18th Birthday Ideas in London
You’ve finally turned 18. It's finally time to say goodbye to those fake ID’s, but where to go to celebrate this momentous occasion? London?
Yeah, London would be pretty good actually as you'd expect from our monstrous capital. You can find pretty much the best of the best in the country for anything here from bars to activities. There's plenty of London birthday ideas to suit anyone both unique and with an overload of choice. Take a gander at the best nightlife areas, activities and 18th birthday party venues in London.
Top 4 Exciting 18th Birthday Party Ideas & Activities
London has everything on offer as you’d expect, being our capital and all. It’s everything you need for the 18th birthday party you deserve, and then some. As our flagship city, almost every single type of activity we offer can be found here making it the top choice in destination for any birthday. From the chilled out to the action packed, you say the word and we’ll book you in exactly what you want.
There’s something for guys and gals and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled to learn that our activities are very much affordable. In a bustling city full of wonderful things to get involved in, we’re sure this is the place to be for a birthday party you’ll never forget. Take a quick look at the best activities on offer that can be taken part in both during the day or in the evening. It’s your day, your rules.
1. Cocktail Making
Like the name suggests, you’ll have the chance to create your very own cocktail by mixing, shaking and pouring all your favourite liquors into one beautiful concoction. If you’re the fruity type that loves a good Raspberry Cosmopolitan on a night out or believes the unique minty flavour of Mojitos is to die for, the power is in your hands on what you want to make.
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You’ll be instructed every step of the way by an expert mixologist who will also make your event as fun and entertaining as possible, even throwing in a game or two in-between. Everyone will have the chance to create between 2 and 3 cocktails so get set for a brilliant party activity.
2. Pizza Making
Grab your own slice of Italy and make your very own pizza in this delicious birthday party idea. Kicking off with some mouth-watering starters involving everyone’s favourite Italian nibbles like dough balls and garlic bread, you’ll have a great opportunity to catch up with everyone invited before getting creative with some dough.
Learn from a master pizzaiola chef and toss your dough, fill your pizza with beautiful toppings and even play some fun team games before sitting down and tucking into your wonderful pizza creation fresh from the oven.
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3. Escape Rooms
It’s a rapidly growing favourite birthday activity that puts intense pressure on you and your friends as you attempt to break out of a themed room. From the scary to the weird, there’s something for everyone but you only have 60 minutes to escape your chosen scenario. Perfect for all the adrenaline junkies and quick-witted people out there who love a good challenge.
Get set to solve clues, riddles and use your eye for detail as you gather everything to escape piece by piece under the time limit to get out while you can! Teams of 4-5 can be in any room at one time usually, but if you have a large group, no worries! You could always add some competition and see which team gets out their respective rooms the quickest!
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4. Smartphone Pub Treasure Hunt
If you’re wanting to leap right into the drinking aspect of your birthday party (you are 18 now after all), then try the smartphone pub treasure hunt. Day drinking can be great fun and with this very affordable technology-led activity, you can see London’s sights and scenes while getting rather merry. It doesn’t have to be completed in the day though, you can choose the time and can accommodate up to huge numbers if you’re planning a big party.
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Use the app on your smartphone to find hotspots and complete the fun challenges there to score points and race other teams to top of the leader board as you stop off at top bars and pubs along the way. It’s super great fun and one of our cheapest birthday options.
Top 3 Nightlife Areas in London
London is the kind of all-out party capital you’d expect with all the glitz and glamour you’d want on a birthday night out. However, we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t pricey. But wait! Don’t cancel your plans just yet, there’s plenty of ways to cut off London’s expensive price tag and have a fantastic time without breaking the bank.
Clubbing in London can be affordable if you know where to look. To save you the effort and to make things easier for you, we have found some of the best cheap bars and clubs within London. They all have a happy hour too, so this will help you with some London birthday ideas whilst not costing you too much. Here are 40 ways to celebrate turning 40 if you know someone with this special birthday coming up soon.
Soho is located in London’s entertainment fuelled West End district and houses many quirky bars and pubs and has one of the best energetic scenes in the city. You’ll find everything from the well-loved BrewDog to cosy cocktail bars like Swift and even the very appropriately named Bar Soho. This area doesn’t fall short of upbeat clubs either with Club 49 offering some of the craziest nightlife scenes in London with all the latest tunes and themed rooms.
There’re loads of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the globe across the area which are conveniently located near to some of the city’s best bars. Soho is also famous for its risqué vibe where you can find burlesque shows and plenty of LGBT friendly bars. Convent Garden is another great nightlife area which we’ll get onto in a bit.
2. Leicester Square
Next door to the energetic Soho is Leicester Square, arguably one of the most renowned names you’ve definitely heard of before. You’ll find plenty of restaurants here as well as shops and bars.
From nationwide favourites like All Bar One to independents like Zoo Bar & Club, we’re certain there’s something for all tastes here. Icon Balcony Bar is a 100% great shout if you want unique cocktails and a terrace overlooking the city or there’s The Light Lounge, a haven also filled with cocktails and fancy décor.
For cheeky gentlemen turning 18, Platinum Lace is one of the more well known venues in the area and serves as London’s number 1 voted strip club. If you want a chilled out night with your mates then the contemporary and cosy The Perception may want to come at the top of your list.
3. Covent Garden
The West End really is the only place to go and party in London if you’re wanting nothing but the best time possible. Covent Garden is another area in this district that is big on party other than being known for its fashion and beauty store history.
In between the array of award-winning restaurants and theatres, there’s plenty of bars, pubs and clubs to pop your nose into. Take the classy Eve Bar for example- stylish from wall to wall with an incredible chilled out atmosphere serving cocktails all night long.
Jacko is one of the best nightclubs in the area and perfect for an 18th birthday party with all the best tunes, a youthful vibe and reserved seating for the whole group. There’s a lot of comedy clubs to choose from if you want a good laugh with your drinks.
Top 18th Birthday Venues in London
Dirty Martini - Renowned as the ‘go to’ bar in Covent Garden, this stylish and contemporary basement venue is a New York themed which prides itself in serving classy cocktails and martinis.
Ruby Blue Bar - A combination of restaurant, bar and club, this venue features smart themed rooms with grand ceilings and comfort mixed in with the contemporary.
The Roxy - A student-friendly basement bar where plenty of people around the age of 18 go to party along with plenty of promotions and indie/pop nights.
Patch, St Pauls - A cocktail bar and restaurant with happy hour running Tuesday through to Fridays. A colourful and quirky modern décor makes this place stand out from the rest and there’s party packages available so you can feel like a true VIP.
If we’ve convinced you but want to check out everything London is offering, then see all our fun London birthday activities. If we’ve sadly failed to convince you about having your 18th birthday party in London, then check out our other 35+ UK locations.