Great places in London for a birthday party

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Celebrate your coming-of-age – whatever your age – with a memorable birthday party at one of these top venues

  • Great places in London for a birthday party

    Let gateaux commence: Bea's of Bloomsbury

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    Albert

    Gorgeous 1920s-themed venue which boasts a great soundsystem. Simply roaring, darling. Capacity 50. Minimum spend £500.Albert & Pearl, 181 Upper St, N1 1RQ (020 7352 9993/www.albertandpearl.com). Highbury & Islington tube/ rail.

    Barrio North

    A smart, street-culture themed bar where the multicultural spirit is represented by bold mosaic patterns. Will also appeal to fans of ‘Tetris’. Capacity 175. Min spend £2,000. Private areas free-£500.Barrio North, 45 Essex Rd, N1 2SF (020 7688 2882/www.barrionorth.com). Angel tube.

    Bea’s of Bloomsbury

    There’s no better place to administer a birthday pampering than this fabulous boutique cake shop. Smother your guests in multi-coloured sugary delights, but don’t get carried away – cake fights are strictly prohibited. Capacity 30. Minimum spend £15 per person. Bea’s of Bloomsbury. 44 Theobald’s Rd, WC1X 8NW (020 7242 8330/www.beasofbloomsbury.com). Holborn tube.

    Dalston Jazz Bar


    Local hipsters flock to this cluttered slice of ’60s Americana for its late kick-out time, cheap-and-cheerful cocktails and eclectic DJs. If you hire the whole venue – bang on for pointy-shoed guys and dolls – Champagne and cake is included. Capacity 200. Free hire if full capacity Mon-Thur, Sun; from £4,000 Fri, Sat.
    Dalston Jazz Bar, 4 Bradbury St, N16 8JN (020 7254 9728). Dalston Kingsland rail.

    High Road House


    Soho House’s latest venture is a pretty members' club and 14-room hotel in Chiswick. It’s as hip as you might expect, and offers a variety of partying possibilities. Upstairs, a private dining room holds 14 for bijou celebrations – it’s for hire to non-members and has a soundsystem. Downstairs, there’s the ‘Playpen’ (a bar) and the ‘Playground’ (a TV and games room). Hire any or all, and you can welcome 150 guests to nibble and dance (there are DJ facilities), or 50 for a sit-down meal from the extremely capable in-house team. Capacity 150. Hire charge from £300.
    High Road House, 162 Chiswick High Rd, W4 1PR (020 8742 1717/www.highroadhouse.co.uk). Turnham Green tube.

    Lost Society


    BEST FOR DEBAUCHED SWANKERY
    To celebrate your birthday like a millionaire, come here. Take your pick from the art deco cocktail bar, the wrought-iron garden or the loft-styled dancefloor upstairs. You can book an area with no charge for up to 40 people, while in the week you can hire all of the top floor, or even the whole place. Capacity 280. Min spend £2,000-£3,000 Mon-Thur, Sun; £15,000 Fri, Sat. Private area £150 refundable deposit. Top floor from £500.
    Lost Society, 697 Wandsworth Rd, SW8 3JF (020 7652 6526/www.lostsociety.co.uk). Clapham Common tube or Wandsworth Rd rail.

    Lucky Voice


    BEST FOR KARAOKE
    This Soho crooners’ favourite has hi-tech karaoke rooms (touch-screen tracklistings; drinks at the push of a button) which have been known to generate near-hysterical enthusiasm – and feedback. Capacity 130. Private rooms from £5 per person per hour.
    Lucky Voice, 52 Poland St, W1F 7NH (020 7439 3660/www.luckyvoice.co.uk). Oxford Circus tube.

    Party Bus

    Legendary Party Buses can be hired in their entirety (you’ll need at least 55 people on a Saturday) for birthdays, or you and your mates can simply join one of their regular tours. Great for a no-trainers, no-sportswear trip back in time to the suburban clubs of your youth. Capacity 55-70 (minimum 20 Mon-Fri). Cost £29.95 per person.Party Bus (0845 838 5400/www.partybus.co.uk).

    Rosemary Branch

    Famed for the quirky theatre upstairs, this venue also has a beautifully redecorated function room with an ornate bar. It’s fully equipped, with a banging sound system, film-screening facilities and decks upon request. Those stuck for ideas might want to theme a party around the theatre’s current performance. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, why not put on a show of your own? Capacity 200. Hire venue from £5,000; private room £200-£500; theatre £1,200 per week or £200 per night.Rosemary Branch, 2 Shepperton Rd N1 3DT (020 7704 2730/www.rosemarybranch.co.uk). Old St tube/rail, then 21, 76, 141 bus.

    Tooting Tram and Social

    BEST FREE HIREThis grandiose former tram-shed is perfect for those craving a dramatic yet intimate party setting. The downstairs bar has areas that can be reserved, but the back area of the mezzanine level, which looks out over acres of chandeliers, is ideal for sophisticated birthday celebrations. Capacity 60. Free hire, no min spend. Tooting Tram and Social, 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA (020 8767 0278/www.antic-ltd.com). Tooting Broadway tube.

    Troubadour

    BEST FOR ROCK ’N’ ROLL CREDThis is one of Earl’s Court’s original folk coffee shops with an unrivalled rock pedigree, having played host to Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix back in the ’60s. The club is designed for live music; it has a fantastic PA, stage and lighting. The high-ceilinged art gallery space is also available for private dining, while the charming Shackleton room in the café can also be reserved for special occasions. There’s a secret garden upstairs too. Take advantage of the fantastic catering and book in-house finger food. Capacity 72. Hire charge £250-£600 club, £200 gallery. Minimum spend club £1,000-£1,800.Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA (020 7370 1434/www.troubadour.co.uk). West Brompton tube/rail.

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Thanks for sharing but London Darbar could be a nice addition to the list.

sex
sex

I LOVE SEX AND I WANT TO DO THAT ON MY BIRTHGA=DAY I AM JOKING I WANT A CAKE

Taja
Taja

Hey I wanna celebrate my 16th with about 15 friends, any ideas?

Taja
Taja

Hey I wanna celebrate my 16th with about 15 friends, any ideas?

Chanel
Chanel

Hiya I wanna celebrate my 19th birthday somewhere (about 15 people) any ideas? Somewhere with Food and drinks with dancing after in London. Many thanks. I

Irem
Irem

Hiya I wanna celebrate my 15th birthday party somewhere at a party restaurant where i can dance and have fun with my friends (about 15 people) any ideas?

Barry
Barry

Funny, I was also hunting 30th locations. Not what I searched either. Lot of seemingly good suggestions!

Amelia
Amelia

Hi! I am also looking for a small venue for a fun packed 30th celebration. Also on a budget and about 20-30 people. Food and drinks with dancing after in London. Many thanks.

Blessing
Blessing

Hiya! I am looking to have an exciting, memorable 30th birthday n December 21st. Any ideas of a nice venue with lots of fun activities, (not so expensive) somewhere within central London (Westminster)....... I look forward to your prompt response. Many thanks. Blessing

stuart
stuart

Hi I am looking for a really quirky place in London to hold my 30th Birthday party. Will be approx 50 people of all ages including children. Looking for some sort of party, food, DJ and we are always up for a laugh and doing silly things so no idea is too extreme. Thought about a boat party and ondon zoo but both are too expensive. Any ideas?

Jenny
Jenny

I recently hired a great space in Angel, Islington for my engagement party. It's an events space with great lighting/atmosphere and they're really flexible with food/drinks/decs etc. It was a really cost effective option for us too. It's called GH Space and they have some pics of events on their Facebook page.

melissa taylor
melissa taylor

17th. want a party bus- a cool one. wanna be able to drink alcohol. will be 18 year olds on the bus too. dont have a destination. just wanna cruise around.

malo pelletier
malo pelletier

I just want to have a room where they can have 70 people and no more, no dJ, no bar nothing...

Lucy holmes
Lucy holmes

Sorry email wrong on last post. Looking for a private room in central London for my 40th. Up to 60 people at a rough guess. Help needed please. Thanks

Lucy holmes
Lucy holmes

Looking for a place to have my 40th birthday party in central London. Need a private room for up to 60 people at a rough guess. Help please. Thanks

nabata
nabata

i'm looking for a place for private hire the 23rd of december 2011 for my birthday party, Ideally I need space for min' 100 people and willinig to pay only £200 max

Lirol
Lirol

i need help what shall i do for my daughters 11th birthday she wants to have 9 children coming [ wiv boyss ] but i want to only pay max 90£ !!!! HELPPP

rick
rick

I had my birthday at the 99 Club, which won best london comedy club recently - and it was an absolutely brilliant night. Comedy seems like a good bet for birthdays - everyone likes a laugh and most places will offer you some sort of package where you have a nightclub or DJ afterwards.

imogen
imogen

hiya do youdo parties for teens thanks :)

Eve
Eve

Hi Sapna, Which one of these clubs can you recommend for a 25th birthday, or do you know of any good party planners? Thanks

Sapna
Sapna

I always go to a west-end club because birthday deals are always available and soo useful. Me and my friends have had super glam birthdays at Merah, Movida, NY:LON, Funkybuddha and The Pigalle Club recently...complimentary tables and entry are always available. If you need help I know people who helped me organise fantastic nights out!

Sona
Sona

Looking for somewhere for my 40th in Central London. A nice night out for approx 8 girls total. Really funky and fun, but not tooo posh. Just want a laugh for one night out!

Sumera
Sumera

Hey I'm looking for a place for private hire on the 15th of june 2011 next month for my birthday party, Ideally I need space for min' 60 people and I would prefer a place nearby Uxbridge town In London. Also, something that is outdoor,allows drinks and sheesha. please help.

janey
janey

I am looking for a restaurant to host my 55th birthday party in central or east london. Must offer something a little different from just food and drink but am not sure what. Any ideas?

Eve
Eve

Need 2find a fancy suave location for my 25TH this September. any ideas? No pubs, ideally a hall for example...

Satya
Satya

I want to celebrate my wife birthday .... she is comming from India and she is comming to join me on Just 2 days befor her birthday which is in next month...... She will be tired if I roam her around....Soooooo.... I am looking for some Romantic Place to celebrate her Birthday Pleasantly.....

Louise Williams
Louise Williams

I was hunting high and low for a venue for my Boyfriends 30th Birthday and found a really great place called All Star Lanes in Bayswater. We booked a room for 80 people that had bowling, Karaoke and Wii. BRILLIANT night!!!

anna
anna

I'm planning a surprise 40th birthday party for my husband in london. Any ideas? It can't be anywhere pretentious or a club. And needs to be somewhere in central london. Looking for somewhere like a nice gastro pub with music. Kind of like the white horse pub in Parsons green but needs to be more fun and at least have music playing. Help!

ramla
ramla

take ur kids out to alocal swiming party and have a great time a book a studio so they can papa and put make up on ! or have a bqq