Best venues for a birthday bash

Not all venues in London are happy to accept guest arrivals in pink limos but these will probably turn a blind eye to it.

Remember when you were a nipper and a slice of birthday cake and a kazoo was all you needed to ensure the time of your life? Oh, how times change.

Let the bubbly flow, it's your birthday. You're dressed up to the nines, you've probably just stepped out of a pink limo (yes you have) and now you're looking for the perfect venue to accommodate your every birthday whim...

Well, look no further than the best venues in London for birthdays...

The Hunter S
194 Southgate Road N1 3HT
Region: Dalston
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Looking for a pub in Dalston to celebrate your birthday, only with a little more je nais se quoi than the next place? Well why not try the Hunter S? There’s the rockstar-writer theme, solid food and drink, some of the finest taxidermy in London and a large area at the back of the pub with a mirrored ceiling to rival the Sistine Chapel for looks. Yes, really.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Old Queens Head
44 Essex Road N1 8LN
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Essex Road (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Take a large pub in the heart of Angel, add excellent weekend parties, famous guest DJs and karaoke rooms with dressing-up boxes and you’ve got yourself a great birthday venue. The Old Queen’s Head will book out rooms and spaces to satisfy all your party needs.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
The Lock Tavern
35 Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AJ
Region: Camden
Nearest Station: Chalk Farm (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If you’re lucky you may have established yourself a large group of friends over the years. What large groups hate is to be packed in tight in some underground cellar bar on someone’s birthday. Which makes the Lock Tavern in Camden the perfect place to celebrate one’s annual anniversary. It’s hip, there are DJs and there’s plenty of space to run around.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 1/10
Lucky Voice Private Karaoke
52 Poland Street W1F 7LR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: What would a birthday be without a little karaoke to liven things up! With branches across London you’re never far from Lucky Voice. Food, drinks and karaoke - does it get any better?

  • USERS 10/10
Floripa London
91 - 93 Great Eastern Street EC2A 3HZ
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Floripa was formerly home to Favela Chic and in many ways what is there now is a like-for-like replacement. The only thing that seems to have changed is that now as well as the tabletop dancing and raucous multi-genre music nights there is an excellent Brazilian menu. Floripa has space to spare and books tables for large groups, making it a great place to host a birthday celebration.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Roller Disco
Miles Street Vauxhall SW8 1RZ
Region: Vauxhall
Nearest Station: Vauxhall (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: At Roller Disco you’ll either have the most fun ever or end up with friction burns covering your wrists and knees. Whatever happens at least you dragged your friends out to do something different on your birthday. Located in Vauxhall, Roller Disco is a late night, cheesy music-loving romp.

  • USERS 8/10
180 - 184 Earl's Court Road SW5 9QG

Nearest Station: Earl's Court

AIL Says: Ping-pong is such an accessible sport that pubs can’t seem to erect tables fast enough. Ping is the perfect Earl’s Court party venue. Having seen the table tennis craze they dedicated the entire venue to the sport. Decorated with a loose New York style theme, there are cocktails and DJs to up the fun.

  • USERS 3/10
All Star Lanes
Bloomsbury Place WC1B 4DA
Region: Bloomsbury
Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Many things change as you grow up but the ability to resist the charms of ten-pin bowling on your birthday isn’t one of them. All Star Lanes is the premium bowling experience. There are karaoke rooms as a sideline, gigantic pizzas and nights dedicated to anything from drum ‘n’ bass to rockabilly.

    Zoo Bar & Nightclub
    13 - 17 Bear Street WC2H 7AQ
    Region: Covent Garden
    Nearest Station: Leicester Square

    AIL Says: Sometimes all you want on your birthday is the comfort and stability of a top Leicester Square bar. Forget the charming pubs of West London, the basement bars of East London you want party tunes and the chance to dance like no one’s watching. Zoo Bar in Leicester Square gives you all this till the early hours.

    • USERS 5/10

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