The best birthday party venues in London

Your annual excuse for a party that’s all about you should never be passed up, which is why we’ve collated this handy list of what we consider to be the best birthday party venues London has to offer. House parties can be fun, sure, but throwing a birthday party at a cool London venue is way more glamorous (unless you live in a Chelsea townhouse, perhaps), and there’s no clearing up to do afterwards!

Updated on 12 December 2019

Birthdays – they come around every year, yet many of us leave the task of searching for a suitable party venue until the last minute (by which time, all the best ones have almost certainly been booked up). That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of what we consider to be some of the best birthday party venues in London. Whether it’s a milestone birthday that requires plenty of space for a no-expenses-spared showstopper of a bash, or one of those in-between birthdays where you just want a few drinks with friends at a cool London bar, we’ve got you covered.  

London can be a little overwhelming when it comes to awesome places to celebrate your birthday – there are just so many different types of venues to choose from – but we’re here to help. A stylish rooftop bar might be perfect for some, while others might prefer something a little more fun, which is why we’ve included a mix of restaurants, bars and event spaces below. Do you want to dine at your birthday bash, and if so, will you be footing the bill or would you prefer to book a private room where each guest pays for him- or herself? Have a think, check out our round-up below and get booking. Oh, and many happy returns!

Tanner Warehouse

Tanner Warehouse

50 Bermondsey Street, Southwark, London, SE1 3UD

This rustic space in Bermondsey can be hired for shared parties or exclusively, depending on the number of mates you plan to invite to your birthday bash. A 50-strong cocktail list and delicious food courtesy of Chef Ronnie Murray (formerly of The Ivy) mean it’s as suited to civilized sit-down affairs as to raucous revelry.
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 150
Corrigan

Corrigan's Mayfair

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH

If it’s a glitzy Mayfair party you’re after, you can either book a private room or hire the whole of Richard Corrigan’s smart restaurant. The private dining rooms are ideal for intimate, grown-up dinner parties, while the exclusive hire option works well for large soirees, such as a 60th birthday bash.
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 85
Claridge

Claridge's

Brook Street , Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

Whether because one has been watching The Crown, or simply because one requires a birthday party that no one will ever forget, Claridges Foyer & Reading Room is the perfect choice. Breathtaking in their classic beauty, the hotel’s private spaces lend themselves wonderfully to glamorous and refined birthday parties.
Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240
Lucky Voice Soho

Lucky Voice Soho

52 Poland Street, London, London, W1F 7NQ

Fancy being serenaded on your birthday? Get a group of mates and pile into a booth at Lucky Voice Soho! Each booth is equipped with wireless mics, extensive touch-screen playlists and, our favourite feature, the ‘Thirsty’ button. Fuel comes in the form of a colourful cocktail and mocktail list and snacky foods like pizza.
Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 160
Max Banquet 160
Lyle

Lyle's

56 Shoreditch High Street , Shoreditch, London, E1 6JJ

Perfectly suited to a refined birthday lunch for up to 60 guests, Lyle’s offers Michelin-starred dining in tranquil surrounds. Custom menus can be created when the venue is hired exclusively, but do bear in mind that Head Chef James Lowe is all about seasonal British ingredients.
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 75
Max Banquet 60
Skylon

Skylon

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX

The early bird catches the views, or something like that, which is why you should book Skylon well in advance if you’ve got your heart set on stunning riverside vistas for your birthday bash. Located within the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, Skylon boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and modern British fare.
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys at The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, London, London, EC3A 8EP

Fancy address? Check. Incredible views across London? Double check. Lavish catering? Yep, it’s got that too. Basically, if you’re after a fancy venue for your birthday party, Searcys at The Gherkin has it all. Private dining rooms are fully flexible or, if you’re feeling flush, there’s the option to hire the whole place.
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 260
Max Banquet 140
Aqua Regent Street

Aqua Regent Street

30 Argyll Street, Oxford Street, London, W1F 7EB

Aqua boasts two destination restaurants on Regent Street – Aqua Kyoto (Japanese) and Aqua Nueva (Spanish) – that both lend themselves wonderfully to elegant birthday parties. Aqua Nueva’s bar and roof terrace is particularly lovely for summer birthday parties, while Aqua Kyoto can be combined with Aqua Spirit for a whopping capacity of up to 400 guests.
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 250
100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

Smack bang in the middle of Soho, this trendy bar/restaurant that hosted The Rolling Stones’ first ever gig remains a super-cool spot for a birthday party. There are semi-private and private spaces for hire, plus the option to book the whole joint, so whether you’re looking to host a gathering, dinner party or blow-out bash, the choice is yours.
Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 250
London City Beach

London City Beach

Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PU

You could pile on the train down to Brighton for your birthday party, but why bother when there’s a beach right on the Thames? London City Beach is best for shared birthday parties (as the entire space can hold up to 1,500 and few people are that popular) where you and your mates can relax, play games and eat from the pop-up food stalls.
Max Standing 1200
Bentley

Bentley's Restaurant

11-15 Swallow Street, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1B 4DG

This central London restaurant is super-versatile, so whether you’re after a space with a DJ booth and a late license, or an elegant library setting for a refined birthday dinner party, you can find it at Bentley’s. Immaculately executed seafood dishes will ensure guests are suitably well-fed.
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 60
Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape

County Hall, Riverside Buildings, Westminster Bridge Road , Waterloo, London, SE1 7PB

The ultimate spot for kidulting, Namco Funscape is an awesome place for a birthday party. Boasting over 150 arcade games, Europe’s fastest bumper cars, a bowling alley, an escape room and tons more, it’s like Funhouse for grown-ups (though instead of prizes to be won, there’s alcohol to be drunk). Your friends will love you for booking it.
Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 1200
Hutong

Hutong

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY

Whether it’s a private room or exclusive hire of this super-smart Northern Chinese restaurant, the fact that you’ll be able to say “I’m having my birthday party at The Shard” is all that matters – that, and the fact that you and your guests will enjoy magnificent views across London and Hutong’s exquisite food.
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 340
Max Banquet 100
Bluebird

Bluebird

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

Chelsea favourite, Bluebird, boasts a wealth of spaces for private parties in addition to its globe-spanning menus. The upstairs restaurant and bar can be hired exclusively for large birthday parties, but for intimate birthday lunches and dinners, book the Mezzanine Room, art deco Gallery Room or the Beaufort Room.
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250
The Ivory Vaults

The Ivory Vaults

Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, Tower Hill, London, E1W 1BP

Hidden away beneath Ivory House in St Katharine Docks, this show-stopping space is an awesome spot for birthday parties of up to 50. There are nine private dining areas to choose from and on the night you’ll enjoy a three-hour themed banquet. Fancy dress is encouraged so if you’re a theatrical type, this will be right up your street.
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 450
Bustronome

Bustronome

Coach bay 40B, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6PB

A birthday bash on a bus sounds a bit odd, but we’re not talking about the 133 here – Bustronome is a fine-dining restaurant on a luxury double-decker bus. You can take in the sights that matter to you on your bespoke route with up to 40 of your nearest and dearest, all while tucking into a seasonal six-course menu.
Max Meeting 38
Max Banquet 38
Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BH

Nobu’s Chef’s Table is ideal for foodie birthday parties, while the private terrace – which is divided into sections – offers plenty of space for cocktail receptions. The exquisite Japanese-Peruvian menu promises a palpable frisson of global glamour, while the sparky cocktail list will make toasting your birthday a true pleasure.
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 240
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

35 The Market Building,, London, WC2E 8RF

Dripping with plants and foliage, this up-to-the-minute stylish restaurant/bar within Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building is a superb spot for a birthday party. Suited to parties of all kinds – drinks only, dining and drinks, exclusive hire for a large bash – Sushisamba Covent Garden promises exciting food, excellent cocktails and a central location that’s sure to impress.
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 140
STK London Venue Hire

STK London Venue Hire

336-337 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1HA

It’s hard to beat the impossible glamour of this upmarket steakhouse in Covent Garden, so if it’s a swish private dinner you’re after, you needn’t look much further. Casual or formal, large or small, you can guarantee a luxurious evening here, and that goes for everything from the prime steaks to the efficient staff.
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 30
Max Banquet 135
Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

If you’re looking to wow your guests, holding your birthday party 40 floors up at Duck & Waffle is a nice, easy way to do it. The wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows look out on to the Olympic Park, the Tower of London and the Gherkin, so spectacular views are a given, but you’ll also find great cocktails and eclectic menus that guarantee something for everyone.
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
The Orrery

The Orrery

55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5RB

Elegant and full of light during the day, this French-inspired restaurant on Marylebone High Street is a lovely spot for a birthday lunch. Whether you choose to hire the private dining room for an intimate feast with friends, or the whole venue for a large birthday celebration, the interiors, food and staff will make it an occasion to remember.
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 110

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