Bar & Restaurant: With various spaces, from igloos to cosy indoor restaurants offering stunning views of the London skyline, this venue is a popular choice for birthday celebrations in the capital.

What are the best places for a party in London?

Soho: Located in the West End, Soho boasts quirky bars, pubs, and energetic scenes. From BrewDog to The Boudoir Bar, Soho’s nightlife is filled with diverse options.
Leicester Square: Home to famous spots like All Bar One and Zoo Bar & Club, Leicester Square is vibrant with restaurants, shops, and bars. The Light Bar offers cocktails and fancy dรฉcor for a lively experience.
Chelsea: This affluent area is ideal for an upmarket party. Notable venues include The Jabberwocky, hidden under Callooh Callay Chelsea, and Albert’s Champagne Bar for a luxurious atmosphere.
Mayfair: Known for exclusive clubs, Mayfair offers options like The Chesterfield Room at The Market Tavern for a pink-themed birthday or Tabu London for a night of dancing influenced by Japan’s culture.

How much does it cost to hire a birthday venue in London?

Costs typically start around ยฃ100 per session with a minimum spend. Hourly fees can begin at ยฃ15, and birthday party packages may offer deals starting from ยฃ10 per person. Keep in mind that prices may vary based on the time and day, with weekends generally having higher rates. Whether you seek a luxurious or budget-friendly venue, our platform has options that suit your expectations and budget. (All data from Tagvenue.)

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