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London Unleashed: 10 Out-of-the-Box Birthday Celebration Ideas You Won’t Want to Miss!

By Swingers

From cruising down the Thames to 1920s themed crazy golf, we’ve collated some of the best birthday ideas in London for your special day.

London Unleashed: 10 Out-of-the-Box Birthday Celebration Ideas You Won’t Want to Miss!

Got a big birthday coming up, or been put on planning duties for a friend’s secret do? How about doing things a bit differently this year? London is the perfect spot for all things quirky and unique, and is a great base for a special celebration. Especially something a little off-piste! We’ve whittled down the ultimate birthday activities in London, guaranteed to make great, long-lasting memories. So here’s our list of 10 cool and unusual birthday ideas in London! *Lets off a party popper*

Try Your Hand at Swingers Crazy Golf

Women aims for hole at The Helter Skelter Course at Swingers Crazy Golf

Looking to make your birthday in London truly one-of-a-kind? Look no further because we’ve got you covered with epic street food, delicious cocktails and unforgettable vibes. You’ll find two Swingers locations across the capital, each with a vibrant atmosphere that’ll tee off your celebration just right. 

And speaking of cocktails, our very own Swingers caddies will serve you as you work your way through one of our top-tier crazy golf courses. Including the Helter Skelter with its exhilarating loop-de-loops or the showstopping Big Wheel course. Once you’ve finished your round, it’s time to enjoy even more great cocktails at one of our stylish and Instagram-worthy bars and re-fuel on mouthwatering dishes from some of London’s most exciting street food vendors.

Bringing the whole squad? For groups up to 20 people, check out our group packages and remove any hassle of paying for drinks, golf and food as you go. And for larger groups over 20, we’ve got private event spaces to cater for your entire entourage. No matter the size of your party, we’ve got a space to personalise the event and make your birthday truly special.

Hit the dancefloor at the Natural History Museum’s Silent Disco

silent disco crowd dances beneath a hanging blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling

Hear that beat coming on? Brace yourself for an epic birthday bash that’ll go down in history! We’re talking about the historic Hinte Hall at the Natural History Musem for the most lit silent disco ever. Bring your best dance moves as three different live DJ streams play all your favourite throwbacks and new hits. 

Take time to cool off at the full service bar, and remember to cheers to another year! Check the museum’s schedule for all the latest details of upcoming discos. Be warned – these events are very popular and sell out quickly!

Abseil Your Way Down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Feeling a little daring? If you’re up for a thrill and not afraid of heights (80 metres above ground to be exact), how about abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit? This free-fall adventure will have you scaling down this iconic sculpture. But don’t worry, you won’t be going it alone. Highly-experienced abseil instructors will kit you up and guide you as you take on your birthday challenge. If anyone in your party isn’t feeling the dare-devil experience, no problem. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is located in Queen Elizabeth park, a relaxing space to walk around and also a stones throw away from the Stratford Westfield Shopping Centre. A great location for a birthday with many activities in the area for all ages!

Transport to the 1980’s at Maggie’s

1980's theme interior of maggie's club, including rubix cube table, giant 80s fish tank and retro lighting system

Rewind time and transport yourself back to 1980!  Maggie’s is the ultimate homage to the decade of lycra, big hair and the New Romantics. Expect smash hits and power ballads that defined the 80s music scene. But first, indulge in a throwback cocktail at a Rubix cube table whilst enjoying the nostalgia-fuelled atmosphere. We are particularly tempted by ‘BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!’, made with rum, lime juice, and tropical fizz. If you’ve got a bigger party, Maggie’s is available for private hire. So dust off your shoulder pads, put on your red shoes and dance the blues. If you’re looking for a birthday location filled with perms and neon printed tights look no further than Maggie’s.

Sing Your Heart Out in a Private Karaoke Booth

lucky voice venue

It’s time to warm up your vocal pipes. Whether you’re belting out Celine Dione or trying to ace Alphabet Aerobics, a private karaoke booth makes for riotous fun. Lucky Voice has locations across the city, and provides birthday packages that include a free round of shots! Booths are available for two hours, and can hold between 15 to 30 guests depending on the venue.

Get Creative with a Smartphone Safari in London

iphone safari london

It’s time for a new type of adventure. Jet Black Squares have put a whole new spin on photography classes. Enter Smartphone Safaris. These two hour experiences travel on-foot across the city, as your guide shows you how to take great photos with your phone. This unique birthday activity idea for adults will take you to the secret corners of London, as you explore hidden and unknown areas. Make sure you all wear comfortable shoes! If you’re looking for something new and different for your birthday, charge up your phone and get to snappin!

Get Your Heart Pumping at an Escape Room

escape room at aim escape

Get ready to level up your puzzle-solving game at Aim Escape. Choose from four different experiences, from private-detective stories to all-out horror vibes in the ‘‘Psychopath’s Den’! Just wait for the countdown to begin and watch the competitive streaks to come out. These award-winning escape rooms are highly immersive, and will have even the smartest of brains scratching their heads. Birthday packages are on offer, which will sort out drinks and snacks as you debrief from your experience. 

Discover London’s Secret Underground Bar

London Underground themed bar Cahoots

In a city as big as London, there’s always secrets to uncover. Cahoots Underground is no exception. This hidden cocktail bar is tucked away beneath the streets in a decommissioned underground station. Descend down an old-fashioned wooden escalator into a venue complete with an antique train carriage. Filled to the brim with post-warm charm, this is just the place for a birthday celebration like no other. Choose a scandalous tipple from a playful cocktail selection – anyone for an Enemy of the State or Cabbage Patch Sips? Then bask in an atmosphere of swing music and vintage vibes. Tip top old bean!

Celebrate in Style with a Thames River Cruise Party

'Jewel of London' Party boat cruising along the Thames in front of an illuminated London Eye

Ahoy there! If you’re after a memorable birthday activity for adults, then set sail with London Party Boats. With private charter, bottomless brunch and evening party voyages available, there’s plenty of experiences to choose from. Whatever your package, expect banging tunes, snacks, and plenty of booze. Pack your dancing shoes (and your captain’s hat) and celebrate another year around the sun!

Get Crafty at MYO London

hand made pottery at M.Y.O

This one’s for the craft lovers. MYO London has a whole roster of creative workshops to enjoy with your birthday gang. Activities include lino printing, candle printing, and pottery classes. Even the newest of crafters will have fun with these projects. BYOB Birthday packages are available, along with free tea and coffee. So grab your glue gun and glitter pots, as it’s going to get messy!

Swingers ~ The crazy golf club

We believe that life is more fun when there is an element of competition, and that competition is best enjoyed with friends.

Swingers, the crazy golf club takes the holy trinity that is crazy golf, street food and amazing cocktails and combines them all into one incredible social experience