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Birthday Party Venues in London

Find a book the best birthday party venues in London

Is there any better excuse for a party than a birthday? Here you will find our vast selection of venues ideal for bringing together friends and family to celebrate someone’s special day in style. Whether the party is for yourself or if you are planning a surprise for a loved one, make it an occasion to remember by hiring a stunning venue in a unique and unusual location, with all the convenience of the country’s vibrant and exciting capital city surrounding you. From spectacular roof gardens in Central London where you can take in the iconic skyline to unique flagship venues in the trendy east end, we proudly showcase great venues suitable for birthday events of any style and scale. Alongside those fit for any occasion, we have suitably brilliant venues which can also cater for specific landmark celebrations such as 21st, 30th and 40th birthday parties, where you are looking for that little extra something to impress.
  • St. James's Park

    Institute of Contemporary Arts ICA

    Standing 350
    Theatre 185
    Dining 120
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  • Tower of London

    Wildside and Ferus at Savage Garden

    Standing 120
    Theatre 100
    Dining 72
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  • Bank

    Juno Rooms

    Standing 500
    Theatre 40
    Dining 100
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  • Paddington

    Porchester Hall

    Standing 600
    Theatre 450
    Dining 450
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  • Forest Hill

    Horniman Museum and Gardens

    Standing 120
    Theatre 100
    Dining 120
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  • Leicester Square

    White Space

    Standing 100
    Theatre 100
    Dining 50
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  • Harrow

    Speech Room

    Standing 200
    Theatre 550
    Cabaret 80
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  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill Arts Club

    Standing 218
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  • Shoreditch

    Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

    Standing 700
    Theatre 365
    Dining 280
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  • Putney

    London Rowing Club

    Standing 250
    Theatre 115
    Dining 100
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  • Notting Hill

    The Rum Kitchen

    Standing 220
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  • Shoreditch

    Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

    Standing 200
    Theatre 100
    Dining 120
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6 Top Tips for Planning a Surprise Birthday Party

?So, it’s someone’s special birthday, and you’ve decided that this is the year that they get the surprise of their life. Hosting a surprise birthday party is harder than it looks, what with all the secret WhatsApp messages and hiding the decorations! Particularly when you can’t ask the person their preference on anything, you have to go solely by what you know of them. We have 6 top tips for you to consider that will help you make the important decisions.


Keep it Appropriate


The age of the birthday boy or girl can decide your whole event. If they are turning 21, then there is likely to be a lot of loud music, and questionable drinking choices. For 30, perhaps a karaoke bar is the place to be. 50, and maybe this is they first time they have been out all year. 80, and maybe they want something more low-key. That being said, it all depends on someone’s personality. There are plenty of 18-year-olds who want nothing more than board games and pizza. Just like there are 40-year-olds who want to get dressed up and hit the town. Knowing the person that you are throwing the party for is going to decide what you do, so make sure you choose something that fits with their personality, not yours.


Do They Like Surprises?


Linked to this is knowing if a surprise party is actually best for them. Do you know the best people to invite, or can you get a group of people together who will know? If they have a lot of people in your life that you don’t know, or won’t be able to contact, then it might be a good idea to tell them that you are going to host a party and ask them for a list. Some people just really, really, don’t like surprises, and won’t appreciate something as big as a party being dropped on them. Not every party has to be a surprise one, they might be happy if you do all of the organising, so long as they know it’s happening.


Venue


Picking the venue is one of the most important things to get right when planning a surprise party, as it will set the tone for the whole evening. Are you looking a club? A VIP bar? Maybe something more casual so that you can really go to town on when it comes to decorating. It has to be accessible for all of the guests, and there also has to be a plausible excuse in place for why the birthday girl or boy is turning up there. There is a full array of birthday party venues for hire in London, from small rooms to truly unique and bespoke private areas that can fit all close friends and family. If you are having a theme, this will help you narrow the selection down a lot, but don’t pick somewhere that is out of sorts with the rest of the night.

 

Make Sure They’re the Last to Arrive


There is nothing worse than a surprise being ruined by someone turning up too late and meeting the person the party is being held for – before their grand entrance. No one is still going to be surprised at this stage. When sending everyone the information about when to be there, make sure that it is a minimum of half an hour before the scheduled surprise. Be strict about the time, as it’s the one thing that could ruin all of your careful planning. If anyone is running late, ensure that they text ahead so they know if it’s safe to come in or not. Make sure that you know how far away the birthday person is at all times, so that you can prepare everyone for their arrival.


Have A Theme


A theme is something fun to do that will add even more to the surprise. Getting everyone to dress up and decorating the venue can really add a sense of fun to your party. Having props for them to wear and hold when they arrive will mean that the party is instantly started, and all of the snacks, nibbles and drinks can be around a set theme as well. It even opens up lots of avenues to have party games. Make sure you know that it’s something your friend or relative will like and get enthusiastic about, and that all of the other guests are on board with being a little bit silly. If you’re not having a theme, make sure that you at least have a dress code similar to what the ‘surprisee’ will be wearing. This means that they won’t look completely out of place when they arrive to their own party.


Keep the Surprises Coming


To make it a night to really remember, keep the surprises coming. Maybe have a friend fly in from overseas to add some more shock value. You can also have surprise gifts and even a ‘surprise’ cake. This is a cake that seems plain on the outside but has a themed centre. The more the birthday person is kept on their toes, the better. Make sure that the surprises do stop at some point however, otherwise they’re likely to become too overwhelmed. They’ll also want time to actually mingle and chat with all of the friends that you have invited to celebrate with them.


A well-planned surprise party can be one of the best nights you’ve ever had. Not only will the person have no idea, but other people have gone to the bother of planning it all for them. It’s a really sweet and caring thing to do for someone special in your life, and they are sure to be thanking you for years to come. You’ll also have lots of other people looking to get on board and help out, so you’ll never need to do all of the planning by yourself.