Things To Do in London: 13 Fun Birthday Ideas

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Counting down to your next birthday celebration? If you’re planning to spend your birthday in London, you’re in for an absolute treat. Whether you’re looking for a once in a lifetime experience to commemorate a big birthday, a family-friendly fun day out in the city, or just want to play tourist for a day, here are some of the best things to do in London to celebrate a birthday and to fit any budget.

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The Classics

See the city from a river cruise

Celebrating birthday over a lunch cruise

A cruise on the River Thames is one of the quintessential things to do in London, and what better way to celebrate a birthday in London than floating through the city in style? There’s a river cruise for every type of traveler.

The Westminster to Greenwich River Thames cruise is one of the most popular things to do in London, and your £14 ticket includes commentary so you can truly get your bearings. Want to make an occasion of it and include a birthday meal? There’s a London River Thames lunch cruise, a dinner cruise with 4 courses plus live cabaret, or you can go traditional with an afternoon tea cruise. Got the need for speed? Get your heart racing with a speedboat tour!

Ride the London Eye

The London Eye

No London birthday itinerary is complete without a ride on the London Eye. Treat yourself to a fast-track London Eye ticket for speed and ease (take it easy, it’s your birthday!) and enjoy the view from 135 meters up. Or for an extra special occasion, book out one of the 32 capsules for you and your friends with a London Eye private capsule experience.

Explore with a walking tour

Street mural art

There’s so much to see and do in London, and a guided walking tour will take you to some of the city’s best spots without wasting time having to find your way around.

There are loads of walking tours on offer depending on your preferences, but some of the most popular ones are the Magical London: Harry Potter guided walking tour (with 8,000+ reviews), the fascinating Jack the Ripper walking tour, and the Beatles in London tour. Or for something a little more arty you could check out the East End street art walking tour with a spray painting session at the end to create your own birthday masterpiece. 

Visit the magical world of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley at the Warner Bros Studio Tour

Muggles can get a taste of Harry Potter’s world by booking a day trip to the Warner Bros Studio, where you can get up close and personal with film sets, costumes, and props from the fantastic “Harry Potter” movies. The studio is outside London and reachable by train, but this ticket includes Central London transfers to get you there and back without the hassle, albeit a lot slower than if you had your own Nimbus 2000.

Fancy things to do in London on your birthday

Treat yourself in London on your birthday with a trip to The Shard

View from The Shard

London’s skyline is home to quite a few iconic buildings, but the most noticeable is The Shard, sitting 310 meters tall with a sharp point at the top.

For one of London’s best views, head up to the 72nd floor with a skip-the-line entry ticket, and soak up the panoramic views of the city from its tallest building. There’s a bar too for a birthday toast.

Take a private city tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

If you’re looking for a fun group activity to do in London for your birthday, private tours can end up working out to be great value and loads of fun. 

This black cab private tour can fit five people and gives you eight hours to explore the city by taxi, complete with one of London’s real cabbies who know the city like the back of their hand. Choose the highlights you want to see or leave the route up to the expert and you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

Did someone say dress up? For something themed, consider taking your buddies on a Swinging Sixties music and fashion tour, a Beatles magical tour, or sort five of your friends into their Hogwarts houses and hit the road for a Harry Potter film locations tour. There’s also a Rock ‘n’ Roll taxi tour, a Sherlock Holmes tour, or even a creepy London ghost tour to learn about the dark side of the city. Boo!

Be the star of a photo shoot

Capture during the sightseeing tour

Get ready to update your profile picture and commemorate your London birthday with a private photoshoot in some of the city’s most Instagrammable places. It’s often hard to get good vacation photos that you’re happy to share, so why not leave it up to the professionals?

You could do a combined sightseeing tour and photoshoot to get some iconic red phone box and Tube station shots, a group photoshoot with space for up to 12 people to capture all your birthday fun, or channel your inner Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant with a Notting Hill photography session.

Act like the king or queen you are

Afternoon tea for two

Kensington Palace may be best known as the official residence of a couple of future kings, but did you know that even us normal people can indulge in a fancy afternoon tea at the Kensington Palace Pavilion? You’ll get a guided tour through the gardens with a local expert before sitting down for sandwiches and scones with spectacular royal surroundings.

Go on a day trip

The Long Walk at Windsor Castle

There’s no doubt that London is one of the greatest cities in the world, but sometimes you just need to escape the big smoke and go somewhere new. And with easy access to some incredible UK must-visits, as well as a special one in Europe, your London birthday could in fact lead you somewhere else entirely.

One classic day trip from London is Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. It ticks off ancient ruins, heritage architecture, and royal castles in one busy day. Or how about the Oxford and Cotswolds day trip? You’ll  visit the bustling university town and some charming English villages that look like they’re from a postcard.

If your dream London birthday involves fresh air and scenery rather than old buildings, check out the Seven Sisters and South Downs tour, which shows you the stunning South Downs National Park and the famous Seven Sisters white cliffs.

Weird and wonderful things to do on your birthday in London

Sing and dance on a silent disco tour

Silent disco adventure

If there was ever a time to lose your inhibitions and let your hair down, it’s your birthday. There are a couple of top-rated silent disco tours that are perfect for a birthday celebration in London. Don your headphones, loosen your limbs, and get amongst the fun.

The silent disco adventure tour is a one hour tour through the middle of the city, where you’ll listen to icons like the Spice Girls, Bon Jovi, and Elton John. Or if you fancy yourself as a bit of a musical theater connoisseur then you’ll love the West End silent disco walking tour with back-to-back showtunes.

Abseil 80 meters off the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Go down the worlds longest slide

Who knew that you could go abseiling in London? If you’re up for a bit of a birthday challenge, the UK’s highest freefall abseil is not a bad place to start. Get kitted up in all your safety gear, lower yourself over the edge of the platform, and descend from 80 meters down to the ground while soaking up the mind-blowing views. But if that is too much thrill, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is also home to the world’s longest tunnel slide, for a less nerve-wracking way down. 

Taste local delicacies with a food tour

Stop during a London cheese walking tour

It’s a well-known fact that carbs don’t count on your birthday, so make the most of it with a food tour to try some of London’s best snacks and treats.

The highly-rated secret British food tour is a popular option. You’ll get to visit eight food stops in three hours, including Cumberland sausages, fish and chips (of course), and dessert to finish. If you’re a cheese fiend, this London cheese walking tour gives you the chance to try six different cheeses with an equally cheese-obsessed guide. There’s also an East End food tour that takes you to the best curry house in London, or a VIP chocolate tour through Mayfair’s finest and fanciest chocolate shops. Just be sure to tell your guide it’s your birthday, so they can help you find the best cake in town. 

There really is something for every type of birthday celebration in London. Hopefully this list of fun things to do in London has given you some ideas on how to celebrate your upcoming birthday.

Get on yer bike

A BYOB bike tour

If you’re keen to get a bit more distance under your belt in the same amount of time, consider booking onto a birthday bike tour instead. The Secret London bike tour will let you tick off some of the city’s hot spots as well as visiting some hidden gems and quirky characters. Or grab a group of friends and hit the streets on a beer bike — a 15-person pedal car that is BYOB-friendly, perfect for a London birthday.

Alexx is a solo female traveler who is currently on an 11 month round the world adventure, with a mission to find the most epic things to do, places to stay and food to eat in every destination she visits. Find more about her by checking this blog: Finding Alexx 

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